The Divine Image: Depicting God in Jewish and Israeli Art

July 11, 2006-October 24, 2006

Location: Nathan Cummings Building for Modern and Contemporary Art

Artist: El Lissitzky, Marc Chagall, Mark Rothko, Michal Na'aman, and others

Curator: Ronit Sorek, Sharon Weisner-Ferguson

The urge to depict God and, conversely, the biblical prohibition against it have accompanied Jewish artists throughout the generations, as has the difficulty of portraying an abstract and incomprehensible being. The works in this exhibition reflected the diverse methods of representing God, and the artists' struggle with the challenge of describing the indescribable. Ceremonial objects, manuscripts, printed books and haggadot, most of which were from the Museum's Judaica and Ethnography collections, were presented next to works by El Lissitzky, Marc Chagall, Mark Rothko, Michal Na'aman, and others.