Gershman Gallery


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And The Word Is…

In the Gershman Gallery
January 22 ­ – May 14
Monday – Saturday, 9 am – 5 pm
and Sundays, 9 am – 2 pm

This exhibition explores the use of religious text in contemporary art, from the straightforward to the ironic. It includes a broad range of media and approaches. Sandow Birk (Los Angeles, CA) will display work from his American Qur’an series; Johanna Bresnick (New Haven, CT) and Michael Cloud Hirschfeld (New York City) are exhibiting a sculptural work with Hebrew and English text from Leviticus; Martin Brief (St. Louis, MO) will include painstakingly detailed text-based drawings; Stephanie Kirk (Philadelphia) documents the changing messages found on religious signs; Nicholas Kripal (Philadelphia) will install one of his word-based floor pieces; Carole P. Kunstadt (West Hurley, NY) will offer book arts-based work that draws from the Hebrew Bible; and David Stephens (Philadelphia) will display Braille-based sculptures connected to well-known Bible parables.

(Clockwise from top left: Carole P. Kunstadt, Kings, 2012; David Stephens, Gethsemane Gates 1-5, 2012-13; Johanna Bresnick and Michael Cloud Hirschfeld, From Mouth to Mouth, 2006; Nicholas Kripal, Lust, 2013)