Art Gallery Displays CIVA Talmud Show

Siloam Springs, Ark. (January 24, 2005) — The John Brown University’s Department of Art and Design will exhibit the works of Ben-Zion and Marc Chagall in the Christians in the Visual Arts (CIVA) Talmud Show. The display will be shown in the art gallery located on the first floor of the Art Building and will run Wednesday, Feb. 2-Friday, Feb. 25 and is free and open to the public.  Regular art gallery hours are Monday-Thursday, 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. and Friday, 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.   The word Talmud means the collection of writings comprising the Jewish civil and religious law, which consists of two parts: the text and the commentary. Thus, this art show was named “Talmud” because it brings together the biblical work of two of the most important Jewish artists of the twentieth century: Ben-Zion and Chagall. Although the Talmud usually refers to text rather than images, the works of these two artists, especially when viewed side by side, are commentaries on the text of Scripture in the Talmudic tradition. “It is hoped that together, you and the artists will set in motion a joyous interchange of instruction and learning, perhaps even holy delight that will not fade as you leave the gallery,” states CIVA. Ben-Zion, reared for the rabbinate, came from Poland to America in 1920 and became a founding member of the 1930s avant-garde group The Ten. Ben-Zion’s work is displayed in museums throughout the country including the Metropolitan, Whitney, and Museum of Modern Art in New York. Ben-Zion brought his blunt, powerful expressionism to biblical subjects. His Biblical Themes portfolio (1951) is complete in this exhibition. Marc Chagall’s work is included in the French government’s Musee National Message Biblique Marc Chagall Bible. His suite, Drawings for the Bible, was published in both French and American editions. The American edition will be displayed in this gallery. Christians in the Visual Arts (CIVA) is the premier visual arts organization connecting the artist, the church, and the culture. TALMUD and the art of Ben-Zion and Marc Chagall is on loan to CIVA from the collection of Edward and Diane Knippers from Arlington, Virginia. For more information go to http://art.jbu.edu or www.civa.org. John Brown University is a private Christian university, ranked eighth by U.S. News & World Report in the Southern Region. JBU enrolls more than 1,900 students from 43 states and 40 countries. JBU is a member of Arkansas’ Independent Colleges and Universities and the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities.

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