Artist in Residence Archie Rand November 3-4

Artist and Author of The 613

Brought to Temple Beth-El by the generosity of the Jean and Jesse Wulfe Religious Enhancement Fund.   photo credit: © Barney Kulok, 2009. Courtesy Galerie Hussenot.


Thursday, November 3, 2016—7:00 pm
The Evolutionary Arc of Archie Rand’s “The 613”

“The 613” was the culmination of investigations that Archie Rand had been conducting since the early 1970’s. Due to unusual career events and opportunities Mr. Rand became engaged in willfully splicing together advanced secular aesthetics and (at that time) alien Jewish references. Oddly occupying the same paintings these conflicting interests would broadcast their mutual habitation as something completely uncomfortable and at times, unpardonable, in the larger cultural discourse. The history of how contemporary art resisted and then grudgingly had to accommodate this uninvited encroachment—and eventual habitation—of blatantly Jewish subject matter will be illustrated with numerous visuals and will be discussed by Mr. Rand.  

Friday, November 4, 2016—12:00 pm
Specifics of the Imagery’s Development in “The 613” 

Mr. Rand will discuss background information which led to the selection of images that comprise the varied and sometimes incongruous iconography of “The 613”.  Both the sources and historical reasons for the particular choices of both pictures and the styles in which they were painted will be addressed in his talk.  

It is suggested that the audience familiarize themselves with Mr. Rand’s available video material to more fully appreciate his viewpoint and gain access to his process. Recommended selections are all available on you-tube.

1)    “The Painted Shul”, directed by Amala Lane:  a 45 minute movie about Mr. Rand’s precedent-setting murals at Congregation B’nai Yosef in Brooklyn, NY

2)     Two half hour episodes of “Building New York: Archie Rand”: a CUNY-TV production where Mr. Rand is twice interviewed, over a three year period, by host Michael Stoler, on his Jewish themed artwork


© Christian Hansen, 2015, for the NY Times