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The Parsha Project by Christopher Orev Reiger

  • Jewish Community Library 1835 Ellis St San Francisco United States (map)
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On Display August 8 through November 14

Opening Reception: Thursday, September 26, 6:30 PM

Free admission with free garage parking on Pierce St between Ellis and Eddy streets.

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Beginning with Parashat Beshalach, which appeared on 13 Shevat 5776 / January 23, 2016, and concluding with Parashat Vayikra on 1 Nisan 5778 / March 17, 2018, Christopher Orev Reiger created more than 112 illustrations inspired by the weekly Torah portion, or parasha.

Featured on the cover of Congregation Beth Sholom’s Shabbat service pamphlet, the images were accompanied by expository notes that reveal the artist’s wide range of stylistic sources, from mid-20th century graphic design to riffs on Romantic and Expressionist art, and from Maimonides’ geometric  imagining of the Biblical menorah to metaphorical abstraction. Presented here in poster format, these illustrations emphasize the relationship between art and text.

Christopher Orev Reiger's visual art and writing projects wrestle with contemporary constructions of nature and the human relationship to non-human animal species. About this project he writes, "My artwork and writing rarely draw on my Jewish identity, practice, or knowledge base in obvious ways. It was a privilege, therefore, to spend two years closely reading and visually interpreting Torah, a text that’s familiar to so many, but earnestly read by too few.”

Co-sponsored by Congregation Beth Sholom.

Art exhibitions curated by Elayne Grossbard.