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This month’s online art exhibition features the work of artist, Hanan Harchol, whose solo exhibition, Hanan Harchol: Jewish Food For Thought, will open October 3rd, 2103, at the Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion Museum in Manhattan.

Painter. Illustrator. Animator. Installation Artist. Hanan Harchol is a multi-media artist whose work uses family narratives to explore the human condition and the application of Jewish teachings to contemporary life.

Using conversations between the artist and his parents in hand-drawn videos and images, Harchol explores the themes of Envy, Repentance, Forgiveness, Gratitude, Love and Fear, Humility, and Faith. By placing these conversations in a contemporary context, Harchol is able to make Jewish teachings accessible and relevant to everyday life.

As we take a deep dive into The Avodah Service this month, we invite you to view Harchol’s works and think about how these themes resonate for our communities and ourselves.

Harchol’s animations can be viewed at www.JewishFoodForThought.com.

Hanan Harchol: Jewish Food For Thought runs from October 3rd, 2013 – June 27th, 2014 at at the Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion Museum in Manhattan. For visitor hours and directions, please visit http://huc.edu/museums/ny/.

Jewish Food For Thought is curated by Laura Kruger, and is presented by the Irma L. and Abram S. Croll Center for Jewish Learning and Culture, with the support of George, z’l, and Mildred Weissman.  The exhibition, catalogue and commentary were produced with the generous support of The Covenant Foundation. Jewish Food For Thought: The Animated Series was created with generous funding by The Covenant Foundation, with fiscal sponsorship by The Foundation for Jewish Culture.

For more information on the exhibition, please contact Jean Bloch Rosensaft, Director of the Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion Museum at jrosensaft@huc.edu.

About the Artist:

Hanan Harchol is a multimedia visual artist, born in Israel, who moved to the US as a child. Harchol creates paintings, drawings, animations, videos, and multimedia installations that use family narratives to explore the human condition, in particular, the application of Jewish teachings to contemporary life.

Harchol earned a Master of Fine Arts from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts with Highest Honors from Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University. Harchol received a 1998 New Jersey State Council on the Arts Fellowship, and The Foundation for Jewish Culture’s Ronnie Heyman Prize in 2004. Harchol was awarded a 2011 Covenant Foundation Three-Year Signature Grant to create Jewish Food For Thought, an animated series that incorporates Jewish wisdom into engaging and thought-provoking animate dialogues between Harchol and his parents. Harchol’s work has been published in the book Jewish Art In America: An Introduction, by Prof. Baigell, and reviewed in ARTnews, The Chicago Tribune, and The Jewish Week.

Harchol has exhibited extensively in museums and galleries across the country and his films and animations have been broadcast on Channel 13 (WNET), Jewish Life Television, Shalom TV, and in nearly 100 film festivals worldwide.

A recent interview with Harchol can be viewed at http://reformjudaismmag.org/Articles/index.cfm?id=3242.

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