A reception will be held in the BEKI Art Gallery on Thursday, December 5 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm, with a gallery talk by the painter Richard McBee at 7:00 pm, focusing on his current exhibition “Akeidah Verbs and Others.”
“Akeida Verbs” is a series of 30 paintings that attempt to plumb the story of the binding of Isaac, which in Hebrew is called the Akeida. “By isolating almost every verb or significant action in Genesis Chapter 22 and related passages,” McBee explains, “I hope to uncover and begin to make sense of this story’s narrative streams in 30 crucial scenes. Slowing down and concentrating on individual words and moments provide a fractured cinematic experience unlike any previous artwork I have done on this subject over the last 40 years.”
McBee is a painter of Biblical subject matter and a writer on Jewish Art. From 2000 until 2014, he wrote about the Jewish Arts for The Jewish Press, and he continues to exhibit paintings, lecture, and curate Jewish art exhibitions. He is a founding member of the Jewish Art Salon.