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Old City Jewish Arts Center presents vibrant new works from Houston-based artist Barbara Hines that explore the timeless, complicated life of Joseph. Found in the book of Genesis, Joseph’s story is one full of highs and lows and, while it may have taken place 4,000 years ago, it still holds powerful relevance today.
Opening May 3, “Spotlight on Joseph” is comprised of over 25 watercolor works on paper, five works on canvas, and opens with a performance piece with Hines and co-director of the Old City Jewish Arts Center, Rabbi ZalmanWircberg. The performance piece will feature Hines asking Joseph, portrayed by Rabbi Wircberg, a series of challenging, hard-hitting questions that allow the audience to relate to the Joseph of old. Many of the challenges he faced are challenges we face in our modern, day-to-day lives.
The colorful works on paper bring Joseph from the Old Testament into the 21st century, showing him in modern scenarios, cellphone in hand.
“I think of Joseph as one of the most interesting men from our past whom I would like to meet,” says Hines. “The themes that drove the events of his life highlight sibling rivalry, sexual harassment, forgiveness and redemption. The resolution of his story which brought us to this day focuses on how to maintain our moral compass whilst living in an environment of depravity. His timeless story is as relevant today as it was 4000 years ago. Joseph is an icon showing the world how to handle adversity whilst maintaining trust in G-d.”