Professor Rachel Gross, the John & Marcia Goldman Professor of American Jewish Studies at San Francisco State University, looks at the fourth commandment You shall not make for yourself a graven image or any likeness which is in the heavens above, which is on the earth below, or which is in the water beneath the earth and discusses how it has been misinterpreted in regards to representational visual art.
Gallery chats are short talks exploring the art and ideas in an exhibition. These twenty-minute talks take place in the galleries during lunchtime and are free with Museum admission.
Dr. Rachel B. Gross was appointed to the John and Marcia Goldman Chair in American Jewish Studies in the Department of Jewish Studies at San Francisco State in Fall 2016. Professor Gross is a scholar in religious studies whose work focuses on the lives, spaces, and objects of twentieth-century and contemporary American Jews. She has published scholarly articles on Jews and food and is currently working on a manuscript, entitled “Objects of Affection: The Material Religion of American Jewish Nostalgia.” Professor Gross received her PhD in Religion from Princeton University.
Archie Rand, Not To Commit Injustice With Scales And Weights. (Leviticus 19:35), part of The 613, 2001–06, serial painting composed of 613 panels, acrylic on canvas, 20 x 16 in. each. Courtesy of the artist.