On April 17 Hillel at Emory opened its newest art exhibit featuring the work of Yitzchok Moully, the self-proclaimed Pop Art Rabbi. Moully incorporates aspects of his religion and his colorful background to create art reminiscent of a Jewish Andy Warhol. Raised by former hippies, Moully grew up surrounded by color and promotion of self expression.
Many of the pieces in the exhibit display a connection between the modern world and Judaism, such as the paintings belonging to the “Ritual Objects Series”. The paintings in this series juxtapose a traditional ritual object with a common modern object. The purpose is to show that it is not the object that is holy, but the ritual that makes it holy.
This exhibit was brought into Hillel with the purpose of connecting people to Jewish art, especially young adults. The vibrancy of the colors, the inclusion of modernity, and the beautiful simplicity of the art makes it accessible to all age groups. Each piece has a special story or meaning behind it that makes the artwork not just something pleasing to look at, but a conversation piece as well.