The 42-Letter Name by Robert Kirschbaum

The Memorial Art Gallery, Rochester, New York, will be exhibiting Robert Kirschbaum’s print folio/artist’s book, “The 42-Letter Name,” along with 3 pieces from the artist’s “Devarim" series of machined aluminum sculpture, from December 12, 2014–April 12, 2015, in MAG’s Lockhart Gallery.

Fusing Judaic concepts of sacred space with forms derived from traditional South Asian religious art, Robert Kirschbaum’s The 42-Letter Name is a meditation upon divinity, creation and faith. Each page of the folio references a letter of one of the secret names of God. Kirschbaum’s invented language of mystical symbols evokes Hebrew letters, the sacred space of the Temple and Jewish ritual objects.

The artist has said “many layers of memory are invested in this work,” including preparations for his bar mitzvah, an industrial arts class in high school, and a 1966 visit to MAG as an undergraduate which sparked his life-long interest in the art of India and South 


Museum Hours:
Wednesday-Sunday 11 am–5 pm*, Thursday 11 am–9 pm
Special holiday hours Tuesday, December 30 from 11 am to 5 pm
Closed Mondays, all other Tuesdays and major holidays.

More info on admission / directions here.

Robert Kirschbaum is professor of fine arts at Trinity College in Hartford, CT. He earned undergraduate degrees from the University of Rochester and the Boston Museum School and an MFA from Yale University. The recipient of numerous grants and awards, including three Fulbright awards and an Artist’s Fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts, he has exhibited and lectured throughout the United States and abroad. His artwork is in such permanent collections as the New Britain Museum of American Art, William Benton Museum of Art at the University of Connecticut, Yale University Art Gallery, the US State Department, and the Pennell Print Collection of the Library of Congress.

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