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The 613 by Archie Rand

For over five decades Archie Rand has been regarded as a maverick and rule-breaker, and The 613 is his most ambitious work. An enormous multi-panel painting, it depicts surprising responses to the 613 commandments of the Torah, which is the first five books of the Hebrew Bible (or Old Testament). Yes, there are more than 10 commandments—the rules that govern ethical and religious behavior in Judaism. Rand’s monumental installation explores traditions of both biblical interpretation and artistic expression. It exemplifies Rand’s groundbreaking achievements in the construction of contemporary Jewish iconography, affirming his position as a relentlessly innovative artist.

Wednesday, June 23 at 11:00am to 5:00pm

More dates through July 18, 2021

Memorial Art Gallery
500 University Avenue, Rochester, NY 14607

Event Type

Arts and Entertainment, Exhibitions


General Public


Memorial Art Gallery
Contact Phone or Email

(585) 276-8900

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Roy Fruiterman

Roy Fruiterman left a positive review Saturday, April 24, 2021

I really appreciated Archie's review of how he "got here", with respect to the 613. It now makes so much sense.
There was a statement that the session was recorded. I would like to send the recording to two friends, for whom I just purchased the book as gifts. If the recording is available to the general public, please let me know how to accomplish that.