Leon Family Gallery: Faces: Portraits from Madonna to the Pope

by | Sep 7, 2018 | What’s Happening

Leon Family Gallery, Reba and Sam Sandler Family Campus

October Faces: Portraits from Madonna to the Pope

Hanoch Piven

Giving the art of caricature an innovative look while shedding new light on today’s most familiar faces, Israel Today Artistin- Residence’s Hanoch Piven’s caricatures have appeared in major American magazines and newspapers such as Time, Newsweek, Rolling Stone, The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly, Entertainment Weekly, and the New York Times. His work has also appeared in publications in Spain, France, England, Norway, Italy, and Israel.

Born in Uruguay, raised in Israel, and educated at The School of Visual Arts in New York City, Piven was awarded a gold medal from the Society of Illustrators of New York for his illustration of Barbra Streisand.

Piven’s art, made with everyday found objects, suggests viewing the world in a playful new way. In fact, many schools and institutions in the U.S. and abroad use Piven’s collage method to make art and visual communication more accessible, comprehensible, and achievable.

Beyond his art, Piven has emerged as a humorous and captivating speaker, conducting creative workshops, and cultivating spaces of creative communication amongst educators, executives, and professional leaders.

Taken from the pages of his book with the same name, Faces: Portraits from Madonna to the Pope, including the categories of TV, film, music, American politics, the world, and finance, this exhibit presents deliciously wicked takes on the likes of such diverse folks as Bruce Springsteen, Marilyn Monroe, and Larry David. With a minimalist stroke of his deft hand, combined with an object related to what the subject is noted for—along with his sharp wit—Piven presents his vision of the celebrities he portrays.

Stop by the Leon Family Gallery during October to see Steven Spielberg’s beard and mustache expressed with strips of film; Kim Jon Il’s rocket eyes, and Steve Job’s body as an iPhone.

Family Workshop with the artist: Sunday, October 21, 10:00 am or 12:00 pm at the Simon Family JCC, during United Jewish Federation of Tidewater’s annual Super Sunday.

For more information about the Family Workshop with Israel Today’s Artist in Residence, Hanoch Piven, or on the Leon Family Gallery, contact Callah Terkeltaub, Arts + Ideas Manager, at CTerkeltaub@ujft.org or 757-321-2331.