The Golem


Artist
Miriam Schapiro (Canadian, November 15 1923 – June 20 2015)
Date
1995
Medium
Lithograph and woodcut
Dimensions
Sheet : 37 13/16 x 27 3/4 in. (96.04 x 70.49 cm)
Mat : 50 x 40 in. (1.3 x 1 m)
Credit Line
Hope College Collection
Object Number
2017.18

Label
Miriam Schapiro played a central role in the evolution of feminist art from the 1970s onward. In the 1980s and 90s, Schapiro also created a body of artworks that explored aspects of her Russian Jewish heritage. This print references the Jewish legend of the Golem, in which an anthropomorphic creature made from clay is magically brought to life to defend a Jewish community from outside attacks. By portraying the Golem as an articulated robot, Schapiro encourages us to think about the modern significance of the Golem story and to reflect carefully on how we are using technology in contemporary society.  

Object Type
Print