The Museum of Biblical Art

A little embarrassing to admit, but I have never before heard of The Museum of Biblical Art, despite living (at most) an hour out of the city for my entire life.  But thanks so some perusing on Time Out New York, I stumbled upon this great institution, located at 61st and Broadway.

The Museum of Biblical Art (MoBiA) dedicates itself to “celebrating and interpreting art related to the Bible and its cultural legacy in Jewish and Christian traditions through exhibitions, education and scholarship […] The Museum of Biblical Art (MOBiA) brings to the public an interpretation of art through the lens of biblical religions and an understanding of religion through its artistic manifestations.”

It currently has two exhibitions on display, the first called “A Light to the Nations: America’s Earliest Bibles (1532-1864)” which examines early translations of Bibles into native tongues during early exploration of the Americas.  The MOBiA’s second exhibition is “The Wanderer: Foreign Landscapes of Enrique Martinez Celaya.”  According to the official exhibition press release, Celaya’s work “presents a series of desolate landscapes in which God may or may not have abandoned mankind […] Martínez Celaya employs autobiography, allusions and references to authors who have been influenced by the Bible–including Tolstoy, Nietzsche and Kierkegaard–to construct a complex personal aesthetic steeped in literature and philosophy.”

Tickets to the MOBiA are priced from $4 to $7, and the museum is open Wednesdays-Sundays.  For more information, visit the MOBiA website here.