Play Name That Celebrity and WIN!

Pop quiz: You’re handed a banana, a crumpled up piece of paper, three defunct iPhone cables, and a leaf. What do you do next?

  1. Throw them in the trash
  2. Use the objects to create caricatures of celebrities, politicians, and other public figures

Israeli artist Hanoch Piven has been choosing option B for the last 20 years, and his surprisingly accurate portraits have graced the pages of Time, Newsweek, Rolling Stone, and dozens of other publications around the world.

Piven values the art of playfulness. “Artists know that playfulness is fertile ground for creativity,” he says in his TedX talk. “When we play, we are free.”

Ready to play? This Sunday, January 18, you have two opportunities to learn from Piven’s playfulness. From 1-3 pm, under Piven’s guidance, you (and your whole family!) are invited to create your own self portrait collage at the Drawing with Objects Workshop. At 7:30pm, Piven’s lecture will demonstrate how intuition, right brain thinking, serendipity, trial and error and above all, a healthy amount of fun and humor, can trigger our creativity. Drawing With Objects Workshop and Seeing Faces Lecture are part of the Israel Center for the Minneapolis Jewish Federation’s Culture BLVD IV series, and are presented in partnership with the Sabes JCC’s Jewish Humor Festival.

“This is the perfect activity for families on a cold day,” says Eilat Harel, Director of the Israel Center of the Minneapolis Jewish Federation. “A chance to have some fun, be creative together, and experience a unique piece of Israeli culture.”


Workshop with Hanoch Piven: Drawing with Objects – January 18 from 1-3pm

Families are encouraged to take this workshop together! Children under 10 must be accompanied by an adult also registered for the workshop. Fee includes all supplies. Space Is Limited. Workshop fee: $10.

Seeing Faces: A Lecture with Hanoch Piven – January 18 at 7:30pm

Tickets: $12 advance; $14 same day. Ticket includes light reception following the presentation.

For tickets: 952-381-3499 / [email protected].

These events are co-sponsored by the Israel Center of the Minneapolis Jewish Federation, the Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas, the Sabes JCC, and the Consulate General of Israel to the Midwest. Media co-sponsors: American Jewish World and TC Jewfolk.


Win two tickets to either of Sunday’s events by testing your celebrity facial recognition. The first person to correctly identify all 10 of Hanoch Piven’s portrait subjects below is the lucky winner!