When Yitzchok Moully, a Chabad-Lubavitch rabbi, visits Pittsburgh for the first time later this month, one of his first stops will be the Andy Warhol Museum.
It might seem strange that a rabbi from the rigorously Orthodox movement has the Warhol on his to-do list, with its cutting edge and sometimes controversial art. But it was Warhol — one of Pittsburgh’s favorite sons and arguably the leading figure of the mid-20th-century pop-art movement — who has been a foremost source of inspiration for Moully, also known as “The Pop Art Rabbi.”
Take a look at Moully’s colorful, silkscreen prints and you might have to do a double take. At first blush, they look like they could be Warhols, but the repeated images separated into individual squares are not soup cans or sneakers or Marilyn Monroe; instead, Moully’s subjects include dreidles and apples and hamantaschen….