Laurie Wohl: Birds of Longing: Exile and Memory

Monday, August 27, 2018 - October 28, 2018
Gorecki Gallery, CSB

Laurie Wohl

This exhibit of Laurie Wohl’s stunningly beautiful “Unweavings,” as she calls her fiber art pieces, interweaves Christian, Jewish and Muslim spiritual writings from the Convivencia in Spain (8th-15th centuries) with contemporary Middle Eastern poetry, particularly Palestinian and Israeli.  Wohl emphasizes the striking parallels between Arabic and Hebrew texts, with the common themes of love, exile, nostalgia, mistrust of enemies and yearning for reconciliation.

An audio component includes readings in English, Arabic and Hebrew and a specially-composed soundscape by composer Daniel Wohl, illustrating the commonality of the Middle Eastern languages.

To experience the audio component of this exhibit, ipods can be checked out at the BAC Box Office or at the CSB Gallery during selected hours.  Please be prepared to leave an ID.

BAC Box Office: 10:30 – 5:30pm- M-Sat.  CSB Gallery:  Noon to 5:30pm- Sundays

FAE Available on Sundays

Artist Bio:

Laurie Wohl is an internationally known fiber artist whose unique Unweaving® convey spiritual narratives through form, color, texture and calligraphy. Her works are held in the collections of the Museum of Arts and Design, Constitutional Court of South Africa, Catholic Theological Union and numerous other public and private collections. Among her special projects have been interactive set designs for full-length dance pieces by Callince Dance (New York City) and Jan Erkert & Dancers (Chicago). She speaks frequently on art and worship, as well as on text and textile.

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This exhibit is presented in partnership with the Jay Phillips Center for Interfaith Learning.

Jay Phillips Center for Interfaith Learning