The Shabbat Project: An Exhibit by Artist Laurie Wohl
Wed, September 18, 2019 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Osher Marin JCC is pleased to present The Shabbat Project, a new exhibition of textile art by Laurie Wohl that visually interprets the wonder and sanctity of Shabbat. The great 20th century rabbi and thinker Abraham Joshua Heschel famously likened Shabbat to a sanctuary in time, describing it as “the Jewish equivalent to sacred architecture.” The exhibit is accompanied by a soundscape (on iPods), so the viewer can be transported by the melodies – both ancient and contemporary – that illuminate these prayers.
In addition to the Shabbat Project, the exhibit includes additional artworks. Selections from Wohl’s On Wings of Prayer series celebrate the High Holy Days, which are a time of reflection and anticipation of what’s to come. Four additional pieces reference the beautiful water imagery found in many of the Psalms and other Biblical texts, and are exhibited in recognition of California’s ongoing wildfire crisis and the need for action around climate change.
Meet the artist at the opening reception on Wednesday, September 18, 2019 from 7-9pm and hear her speak on this powerful project. The exhibit runs through January 3rd.
*Soundscape iPods related to the exhibit can be borrowed from the Front Desk at the Osher Marin JCC.
About the Artist: Laurie Wohl
Fiber artist Laurie Wohl is internationally known for her unique Unweavings®, liturgical projects, and interfaith message. Her works, recognized by the AIA Interfaith Forum on Religion, Art and Architecture, and by the Surface Design Association, are held in the collections of the Museum of Arts and Design, American Bible Society, Constitutional Court of South Africa, Catholic Theological Union, and numerous other public and private collections. Her works have been on long-term loan to the United States Embassies in Beirut, Vienna, Tunis, Cape Town, and Pretoria.
In 2011 and 2013, Wohl received grants from the Center for Arts, Religion & Education, and the Surface Design Association for her interfaith project-”Birds of Longing: Exile and Memory”-which relates poetry from the Convivencia to contemporary Middle Eastern poetry in the context of her Unweavings® fiber art pieces. “Birds of Longing” is traveling through 2021 to various educational and interfaith venues in California, Georgia, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Kentucky, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Indiana, Texas, Virginia, Washington D.C., Minnesota, and North Carolina.
Ms. Wohl lives and works in New York City.