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86 Monmouth St.
Brookline, MA 02446
To close out the Brookline Arts Center’s exhibition of The Wisdom Exchange Art Project, join us for a celebration featuring an interactive sharing of multiple communities’ letters of wisdom, with music by Nat Seelen’s Wisdom Ensemble.
How is each member of a community both a receiver and giver of wisdom? The Wisdom Exchange Project invites the Boston community to reflect and exchange letters of personal wisdom and together create ceramic vessels to contain that wisdom. It is inspired by the 75th anniversary of the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls, which were ancient texts that were themselves preserved in ceramic jars for nearly 2 millenia. Living with the COVID-19 pandemic has caused many to reflect on what we hold most important.
The Wisdom Project has engaged over a hundred and thirty people from ages 6 to 96. Participants have come from organizations such as 2Life, Camp Yavneh, the Jewish Community Day School, the Brookline Art Center, and Temple Beth David.
The Brookline and Boston communities are invited to the Wisdom Release Happening: An Outdoor Closing Showcase at the Annex Gallery on Sunday, 5/22 from 1:00 - 2:30 PM. This will be an interactive sharing of multiple communities’ letters of wisdom. It will feature music played by Nat Seelen’s Wisdom Ensemble. The installation can be viewed from 1 to 1:30 and will then be de-installed in a special closing ceremony at 1:30 when project participants who are present will receive their Wisdom Vessels.
All are invited to visit the Brookline Art Center to experience the installation of audio letters, ceramic wisdom vessels, and a documentary of the process by filmmaker Olivia Huang. The installation is on view now through 5/22 between 9 am - 5 pm at the Brookline Art Center’s Annex Gallery 86 Monmouth St. Brookline 02446.
Shirah Rubin is a multidisciplinary artist who lives in Brookline with a studio based in Boston. Through her artistic endeavors, which include installations, sculptural ceramics, and public art interventions, she invents three-dimensional worlds that explore memory and the challenges posed by its fragile nature. Born in Washington D.C. she studied studio art and psychology at the University of Delaware. Shirah has worked at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston; the Israel Museum and the Shrine of the Book in Jerusalem; the Jewish Museum in New York City; Brown University’s and the Rhode Island School of Design’s Hillel and Gallery; Gann Academy, and Hebrew College.
This project was funded in part by:
Combined Jewish Philanthropies, Arts & Culture grant, 2021
Brookline Commission for the Arts, a local agency, which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency, 2022