Gender and Magic at Women's Center

Nightmare Series Dybbuk 5" × 3" × 4"
Rob MacInnis
Nightmare Series Dybbuk 5" × 3" × 4"
Emerging artist Jessica Riva Cooper will populate the Kniznick Gallery at the Woman’s Studies Research Center this spring with mystical figures from Yiddish folklore. As the third annual Hadassah-Brandeis Institute artist-in-residence, Cooper will execute an original, site-specific drawing and sculpture installation that reinterprets through a feminist lens the stories of the golem (a figure said to do a person’s bidding without question) and the dybbuk 
(a mystical spirit). From April 4–14, visitors will be able to see the installation 
in progress and interact with the artist; an opening reception is scheduled for April 14, and the show will remain on view until May 20. A Toronto native, Cooper holds a B.F.A. in ceramics from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design and an M.F.A. in ceramics from the Rhode Island School of Design, where she has taught wheel-thrown pottery and ceramic sculpture courses. She has exhibited her work and has served as a visiting artist in both the United States and Canada. For more information, visit
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