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February 24 - April 5, 2016 

HBI Artist-in-Residence | Wendy Wolfe Fine

Wendy Wolfe Fine | The Pearl that Slipped Its Shell

Wednesday, April 6 - Friday, June 24

Opening Reception: April 6, 5-8 pm

Kniznick Gallery weekend hours
Sunday, April 17, 11:00 am -3:00 pm
Sunday, May 15, 11:00 am -3:00 pm

Wendy Wolfe Fine

WENDY WOLFE FINE, FILM STILLs, 2013-2015

The Pearl that Slipped Its Shell relays the experiences of Jewish women in Iran as a result of the Islamic Revolution of 1979, specifically those of the Mizrahi family, who immigrated to the United States and carry on Iranian Jewish traditions. Through her installation, Fine incorporates video, photography and cultural objects to re-envision transformation and loss in the personal freedoms and cultural lives of Iranian Jewish women after the Revolution, when their country shifted from a secular state to a theocracy of Islamic fundamentalism.  Her background in filmmaking visually informs the exhibition through the use of conventions used in documentary films; the narrator’s voice, the use of actual objects and images belonging to the Mizrahi family, and the overall use of mise-en-scène that operates as stage.

Selected Press

The Brandeis Hoot
Fine's New Art Exhibit Conveys Various Aspects of Iranian Culture


Events

February 24 - April 5, 2016 

HBI Artist-in-Residence | Wendy Wolfe Fine
Fine will be working on-site at the Kniznick Gallery and will be available to engage with the public to discuss her project, ideas, and forthcoming exhibition The Pearl that Slipped Its Shell.

Wednesday, March 16, 12:30-3:30 pm

Workshop: Beaded "History" Curtain for The Pearl that Slipped Its Shell
Help create a beaded curtain to be used in the exhibition The Pearl that Slipped Its Shell. Using gemstones, copper and walnut wood, natural resources native to Iran, participants will work with HBI Artist Wendy Wolfe Fine towards creating 27 strands representative of 2700 years of Iranian Jewish history. This event is free and open to the public, and people are welcome to drop in at any time during the workshop. Register HERE

Wednesday, March 23, 12:30-2:00 pm

Artist Talk: Wendy Wolfe Fine

Wednesday, April 6, 5:00-8:00 pm

Opening Reception

Monday, April 11, 12:30-2:00 pm

Lecture: Shifts in Power and the Future of the Women’s Movement in the Middle East - Zohreh Mizrahi 
On April 11th immigration attorney and human rights advocate Zohreh Mizrahi will speak about the history of women’s rights in the Middle East and how the rise of extremism there has impacted women’s lives. Mizrahi’s hands on familiarity with the Middle-Eastern cultures, languages, and history has contributed to her successful representation of many individuals before U.S. Governmental agencies. She has a B.A. from the University of Massachusetts Boston, as well as a J.D. from the Thurgood Marshall School of Law at Texas Southern University. Our guest lecturer has a personal connection to Wendy Wolfe Fine’s exhibition The Pearl that Slipped Its Shell which relays the experiences of Jewish women in Iran as a result of the Islamic Revolution of 1979, s​pecifically those of the Zohreh Mizrahi family.

Sunday, April 17, 1:00 pm

Kuku Sabzi: A Symbolic Food for the Persian New Year
Join HBI artist-in-residence Wendy Wolfe Fine and Kermani native Sharona Mizrahi for a workshop on how to make Kuku Sabzi, a Persian herb omelet. Kuku Sabzi is a traditional dish eaten during the springtime celebration of Nowruz, the Persian New Year, a holiday that incorporates many symbolic foods and objects. In this dish, herbs symbolize rebirth, and eggs represent fertility and happiness for the coming year. Mizrahi will share stories of her childhood in Iran as we taste and share the traditional Persian dish. This event is free and open to the public, all materials provided. Space is limited, register HERE



The 2016 Hadassah-Brandeis Institute (HBI) Artist-in-Residence program is made possible thanks to the generous support of Arnee and Walter Winshall and Carol Spinner at Avoda Arts.