Hadassah-Brandeis Institute

Seven Species, Three Generations

Seven Species, Three Generations - Nancy Schön / Ellen Schön / Susan Schön / Jackie Schon / Mia Schon / Hannah Schon / Charlie Dov Schön Guterman
An interdisciplinary, intergenerational family of artists
Nancy Schön / Ellen Schön / Susan Schön / Jackie Schon / Mia Schon / Hannah Schon / Charlie Dov Schön Guterman

Exhibition: July 28-September 15, 2022

Seven artists in the Schön family offer a feminist interpretation of the seven species: wheat, barley, grapes, figs, pomegranates, olives, and dates.

This exhibition features sculpture, mosaic, paintings, pottery, textiles, film and more. It is hosted by the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute and the Women's Studies Research Center at Brandeis with generous funding from the Combined Jewish Philanthropies.

Read more in "The Boston Globe" and "JewishBoston."

Seven Species, Three Generations: Workshop and Gallery Tour/In-Person

Schön family of artists, Nancy Schön, Mia Schon, Jackie Schon, Susan Schön and Charlie Dov Schön Guterman, will give you a private tour of the exhibition where they will share the stories of their intergenerational family of artists and the beautiful artwork they created. Nancy Schön will discuss her passion and purpose, and how she engages the world with public art. 

Create artwork in hands-on workshops in paper mosaics made from magazines with Mia Schon and weaving techniques with Charlie Dov Schön Guterman.

Seven Species, Three Generations: Adele Fleet Bacow in Conversation with the Seven Schön Family Artists/Online


Join us for a virtual evening with all seven of the Schön family artists. They will share the stories behind their beautiful art, how they became a family of intergenerational artists, and their feminist interpretations of the Seven Species: olives, dates, figs, wheat, barley, grapes and pomegranates. 

Adele Fleet Bacow, recently retired as President of Community Partners Consultants, will moderate the discussion and share her expertise on the importance of public art. Bacow has extensive experience in urban planning, cultural economic development, and the arts, consulting for a wide variety of clients nationally, including public agencies, community development corporations, cultural organizations, and foundations.

Free and open to the public.

More About the Seven Species

The seven species are mentioned specifically in Deuteronomy 8:8, but also in other sections of the supplementary readings, the Talmud and the Sandedrin. The species, wheat, barley, grapes, figs, pomegranates, olives, and dates remain major crops in Israel. In ancient times, their first fruits were the only crops brought to the temple in Jerusalem on Shavuot. Today, we eat them on Tu Bishvat, Sukkot, and Shavuot. Rabbi Isaac Luria, a Kabbalist, attributes spiritual energies to each fruit corresponding to the seven lower sefirot (spiritual emanations) that we count during each week of the Omer. These are kindness (wheat), restraint (barley), beauty (grapes), endurance (figs), glory (pomegranate), foundation (olive), and kingdom (dates).