Tea of Oblivion | Heidi Lau & Megan Ledbetter

November 6, 2015 - February 19, 2016

Tea of Oblivion

In an old Chinese folktale, the goddess of reincarnation Meng Po serves up the Tea of Oblivion to souls passing on to another life.  Made with herbs collected from ponds and streams, the mystic brew ensures that the memories and experiences of previous lives are forgotten.  Occasionally, one may refuse the tea to retain the details of their lives. 

Through their work, Heidi Lau and Megan Ledbetter embody the tale of Meng Po and its connection to nature and nostalgia. Incorporating elements from their respective cultures, the artists preserve personal connections to home. Lau’s ceramic sculptures and Ledbetter’s photography are rich with details collected from various earthly sources and suggest a threshold between the physical and intangible.


The Justice
"Tea of Oblivion" emits themes of abstraction through nature

The Brandeis Hoot
Folktale Inspired Exhibit Invites Viewers to Look More Closely


Saturday, November 7, 6:00-8:00 pm

Artists' Reception
Gallery Talk 7:00 pm

Thursday, November 19, 5:00-7:00 pm

Literary Salon
Join us for a Literary Salon in the Kniznick Gallery with the WSRC's Creative Writing Study Group. Four writers will read from current work, engaging with themes in the current exhibition Tea of Oblivion. Hosted by Linda Bond with writers Nancer Ballard, Mary G. Berg, Emily S. Corbato, and Rachel Munn.

Wednesday, January 6, 1:00-3:00 pm

"We Still Live Here: Âs Nutayuneân"
Join us for a screening of the 2010 documentary "We Still Live Here: Âs Nutayuneân" which tells the story of the revitalization of the Wampanoag language, the first time a language with no native speakers has been revived in this country.   Jennifer Weston, Researcher and Assistant Producer of the film and Director of the Mashpee Wampanoag Language Department will introduce the film and discuss the Wôpanâak Language Reclamation Project

Thursday, January 28, 12:30-2:00 pm

"Places for the Spirit, Traditional African American Gardens"
In conjunction with the Tea of Oblivion exhibition, artist Vaughn Sills will show and discuss photographs she made documenting traditional gardens of African Americans throughout the deep South. The gardens represent a distinctive aesthetic brought to America by African slaves and exhibit a deeply embedded tradition that has survived geographic and social transition, slavery, poverty, and time.

Thursday, February 4, 12:30-2:00 pm

Megan Ledbetter, Artist's Lecture

Friday, February 5, 12:30-2:00 pm

Cyanotype workshop with Megan Ledbetter
Make beautiful cyanotype prints on canvas using a bright light source.  You may bring in your own small objects to make the prints. This event is free and open to the public, all materials provided. Space is limited, register here

RESCHEDULED | Thursday, February 11, 12:30-2:00 pm 

Clay handbuilding workshop with Heidi Lau in Goldman-Schwartz Art Studios (map)
Use your hands to build forms or vessels with clay. Works will be fired at a later date. This event is free and open to the public, all materials provided. Space is limited, register here

RESCHEDULED | Thursday, February 11, 3:00-4:30

Heidi Lau, Artist's Lecture

Heidi Lau


Megan Ledbetter


This exhibition is made possible thanks to the generous support of the Gary David Goldberg and Diana Meehan Endowment for the Arts.