HBI Artist-in-Residence | Wendy Wolfe Fine

February 24 - April 5, 2016

Wendy Wolfe Fine | The Pearl that Slipped Its Shell

April 6 - June 24, 2016

 Wendy Wolfe Fine postcard

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. Fine’s immersive installation 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.  


Wendy Wolfe Fine, installation view of The Pearl that Slipped Its Shell, Kniznick Gallery, 2016


Selected Press

Jewish Boston
A Family Story from Jewish Iran: Wendy Wolfe Fine’s Art Installation at the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute

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


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

Beaded "History" Curtain Workshop
Work with HBI Resident artist Wendy Wolfe Fine create a curtain to be used in her exhibition The Pearl that Slipped Its Shell. Using gemstones, copper and walnut wood, natural resources native to Iran, participants will work 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's Talk
Wendy Wolfe Fine will talk about her artistic process and her residency at the Kniznick Gallery. She will also speak about her upcoming exhibition, The Pearl that Slipped Its Shell.

Wednesday, April 6, 5-8 pm

Opening Reception

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

Lecture | Zohreh Mizrahi : Shifts in Power and the Future of the Women’s Movement in the Middle East
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.

Sunday, April 17, 1:00 pm

Workshop | Kuku Sabzi: A Symbolic Food for the Persian New Year
Join 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

All events will be held at the Kniznick Gallery and are free and open to the public.

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. Learn more about HBI Artist-in-Residence opportunities.