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Opening Reception: The Shabbat Project by Laurie Wohl

  • The Jewish Community Library 1835 Ellis St. San Francisco United States (map)



The Shabbat Project is inspired by the Kabbalat Shabbat service that welcomes the Sabbath. Wohl’s Unweavings® fiber art pieces interpret and embed Kabbalat Shabbat prayers, psalms, and nigunim (wordless songs). The pieces are presented in this exhibition in their musical context.

The Unweavings® allude to the oldest traditions of narrative textiles, expressed in a completely contemporary idiom. The prayers embedded in their design recall centuries of Jewish prayer practice, and the accompanying soundscape blends ancient and contemporary music.

The soundscape on prepared iPods introduces the reflective and joyous music of Kabbalat Shabbat, and enables the viewer to activate tracks relating to specific pieces.

Fiber artist Laurie Wohl is internationally known for her unique Unweavings®, liturgical projects, and interfaith message. Her works are held in the collections of the Museum of Arts and Design, American Bible Society, Constitutional Court of South Africa, Catholic Theological Union, and numerous other public and private collections. They have been on long-term loan to United States embassies in Beirut, Vienna, Tunis, Cape Town, and Pretoria. Wohl lives and works in New York City.