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Opening Reception - Birds of Longing

Wednesday, September 11th 2013, 5:00pm

Doug Adams Gallery (inside the Badè Museum of Biblical Archeology), Pacific School of Religion, 1798 Scenic Avenue, Berkeley

2011 CARE grant recipient Laurie Wohl interweaves Muslim, Jewish and Christian poetry and spiritual texts from the period of the Convivencia in Spain (eighth through fifteenth centuries) with contemporary Middle Eastern poets, particularly Palestinian and Israeli. She presents the common themes and striking parallels between Arabic and Hebrew texts—similarly rich in poetry of spiritual love, extensive poetry of exile, and poetry of nostalgia for Andalusia.

An audio component is integral to the project and will consist of English, Arabic, and Hebrew readings of the poems and spiritual texts contained in the work.