Birds of Longing, a collection of distinctive fiber art pieces by Laurie Wohl, emphasizes commonalities among the spiritual texts and poetry of the three Abrahamic religions. Wohl’s unique Unweavings interweave Jewish, Muslim, and Christian texts from the medieval period of the Convivencia in Spain with those of contemporary Middle Eastern poets, particularly Palestinian, Syrian, and Israeli. Themes of spiritual love, justice, memory, exile, mistrust of enemies, and yearning for reconciliation recur throughout Birds of Longing, stimulating thought about the shared emotional, aesthetic, thematic, and spiritual content of these traditions.
The physical exhibition was originally displayed at the Poetry Center in spring 2020.
You can also view a Gallery Talk by Laurie Wohl here.
Laurie Wohl presents a gallery talk on Birds of Longing: Exile and Memory. Originally scheduled for March 31, 2020, at the Poetry Center, this digital version of the talk was recorded on April 2, with Wohl presenting remotely from her home in New York City. A brief conversation between Wohl and Poetry Center Library Specialist Julie Swarstad Johnson concludes the presentation.