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Voices of Wisdom: Artist-Led Tours

Voices of Wisdom: Artist-Led Tours

Thursday, January 19, 2017 - 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm


Guests toured Voices of Wisdom in Spertus Institute's Ground Level Arts Lab with artists Melanie Dankowicz, Jonathan Franklin, Stephen Levin, and Amy Reichert as guides. They heard about the ideas and experiences that lay at the heart of their projects and learn about the techniques and materials used to create them, from steamrollers and seaweed to gold leaf and toilet paper rolls!


This program took place in conjunction with Voices of Wisdom, a showcase of new works created in conjunction with the Midwest Jewish Artists Lab, an initiative through which Spertus brought together twelve distinguished artists for conversation, critiques, and community-building.

The artists were provided opportunities to study art from the Spertus collections, as well as learn from historians, art scholars, and experts in a range of related fields. During the course of the year-long program, each participant was charged with creating an artwork or series around the theme of wisdom.

Voices of Wisdom was on view in the Ground Level Arts Lab through March 19, 2017. 

Image at left

By Stephen M. Levin from his series Jewish Life in Chicagoland Today: Isaac and Jacob, BJE Pre-School at Congregation B'nai Tikvah, Deerfield, Illinois.

Melanie Dankowicz

Image above: Ashreinu Coffee Table and Side Table by Melanie Dankowicz.

Jonathan Franklin

Image above: Trees of a Thousand Voices by Jonathan Franklin.

Amy Reichert

Image above: Yarzheit Candle by Amy Reichert.

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Voices of Wisdom:

Artist-Led Tours

Sunday, March 19, 2017 
2:00 pm to 4:00 pm

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