Exhibition Opening | Between Spirit and Matter

Event time: 
Wednesday, September 21, 2022 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm
Miller Hall (PROS406) See map
406 Prospect Street
New Haven, CT 06511
Open to: 
General Public
Hours of operation: 

5:00 pm. – 7:00 pm.

Event description: 

Join us for an artist talk and panel discussion for the exhibition opening Between Spirit and Matter.

Guests are encouraged to arrive early for light refreshments beginning at 5:00pm. Artist Beth Krensky will speak promptly at 5:30 pm about her work followed by a guest panel discussion featuring Margaret Olin, Maeera Shreiber, and Ori Z. Soltes moderated by curator Maddie Blonquist Shrum (M.A.R. ‘22).


Between Spirit and Matter is an installation of performance pieces and ritual artifacts by the Utah-based artist Beth Krensky. As an acclaimed art educator and maker, Krensky considers herself to be “a gatherer of things—objects, words, spirit—and a connector of fragments, to make us whole.” In videography of her performance works, relics both real and imagined, and tenderly crafted textiles, the artist embraces liminality in an effort to sanctify bodies, spaces, and objects. This exhibition invites viewers to inhabit the space Krensky does herself: the in-between of matter and spirit, the profane and the sacred.

Glowing alabaster edifices, tinkling prayer shawls, and fluttering wings transform this historic building into hallowed ground. Rooted in the centuries-old Jewish traditions and influenced by more recent familial memory, Krensky’s materially compelling works are rich with meaning, welcoming participation and creating sanctuary. Visit the exhibition page for more details.

Co-curated by Maddie Blonquist Shrum (ISM alumna, 2022) and Beth Krensky.