An opening reception was held on September 21 in Miller Hall for the new multimedia exhibit, “Between Spirit and Matter” by Utah-based artist, Beth Krensky. Maddie Blonquist Shrum Div ’22 co-curated the exhibit and facilitated a panel following the artist’s talk.
The exhibit is an installation of performance pieces and ritual artifacts. Glowing alabaster edifices, tinkling prayer shawls, and fluttering wings transform historic Miller Hall, located at 406 Prospect Street, 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.
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. Learn more about the exhibit and artist here.
The exhibit is on view until December 10.
View a recent article published by Morris Raskin in the Yale Daily News about the exhibit.
Beth Krensky talks about her new exhibit “Between Spirit and Matter” at the opening reception in Miller Hall on September 21.