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Exhibition Preview – Meet the Artist: “Debra Olin: Every Protection”
October 14, 2021 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
One event on October 14, 2021 at 4:30 pm
One event on October 14, 2021 at 5:00 pm
One event on October 14, 2021 at 5:30 pm
One event on October 14, 2021 at 6:00 pm
One event on October 14, 2021 at 6:30 pm
Is it considered a charm for a pregnant woman to wear an apron?
Is there a belief that one must not rock an empty cradle?
What medicines, precautions, and other means are employed in order to have clever children?
Questions like these, drawn from the traditional beliefs of generations of Eastern European Jews, inspired artist Debra Olin and became the heart of her Every Protection series. Haunting and provocative, the questions were part of an exhaustive survey developed in the years just before World War I by Russian ethnographer S. An-sky, who sought to document a way of life he saw disappearing in the Pale of Settlement, the region of Eastern Europe where Jews were then forced to live.
The exhibition features nine large mixed-media works and an installation created specifically for this show. Join us for a preview of this fascinating new show and for the opportunity to meet artist Debra Olin.
Please take note of the Museum’s COVID-19 policies. Capacity is limited; attendance is not guaranteed without RSVP.
Debra Olin: Every Protection is on view from October 14, 2021 through April 2022. Learn more about the exhibition here.
Debra Olin is a printmaker, living and working in Somerville, MA. She received her MFA from Massachusetts College of Art in 1980. Olin has shown in exhibitions across the U.S., Canada, France, Poland, Serbia, South Africa, and Cuba. Her work is in the permanent collections of the Boston Public Library, Temple Israel, Brookline, MA, YIVO Institute, NYC, The DeCordova Museum, Lincoln, MA and the Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University. In 2004 Debra was awarded the Rappaport Prize, the largest public annual award to an individual artist in New England. In 2018 Olin received a Massachusetts Cultural Council Finalist Award and a grant from the Berkshire Taconic Artist Resource Trust.