Exhibition

Where the Questions Live: An Exploration of Humans in Nature

On view September 22, 2019 to March 7, 2021

Where the Questions Live: An Exploration of Humans in Nature is a curiosity-driven, format-bending romp with artist Wes Sam-Bruce, that adventurously investigates the connections, metaphors, and experiences of human beings within the natural world. Best known for his immersive, story-saturated exhibitions, Sam-Bruce creates a site-specific, multi-sensory, installation at PEM that functions as an enveloping world within a world. This exhibition also features an original soundscape, scored by award-winning composer Ruth Mendelson.

The installation in The Dotty Brown Art & Nature Center is the culmination of a year-long exploration (Sept '18-Sep '19) that utilized a mobile studio, walking adventures, poetry, meditations, education programming, and artmaking as well as an online archive that chronicled the year and the project. The public is invited to take part, both through on-site programs at PEM and by participating in the project online, as well as exploring behind the scenes via the archive at wherethequestions.live.

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Where the Questions Live is organized by the Peabody Essex Museum. This exhibition is made possible in part by the Applied Materials Foundation and the W. Bradford Ingalls Charitable Foundation. The East India Marine Associates of the Peabody Essex Museum and members of the Art & Nature Committee also provided generous support.


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Wes Sam-Bruce Where the Questions Live mobile studio. © Peabody Essex Museum. Photography by Kathy Tarantola.
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Wes Sam-Bruce Where the Questions Live artmaking. © Peabody Essex Museum. Photography by Kathy Tarantola.
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Wes Sam-Bruce Where the Questions Live mobile studio. © Peabody Essex Museum. Photography by Kathy Tarantola.
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Wes Sam-Bruce Where the Questions Live mobile studio. © Peabody Essex Museum. Photography by Kathy Tarantola.
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Wes Sam-Bruce Where the Questions Live mobile studio. © Peabody Essex Museum. Photography by Kathy Tarantola.
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Wes Sam-Bruce Where the Questions Live artmaking. © Peabody Essex Museum. Photography by Mel Taing.
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Wes Sam-Bruce Where the Questions Live mobile studio. © Peabody Essex Museum. Photography by Kathy Tarantola.
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Wes Sam-Bruce Where the Questions Live artmaking. © Peabody Essex Museum. Photography by Kathy Tarantola.
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Wes Sam-Bruce Where the Questions Live artmaking. © Peabody Essex Museum. Photography by Kathy Tarantola.
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Wes Sam-Bruce Where the Questions Live mobile studio. © Peabody Essex Museum. Photography by Kathy Tarantola.

"It's an exhibition for kids that's secretly for adults." - Artist Wes Sam-Bruce

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