Exhibition

Where the Questions Live

On view September 22, 2019 to March 7, 2021

Where the Questions Live 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 will be creating a site-specific, multi-sensory, installation at PEM that will act as an enveloping world within a world. This exhibition will also feature an original soundscape, scored by award-winning composer Ruth Mendelson.

The installation in The Dotty Brown Art & Nature Center will be the culmination of a year-long exploration (Sept '18-Sep '19) that will utilize a mobile studio, walking adventures, poetry, meditations, education programming, and artmaking as well as an online archive that chronicles 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. 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.
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