Exhibition

Where the Questions Live: An Exploration of Humans in Nature

On view through January 2, 2022

To ensure public safety, this exhibition is open with limited hours and enhanced cleaning protocols in effect on Saturdays, Sundays, and holiday Mondays from 10 am-1 pm and 2 pm- 5 pm.
To explore online content generated by the artist for while the exhibition is closed, please go here.


Click below to embark on a 360° tour of Where the Questions Live. Just click on the rings to move throughout the space and use your mouse or keyboard to zoom in/out and to look all around.

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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"…whatever your age, you’d need to lose all sense of wonder to not be moved by the delicate, sensate array of objects assembled here.” – Boston Globe

“…the warm embrace of mystery and enigma, and a depth of feeling that trembles the soul.” - The Boston Globe

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