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      Past Exhibition

      Where the Questions Live: An Exploration of Humans in Nature

      On view January 16, 2021 to January 2, 2022

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      10 am–5 pm

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      A curiosity-driven, format-bending romp with artist Wes Sam-Bruce.

      The exhibition, Where the Questions Live, 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.

      Share your impressions with us on social media using #WTQL

      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/PEM.

      Wes Sam-Bruce Where the Questions Live mobile studio. © Peabody Essex Museum. Photography by Kathy Tarantola/PEM.

      Wes Sam-Bruce Where the Questions Live artmaking. © Peabody Essex Museum. Photography by Kathy Tarantola/PEM.

      Wes Sam-Bruce Where the Questions Live artmaking. © Peabody Essex Museum. Photography by Kathy Tarantola/PEM.

      Wes Sam-Bruce Where the Questions Live mobile studio. © Peabody Essex Museum. Photography by Kathy Tarantola/PEM.

      Wes Sam-Bruce Where the Questions Live mobile studio. © Peabody Essex Museum. Photography by Kathy Tarantola/PEM.

      Wes Sam-Bruce Where the Questions Live mobile studio. © Peabody Essex Museum. Photography by Kathy Tarantola/PEM.

      Wes Sam-Bruce Where the Questions Live mobile studio. © Peabody Essex Museum. Photography by Kathy Tarantola/PEM.

      Wes Sam-Bruce Where the Questions Live mobile studio. © Peabody Essex Museum. Photography by Kathy Tarantola/PEM.

      Wes Sam-Bruce Where the Questions Live mobile studio. © Peabody Essex Museum. Photography by Kathy Tarantola/PEM.

      Wes Sam-Bruce Where the Questions Live artmaking. © Peabody Essex Museum. Photography by Mel Taing/PEM.

      Wes Sam-Bruce Where the Questions Live artmaking. © Peabody Essex Museum. Photography by Mel Taing/PEM.

      Wes Sam-Bruce Where the Questions Live mobile studio. © Peabody Essex Museum. Photography by Kathy Tarantola/PEM.

      Wes Sam-Bruce Where the Questions Live mobile studio. © Peabody Essex Museum. Photography by Kathy Tarantola/PEM.

      Wes Sam-Bruce Where the Questions Live artmaking. © Peabody Essex Museum. Photography by Kathy Tarantola/PEM.

      Wes Sam-Bruce Where the Questions Live artmaking. © Peabody Essex Museum. Photography by Kathy Tarantola/PEM.

      Wes Sam-Bruce Where the Questions Live artmaking. © Peabody Essex Museum. Photography by Kathy Tarantola/PEM.

      Wes Sam-Bruce Where the Questions Live artmaking. © Peabody Essex Museum. Photography by Kathy Tarantola/PEM.

      Wes Sam-Bruce Where the Questions Live mobile studio. © Peabody Essex Museum. Photography by Kathy Tarantola/PEM.

      Wes Sam-Bruce Where the Questions Live mobile studio. © Peabody Essex Museum. Photography by Kathy Tarantola/PEM.

      ...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."
      — The Boston Globe
      ...the warm embrace of mystery and enigma, and a depth of feeling that trembles the soul."
      — The Boston Globe

      Virtual Tour

      Click 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 Questions Live video Wes Sam-Bruce
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      Artist Interview

      Meet the artist and find out more about Where the Questions Live.

      Gallery Tour with Artist Laura Kathrein

      Go on a virtual tour of Where the Questions Live with movement artist Laura Kathrein, who also appears as "The Storm" in the exhibition's film: Great Blue.

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