Tal Shochat, Rimon (Pomegranate), 2010, c-print, mounted and framed,
47 ¼ x 50 ¾ inches, courtesy of the artist and Meislin Projects

Opening Reception

To Bough and To Bend
Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art at Pepperdine University
Saturday, September 10, 2022
3:00 pm –  6:00 pm

Trees feature prominently in the origin stories of many world religions. Ancient history recounts how their shade and branches have been sites of contemplation, suffering, and renewal. Today, trees still speak: deep root systems form tangled webs of communication, blunt stumps nod to deforestation, and charred limbs attest to fires started by our own hands. First curated by Bridge Projects, a gallery that catalyzes interdisciplinary explorations of contemporary art, spirituality, and religious traditions, To Bough and to Bend explores these ecological issues through the work of 29 artists who look to religious and historic art practices to guide us back into fellowship with these old friends and the living world we share.

To Bough and To Bend is on view at the Weisman Museum of Art from Tuesday, August 30, 2022, through Sunday, March 26, 2023.