Music and Prayer: A Discussion in Nigun Exhibition

Top Pick November 28, 2018 Boston Free
(Photo: patrickbanks/iStock)
(Photo: patrickbanks/iStock)

Join us for a lively discussion on the intersections between music and prayer. Led by Jewish professional, blogger and musician Naomi Gurt Lind, we will draw from nigun (wordless melodies), text, the work on view and personal experience. Enjoy some light refreshments and explore the exhibition at 7:30 p.m. The discussion starts at 8 p.m.

nigun (melody) is a wordless, often spiritual song or prayer, sung by Jewish communities in synagogue, around the Shabbat dinner table and in other communal gatherings. Characterized by repetitive sounds such as “bim bim bam” or “nai nai nai,” nigunim range in emotion, tradition, composition and purpose. Nigunim typically have repetitive melodies, lack words and involve community participation through harmonies.

“Nigun | Notations on Prayer” brings together works by seven Jewish artists that visually respond to nigun through process, repetition, motif and abstraction. From Alex DeRosa’s repetition of medical terms paralleling the Mi Sheberach to Rachel Bird’s repetitive figure drawings meditating on the nigun within each individual, each artist investigates how to represent and connect oral tradition and visual representation, creating a physical prayer.

Featuring artwork by:

  • Natalya Bernstein
  • Rachel Bird
  • Alex DeRosa
  • Shelby Feltoon
  • Stacy Friedman
  • Joshua Lennon
  • Emily Mogavero (curator)

Generously supported by the Hotel Buckminster, Golob Art, Combined Jewish Philanthropies and Moishe House.

Located in Kenmore Square in collaboration with Hotel Buckminster, Post-Cubicle Gallery is a space organized by local artists Alexander Golob, Edie Côté and Danielle Pratt. If you are interested in collaborating with a project, please contact us at

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Wednesday, November 28, 2018, 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Post-Cubicle Gallery
665 Beacon St
Boston, MA 02215

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