A 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.
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The exhibition is open from Nov. 15 to Dec. 9 with gallery hours on Thursdays from 4-6 p.m. and Sundays from 12-4 p.m. and by appointment. Please note: There are no gallery hours on Nov. 22 or Dec. 9. Hours are subject to change. For more information, please email email@example.com.+ More... - Less...
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