Special Event: 8 Nights, 8 Windows

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December 6 to 13.

@ The West End Museum.

Cost: Free.

This December, the West End Museum is one of the eight Boston organizations, hosting 8 Nights, 8 Windows, a new public art project of Combined Jewish Philanthropies and New Center NOW. For this project, artists were invited to create pop-up public art installations/happenings to brighten the dark, cold Boston holiday season with the essence of the Festival of Light: miracle, illumination, and innovation. Artists share stories, old and new, creating experiences that bring a fresh understanding and a deeper look into the origins of Hanukkah. 

On December 6 – 13, the museum’s window will be transformed by an installation Half Way Through the Light by Christian Meade and Nathaniel Wyrick.

A sculptural installation made of found and collected objects, Half Way Through the Light is arranged to resemble a domestic interior that represents a place of gathering (living room, dining/eating area). The scene starts out as a darkened interior. As the days progress through the celebration of Hanukkah, different objects in the installation light up to begin illuminating the scene. Instead of objects normally used for lighting purposes, these objects will be items of the everyday variety: tables, chairs, pictures, books, etc. 

8 Nights, 8 Windows engages spectators from all walks of life in appreciation of this vibrant public art project.


About the Artists: 

Christian Meade received his MFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston in 2014, where he concentrated in sculpture, found object installation, and drawing. He earned his BA in Art and Art History with Honors from Dickinson College in 2008. Meade is the recipient of the Chan Sculpture award from SMFA and a recent fellow at the Mildred’s Lane Complex(ity). 

Nathaniel Wyrick is a 2014 graduate from the Museum School and Tufts University MFA program and a co-founder of the Petrichor Performance Collective. He was recently awarded a Public Art grant from the Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture and the Boston Arts Commission. He has exhibited and performed throughout the US, most recently at the Panoply Performance Laboratory in Brooklyn, NY and Mobius in Cambridge, MA. He is the recipient of a Post Graduate Teaching Fellowship award from the SMFA, where he has been teaching for the past year. 

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