Meditations on Equilibrium:
Works in Glass and Paper
By Alex Hirsch

October 9, 2013 – January 5, 2014

Exhibition Media Release

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Artist’s work creates a dialogue between internal life and the natural world

The Oregon Jewish Museum (OJM) presents Meditations on Equilibrium: Works in Glass and Paper, an exhibition of work by Alex Hirsch, in its Menashe Gallery from October 9, 2013 – January 5, 2014.  OJM will host an opening reception on Wednesday, October 9, from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. The opening reception is free and open to the public.

Exhibition gallery hours are Tuesday through Thursday from 10:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Friday from 10:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. The opening reception is free and open to the public.

Museum admission is $6 for adults, $4 for students and seniors, and free for OJM Members and children under 12 accompanied by a parent or guardian. 


About the Exhibit:

Portland-based artist Alex Hirsch applies her visual acuity to create delicate works on paper and subtle images in glass. Hirsch calls on the properties of her materials to achieve a fragile balance in which no component overcomes another. These works suggest an internal life in dialogue with the natural world. Says Hirsch, “Before completing finished work, and often using a camera and keyboard as tools, I create multiple studies—sketches, photographs, computer renderings, glass trials—investigating variations of color, composition, technique and content. My body of work utters complex tensions between darkness and light, singularity and multiplicity, solemnity and levity.” Her evocative artwork also draws on life practices in dance and meditation.


About the Artist:

Alex Hirsch holds a BA and BFA from the University of Michigan and an MFA from Washington University. Her paintings and glass commissions are held in private, public and corporate collections in the United States and abroad.

The following events accompany Hirsch’s exhibition:

Meditations on the Jewish Buddhist: Culture, Religion and Practice

Thursday, October 24, 7:00 p.m.

General Public: $10; OJM Members: $8

OJM presents a panel discussion with scholar Martwin Zwick (Portland State University) and Steve Wasserstrom (Reed College), exploring the rich legacy found at the intersection of Judaism and Buddhism. The event will also include a screening of the documentary “Jews and Buddhism: Belief Amended, Faith Revealed” directed by Bill Chayes.

Alex Hirsch Artist Talk

Sunday, October 27, 2:00-3:00 p.m.

Free with museum admission.

The artist will discuss her work, and refreshments will be served.

The Oregon Jewish Museum, the Pacific Northwest’s only Jewish museum, examines and preserves the rich cultural heritage of one of Oregon’s earliest immigrant groups. Through creating and hosting a variety of community-based and traveling exhibitions, maintaining a library and archive, presenting films and other cultural programming, and engaging in educational outreach, we seek to stimulate dialogue about identity, culture, and assimilation. We provide opportunities for Jews and non-Jews alike to understand the Jewish experience as a paradigm both for cultural survival and inter-cultural understanding.

Living in the Gap, watercolor and ink on paper, 2013.  Courtesy Alex Hirsch.

Blue, fused glass, 2013. Courtesy of Alex Hirsch.