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Pandemic Art Adventures: Brandeis University

The closing of museums during the pandemic put me in a state of art withdrawal.  In search of a fix, I traveled to various locations in the Greater Boston area looking for publicly-accessible art.  College campuses are great place to find art, so one day in June I visited the Brandeis University in Waltham, MA to see what art I could find without having to go inside.  I found quite a bit of art, most of which I was able to identify either through plaques or an online search. Brandeis has an excellent website with additional information here.  There were a few sculptures I couldn’t identify, which are shown at the end of the post – if you have any information about them, please share in the comments!

Louis Brandeis sculpture
Robert Berks (1922-2011) – Louis Dembitz Brandeis (1956).
K3B Robert Berks -Louis Dembitz Brandeis (1956) Brandeis University, Waltham, MA

L6B Peter Grippe - The Three Freedoms (1963) Brandeis University, Waltham, MA
Peter Grippe (1912-2002) – The Three Freedoms (1963)

L9D Nathan Rapaport - Job (1967) (detail) Brandeis University
The statute of Job (1967) by Nathan Rapaport (1911-1987) is part of a larger Holocaust Memorial outside the Jewish Chapel at Brandeis.
L9C Nathan Rapaport - Job (1967) Brandeis University

M4B Maurice B. Hexter - Non-Objective (1970) Brandeis University, Waltham, MA M4C Maurice B. Hexter - Non-Objective (1970) Brandeis University, Waltham, MA
Maurice B. Hexter (1891-1990) – Non-Objective (1970).

M8F Jacques Lipchitz - Pegasus (Birth of the Muses) (1972) Brandeis University, Waltham, MA
Jacques Lipchitz (1891-1973) – Pegasus (Birth of the Muses) (1972)

O1H Ernest Trova - Tree (1982) Brandeis University, Waltham, MA
Ernest Trova (1927-2009) – Tree (1982)
O1I Ernest Trova - Tree (1982) Brandeis University, Waltham, MA

O2B Lila Katzen - The Wand of Inquiry (1983) Brandeis University, Waltham, MA
Lila Katzen (1925-1998) – The Wand of Inquiry (1983).  The mockingbird is not part of the sculpture, but it insisted on remaining for the duration of my visit.
O2C Lila Katzen - The Wand of Inquiry (1983) Brandeis University, Waltham, MA

O8B1 Penelope Jencks - Student and Knowledge (1986) Brandeis University, Waltham, MA
Penelope Jencks (1936- ) – Student and Knowledge (1986)
O8B2 Penelope Jencks - Student and Knowledge (1986) (2) Brandeis University, Waltham, MA

P3D David Bakalar - Duality (1990) Brandeis University, Waltham, MA
David Bakalar (1924- ) – Duality (1990)

P6B Rita Blitt - Inspiration (1993) Brandeis University, Waltham, MA
Rita Blitt (1931- ) – Inspiration (1993)

Q1E David Aronson - Ruach Yisrael (The Spirit of Israel) (1997) (1) Brandeis University, Waltham, MA
David Aronson (1923-2015) – Ruach Yisrael (The Spirit of Israel) (1997)
Q1F David Aronson - Ruach Yisrael (The Spirit of Israel) (1997) (2) Brandeis University, Waltham, MA

A6E Unknown Artist - Brandeis Peace Monument (2002) Brandeis University, Waltham, MA
Brandeis Peace Monument (2002). I have been unable to locate the identity of the artist(s) who created this work.  If you have any information, please let me know.

E1A1 Paul Belenkey - A Golem for Brandeis University (2014) Waltham, MA
A Golem for Brandeis University (2014) was created by Brandeis student and artist Paul Belenkey (Class of 2014).

E1A3 Chris Burden - Light of Reason (2014) Brandeis University, Waltham, MA
Chris Burden (1946-2015) – Light of Reason (2014). These photographs were taken during the day; for the full effect, the work should be seen at night when the lamps are lit.
E1A4 Chris Burden - Light of Reason (2014) Brandeis University, Waltham, MA

Brandeis sleeping sculpture 2
Muslim at Prayer (?).  I have been unable to locate any information about this statue, which is located in a small wooded glade near the university chapels.  At first I thought it was someone asleep or collapsed (after too much studying?), but I have been told it may represent a praying Muslim figure (perhaps intended to draw attention to the lack of a Muslim chapel?).

Brandeis sculpture 2
Armillary Sphere with Zodiac Signs.  I have been unable to find out any information about this artwork.  If you know anything about it, please let me know in the comments.

Gryzmish Brandeis
This abstract sculpture adorns the exterior wall of the Gryzmish building.  I have been unable to find out any information about it.  If you have any knowledge of the sculptor, date, etc., please contact me or leave a comment.  Thanks.

POSTSCRIPT: Outside the sculpture studio, I found a number of student works in various states of completion, waiting for the students to return after the untimely interruption of the COVID-19 pandemic.