Leonard Cohen Exhibit at the Jewish Museum
Just left the Jewish Museum which has a great exhibit inspired by the songwriter/singer/poet Leonard Cohen, “A Crack in Everything.” It’s on until September 8 so you have plenty of time to see it and see it you should.
It was organized by a Montreal museum and after leaving New York, it will travel to Copenhagen and San Francisco. The exhibit includes commissioned works by international artists who have been inspired by Cohen’s life, work and legacy. Included is a video projection showcasing Cohen’s own drawings, as well as an innovative multimedia gallery where visitors can hear covers of Cohen’s songs by contemporary musicians.
Cohen was a world-renowned novelist, poet and singer/songwriter who inspired generations of writers, musicians and artists. For decades he supplied the world with melancholy and urgent observations on the state of the human heart in songs such as “Suzanne,” “Bird on the Wire” and “Hallelujah.”
The exhibit celebrates Cohen’s singular voice, music, his charismatic persona and his inimitable stage presence. A time-travel journey through a collage of collective memories, musical moments and emotions, several multi-channel video installations, a Depression Chamber where you are confronted by the demons of depression and a participatory humming experience (you read that right) plus various films make this exhibit a truly unforgettable experience.
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