An exhibition on the life and work of Leonard Cohen will be coming to New York next year.
“Leonard Cohen: A Crack in Everything,” first presented by the Musée d’Art Contemporain de Montréal, will make its first stop on a worldwide tour at the Jewish Museum in April. It will be on view there until September before traveling to Copenhagen and San Francisco.
Organized by the curators John Zeppetelli and Victor Shiffman, the multimedia exhibition features commissioned works by international artists and pays tribute to Cohen’s music, poetry and lyrics.
As the exhibition was coming together, Cohen died at 82 in November 2016. “What began as an incredible, dizzying celebration full of admiration for this great Montrealer and planetary star then necessarily also morphed into a much more solemn and commemorative experience,” Zeppetelli said.
“We’re so happy to be able to premiere the show outside of Canada, and to do it in New York is just so gratifying,” he added.
The New York show will be slightly smaller than the Montreal presentation. It will take up two full floors at the Jewish Museum, and an installation will be set up in a video viewing room on a separate floor.
Among the show’s highlights are two video installations: “The Offerings,” a piece by Kara Blake that loops clips of Cohen ruminating on the themes of his work in interviews, and “Passing Through,” an immersive, 360-degree video work that draws from 50 years of onstage moments throughout Cohen’s career.
The exhibition will also feature Cohen’s own drawings and a multimedia gallery where visitors can listen to covers of Cohen’s songs by musicians like Feist, Moby and Lou Doillon.
When Claudia Gould, the director of the Jewish Museum, visited “A Crack in Everything” in Montreal, she knew it had to come to New York. After all, that’s where the young Cohen mingled with Lou Reed, Bob Dylan and Andy Warhol when he first pursued a songwriting career in the 1960s.
“The show is extremely moving,” Gould said. “I walked in really excited and happy, and I walked out excited and happy — with tears in my eyes.”
More information is available at thejewishmuseum.org.
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