Leonard Cohen: A Crack in Everything opens to the public TODAY at The Jewish Museum (1109 5th Avenue + E 92nd Street). I was lucky enough to check it out earlier this week, and I’d highly recommend grabbing tickets.
The exhibit features a variety of works by international artists inspired by Cohen’s life and legacy, and there’s a lot to take in. My personal favorite parts of the whole thing were Kara Blake’s The Offerings (2017) and George Fok’s Passing Through (2017), which are five-channel video installations; the screens cover three walls, and you can post up in a bean bag chair or on a bench to watch the presentations on loop. (Both made me feel like I was inside Cohen’s head.)
Meanwhile, Ari Folman’s Depression Chamber (2017) is an interactive computer-animated video installation ft. a live camera. It allows one visitor at a time to enter a dark room, and in it participants lie down and listen to Cohen’s “Famous Blue Raincoat”, which plays while the lyrics are projected onto the walls. MAGICAL.
I also especially liked Daily Tous Les Jours’ I Heard There Was a Secret Chord, which is a participatory humming experience; real-time online listener data transforms into a virtual choir of humming voices, and it is SUPER COOL. People all over the world can tune into asecretchord.com to influence the fluctuation of the audio.
Around the corner is a projection of Cohen’s self-portraits, two hundred and twenty drawings in all. I could stare at them all day long.
And all of this is just the tip of the iceberg; it’s such a fantastic tribute to Cohen’s genius, and, again, I would majorly urge you to check it out between now and September 8th.
Images via The Jewish Museum