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Izidora Leber LETHE: Peristyle

  • The Contemporary Jewish Museum 736 Mission Street San Francisco, CA, 94103 United States (map)
Izidora Leber LETHE, Chor(eograph)us, 2019. Production still. Courtesy of the artist. Photo by Natasha Matteson. Seven culturally-diverse performers stand barefoot on top of a dark charcoal grey cement bench on the outdoor plaza outside of the museum. Behind the performers is the bottom half of a large cube-like structure with a unique cross-hatching surface, which diffuses and softens the reflection of light off the blue stainless steel panels. The performers are wearing a crushed velvet jumper that begins darker around the ankles and knees, and fades into a lighter shade of grey color as it rises towards to upper half of their bodies. There are transparent mesh sections that run across the shoulders, and down the thighs and legs, revealing flesh color tones. Each of the performers is wearing a transparent mesh veil covering their faces and heads, and is standing in a statuesque pose with strong and powerful gazes in different directions. Performers include Bojana Rankovic, Trina Michelle Robinson, Guta Galli, Anita Sulimanovic, Claudia  Huenchuleo Paquien, Haru Urushido, Tara Shannon. Costumes by Anna Vyshnyakova, and masks by Zoe Leonard.

As part of Night at The Jewseum and Culture for Community, The CJM is excited to partner with Gravity Access Services to offer live audio description and a Haptic Access Tour of the Museum-wide performance by Izidora Leber LETHE for blind and low vision audience members.

Izidora Leber LETHE: Peristyle is the first solo museum exhibition of Croatian-Swiss, Oakland-based artist Izidora Leber LETHE. Drawing from the visual languages of Brutalist architecture and minimalist performance scores, this site-specific installation and performance mines the layered memories of the double émigré artist. The artist’s lived experience of diaspora—a history shared by Jewish and many other populations over millennia—informs her conceptual inquiry. Excavating ideologies found in Ancient Roman architecture and the systems of meaning that define The CJM’s Daniel Libeskind-designed building, LETHE’s work imagines a reconfiguration of relationships in the face of irresolvable diasporas.

Thursday September 19th
6pm Haptic Access Tour led by Jess Curtis
7–8pm Audio Description of Live Performance

Location: The Contemporary Jewish Museum, 736 Mission StreetSan Francisco, CA

Free event in conjunction with Culture for Community. To book a spot in the Haptic Access Tour and/or to reserve a headset for the live audio description please email or call 415.655.7856

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For blind and visually impaired audience members, The Contemporary Jewish Museum partners with Gravity Access Services to offer live audio description and a haptic access tour for the September 19th Izadora Leber LETHE performance at the museum.

Earlier Event: September 15
Jekyll & Hyde, the Musical
Later Event: September 22