Fri October 30, 2020 - Sun February 28, 2021

Predicting the Past: Zohar Studios, The Lost Years

Oct 17, 2020-Feb 28, 2021

Experience the mystery of "Predicting the Past: Zohar Studios, The Lost Years," an immersive installation by Los Angeles-based artist Stephen Berkman. A tribute to Shimmel Zohar, a mythical nineteenth-century Jewish immigrant photographer and founder of Zohar Studios, the exhibition includes over thirty photographs, several large installations, a cabinet of curiosities, and a large format artist book about the Zohar project. These uncanny photographs take the visual codes of nineteenth-century portraiture as their point of departure, and the images and objects address both Jewish life and the scientific state of understanding over one hundred years ago. Together, they create an idiosyncratic vision of Victorian life in the United States, revitalizing bygone technologies and themes within a twenty-first century context. Through his work, Berkman shows that history is malleable and contains a multiplicity of meanings.

This exhibition is organized by The Contemporary Jewish Museum and is co-curated by Chief Preparator and Exhibition Designer Justin Limoges and Senior Curator Heidi Rabben.

$16 adults, $14 students and senior citizens with a valid ID. Youth 18 and under free. Book timed tickets in advance online.

Presented by Contemporary Jewish Museum.
Oct 17, 2020-Feb 28, 2021

Experience the mystery of "Predicting the Past: Zohar Studios, The Lost Years," an immersive installation by Los Angeles-based artist Stephen Berkman. A tribute to Shimmel Zohar, a mythical nineteenth-century Jewish immigrant photographer and founder of Zohar Studios, the exhibition includes over thirty photographs, several large installations, a cabinet of curiosities, and a large format artist book about the Zohar project. These uncanny photographs take the visual codes of nineteenth-century portraiture as their point of departure, and the images and objects address both Jewish life and the scientific state of understanding over one hundred years ago. Together, they create an idiosyncratic vision of Victorian life in the United States, revitalizing bygone technologies and themes within a twenty-first century context. Through his work, Berkman shows that history is malleable and contains a multiplicity of meanings.

This exhibition is organized by The Contemporary Jewish Museum and is co-curated by Chief Preparator and Exhibition Designer Justin Limoges and Senior Curator Heidi Rabben.

$16 adults, $14 students and senior citizens with a valid ID. Youth 18 and under free. Book timed tickets in advance online.

Presented by Contemporary Jewish Museum.
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