- April 12, 2019
- 7:00 pm
California Institute of Integral Studies
1453 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
Join us for an evening of storytelling presented in collaboration with Contemporary Jewish Museum and San Francisco’s storytelling series, Porchlight. Each storyteller is sharing a personal story inspired by the CJM exhibition Show Me as I Want to be Seen.
Taking the work of French Jewish artist and writer Claude Cahun (1894–1954) along with her lifelong lover and collaborator Marcel Moore (1892–1972) as its starting point, Show Me as I Want to Be Seen examines the complex and empowered representation of a fluid identity. Claude (born Lucy Schwob) and Marcel (born Suzanne Malherbe) are recognized as pioneers in their bold representations of an unfixed self.
This exhibition positions their work in dialogue with ten contemporary artists whose artworks—in mediums ranging from painting and sculpture to video and 3-D mapping—also address the opaque, constructed, and shifting self. The contemporary artists in the exhibition are Nicole Eisenman, Rhonda Holberton, Hiwa K, Young Joon Kwak, Zanele Muholi, Toyin Ojih Odutola, Gabby Rosenberg, Tschabalala Self, Davina Semo, and Isabel Yellin. Show Me as I Want to Be Seen is on display at the Contemporary Jewish Museum from February 7 to July 7, 2019.
Experience live storytelling exploring our understanding of self and the fluidity of identity with local performers and writers including a BART operator, this year’s Pride Parade Grand Marshall, and more. View the storyteller line-up when you click the ticket purchase button below.
Arline Klatte and Beth Lisick founded Porchlight in 2002 with the goal of getting people of the Bay Area onstage to tell their stories. They have produced over 250 shows with a wide variety of folks, including school bus drivers, mushroom hunters, politicians, socialites, sex workers, musicians, authors, systems analysts, filmmakers and social workers. Porchlight has also produced shows in collaboration with Litquake, Sketchfest, SF International Film Fest, the Contemporary Jewish Museum, Shakespeare & Co. in Paris and the Storymoja Hay Festival in Nairobi. They are thrilled to be collaborating with CIIS for the first time.
Shown here: Tschabalala Self, Perched, 2016. Oil, acrylic, flashe, handmade paper, fabric, and found material. Courtesy of the artist and Kate Werble Gallery, New York. Photo: Elizabeth Bernstein.