Jason Lazarus: Live Archive

November 21, 2013–March 23, 2014

Meet the artist and preview the exhibition in this short interview.


Rising star and Jewish artist, Jason Lazarus has his first West Coast museum exhibition. Live Archive explores collective public archives, personal memory, and the role of photography and collecting in contemporary art and identity. Chicago-based Lazarus is known for using both traditionally developed photography and found and solicited images and texts in collaborative installations and innovative crowd-sourced, online community projects. Lazarus’ work simultaneously directs attention inward toward the personal and outward toward the historical. The three main aspects of the exhibition map onto three key elements of the Jewish experience: memory, prophecy, and learning. The exhibition is organized by the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago.

Too Hard to Keep:  Add your photos to this ongoing archive

Tucked away in a dusty album or on your digital camera, is there a photograph that you don’t want to look at, but can’t bear to get rid of?

This experience is the basis for Too Hard to Keep, an ongoing archive of images whose owners have opted to put them in the care of someone else. Selections from this collection of over 3000 photos, photo objects, digital files and albums will be displayed as a part of Live Archive, with opportunities to contribute to the project. Here's how to participate:

  • Bring your submissions to the exhibition, there will be a place for you to leave them in person.
  • Mail submissions to the artist—Jason Lazarus, 810 N. Wood Apt. 3f, Chicago IL 60622. If the cost of shipping is a concern, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to make arrangements.
  • Send digital submissions to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it with "THTK" in the subject line. After receiving confirmation, delete the files.

There are two types of submissions: public and private. Public photos are displayed facing outward, and private photos are displayed upside-down, with the image facing the wall. You don't need to provide a reason for your decision, just indicate what type it is when you submit. 
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Press Release


Jason Lazarus: Live Archive is organized by the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. The exhibition is sponsored by BMO Harris Bank.  Supporting sponsorship of The Contemporary Jewish Museum’s presentation of Jason Lazarus: Live Archive is provided by Rayko Photo Center.



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