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Sunday Stories: Hallelujah

Sunday, August 15, 2021 | 10–10:30am

ADMISSION: Free

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2021-08-15 10:00:00 UTC2021-08-15 23:00:00 UTC America/Los_AngelesThe CJM - 736 Mission St, San Francisco, CASunday Stories: HallelujahWhen Leonard Cohen’s "Hallelujah" was released in 1984, few took notice. It was years later that the world began to discover and rediscover the song—cementing it as a standard in rock music, movies, television, and even politics. In this installment of Sunday Stories, explore the origins of "Hallelujah," its legacy, and its wide impact across generations of listeners.
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When Leonard Cohen’s "Hallelujah" was released in 1984, few took notice. It was years later that the world began to discover and rediscover the song—cementing it as a standard in rock music, movies, television, and even politics. In this installment of Sunday Stories, explore the origins of "Hallelujah," its legacy, and its wide impact across generations of listeners.

About the Exhibition

Through his poetry, novels, songs, and lyrics, Leonard Cohen expressed the complexities and desires of body and soul—a compelling metaphor for the twenty-first century Jewish experience. An observant Jew, Cohen also deeply explored Buddhism and various other worldviews. His commitment to questions of spirituality and existence shines through in songs such as “Suzanne,” “Bird on a Wire,” and “Hallelujah,” which masterfully combine mystery and universality with sacred and profane, and are now imprinted on our collective memory. Experience Cohen’s legacy like never before—through the eyes of contemporary artists George Fok, Judy Chicago, Candice Breitz, and Marshall Trammell.

Black-and-white image of Leonard Cohen, sitting on a train and looking towards the camera

Courtesy Old Ideas, LLC

Supporters

Lead Sponsorship of Experience Leonard Cohen is generously provided by Craig Newmark Philanthropies.

The Contemporary Jewish Museum (The CJM) thanks Maribelle and Stephen Leavitt, The Bernard Osher Foundation, Suzanne and Elliott Felson, the Irving and Eleanor Jaffe Foundation, the John Pritzker Family Fund, Taube Philanthropies, Kendra and Tom Kasten, and Jessica Silverman for generously supporting the exhibition.

Media Sponsorship is provided by the San Francisco Chronicle.