The Contemporary Jewish Museum (CJM) presents Jason Lazarus: Live Archive, the first West Coast
museum exhibition of rising star and Jewish artist Jason Lazarus
(American, b. 1975). The Chicago-based artist is known for using both
traditional photography and found or solicited images and texts to
create installations that explore private and public realms of
experience, and the ways they often overlap. Equal parts art maker,
collector, archivist, and organizer, Lazarus actively engages the
public in the creation and consideration of his work.

The exhibition includes a site-specific installation of Lazarus’
ongoing archive of over 3,000 donated photographs deemed “too hard to
keep”; an installation of re-created signs from the Occupy Movement; a
piece featuring a student of classical piano learning to play Frédéric
Chopin’s Nocturne in F Minor, op. 55, no. 1, live in the gallery; and
several recent photographs and mixed media pieces.

“The Contemporary Jewish Museum is deeply committed to showing the
work of significant, working Jewish artists,” says Lori Starr, CJM
Executive Director. “Jason Lazarus is on the art world’s radar, doing
compelling work that emphasizes dialogue and engagement with the
public, something that is truly at the core of The CJM’s mission.
We’re thrilled to have this opportunity to share the full range of
Jason’s art practice with West Coast audiences.”

The Exhibition

Jason Lazarus: Live Archive includes seventeen original art works—a
combination of process-based installations and static objects.

In his ongoing archive project Too Hard To Keep (2010–present),
Lazarus collects photographs that people cannot bear to keep, but also
do not want to destroy and displays them in site-specific
installations. Submissions have included photos of friends, family,
pets, places, objects, and more. As of early 2013, the lifelong
archival project has garnered more than 3,000 images. Lazarus does not
ask why the photograph is painful to keep, and exhibits them
anonymously alongside other entries, in no particular order. Some
images, marked private by the donor, are exhibited with their face to
the wall. The intimate installation of excerpts from the archive is
accompanied by an invitation from the artist to contribute to the
collection. Submissions can be mailed, emailed, or sent via text.
Visit thecjm.org for more information.

For Untitled (2013), which was conceived as a “parable of learning,”
Lazarus has invited Paul Dab, a graduate student of classical piano at
the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, to learn Frédéric Chopin’s
Nocturne in F Minor, op. 55, no. 1 within the Museum. Over the course
of the exhibition, the student will fill the gallery with the sounds
of learning, including mistakes, triumphs, and, inevitably, the
student’s own stylistic interpretation of the piece. Inspired by his
own experiences as an artist-educator, Lazarus puts the process of
learning and the accumulation of knowledge on display rather than
concealing it, with the hope of creating a contemplative space for
viewers to reflect on their own relationship to learning and
creativity. For the schedule of weekly practice sessions, visit

Phase I/Live Archive is a growing collection of re-created protest
signs from the Occupy Movement, the international protest movement
against social and economic inequality that began on September 17,
2011, in New York’s Zuccotti Park. By October 9, 2011, Occupy protests
had taken place or were ongoing in more than ninety-five cities across
eighty-two countries. These unprecedented events and their extensive
media exposure throughout the world proved ripe for artistic
investigation and perfectly suited to Lazarus, whose interests in
various types of image production, the archive, and the artistic genre
of social practice become entwined in the work’s ongoing development.

The signs displayed in Phase I/Live Archive were re-created from
media-sourced images in workshops facilitated by the artist. During
these workshops, participants translated the image of a sign into a
literal, three-dimensional copy, using the same or similar materials
to duplicate its text as well as any creases, bends, and tears. As
part of this exhibition, Lazarus will lead a sign-making workshop on
Sunday, February 16, 2014. The workshop is free and open to the
public. Visit thecjm.org for more information.

Several other recent works using photography-centric media will also
be on display. The different strategies employed by Lazarus to create
these simultaneously assert, disrupt, and question how photographs can
provide alternate ways to consider the use, value, and meaning of
images in an image-laden culture.

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

For more information about The Contemporary Jewish Museum, visit The
Museum’s website at thecjm.org.



General Information
The Museum is open daily (except Wednesday) 11am–5pm and Thursday,
1–8pm. Museum admission is $12 for adults, $10 for students and senior
citizens with a valid ID, and $5 on Thursdays after 5pm. Youth 18 and
under always get in free. For general information on The Contemporary
Jewish Museum, the public may visit The Museum’s web site at
thecjm.org or call 415.655.7800. The Contemporary Jewish Museum is
located at 736 Mission Street (between Third and Fourth streets), San

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