On October 2, the Creative Work Fund collaboration of the late Jewlia Eisenberg and the Contemporary Jewish Museum will unfold as a two-part indoor and outdoor celebration of Jewlia, her art, and her music in partnership with Yerba Buena Gardens Festival. Fierce as Death: Queer as the Song of Songs is an immersive installation and a hybrid space that incorporate music performance, visitor participation, and ritual.
From noon-2pm, indoors at the Contemporary Jewish Museum. Featuring a ritual installation designed by Seth Eisen, drawn from Jewlia’s archives and inspired by her art and activism. The installation is part memorial and part dazzling activation inspired by Jewlia and will include Jen Hofer, Maggid Eli (Andrew) Ramer, Chani Bockwinkel, and Jenny Romaine.
From 2:30pm-4:30pm, outdoors, a free concert in Jessie Square in front of the Museum. Produced by musician/composer Marika Hughes with musical direction by Dan Cantrell, the concert celebration will pay homage to Jewlia’s work, exploring her musical canon and presenting new art rooted in the pursuit of justice and learning. Featured artists traveling from around the U.S. to perform include Frank London, Cynthia Taylor, Mathias Kunzli, Nina Rolle, Ianna Owens, Jeremiah Lockwood, Jason Ditzian, Shahzad Ismaily, Michael Pinkham, Ganda Suthivarikom, Jess Ivry, Dan Cantrell and other special guests.
This event also marks the release of Jewlia’s posthumous album, The Ginzburg Geography on Tzadik’s Spectrum Series.
The indoor installation at the Contemporary Jewish Museum is ticketed and the guided immersive experience inside the museum culminates in the concert at Jesse Square starting at 2:30pm. To take advantage of the full experience, visitors are encouraged to come prepared to spend at least one hour in the indoor/outdoor installations prior to the concert. Installations will be on view from 12–2pm and briefly after the concert until 4:50pm. Two of the installations can only be experienced prior to the concert.