The Jewish Museum Opens Barbara Bloom Exhibition, 3/15
Another tableau suggests the different stages of romantic relationships. Beginning with the sensuality of courtship, singer/songwriter Leonard Cohen and early twentieth-century psychoanalyst Lou Andreas-Salomé are envisioned singing Solomon's Song of Songs. Love is seen to run its course through legal consummation and dissolution as represented in Jewish marriage and divorce contracts.
A section devoted to ideas of a library includes miniature books, some with microscopic writing, nestled inside hollow books. These evoke the layering of text within text that is an important part of Talmudic discourse. An intricate cycle of gift-giving and its Freudian implications are explored through Sigmund Freud's silver cigar box, a Roman ring from his antiquities collection, and his daughter Anna's ivory letter opener, all donated to The Jewish Museum by an anonymous analyst. Four players - Nefertiti, Émile Zola, Amy Winehouse, and Jesus of Nazareth - are imagined seated at a table filled with games from different eras. Many temporalities are superimposed on each other, collapsed into a single game.