On October 21, 2016, shortly after his 82nd birthday, Leonard Cohen released the album “You Want It Darker.” Nineteen days later, the beloved poet, author and singer-songwriter died.
On that very last album, Leonard Cohen sang, as he always had, about sexual and spiritual longing, and about aging and death — but with a morbidity that suggested, with a wink, he was ready for what was coming.
Cohen had a singular pop music career observing and philosophically ruminating, often bleakly, on existential themes. Which is why musicians, filmmakers and visual artists are among those who continue to be drawn to him for inspiration and hope.
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Studio 360 producer Lauren Hansen is also a longtime fan of Leonard Cohen and she speaks to the artists George Bures Miller, Kara Blake and George Fok about their exhibit pieces, and how they express the essence of the Canadian monk and poet laureate of longing. She also speaks to the novelist and essayist Pico Iyer, another long-time fan, about Cohen’s quiet power.
“He gave us an image of what the poet’s life might be like,” Iyer says.
“A Crack in Everything,” is on view at the Jewish Museum until September 8. Click here to find out where the exhibit travels to next.