Charlemagne Palestine’s Bear Mitzvah in Meshugahland at The Jewish Museum

Charlemagne Palestine (b. 1947, Brooklyn, New York), best known for his avant-garde and experimental music compositions beginning in the 1960s, has been incorporating bears and other plush toys into his installations and performances for decades. The plush toys—either hand-made by the artist or found—will be installed in the Museum’s Kaplan gallery’s floor and walls, suspended from the ceiling, and perched on pedestals. The exhibition—replete with mirrors, colorful textiles, and lights—will feature hundreds of teddy bears, which the artist regards as shamanic representations of the soul, and the artist’s life-sized conjoined triplet bears and a work titled “Noah’s Ark,” a repurposed rowboat filled to the brim with stuffed toys. Visitors to Charlemagne Palestine’s “meshugahland,” or “crazy land,” will also hear the artist’s experimental sound recordings.

Start Date

March 17, 2017

End Date

August 6, 2017


11:00 AM - 05:45 PM


The Jewish Museum 1109 5th Ave at 92nd St New York, NY 10128

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