Hosted by the Canadian Friends of the Israel Museum the invitation read ‘Business Attire’ for the private vernissage of the Leonard Cohen exhibit at Montreal’s Musée d’art contemporain, aka The MAC. However, the cocktail was chicer than chic. Business men wore, well, business attire, but many ladies arrived as if styled by VogueCo-presidents were Marissa Nuss (classic in black), Rhoda Pinsky (who wore cool blooms) and Sue Carol Isaacson, who added an edge to her cocktail suit with leather.
Jewel Lowenstein (there with her husband Paul) wore a chic black cocktail dress; on-trend palazzo pants were sported by Gwen Nacos there with hubby Tom; Evelyn Schachter (with husband Ralph) was resplendent in a jacquard print; lawyer Nancy Cleman was prescient with her jacket in violet – the Pantone 2018 Colour of the Year, and Lenore Harris shone with on-trend sequins.
Young Associates co-chairs were Lisa Reitman and Jonathan Nuss. Noted in the packed room was local res Ziv Nevo Kulman, then-Israel consul general, now at the cultural diplomacy bureau of the Foreign Affairs Ministry in Jerusalem. Noted was Clarence Epstein, now executive director Claudine and Stephen Bronfman Family Foundation, as well as carrying on as senior director Urban and Cultural Affairs at Concordia University. Enjoying the moving exhibit were Constance and Mark Médalsy, Joanne Cohen, Penny Echenberg, Mona Golfman, Sarah Riesman, Sylvia Vogel, Corinne and Raymond Télio, Dorothy Reitman and Sarah Tauben, as well as Hanka Hornstein, Monette Malewski, Janis Brownstein, Emmelle Segal and Laura Gilinski of the Israel Museum.
Honorary co-chairs were Lillian Vineberg and Morris Goodman. The star of the show was, of course, Leonard Cohen, the troubled troubadour whose bitter sweet tunes resonant with melancholy. The exhibition, A Crack in Everything, curated by MAC director John Zeppetelli and Victor Shiffman, was amazing. Eleven artists were invited to exhibit works inspired by Leonard Cohen. But the show’s stand out was an immersive multi-screen environment highlighting decades of Cohen’s concerts. At one point, the charismatic singer is accompanied the choir of his family’s synagogue, Westmount’s Shaar Hashomayim. But it wasn’t just the sound. It wasn’t just his elegiac lyrics. It was the man. It was he, after all, who said ‘’I’m Your Man.’’ Sadly, Leonard Cohen did not see the show. Art is long. Life is short.