For Her Own Good

For Her Own Good

Opening Night featuring Special Artist Performance
An interactive art installation by Ofri Cnaani in conjunction with exhibit 1917: How One Year Changed the World

Thursday, September 7, 2017, 6:30 pm

A limited number of complimentary tickets are available for this event; please RSVP your request.

"When the preliminaries were over and several speeches had been delivered, the time came for Goldman's speech. As the chairman began explaining her regrettable absence, out onto the stage strode Red Emma, a large handkerchief stuffed in her mouth. There she stood facing her audience without a word, as she had promised. It brought down the house." (Alix Kates Shulman, 1971).

For Her Own Good is a mixed media installation exploring the multivalent of Emma Goldman's public image through several interrelated poetically crafted audiovisual displays of snippets from archival materials related to her life and work. For Her Own Good poetically comments on the public speeches and closed hearings of "the most dangerous woman alive," focusing on the three months leading up to her public appearance in September 11th, 1917 – an appearance ending up as her final one in the US before her two year imprisonment and subsequent deportation. In that appearance, Goldman was on bail and thus not allowed to speak, ostensibly "for her own good." The video, sound, and sculpture installation weaves archival imagery with found objects and images, welcoming visitors to witness, interact, and interfere with the materials and mechanisms of the installation and participate in the making of an alternative Emma Goldman audiovisual sculptural archive.