November 17, 8:30am - 10:00am EST. Hosted at Wolfsonian-FIU
part of a series on Death
About the speaker
Jayme Gershen is a photographer, filmmaker and storyteller who uses intimacy and humor to investigate the variety of layers that make up our identities and sense of place. Jayme tries to see the world from all its angles, searching for surprisingly relatable ways to tell universal stories. She is currently developing an experimental documentary called Six Degrees of Immigration, exploring stories of migration that challenge perception. She is also working on a documentary called Birthright?!, a story of what it means to be American through the eyes of Cuban-American electro-pop Miami sweethearts, Afrobeta.
Jayme believes in seeing ideas through a cyclical process of life and death which defines both her approach and method to storytelling. Whether she is working on a film about second chances or an Instagram story about dementia, Jayme uses the cycle of life, death and rebirth to understand what parts of her projects are working, while also developing an understanding of how and where her voice fits into the story.
The Wolfsonian’s collections comprise approximately 180,000 objects from 1850–1950—the height of the Industrial Revolution through the aftermath of the Second World War—in a variety of media including furniture; industrial-design objects; works in glass, ceramics, and metal; rare books; periodicals; ephemera; works on paper; paintings; textiles; and medals. Opened to the public in 1995, The Wolfsonian has received wide recognition among scholars, collectors, educators, the media, museum professionals, and visitors for its unrivaled collection of modern material culture and its multidisciplinary approach to looking at objects as both agents and expressions of change. While these objects can best be understood in the context in which they were created, they illuminate as much about our times as they reveal about their own. The museum supports scholarship and develops and disseminates critically acclaimed exhibitions, publications, and educational programs that highlight the impact of design in shaping the modern world