The Karaite Canon: Manuscripts and Ritual Objects from Cairo

On View: 
Jan 23, 2018 to Jun 29, 2018

This exhibition will be continuing in Fall 2018.  

A selection from the over fifty manuscripts collected by The Magnes in Cairo, Egypt, during an expedition led by the museum’s founder, Seymour Fromer, in 1971. At the time, the aim of The Magnes was to salvage unique documents during a period of great turmoil in the Middle East.

The manuscripts are accompanied by a variety of ritual objects, original ketubbot (marriage contracts), and by photographic slides providing a visual travelogue of Seymour Fromer’s expedition. The exhibition is augmented by a set of poignant photographs taken in Cairo in 1985 by the celebrated Bay Area photographer, Ira Nowinski, along with new work by Nicki Green, a contemporary artist and a graduate student in the UC Berkeley Department of Art Practice.

Together, these materials speak of the wealth of resources that The Magnes has continued to collect in the course of half a century, making them available to scholars, artists, and the public.

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Exhibition Team:
Curators: Shir Gal Kochavi, Zoe Lewin, Francesco Spagnolo
Research: Fred Astren, Lisa Wurtele, Sumayyah Bostan, Alan Elbaum
Registrar: Julie Franklin
Preparator: Ernest Jolly
Marketing and Social Media: Lisa Davis
Design: Gordon Chun Design


Major support for The Magnes comes from the Helzel Family Foundation, the Magnes Museum Foundation, The Magnes Leadership Circle, and The Office of the Chancellor at the University of California, Berkeley.

Exhibitions Information
The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life
Opening Hours: 
Tuesday-Friday 11am-4pm
The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life
2121 Allston Way
Berkeley, CA
United States
Exhibition Open Dates: 
Tuesday, January 23, 2018 to Friday, December 14, 2018