The Magnes - Auditorium
Tuesdays, 5:30-7pm (October 17 - December 12)
Dates: October 24, 31; November 7, 14,21, 28; December 5
About Victoria Hanna (Schusterman Visiting Artist, Fall 2017)
Jerusalem based artist, Victoria Hanna, is a world-renowned composer, creator, performer, researcher, and teacher of voice and language. The daughter of an ultra-orthodox rabbi, she has been greatly influenced by her childhood environment. In her work, she deploys a variety of vocal techniques in the performance of ancient and modern Hebrew texts, among them the Sefer Yetzirah (Book of Creation), an early Kabbalistic treatise. Victoria draws inspiration from the ancient Hebrew tradition, which relates to the voice, mouth, and Hebrew letters as tools of creation. Stylistically, her creations span from traditional Jewish music to new music and hip-hop.
Victoria Hanna's residency at The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life, UC Berkeley, is supported by the Schusterman Visiting Artist Program of the Israel Institute.
About Hebrew Amulets
Jewish amulets are worn on one’s person or placed in homes, and used at moments of vulnerability and transition, like childbirth or marriage. They feature texts including biblical verses, psalms, divine names, and invocations of powerful figures like angels, and the biblical Patriarchs and Matriarchs. The Jewish mystical tradition, including Kabbalah, is central to these artifacts, which often also feature unique imagery.