Gallery Hours

Weekly gallery opening hours are Tuesday-Friday, 11AM-4PM during the Spring and Fall semesters. The galleries remain closed to the public during Winter and Summer breaks. During these times, The Magnes is open to researchers on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday each week. Read more

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December 2017


MAGIC SPELLS: A Weekly Performance Series Featuring Victoria Hanna and Hebrew Amulets from The Magnes Collection

When: Tue, Oct 24, 2017 5:30pm to 7:00pm, When: Tue, Oct 31, 2017 5:30pm to 7:00pm, When: Tue, Nov 07, 2017 5:30pm to 7:00pm, When: Tue, Nov 14, 2017 5:30pm to 7:00pm, When: Tue, Nov 21, 2017 5:30pm to 7:00pm, When: Tue, Nov 28, 2017 5:30pm to 7:00pm, When: Tue, Dec 05, 2017 5:30pm to 7:00pm

Free and open to the public

Meet Victoria Hanna and watch as she develops MAGIC SPELLS, a new performance repertoire based on Hebrew amulets in The Magnes Collection.


MAGIC SPELLS | A Final Meeting with Victoria Hanna, Francesco Spagnolo and the Students in the UC Berkeley Course, “Jewish Nightlife”

When: Mon, Dec 11, 2017 12:30pm to 2:00pm

Free and Open to the Public 


Join Schusterman Visiting Artist Victoria Hanna, Professor Francesco Spagnolo, and the students in his UC Berkeley course, Jewish Nightlife, for a final presentation of their work.


The Power of Attention: Magic & Meditation in Hebrew "shiviti" Manuscript Art

On View: Jan 24, 2017 to Jun 23, 2017, On View: Aug 29, 2017 to Dec 15, 2017

Created from the early-modern period and into the present, shiviti manuscripts are found in Hebrew prayer books, ritual textiles, and on the walls of synagogues and homes throughout the Jewish diaspora. Wrestling with ways to externalize the presence of God in Jewish life, these documents center upon the graphic representation of God's ineffable four-letter Hebrew name, the Tetragrammaton, and associate it with words and imageries that evoke mystical powers, protective energy, and angels, as well as key places and characters in Biblical and Jewish history. 


Sketching "Fiddler": Set Designs by Mentor Huebner

On View: Aug 29, 2017 to Dec 15, 2017

The holdings of The Magnes include a set of original and working copies of sketches and storyboard drawings created by Mentor Huebner for the 1971 feature film, Fiddler on the Roof, along with a small selection of set photographs. The film, directed by Norman Jewison, starred Chaim Topol in the title role, and was based on the stories by Sholem Aleichem (born Shalom Rabinovitz, 1859–1916), a founder of modern Yiddish literature.


The Worlds of Arthur Szyk | The Taube Family Arthur Szyk Collection

On View: May 10, 2017 to Jun 29, 2018


Acquired by The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life in 2017 thanks to an unprecedented gift from Taube Philanthropies, the most significant collection of works by Arthur Szyk (Łódź, Poland, 1894 – New Canaan, Connecticut, 1951) is now available to the world in a public institution for the first time as the Taube Family Arthur Szyk Collection.