The Magnes educational and public programs include tours, lectures, artist talks and scholarly symposia, as well collaborations with local cultural and performing arts institutions.

Click on "Upcoming Programs" to find information about events taking place at The Magnes in the near future. Be sure to check the calendar!


Opening Reception l High Holy Days at the Luna Park: Show-card Posters from the Firschein Press & The Karaite Canon: Manuscripts and Ritual Objects from Cairo

Wed, Jan 31, 2018 5:00pm to 7:00pm

The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life cordially invites you to an opening reception for its two new exhibitions:

High Holy Days at the Luna Park: Show-card Posters from the Firschein Press, Brooklyn, NY, 1920–1974 
The Karaite Canon: Manuscripts and Ritual Objects from Cairo 

George Breslauer, Faculty Director, The Magnes
Francesco Spagnolo, Curator, The Magnes

The Gallery & the Archive

Wed, Feb 21, 2018 5:30pm to 7:00pm

Free and open to the Public

Join David Wilson, Greg Niemeyer and Nicki Green, three contemporary artists who, in recent years, have interacted with The Magnes Collection and contributed to exhibitions that intersect new works with art and artifacts from the collection itself, in a conversation about art, creativity, archives, and memory, moderated by Francesco Spagnolo.

Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett (POLIN Museum, Warsaw, and NYU) on Encountering the Past in American Jewish Museums

Mon, Apr 16, 2018 6:30pm to 9:00pm

Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett (POLIN Museum, Warsaw, and NYU) on 
Encountering the Past in American Jewish Museums 

Monday, April 16, 6:30–9pm 
Co-presented with the GTU Center for Jewish Studies
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Irvin Ungar on Arthur Szyk: Soldier in Art

Wed, May 02, 2018 12:00pm to 1:00pm

In 2017, The Magnes acquired from Irvin Ungar, a private collector, the most significant collection of works by Arthur Szyk (Łódź, Poland, 1894 – New Canaan, Connecticut, 1951)  thanks to an unprecedented gift from Taube Philanthropies. Szyk’s works are now available to the world in a public institution for the first time as the Taube Family Arthur Szyk Collection.