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students viewing artwork at the Magnes Collection of Jewish Life and Art
students viewing artwork at the Magnes Collection of Jewish Life and Art
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What's On at The Magnes

Exhibitions and Public Programs that foster community, learning, and deeper understanding.


The Magnes Collection

The material culture of Jewish life throughout history and across the globe.

Power of Attention Exhibition

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Explore the archives, library, exhibitions, and holdings on site and online.

Opening this Fall

In Twilight: Ori Sherman’s Creation

In Twilight: Ori Sherman’s Creation

The work of Ori Sherman (1934-1988), an artist and illustrator beloved in the San Francisco Bay Area, was often infused with Jewish themes. At the end of his life after being diagnosed with AIDS, Sherman completed a cycle of 18 paintings depicting the seven days of the creation of the world as emerging directly from the Hebrew words in the Book of Genesis. The original pieces are displayed together in this exhibition.


Cal 2022 Homecoming Open House

Sep 25 @ 12:00 pm

Alumni and Parents Weekend at Homecoming is scheduled for September 23–25, 2022. Join us as we come together to celebrate the Cal community with three days of engagement with fellow […]

In Real Times artwork mosaic


In Real Times. Arthur Szyk: Art & Human Rights (1926-1951)

 Created to showcase the Taube Family Arthur Szyk Collection, In Real Times. Arthur Szyk: Art & Human Rights (1926-1951) will open on September 1st at The National WWII Museum and stay through May of 2023 before heading to the Fairfield University Art Museum in Connecticut. As The Magnes’ first ever traveling exhibition, these partnerships set in motion plans to showcase the Arthur Szyk and Vishniac collections across the US and internationally.

Discover the unexpected at The Magnes


Torah Ark curtain

Torah Ark Curtains

Textiles created to cover and adorn the Torah Ark.


Karaite Canon manuscript

The Karaite Canon

Manuscripts from Cairo, Egypt


Painting [2014.2.1]: Portrait of David Hofstein, by M. Vaisberg (Ukraine, 1988)


Works by Ukrainian artist, Matvey Vaisberg.

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News about The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life. Learn about exhibitions, programs and events, collection highlights, and read Confluence, The Magnes newsletter.

A message from Director John Efron

A message from Director John Efron

In early May, members of the Magnes community gathered for a multi-screen display of Roman Vishniac photographs and an all-day virtual symposium of panels, discussions, and conversation entitled “Roman Vishniac. In Focus, 1922–2022.” Your support made this event...

Focusing on Vishniac

Focusing on Vishniac

The inaugural 2-day event Roman Vishniac. In Focus: 1922-2022 Open House and Symposium celebrating the Roman Vishniac Archive was a huge success! Both an in-person Open House and a virtual Symposium, The Magnes and UC Berkeley’s Center for Jewish Studies shared...

Vishniac’s Ukraine

Vishniac’s Ukraine

The Russian invasion of Ukraine is the latest development in the long and turbulent history of the “borderland” between the east and west, a complex history that includes significant moments in Jewish life, art, and culture.  “We at The Magnes Collection of...