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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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Cities and Wars: Roman Vishniac in Berlin and Jerusalem (1947/1967) exhibition images

NEW EXHIBITION

Cities & Wars: Roman Vishniac in Berlin & Jerusalem 1947/1967

Cities and Wars brings together Roman Vishniac’s previously unseen images of Berlin in 1947 after the Second World War and Jerusalem in 1967 after the Six-Day War. The exhibition highlights the unique gaze of the artist, who considered both cities “home,” and carefully chronicles the devastating effects of war on urban life.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Walkers in the City: Jewish Street Photographers of Midcentury New York

Feb 29 @ 5:00 pm

“Walkers in the City” documents how roving, imaginative Jewish New Yorkers, entranced by the medium of photography, transformed everyday sights into rousing, joyous, and poignant moments of time, creating visual poetry out of the fabric of social life.

NEWS

Cine-concert with restored Austrian-Jewish silent film and live musical performance at UC Berkeley’s Magnes

“The City Without Jews,” H. K. Breslauer’s 1924 silent masterpiece, will screen at the Magnes on Wednesday, March 20, 2024, with live original music composed and performed by violinist Alicia Svigals and pianist Donald Sosin, followed by a conversation with UC San Diego Professor Emerita Cynthia Walk, UC Berkeley Professor Philipp Lenhard, and the musicians.

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Magnes is now part of the Museums for All access program

Magnes is now part of the Museums for All access program

[Berkeley]—The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life joins its campus peers BAMPFA, Lawrence Hall of Science, and UC Botanical Garden in participating in Museums for All, a signature access program of the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS),...

The Magnes Collection Annual Report 2023

The Magnes Collection Annual Report 2023

Thank you, on behalf of the entire team at the Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life, for supporting our work and sustaining the museum as one of the preeminent Jewish collections in the world! Among our many accomplishments during this landmark year from July 2022...

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