The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life engages scholars, curators, librarians, archivists, and museum specialists. Follow the links below to learn more about our team.
Francesco Spagnolo is a multidisciplinary scholar focusing on Jewish studies, music, and digital media. At the University of California, Berkeley, he is the Curator of The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life and an Associate Adjunct Professor in the Department of Music. He is also an affiliated faculty with the Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion, the Institute of European Studies, the Religious Diversity Cluster of the Haas Institute, and serves on the Digital Humanities Council. Dr. Spagnolo is also a host for the cultural programs of Italian National Radio (RAI) in Rome.
Ernest Jolly has over 15 years of exhibition and collection management experience, including work at the Oakland Museum of California, UC Davis Design Museum and the Brooklyn Museum. In addition to being a museum professional, Ernest is a working artist and arts adviser. Ernest holds a BA and MFA in Studio Art from San Francisco State University and Mills College. He is currently an Arts Commissioner for Alameda County - District 5.
Julie Franklin has been working in the arts for the last twenty-two years. She was the Director of the California Crafts Museum and the Registrar at the Treasure Island Museum, The Mexican Museum and the San Jose Museum of Art. She has successfully overseen the installations of over 50 exhibitions in four Bay Area museums and was instrumental in helping the San Jose Museum of Art obtain their American Association of Museum’s Accreditation.
Natalie Gleason received a Master's Degree in Ancient History and Mediterranean Archaeology in 2018. She has nearly a decade of experience taking part in archaeological excavations abroad, working both in the field and in the museum as project Registrar.
Shir has been working and volunteering as a researcher in art institutions for the past ten years. She moved to the Bay Area from Israel four years ago, after working as a provenance researcher at the Company for Location and Restitution of Holocaust Victims' Assets for over four years. During her time there, she worked with numerous museums and archives in Israel and Europe.