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Souvenirs from Utopia: The Bezalel School of Arts and Crafts in Jerusalem (1906-1932)

Souvenirs from Utopia: The Bezalel School of Arts and Crafts in Jerusalem (1906-1932)

Case Study No. 10
9/1/2020 to 12/18/2020

Every week, Tuesday-Friday, 11am-4pm, during the UC Berkeley Fall and Spring Semesters.

At the turn of the 20th century, under Ottoman rule, Jerusalem was rapidly developing into a center of Jewish cultural activities. The protagonists of this scene were, for the most part, recent East-European Jewish immigrants. They had been inspired to move to Palestine by the emerging Zionist movement, and were eager to shake off the oppressive conditions they had experienced under the Russian Empire. 

Location: The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life

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

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


9/1/2020 to 12/18/2020

Every week, Tuesday-Friday, 11am-4pm, during the UC Berkeley Fall and Spring Semesters.

Born into a middle-class Polish Jewish family, Arthur Szyk (Łódź, Poland, 1894 – New Canaan, Connecticut, 1951) lived a life framed by two world wars, the collapse of European democracies, and the rise of totalitarianism. A refugee, he ultimately settled in the United States in 1940. Throughout his work as a miniature artist and political caricaturist, he used motifs drawn from religion, history, politics, and culture, pairing extraordinary craftsmanship with searing commentary on a diverse range of subjects including Judaism, the American Revolution, the Second World War, the Holocaust, and the founding of the State of Israel. 

Location: The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life

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An Archive of Archives: Roman Vishniac's Exhibition History | New York, 1971-72

An Archive of Archives: Roman Vishniac's Exhibition History | New York, 1971-72


9/1/2020 to 12/18/2020

Every week, Tuesday-Friday, 11am-4pm, during the UC Berkeley Fall and Spring Semesters.

The Magnes acquired the Roman Vishniac Archive in 2018, thanks to an unprecedented gift by the late Mara Vishniac Kohn (1926-2018). The collection is comprised of thousands of original prints, negatives, and archival materials documenting the long international career of Roman Vishniac (1897-1990), a Russian-born modernist photographer most notable for documenting Eastern-European Jewish life in the years immediately preceding the Holocaust. Vishniac’s work has been celebrated in exhibitions and publications since the 1940s. The gift represents one of the most important acquisitions made by The Magnes since its founding in 1962, and one of inestimable value to UC Berkeley for insight and research into 20th-century East European Jewry, and beyond.

As this important collection is being painstakingly processed and documented, The Magnes is beginning to share new findings with the public. An archive of this magnitude is bound to reveal many discoveries, opening up new perspectives on the life and work of a globally recognized photographer, and allowing us to revisit some of the salient moments in his career. A veritable “archive of archives,” the collection also contains among its treasures substantial documentation of some of Vishniac’s early exhibitions.

Location: The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life

Read More

 
 
Souvenirs from Utopia: The Bezalel School of Arts and Crafts in Jerusalem (1906-1932)

Souvenirs from Utopia: The Bezalel School of Arts and Crafts in Jerusalem (1906-1932)

Case Study No. 10
9/1/2020 to 12/18/2020

Every week, Tuesday-Friday, 11am-4pm, during the UC Berkeley Fall and Spring Semesters.

At the turn of the 20th century, under Ottoman rule, Jerusalem was rapidly developing into a center of Jewish cultural activities. The protagonists of this scene were, for the most part, recent East-European Jewish immigrants. They had been inspired to move to Palestine by the emerging Zionist movement, and were eager to shake off the oppressive conditions they had experienced under the Russian Empire. 

Location: The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life

Read More

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

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


9/1/2020 to 12/18/2020

Every week, Tuesday-Friday, 11am-4pm, during the UC Berkeley Fall and Spring Semesters.

Born into a middle-class Polish Jewish family, Arthur Szyk (Łódź, Poland, 1894 – New Canaan, Connecticut, 1951) lived a life framed by two world wars, the collapse of European democracies, and the rise of totalitarianism. A refugee, he ultimately settled in the United States in 1940. Throughout his work as a miniature artist and political caricaturist, he used motifs drawn from religion, history, politics, and culture, pairing extraordinary craftsmanship with searing commentary on a diverse range of subjects including Judaism, the American Revolution, the Second World War, the Holocaust, and the founding of the State of Israel. 

Location: The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life

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An Archive of Archives: Roman Vishniac's Exhibition History | New York, 1971-72

An Archive of Archives: Roman Vishniac's Exhibition History | New York, 1971-72


9/1/2020 to 12/18/2020

Every week, Tuesday-Friday, 11am-4pm, during the UC Berkeley Fall and Spring Semesters.

The Magnes acquired the Roman Vishniac Archive in 2018, thanks to an unprecedented gift by the late Mara Vishniac Kohn (1926-2018). The collection is comprised of thousands of original prints, negatives, and archival materials documenting the long international career of Roman Vishniac (1897-1990), a Russian-born modernist photographer most notable for documenting Eastern-European Jewish life in the years immediately preceding the Holocaust. Vishniac’s work has been celebrated in exhibitions and publications since the 1940s. The gift represents one of the most important acquisitions made by The Magnes since its founding in 1962, and one of inestimable value to UC Berkeley for insight and research into 20th-century East European Jewry, and beyond.

As this important collection is being painstakingly processed and documented, The Magnes is beginning to share new findings with the public. An archive of this magnitude is bound to reveal many discoveries, opening up new perspectives on the life and work of a globally recognized photographer, and allowing us to revisit some of the salient moments in his career. A veritable “archive of archives,” the collection also contains among its treasures substantial documentation of some of Vishniac’s early exhibitions.

Location: The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life

Read More

 
 
Souvenirs from Utopia: The Bezalel School of Arts and Crafts in Jerusalem (1906-1932)

Souvenirs from Utopia: The Bezalel School of Arts and Crafts in Jerusalem (1906-1932)

Case Study No. 10
9/1/2020 to 12/18/2020

Every week, Tuesday-Friday, 11am-4pm, during the UC Berkeley Fall and Spring Semesters.

At the turn of the 20th century, under Ottoman rule, Jerusalem was rapidly developing into a center of Jewish cultural activities. The protagonists of this scene were, for the most part, recent East-European Jewish immigrants. They had been inspired to move to Palestine by the emerging Zionist movement, and were eager to shake off the oppressive conditions they had experienced under the Russian Empire. 

Location: The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life

Read More

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

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


9/1/2020 to 12/18/2020

Every week, Tuesday-Friday, 11am-4pm, during the UC Berkeley Fall and Spring Semesters.

Born into a middle-class Polish Jewish family, Arthur Szyk (Łódź, Poland, 1894 – New Canaan, Connecticut, 1951) lived a life framed by two world wars, the collapse of European democracies, and the rise of totalitarianism. A refugee, he ultimately settled in the United States in 1940. Throughout his work as a miniature artist and political caricaturist, he used motifs drawn from religion, history, politics, and culture, pairing extraordinary craftsmanship with searing commentary on a diverse range of subjects including Judaism, the American Revolution, the Second World War, the Holocaust, and the founding of the State of Israel. 

Location: The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life

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An Archive of Archives: Roman Vishniac's Exhibition History | New York, 1971-72

An Archive of Archives: Roman Vishniac's Exhibition History | New York, 1971-72


9/1/2020 to 12/18/2020

Every week, Tuesday-Friday, 11am-4pm, during the UC Berkeley Fall and Spring Semesters.

The Magnes acquired the Roman Vishniac Archive in 2018, thanks to an unprecedented gift by the late Mara Vishniac Kohn (1926-2018). The collection is comprised of thousands of original prints, negatives, and archival materials documenting the long international career of Roman Vishniac (1897-1990), a Russian-born modernist photographer most notable for documenting Eastern-European Jewish life in the years immediately preceding the Holocaust. Vishniac’s work has been celebrated in exhibitions and publications since the 1940s. The gift represents one of the most important acquisitions made by The Magnes since its founding in 1962, and one of inestimable value to UC Berkeley for insight and research into 20th-century East European Jewry, and beyond.

As this important collection is being painstakingly processed and documented, The Magnes is beginning to share new findings with the public. An archive of this magnitude is bound to reveal many discoveries, opening up new perspectives on the life and work of a globally recognized photographer, and allowing us to revisit some of the salient moments in his career. A veritable “archive of archives,” the collection also contains among its treasures substantial documentation of some of Vishniac’s early exhibitions.

Location: The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life

Read More

 
 
Souvenirs from Utopia: The Bezalel School of Arts and Crafts in Jerusalem (1906-1932)

Souvenirs from Utopia: The Bezalel School of Arts and Crafts in Jerusalem (1906-1932)

Case Study No. 10
9/1/2020 to 12/18/2020

Every week, Tuesday-Friday, 11am-4pm, during the UC Berkeley Fall and Spring Semesters.

At the turn of the 20th century, under Ottoman rule, Jerusalem was rapidly developing into a center of Jewish cultural activities. The protagonists of this scene were, for the most part, recent East-European Jewish immigrants. They had been inspired to move to Palestine by the emerging Zionist movement, and were eager to shake off the oppressive conditions they had experienced under the Russian Empire. 

Location: The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life

Read More

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

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


9/1/2020 to 12/18/2020

Every week, Tuesday-Friday, 11am-4pm, during the UC Berkeley Fall and Spring Semesters.

Born into a middle-class Polish Jewish family, Arthur Szyk (Łódź, Poland, 1894 – New Canaan, Connecticut, 1951) lived a life framed by two world wars, the collapse of European democracies, and the rise of totalitarianism. A refugee, he ultimately settled in the United States in 1940. Throughout his work as a miniature artist and political caricaturist, he used motifs drawn from religion, history, politics, and culture, pairing extraordinary craftsmanship with searing commentary on a diverse range of subjects including Judaism, the American Revolution, the Second World War, the Holocaust, and the founding of the State of Israel. 

Location: The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life

Read More

 
 
An Archive of Archives: Roman Vishniac's Exhibition History | New York, 1971-72

An Archive of Archives: Roman Vishniac's Exhibition History | New York, 1971-72


9/1/2020 to 12/18/2020

Every week, Tuesday-Friday, 11am-4pm, during the UC Berkeley Fall and Spring Semesters.

The Magnes acquired the Roman Vishniac Archive in 2018, thanks to an unprecedented gift by the late Mara Vishniac Kohn (1926-2018). The collection is comprised of thousands of original prints, negatives, and archival materials documenting the long international career of Roman Vishniac (1897-1990), a Russian-born modernist photographer most notable for documenting Eastern-European Jewish life in the years immediately preceding the Holocaust. Vishniac’s work has been celebrated in exhibitions and publications since the 1940s. The gift represents one of the most important acquisitions made by The Magnes since its founding in 1962, and one of inestimable value to UC Berkeley for insight and research into 20th-century East European Jewry, and beyond.

As this important collection is being painstakingly processed and documented, The Magnes is beginning to share new findings with the public. An archive of this magnitude is bound to reveal many discoveries, opening up new perspectives on the life and work of a globally recognized photographer, and allowing us to revisit some of the salient moments in his career. A veritable “archive of archives,” the collection also contains among its treasures substantial documentation of some of Vishniac’s early exhibitions.

Location: The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life

Read More

 
 
Birth Certificates in Cloth: Ritual Textiles for the Jewish Life Cycle

Birth Certificates in Cloth: Ritual Textiles for the Jewish Life Cycle


Fri, Dec 04, 2020 12:00pm to 12:30pm

From our series, "Zooming In: Weekly Curatorial Conversations from The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life."

Each week, Curators Francesco Spagnolo and Shir Kochavi present insights and connections emerging from the holdings of UC Berkeley's Magnes Collection, one of the largest Jewish museum collections in the world. Throughout the series, guests will join them to explore Jewish art and life, one object at a time. 

Location: Zoom Event

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Souvenirs from Utopia: The Bezalel School of Arts and Crafts in Jerusalem (1906-1932)

Souvenirs from Utopia: The Bezalel School of Arts and Crafts in Jerusalem (1906-1932)

Case Study No. 10
9/1/2020 to 12/18/2020

Every week, Tuesday-Friday, 11am-4pm, during the UC Berkeley Fall and Spring Semesters.

At the turn of the 20th century, under Ottoman rule, Jerusalem was rapidly developing into a center of Jewish cultural activities. The protagonists of this scene were, for the most part, recent East-European Jewish immigrants. They had been inspired to move to Palestine by the emerging Zionist movement, and were eager to shake off the oppressive conditions they had experienced under the Russian Empire. 

Location: The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life

Read More

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

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


9/1/2020 to 12/18/2020

Every week, Tuesday-Friday, 11am-4pm, during the UC Berkeley Fall and Spring Semesters.

Born into a middle-class Polish Jewish family, Arthur Szyk (Łódź, Poland, 1894 – New Canaan, Connecticut, 1951) lived a life framed by two world wars, the collapse of European democracies, and the rise of totalitarianism. A refugee, he ultimately settled in the United States in 1940. Throughout his work as a miniature artist and political caricaturist, he used motifs drawn from religion, history, politics, and culture, pairing extraordinary craftsmanship with searing commentary on a diverse range of subjects including Judaism, the American Revolution, the Second World War, the Holocaust, and the founding of the State of Israel. 

Location: The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life

Read More

 
 
An Archive of Archives: Roman Vishniac's Exhibition History | New York, 1971-72

An Archive of Archives: Roman Vishniac's Exhibition History | New York, 1971-72


9/1/2020 to 12/18/2020

Every week, Tuesday-Friday, 11am-4pm, during the UC Berkeley Fall and Spring Semesters.

The Magnes acquired the Roman Vishniac Archive in 2018, thanks to an unprecedented gift by the late Mara Vishniac Kohn (1926-2018). The collection is comprised of thousands of original prints, negatives, and archival materials documenting the long international career of Roman Vishniac (1897-1990), a Russian-born modernist photographer most notable for documenting Eastern-European Jewish life in the years immediately preceding the Holocaust. Vishniac’s work has been celebrated in exhibitions and publications since the 1940s. The gift represents one of the most important acquisitions made by The Magnes since its founding in 1962, and one of inestimable value to UC Berkeley for insight and research into 20th-century East European Jewry, and beyond.

As this important collection is being painstakingly processed and documented, The Magnes is beginning to share new findings with the public. An archive of this magnitude is bound to reveal many discoveries, opening up new perspectives on the life and work of a globally recognized photographer, and allowing us to revisit some of the salient moments in his career. A veritable “archive of archives,” the collection also contains among its treasures substantial documentation of some of Vishniac’s early exhibitions.

Location: The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life

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Souvenirs from Utopia: The Bezalel School of Arts and Crafts in Jerusalem (1906-1932)

Souvenirs from Utopia: The Bezalel School of Arts and Crafts in Jerusalem (1906-1932)

Case Study No. 10
9/1/2020 to 12/18/2020

Every week, Tuesday-Friday, 11am-4pm, during the UC Berkeley Fall and Spring Semesters.

At the turn of the 20th century, under Ottoman rule, Jerusalem was rapidly developing into a center of Jewish cultural activities. The protagonists of this scene were, for the most part, recent East-European Jewish immigrants. They had been inspired to move to Palestine by the emerging Zionist movement, and were eager to shake off the oppressive conditions they had experienced under the Russian Empire. 

Location: The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life

Read More

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

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


9/1/2020 to 12/18/2020

Every week, Tuesday-Friday, 11am-4pm, during the UC Berkeley Fall and Spring Semesters.

Born into a middle-class Polish Jewish family, Arthur Szyk (Łódź, Poland, 1894 – New Canaan, Connecticut, 1951) lived a life framed by two world wars, the collapse of European democracies, and the rise of totalitarianism. A refugee, he ultimately settled in the United States in 1940. Throughout his work as a miniature artist and political caricaturist, he used motifs drawn from religion, history, politics, and culture, pairing extraordinary craftsmanship with searing commentary on a diverse range of subjects including Judaism, the American Revolution, the Second World War, the Holocaust, and the founding of the State of Israel. 

Location: The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life

Read More

 
 
An Archive of Archives: Roman Vishniac's Exhibition History | New York, 1971-72

An Archive of Archives: Roman Vishniac's Exhibition History | New York, 1971-72


9/1/2020 to 12/18/2020

Every week, Tuesday-Friday, 11am-4pm, during the UC Berkeley Fall and Spring Semesters.

The Magnes acquired the Roman Vishniac Archive in 2018, thanks to an unprecedented gift by the late Mara Vishniac Kohn (1926-2018). The collection is comprised of thousands of original prints, negatives, and archival materials documenting the long international career of Roman Vishniac (1897-1990), a Russian-born modernist photographer most notable for documenting Eastern-European Jewish life in the years immediately preceding the Holocaust. Vishniac’s work has been celebrated in exhibitions and publications since the 1940s. The gift represents one of the most important acquisitions made by The Magnes since its founding in 1962, and one of inestimable value to UC Berkeley for insight and research into 20th-century East European Jewry, and beyond.

As this important collection is being painstakingly processed and documented, The Magnes is beginning to share new findings with the public. An archive of this magnitude is bound to reveal many discoveries, opening up new perspectives on the life and work of a globally recognized photographer, and allowing us to revisit some of the salient moments in his career. A veritable “archive of archives,” the collection also contains among its treasures substantial documentation of some of Vishniac’s early exhibitions.

Location: The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life

Read More

 
 
Souvenirs from Utopia: The Bezalel School of Arts and Crafts in Jerusalem (1906-1932)

Souvenirs from Utopia: The Bezalel School of Arts and Crafts in Jerusalem (1906-1932)

Case Study No. 10
9/1/2020 to 12/18/2020

Every week, Tuesday-Friday, 11am-4pm, during the UC Berkeley Fall and Spring Semesters.

At the turn of the 20th century, under Ottoman rule, Jerusalem was rapidly developing into a center of Jewish cultural activities. The protagonists of this scene were, for the most part, recent East-European Jewish immigrants. They had been inspired to move to Palestine by the emerging Zionist movement, and were eager to shake off the oppressive conditions they had experienced under the Russian Empire. 

Location: The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life

Read More

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

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


9/1/2020 to 12/18/2020

Every week, Tuesday-Friday, 11am-4pm, during the UC Berkeley Fall and Spring Semesters.

Born into a middle-class Polish Jewish family, Arthur Szyk (Łódź, Poland, 1894 – New Canaan, Connecticut, 1951) lived a life framed by two world wars, the collapse of European democracies, and the rise of totalitarianism. A refugee, he ultimately settled in the United States in 1940. Throughout his work as a miniature artist and political caricaturist, he used motifs drawn from religion, history, politics, and culture, pairing extraordinary craftsmanship with searing commentary on a diverse range of subjects including Judaism, the American Revolution, the Second World War, the Holocaust, and the founding of the State of Israel. 

Location: The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life

Read More

 
 
An Archive of Archives: Roman Vishniac's Exhibition History | New York, 1971-72

An Archive of Archives: Roman Vishniac's Exhibition History | New York, 1971-72


9/1/2020 to 12/18/2020

Every week, Tuesday-Friday, 11am-4pm, during the UC Berkeley Fall and Spring Semesters.

The Magnes acquired the Roman Vishniac Archive in 2018, thanks to an unprecedented gift by the late Mara Vishniac Kohn (1926-2018). The collection is comprised of thousands of original prints, negatives, and archival materials documenting the long international career of Roman Vishniac (1897-1990), a Russian-born modernist photographer most notable for documenting Eastern-European Jewish life in the years immediately preceding the Holocaust. Vishniac’s work has been celebrated in exhibitions and publications since the 1940s. The gift represents one of the most important acquisitions made by The Magnes since its founding in 1962, and one of inestimable value to UC Berkeley for insight and research into 20th-century East European Jewry, and beyond.

As this important collection is being painstakingly processed and documented, The Magnes is beginning to share new findings with the public. An archive of this magnitude is bound to reveal many discoveries, opening up new perspectives on the life and work of a globally recognized photographer, and allowing us to revisit some of the salient moments in his career. A veritable “archive of archives,” the collection also contains among its treasures substantial documentation of some of Vishniac’s early exhibitions.

Location: The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life

Read More

 
 
Souvenirs from Utopia: The Bezalel School of Arts and Crafts in Jerusalem (1906-1932)

Souvenirs from Utopia: The Bezalel School of Arts and Crafts in Jerusalem (1906-1932)

Case Study No. 10
9/1/2020 to 12/18/2020

Every week, Tuesday-Friday, 11am-4pm, during the UC Berkeley Fall and Spring Semesters.

At the turn of the 20th century, under Ottoman rule, Jerusalem was rapidly developing into a center of Jewish cultural activities. The protagonists of this scene were, for the most part, recent East-European Jewish immigrants. They had been inspired to move to Palestine by the emerging Zionist movement, and were eager to shake off the oppressive conditions they had experienced under the Russian Empire. 

Location: The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life

Read More

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

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


9/1/2020 to 12/18/2020

Every week, Tuesday-Friday, 11am-4pm, during the UC Berkeley Fall and Spring Semesters.

Born into a middle-class Polish Jewish family, Arthur Szyk (Łódź, Poland, 1894 – New Canaan, Connecticut, 1951) lived a life framed by two world wars, the collapse of European democracies, and the rise of totalitarianism. A refugee, he ultimately settled in the United States in 1940. Throughout his work as a miniature artist and political caricaturist, he used motifs drawn from religion, history, politics, and culture, pairing extraordinary craftsmanship with searing commentary on a diverse range of subjects including Judaism, the American Revolution, the Second World War, the Holocaust, and the founding of the State of Israel. 

Location: The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life

Read More

 
 
An Archive of Archives: Roman Vishniac's Exhibition History | New York, 1971-72

An Archive of Archives: Roman Vishniac's Exhibition History | New York, 1971-72


9/1/2020 to 12/18/2020

Every week, Tuesday-Friday, 11am-4pm, during the UC Berkeley Fall and Spring Semesters.

The Magnes acquired the Roman Vishniac Archive in 2018, thanks to an unprecedented gift by the late Mara Vishniac Kohn (1926-2018). The collection is comprised of thousands of original prints, negatives, and archival materials documenting the long international career of Roman Vishniac (1897-1990), a Russian-born modernist photographer most notable for documenting Eastern-European Jewish life in the years immediately preceding the Holocaust. Vishniac’s work has been celebrated in exhibitions and publications since the 1940s. The gift represents one of the most important acquisitions made by The Magnes since its founding in 1962, and one of inestimable value to UC Berkeley for insight and research into 20th-century East European Jewry, and beyond.

As this important collection is being painstakingly processed and documented, The Magnes is beginning to share new findings with the public. An archive of this magnitude is bound to reveal many discoveries, opening up new perspectives on the life and work of a globally recognized photographer, and allowing us to revisit some of the salient moments in his career. A veritable “archive of archives,” the collection also contains among its treasures substantial documentation of some of Vishniac’s early exhibitions.

Location: The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life

Read More

 
 
Souvenirs from Utopia: The Bezalel School of Arts and Crafts in Jerusalem (1906-1932)

Souvenirs from Utopia: The Bezalel School of Arts and Crafts in Jerusalem (1906-1932)

Case Study No. 10
9/1/2020 to 12/18/2020

Every week, Tuesday-Friday, 11am-4pm, during the UC Berkeley Fall and Spring Semesters.

At the turn of the 20th century, under Ottoman rule, Jerusalem was rapidly developing into a center of Jewish cultural activities. The protagonists of this scene were, for the most part, recent East-European Jewish immigrants. They had been inspired to move to Palestine by the emerging Zionist movement, and were eager to shake off the oppressive conditions they had experienced under the Russian Empire. 

Location: The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life

Read More

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

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


9/1/2020 to 12/18/2020

Every week, Tuesday-Friday, 11am-4pm, during the UC Berkeley Fall and Spring Semesters.

Born into a middle-class Polish Jewish family, Arthur Szyk (Łódź, Poland, 1894 – New Canaan, Connecticut, 1951) lived a life framed by two world wars, the collapse of European democracies, and the rise of totalitarianism. A refugee, he ultimately settled in the United States in 1940. Throughout his work as a miniature artist and political caricaturist, he used motifs drawn from religion, history, politics, and culture, pairing extraordinary craftsmanship with searing commentary on a diverse range of subjects including Judaism, the American Revolution, the Second World War, the Holocaust, and the founding of the State of Israel. 

Location: The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life

Read More

 
 
An Archive of Archives: Roman Vishniac's Exhibition History | New York, 1971-72

An Archive of Archives: Roman Vishniac's Exhibition History | New York, 1971-72


9/1/2020 to 12/18/2020

Every week, Tuesday-Friday, 11am-4pm, during the UC Berkeley Fall and Spring Semesters.

The Magnes acquired the Roman Vishniac Archive in 2018, thanks to an unprecedented gift by the late Mara Vishniac Kohn (1926-2018). The collection is comprised of thousands of original prints, negatives, and archival materials documenting the long international career of Roman Vishniac (1897-1990), a Russian-born modernist photographer most notable for documenting Eastern-European Jewish life in the years immediately preceding the Holocaust. Vishniac’s work has been celebrated in exhibitions and publications since the 1940s. The gift represents one of the most important acquisitions made by The Magnes since its founding in 1962, and one of inestimable value to UC Berkeley for insight and research into 20th-century East European Jewry, and beyond.

As this important collection is being painstakingly processed and documented, The Magnes is beginning to share new findings with the public. An archive of this magnitude is bound to reveal many discoveries, opening up new perspectives on the life and work of a globally recognized photographer, and allowing us to revisit some of the salient moments in his career. A veritable “archive of archives,” the collection also contains among its treasures substantial documentation of some of Vishniac’s early exhibitions.

Location: The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life

Read More

 
 
Souvenirs from Utopia: The Bezalel School of Arts and Crafts in Jerusalem (1906-1932)

Souvenirs from Utopia: The Bezalel School of Arts and Crafts in Jerusalem (1906-1932)

Case Study No. 10
9/1/2020 to 12/18/2020

Every week, Tuesday-Friday, 11am-4pm, during the UC Berkeley Fall and Spring Semesters.

At the turn of the 20th century, under Ottoman rule, Jerusalem was rapidly developing into a center of Jewish cultural activities. The protagonists of this scene were, for the most part, recent East-European Jewish immigrants. They had been inspired to move to Palestine by the emerging Zionist movement, and were eager to shake off the oppressive conditions they had experienced under the Russian Empire. 

Location: The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life

Read More

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

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


9/1/2020 to 12/18/2020

Every week, Tuesday-Friday, 11am-4pm, during the UC Berkeley Fall and Spring Semesters.

Born into a middle-class Polish Jewish family, Arthur Szyk (Łódź, Poland, 1894 – New Canaan, Connecticut, 1951) lived a life framed by two world wars, the collapse of European democracies, and the rise of totalitarianism. A refugee, he ultimately settled in the United States in 1940. Throughout his work as a miniature artist and political caricaturist, he used motifs drawn from religion, history, politics, and culture, pairing extraordinary craftsmanship with searing commentary on a diverse range of subjects including Judaism, the American Revolution, the Second World War, the Holocaust, and the founding of the State of Israel. 

Location: The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life

Read More

 
 
An Archive of Archives: Roman Vishniac's Exhibition History | New York, 1971-72

An Archive of Archives: Roman Vishniac's Exhibition History | New York, 1971-72


9/1/2020 to 12/18/2020

Every week, Tuesday-Friday, 11am-4pm, during the UC Berkeley Fall and Spring Semesters.

The Magnes acquired the Roman Vishniac Archive in 2018, thanks to an unprecedented gift by the late Mara Vishniac Kohn (1926-2018). The collection is comprised of thousands of original prints, negatives, and archival materials documenting the long international career of Roman Vishniac (1897-1990), a Russian-born modernist photographer most notable for documenting Eastern-European Jewish life in the years immediately preceding the Holocaust. Vishniac’s work has been celebrated in exhibitions and publications since the 1940s. The gift represents one of the most important acquisitions made by The Magnes since its founding in 1962, and one of inestimable value to UC Berkeley for insight and research into 20th-century East European Jewry, and beyond.

As this important collection is being painstakingly processed and documented, The Magnes is beginning to share new findings with the public. An archive of this magnitude is bound to reveal many discoveries, opening up new perspectives on the life and work of a globally recognized photographer, and allowing us to revisit some of the salient moments in his career. A veritable “archive of archives,” the collection also contains among its treasures substantial documentation of some of Vishniac’s early exhibitions.

Location: The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life

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Souvenirs from Utopia: The Bezalel School of Arts and Crafts in Jerusalem (1906-1932)

Souvenirs from Utopia: The Bezalel School of Arts and Crafts in Jerusalem (1906-1932)

Case Study No. 10
9/1/2020 to 12/18/2020

Every week, Tuesday-Friday, 11am-4pm, during the UC Berkeley Fall and Spring Semesters.

At the turn of the 20th century, under Ottoman rule, Jerusalem was rapidly developing into a center of Jewish cultural activities. The protagonists of this scene were, for the most part, recent East-European Jewish immigrants. They had been inspired to move to Palestine by the emerging Zionist movement, and were eager to shake off the oppressive conditions they had experienced under the Russian Empire. 

Location: The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life

Read More

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

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


9/1/2020 to 12/18/2020

Every week, Tuesday-Friday, 11am-4pm, during the UC Berkeley Fall and Spring Semesters.

Born into a middle-class Polish Jewish family, Arthur Szyk (Łódź, Poland, 1894 – New Canaan, Connecticut, 1951) lived a life framed by two world wars, the collapse of European democracies, and the rise of totalitarianism. A refugee, he ultimately settled in the United States in 1940. Throughout his work as a miniature artist and political caricaturist, he used motifs drawn from religion, history, politics, and culture, pairing extraordinary craftsmanship with searing commentary on a diverse range of subjects including Judaism, the American Revolution, the Second World War, the Holocaust, and the founding of the State of Israel. 

Location: The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life

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An Archive of Archives: Roman Vishniac's Exhibition History | New York, 1971-72

An Archive of Archives: Roman Vishniac's Exhibition History | New York, 1971-72


9/1/2020 to 12/18/2020

Every week, Tuesday-Friday, 11am-4pm, during the UC Berkeley Fall and Spring Semesters.

The Magnes acquired the Roman Vishniac Archive in 2018, thanks to an unprecedented gift by the late Mara Vishniac Kohn (1926-2018). The collection is comprised of thousands of original prints, negatives, and archival materials documenting the long international career of Roman Vishniac (1897-1990), a Russian-born modernist photographer most notable for documenting Eastern-European Jewish life in the years immediately preceding the Holocaust. Vishniac’s work has been celebrated in exhibitions and publications since the 1940s. The gift represents one of the most important acquisitions made by The Magnes since its founding in 1962, and one of inestimable value to UC Berkeley for insight and research into 20th-century East European Jewry, and beyond.

As this important collection is being painstakingly processed and documented, The Magnes is beginning to share new findings with the public. An archive of this magnitude is bound to reveal many discoveries, opening up new perspectives on the life and work of a globally recognized photographer, and allowing us to revisit some of the salient moments in his career. A veritable “archive of archives,” the collection also contains among its treasures substantial documentation of some of Vishniac’s early exhibitions.

Location: The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life

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Displaying Identity, Protecting Oneself: (What do we learn from) The shape of Hanukkah lamps

Displaying Identity, Protecting Oneself: (What do we learn from) The shape of Hanukkah lamps


Fri, Dec 11, 2020 12:00pm to 12:30pm

From our series, "Zooming In: Weekly Curatorial Conversations from The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life."

Each week, Curators Francesco Spagnolo and Shir Kochavi present insights and connections emerging from the holdings of UC Berkeley's Magnes Collection, one of the largest Jewish museum collections in the world. Throughout the series, guests will join them to explore Jewish art and life, one object at a time. 

Bringing the Light!

On the occasion of Hanukkah, we are partnering with the Bay Area's six Jewish Community Centers to bring you the light from the 200 Hanukkah lamps in The Magnes Collection. We invite you to join us in discovering the culturally rich stories of these unique lamps collected from Europe, North Africa, the Middle East, India, and the United States.

Register for this free online program here (free or licensed Zoom account required).

Location: Zoom Event

Read More

 
 
Souvenirs from Utopia: The Bezalel School of Arts and Crafts in Jerusalem (1906-1932)

Souvenirs from Utopia: The Bezalel School of Arts and Crafts in Jerusalem (1906-1932)

Case Study No. 10
9/1/2020 to 12/18/2020

Every week, Tuesday-Friday, 11am-4pm, during the UC Berkeley Fall and Spring Semesters.

At the turn of the 20th century, under Ottoman rule, Jerusalem was rapidly developing into a center of Jewish cultural activities. The protagonists of this scene were, for the most part, recent East-European Jewish immigrants. They had been inspired to move to Palestine by the emerging Zionist movement, and were eager to shake off the oppressive conditions they had experienced under the Russian Empire. 

Location: The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life

Read More

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

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


9/1/2020 to 12/18/2020

Every week, Tuesday-Friday, 11am-4pm, during the UC Berkeley Fall and Spring Semesters.

Born into a middle-class Polish Jewish family, Arthur Szyk (Łódź, Poland, 1894 – New Canaan, Connecticut, 1951) lived a life framed by two world wars, the collapse of European democracies, and the rise of totalitarianism. A refugee, he ultimately settled in the United States in 1940. Throughout his work as a miniature artist and political caricaturist, he used motifs drawn from religion, history, politics, and culture, pairing extraordinary craftsmanship with searing commentary on a diverse range of subjects including Judaism, the American Revolution, the Second World War, the Holocaust, and the founding of the State of Israel. 

Location: The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life

Read More

 
 
An Archive of Archives: Roman Vishniac's Exhibition History | New York, 1971-72

An Archive of Archives: Roman Vishniac's Exhibition History | New York, 1971-72


9/1/2020 to 12/18/2020

Every week, Tuesday-Friday, 11am-4pm, during the UC Berkeley Fall and Spring Semesters.

The Magnes acquired the Roman Vishniac Archive in 2018, thanks to an unprecedented gift by the late Mara Vishniac Kohn (1926-2018). The collection is comprised of thousands of original prints, negatives, and archival materials documenting the long international career of Roman Vishniac (1897-1990), a Russian-born modernist photographer most notable for documenting Eastern-European Jewish life in the years immediately preceding the Holocaust. Vishniac’s work has been celebrated in exhibitions and publications since the 1940s. The gift represents one of the most important acquisitions made by The Magnes since its founding in 1962, and one of inestimable value to UC Berkeley for insight and research into 20th-century East European Jewry, and beyond.

As this important collection is being painstakingly processed and documented, The Magnes is beginning to share new findings with the public. An archive of this magnitude is bound to reveal many discoveries, opening up new perspectives on the life and work of a globally recognized photographer, and allowing us to revisit some of the salient moments in his career. A veritable “archive of archives,” the collection also contains among its treasures substantial documentation of some of Vishniac’s early exhibitions.

Location: The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life

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Souvenirs from Utopia: The Bezalel School of Arts and Crafts in Jerusalem (1906-1932)

Souvenirs from Utopia: The Bezalel School of Arts and Crafts in Jerusalem (1906-1932)

Case Study No. 10
9/1/2020 to 12/18/2020

Every week, Tuesday-Friday, 11am-4pm, during the UC Berkeley Fall and Spring Semesters.

At the turn of the 20th century, under Ottoman rule, Jerusalem was rapidly developing into a center of Jewish cultural activities. The protagonists of this scene were, for the most part, recent East-European Jewish immigrants. They had been inspired to move to Palestine by the emerging Zionist movement, and were eager to shake off the oppressive conditions they had experienced under the Russian Empire. 

Location: The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life

Read More

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

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


9/1/2020 to 12/18/2020

Every week, Tuesday-Friday, 11am-4pm, during the UC Berkeley Fall and Spring Semesters.

Born into a middle-class Polish Jewish family, Arthur Szyk (Łódź, Poland, 1894 – New Canaan, Connecticut, 1951) lived a life framed by two world wars, the collapse of European democracies, and the rise of totalitarianism. A refugee, he ultimately settled in the United States in 1940. Throughout his work as a miniature artist and political caricaturist, he used motifs drawn from religion, history, politics, and culture, pairing extraordinary craftsmanship with searing commentary on a diverse range of subjects including Judaism, the American Revolution, the Second World War, the Holocaust, and the founding of the State of Israel. 

Location: The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life

Read More

 
 
An Archive of Archives: Roman Vishniac's Exhibition History | New York, 1971-72

An Archive of Archives: Roman Vishniac's Exhibition History | New York, 1971-72


9/1/2020 to 12/18/2020

Every week, Tuesday-Friday, 11am-4pm, during the UC Berkeley Fall and Spring Semesters.

The Magnes acquired the Roman Vishniac Archive in 2018, thanks to an unprecedented gift by the late Mara Vishniac Kohn (1926-2018). The collection is comprised of thousands of original prints, negatives, and archival materials documenting the long international career of Roman Vishniac (1897-1990), a Russian-born modernist photographer most notable for documenting Eastern-European Jewish life in the years immediately preceding the Holocaust. Vishniac’s work has been celebrated in exhibitions and publications since the 1940s. The gift represents one of the most important acquisitions made by The Magnes since its founding in 1962, and one of inestimable value to UC Berkeley for insight and research into 20th-century East European Jewry, and beyond.

As this important collection is being painstakingly processed and documented, The Magnes is beginning to share new findings with the public. An archive of this magnitude is bound to reveal many discoveries, opening up new perspectives on the life and work of a globally recognized photographer, and allowing us to revisit some of the salient moments in his career. A veritable “archive of archives,” the collection also contains among its treasures substantial documentation of some of Vishniac’s early exhibitions.

Location: The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life

Read More

 
 
Souvenirs from Utopia: The Bezalel School of Arts and Crafts in Jerusalem (1906-1932)

Souvenirs from Utopia: The Bezalel School of Arts and Crafts in Jerusalem (1906-1932)

Case Study No. 10
9/1/2020 to 12/18/2020

Every week, Tuesday-Friday, 11am-4pm, during the UC Berkeley Fall and Spring Semesters.

At the turn of the 20th century, under Ottoman rule, Jerusalem was rapidly developing into a center of Jewish cultural activities. The protagonists of this scene were, for the most part, recent East-European Jewish immigrants. They had been inspired to move to Palestine by the emerging Zionist movement, and were eager to shake off the oppressive conditions they had experienced under the Russian Empire. 

Location: The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life

Read More

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

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


9/1/2020 to 12/18/2020

Every week, Tuesday-Friday, 11am-4pm, during the UC Berkeley Fall and Spring Semesters.

Born into a middle-class Polish Jewish family, Arthur Szyk (Łódź, Poland, 1894 – New Canaan, Connecticut, 1951) lived a life framed by two world wars, the collapse of European democracies, and the rise of totalitarianism. A refugee, he ultimately settled in the United States in 1940. Throughout his work as a miniature artist and political caricaturist, he used motifs drawn from religion, history, politics, and culture, pairing extraordinary craftsmanship with searing commentary on a diverse range of subjects including Judaism, the American Revolution, the Second World War, the Holocaust, and the founding of the State of Israel. 

Location: The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life

Read More

 
 
An Archive of Archives: Roman Vishniac's Exhibition History | New York, 1971-72

An Archive of Archives: Roman Vishniac's Exhibition History | New York, 1971-72


9/1/2020 to 12/18/2020

Every week, Tuesday-Friday, 11am-4pm, during the UC Berkeley Fall and Spring Semesters.

The Magnes acquired the Roman Vishniac Archive in 2018, thanks to an unprecedented gift by the late Mara Vishniac Kohn (1926-2018). The collection is comprised of thousands of original prints, negatives, and archival materials documenting the long international career of Roman Vishniac (1897-1990), a Russian-born modernist photographer most notable for documenting Eastern-European Jewish life in the years immediately preceding the Holocaust. Vishniac’s work has been celebrated in exhibitions and publications since the 1940s. The gift represents one of the most important acquisitions made by The Magnes since its founding in 1962, and one of inestimable value to UC Berkeley for insight and research into 20th-century East European Jewry, and beyond.

As this important collection is being painstakingly processed and documented, The Magnes is beginning to share new findings with the public. An archive of this magnitude is bound to reveal many discoveries, opening up new perspectives on the life and work of a globally recognized photographer, and allowing us to revisit some of the salient moments in his career. A veritable “archive of archives,” the collection also contains among its treasures substantial documentation of some of Vishniac’s early exhibitions.

Location: The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life

Read More

 
 
Souvenirs from Utopia: The Bezalel School of Arts and Crafts in Jerusalem (1906-1932)

Souvenirs from Utopia: The Bezalel School of Arts and Crafts in Jerusalem (1906-1932)

Case Study No. 10
9/1/2020 to 12/18/2020

Every week, Tuesday-Friday, 11am-4pm, during the UC Berkeley Fall and Spring Semesters.

At the turn of the 20th century, under Ottoman rule, Jerusalem was rapidly developing into a center of Jewish cultural activities. The protagonists of this scene were, for the most part, recent East-European Jewish immigrants. They had been inspired to move to Palestine by the emerging Zionist movement, and were eager to shake off the oppressive conditions they had experienced under the Russian Empire. 

Location: The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life

Read More

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

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


9/1/2020 to 12/18/2020

Every week, Tuesday-Friday, 11am-4pm, during the UC Berkeley Fall and Spring Semesters.

Born into a middle-class Polish Jewish family, Arthur Szyk (Łódź, Poland, 1894 – New Canaan, Connecticut, 1951) lived a life framed by two world wars, the collapse of European democracies, and the rise of totalitarianism. A refugee, he ultimately settled in the United States in 1940. Throughout his work as a miniature artist and political caricaturist, he used motifs drawn from religion, history, politics, and culture, pairing extraordinary craftsmanship with searing commentary on a diverse range of subjects including Judaism, the American Revolution, the Second World War, the Holocaust, and the founding of the State of Israel. 

Location: The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life

Read More

 
 
An Archive of Archives: Roman Vishniac's Exhibition History | New York, 1971-72

An Archive of Archives: Roman Vishniac's Exhibition History | New York, 1971-72


9/1/2020 to 12/18/2020

Every week, Tuesday-Friday, 11am-4pm, during the UC Berkeley Fall and Spring Semesters.

The Magnes acquired the Roman Vishniac Archive in 2018, thanks to an unprecedented gift by the late Mara Vishniac Kohn (1926-2018). The collection is comprised of thousands of original prints, negatives, and archival materials documenting the long international career of Roman Vishniac (1897-1990), a Russian-born modernist photographer most notable for documenting Eastern-European Jewish life in the years immediately preceding the Holocaust. Vishniac’s work has been celebrated in exhibitions and publications since the 1940s. The gift represents one of the most important acquisitions made by The Magnes since its founding in 1962, and one of inestimable value to UC Berkeley for insight and research into 20th-century East European Jewry, and beyond.

As this important collection is being painstakingly processed and documented, The Magnes is beginning to share new findings with the public. An archive of this magnitude is bound to reveal many discoveries, opening up new perspectives on the life and work of a globally recognized photographer, and allowing us to revisit some of the salient moments in his career. A veritable “archive of archives,” the collection also contains among its treasures substantial documentation of some of Vishniac’s early exhibitions.

Location: The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life

Read More

 
 
Souvenirs from Utopia: The Bezalel School of Arts and Crafts in Jerusalem (1906-1932)

Souvenirs from Utopia: The Bezalel School of Arts and Crafts in Jerusalem (1906-1932)

Case Study No. 10
9/1/2020 to 12/18/2020

Every week, Tuesday-Friday, 11am-4pm, during the UC Berkeley Fall and Spring Semesters.

At the turn of the 20th century, under Ottoman rule, Jerusalem was rapidly developing into a center of Jewish cultural activities. The protagonists of this scene were, for the most part, recent East-European Jewish immigrants. They had been inspired to move to Palestine by the emerging Zionist movement, and were eager to shake off the oppressive conditions they had experienced under the Russian Empire. 

Location: The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life

Read More

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

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


9/1/2020 to 12/18/2020

Every week, Tuesday-Friday, 11am-4pm, during the UC Berkeley Fall and Spring Semesters.

Born into a middle-class Polish Jewish family, Arthur Szyk (Łódź, Poland, 1894 – New Canaan, Connecticut, 1951) lived a life framed by two world wars, the collapse of European democracies, and the rise of totalitarianism. A refugee, he ultimately settled in the United States in 1940. Throughout his work as a miniature artist and political caricaturist, he used motifs drawn from religion, history, politics, and culture, pairing extraordinary craftsmanship with searing commentary on a diverse range of subjects including Judaism, the American Revolution, the Second World War, the Holocaust, and the founding of the State of Israel. 

Location: The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life

Read More

 
 
An Archive of Archives: Roman Vishniac's Exhibition History | New York, 1971-72

An Archive of Archives: Roman Vishniac's Exhibition History | New York, 1971-72


9/1/2020 to 12/18/2020

Every week, Tuesday-Friday, 11am-4pm, during the UC Berkeley Fall and Spring Semesters.

The Magnes acquired the Roman Vishniac Archive in 2018, thanks to an unprecedented gift by the late Mara Vishniac Kohn (1926-2018). The collection is comprised of thousands of original prints, negatives, and archival materials documenting the long international career of Roman Vishniac (1897-1990), a Russian-born modernist photographer most notable for documenting Eastern-European Jewish life in the years immediately preceding the Holocaust. Vishniac’s work has been celebrated in exhibitions and publications since the 1940s. The gift represents one of the most important acquisitions made by The Magnes since its founding in 1962, and one of inestimable value to UC Berkeley for insight and research into 20th-century East European Jewry, and beyond.

As this important collection is being painstakingly processed and documented, The Magnes is beginning to share new findings with the public. An archive of this magnitude is bound to reveal many discoveries, opening up new perspectives on the life and work of a globally recognized photographer, and allowing us to revisit some of the salient moments in his career. A veritable “archive of archives,” the collection also contains among its treasures substantial documentation of some of Vishniac’s early exhibitions.

Location: The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life

Read More

 
 
Souvenirs from Utopia: The Bezalel School of Arts and Crafts in Jerusalem (1906-1932)

Souvenirs from Utopia: The Bezalel School of Arts and Crafts in Jerusalem (1906-1932)

Case Study No. 10
9/1/2020 to 12/18/2020

Every week, Tuesday-Friday, 11am-4pm, during the UC Berkeley Fall and Spring Semesters.

At the turn of the 20th century, under Ottoman rule, Jerusalem was rapidly developing into a center of Jewish cultural activities. The protagonists of this scene were, for the most part, recent East-European Jewish immigrants. They had been inspired to move to Palestine by the emerging Zionist movement, and were eager to shake off the oppressive conditions they had experienced under the Russian Empire. 

Location: The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life

Read More

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

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


9/1/2020 to 12/18/2020

Every week, Tuesday-Friday, 11am-4pm, during the UC Berkeley Fall and Spring Semesters.

Born into a middle-class Polish Jewish family, Arthur Szyk (Łódź, Poland, 1894 – New Canaan, Connecticut, 1951) lived a life framed by two world wars, the collapse of European democracies, and the rise of totalitarianism. A refugee, he ultimately settled in the United States in 1940. Throughout his work as a miniature artist and political caricaturist, he used motifs drawn from religion, history, politics, and culture, pairing extraordinary craftsmanship with searing commentary on a diverse range of subjects including Judaism, the American Revolution, the Second World War, the Holocaust, and the founding of the State of Israel. 

Location: The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life

Read More

 
 
An Archive of Archives: Roman Vishniac's Exhibition History | New York, 1971-72

An Archive of Archives: Roman Vishniac's Exhibition History | New York, 1971-72


9/1/2020 to 12/18/2020

Every week, Tuesday-Friday, 11am-4pm, during the UC Berkeley Fall and Spring Semesters.

The Magnes acquired the Roman Vishniac Archive in 2018, thanks to an unprecedented gift by the late Mara Vishniac Kohn (1926-2018). The collection is comprised of thousands of original prints, negatives, and archival materials documenting the long international career of Roman Vishniac (1897-1990), a Russian-born modernist photographer most notable for documenting Eastern-European Jewish life in the years immediately preceding the Holocaust. Vishniac’s work has been celebrated in exhibitions and publications since the 1940s. The gift represents one of the most important acquisitions made by The Magnes since its founding in 1962, and one of inestimable value to UC Berkeley for insight and research into 20th-century East European Jewry, and beyond.

As this important collection is being painstakingly processed and documented, The Magnes is beginning to share new findings with the public. An archive of this magnitude is bound to reveal many discoveries, opening up new perspectives on the life and work of a globally recognized photographer, and allowing us to revisit some of the salient moments in his career. A veritable “archive of archives,” the collection also contains among its treasures substantial documentation of some of Vishniac’s early exhibitions.

Location: The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life

Read More

 
 
Souvenirs from Utopia: The Bezalel School of Arts and Crafts in Jerusalem (1906-1932)

Souvenirs from Utopia: The Bezalel School of Arts and Crafts in Jerusalem (1906-1932)

Case Study No. 10
9/1/2020 to 12/18/2020

Every week, Tuesday-Friday, 11am-4pm, during the UC Berkeley Fall and Spring Semesters.

At the turn of the 20th century, under Ottoman rule, Jerusalem was rapidly developing into a center of Jewish cultural activities. The protagonists of this scene were, for the most part, recent East-European Jewish immigrants. They had been inspired to move to Palestine by the emerging Zionist movement, and were eager to shake off the oppressive conditions they had experienced under the Russian Empire. 

Location: The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life

Read More

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

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


9/1/2020 to 12/18/2020

Every week, Tuesday-Friday, 11am-4pm, during the UC Berkeley Fall and Spring Semesters.

Born into a middle-class Polish Jewish family, Arthur Szyk (Łódź, Poland, 1894 – New Canaan, Connecticut, 1951) lived a life framed by two world wars, the collapse of European democracies, and the rise of totalitarianism. A refugee, he ultimately settled in the United States in 1940. Throughout his work as a miniature artist and political caricaturist, he used motifs drawn from religion, history, politics, and culture, pairing extraordinary craftsmanship with searing commentary on a diverse range of subjects including Judaism, the American Revolution, the Second World War, the Holocaust, and the founding of the State of Israel. 

Location: The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life

Read More

 
 
An Archive of Archives: Roman Vishniac's Exhibition History | New York, 1971-72

An Archive of Archives: Roman Vishniac's Exhibition History | New York, 1971-72


9/1/2020 to 12/18/2020

Every week, Tuesday-Friday, 11am-4pm, during the UC Berkeley Fall and Spring Semesters.

The Magnes acquired the Roman Vishniac Archive in 2018, thanks to an unprecedented gift by the late Mara Vishniac Kohn (1926-2018). The collection is comprised of thousands of original prints, negatives, and archival materials documenting the long international career of Roman Vishniac (1897-1990), a Russian-born modernist photographer most notable for documenting Eastern-European Jewish life in the years immediately preceding the Holocaust. Vishniac’s work has been celebrated in exhibitions and publications since the 1940s. The gift represents one of the most important acquisitions made by The Magnes since its founding in 1962, and one of inestimable value to UC Berkeley for insight and research into 20th-century East European Jewry, and beyond.

As this important collection is being painstakingly processed and documented, The Magnes is beginning to share new findings with the public. An archive of this magnitude is bound to reveal many discoveries, opening up new perspectives on the life and work of a globally recognized photographer, and allowing us to revisit some of the salient moments in his career. A veritable “archive of archives,” the collection also contains among its treasures substantial documentation of some of Vishniac’s early exhibitions.

Location: The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life

Read More

 
 
Hanukkah and Survival: A "Displaced Persons" Workshop in Germany, 1945

Hanukkah and Survival: A "Displaced Persons" Workshop in Germany, 1945


Fri, Dec 18, 2020 12:00pm to 12:30pm

From our series, "Zooming In: Weekly Curatorial Conversations from The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life."

Each week, Curators Francesco Spagnolo and Shir Kochavi present insights and connections emerging from the holdings of UC Berkeley's Magnes Collection, one of the largest Jewish museum collections in the world. Throughout the series, guests will join them to explore Jewish art and life, one object at a time. 

Bringing the Light!

On the occasion of Hanukkah, we are partnering with the Bay Area's six Jewish Community Centers to bring you the light from the 200 Hanukkah lamps in The Magnes Collection. We invite you to join us in discovering the culturally rich stories of these unique lamps collected from Europe, North Africa, the Middle East, India, and the United States.

This week's presentation will uncover objects created in vocational workshops established at the end of WW2 in Germany by the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee to train Holocaust survivors and assist them in re-entering society.

Register for this free online program here (free or licensed Zoom account required).

Location: Zoom Event

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