Zooming In: Gourmet Ghettos: Modern Food Rituals (Fall 2014)

Curatorial Conversations from The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life
Fri, Apr 16, 2021 12:00pm to 12:30pm
2121 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA via Zoom

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. Zooming In: Gourmet Ghettos: Modern Food Rituals reflects on the Fall, 2014 exhibition Gourmet Ghettos, and highlights how it will be revisited, along with other Magnes exhibitions from the last decade in the context of Time Capsules, a new exhibition opening to the public in the Fall.

Curated in collaboration with India Mandelkern, then a graduate student in History, Gourmet Ghettos explored the broader linkages between food, ritual, identity, and activism that inform Jewish life by highlighting over 150 objects from around the world, including cookware, tableware, kitchen textiles, books, manuscripts, paintings, and drawings. The exhibition examined Jewish food rituals as meaningful frameworks with which to contextualize today’s food movement, investigating a phenomenon that is deeply embedded in Berkeley’s history, a city with its own “gourmet ghetto” and powerful tradition of social justice.

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Major support for The Magnes comes from the Hellman Family Foundation, Koret Foundation, Magnes Museum Foundation, Taube Philanthropies and Magnes Leadership Circle. Research for Gourmet Ghettos: Modern Food Rituals was made possible, in part, with funds provided by the Helen Fawcett Chair of the Department of History at UC Berkeley.

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