“Zooming In”: Teaching Online with the Magnes Exhibition “In Real Times”

The Magnes Collection of Jewish Life and Art 2121 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA

When, at the beginning of the semester, Prof. Francesco Spagnolo, Curator of The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life, worked with Prof. Isabel Richter, DAAD Professor of History to plan a class visit to The Magnes for her course on Politics and Culture in 20th-Century Germany: Fascism and Propaganda, social distancing requirements were not a consideration. However, […]

Cal Week 2021

The Magnes Collection of Jewish Life and Art 2121 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA

As Berkeley's official open house, Cal Week is where the entire Berkeley campus community devotes time to engage with our newly admitted students. The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life has several opportunities for incoming students to learn more about us, including a curatorial conversation from our Zooming In series, student profiles and testimonials from our undergraduate […]

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

The Magnes Collection of Jewish Life and Art 2121 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA

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 […]

At Home in America? Three Poets on Belonging & Diaspora in an Unsettled Moment

The Magnes Collection of Jewish Life and Art 2121 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA

Berkeley's Center for Jewish Studies presents a spring poetry panel featuring Dan Alter with Erika Meitner and Daniel Khalatschi, two of the most exciting Jewish poets working in the US, with new books out now and in the spring. Naomi Seidman will moderate a discussion and reading, offering poetry as a lens into how particular sensibilities navigate these issues in a time of uncertainty and possibility.

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

The Magnes Collection of Jewish Life and Art 2121 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA

Arthur Szyk’s compelling political cartoons placed Nazi genocide, tyranny and racism on the covers of America’s most popular magazines during World War II. Highlighting how Szyk used his art to take immediate, direct action in bringing attention to the Holocaust as it was being perpetrated, In Real Times. Arthur Szyk: Art & Human Rights (1926-1951) showcases over fifty […]

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

The Magnes Collection of Jewish Life and Art 2121 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA

Arthur Szyk’s compelling political cartoons placed Nazi genocide, tyranny and racism on the covers of America’s most popular magazines during World War II. Highlighting how Szyk used his art to take immediate, direct action in bringing attention to the Holocaust as it was being perpetrated, In Real Times. Arthur Szyk: Art & Human Rights (1926-1951) showcases over fifty […]

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Time Capsules. The Magnes: 10 Years at UC Berkeley

The Magnes Collection of Jewish Life and Art 2121 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA

In celebrating a decade at UC Berkeley, The Magnes Collection's exhibition Time Capsules revisits ten exhibitions from this time. Each exhibition featured in Time Capsules is unique in exploring the cultures of the Jews in a global perspective, in bringing museum objects "back to life," and in offering ever-changing ways to understand the past in […]

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

The Magnes Collection of Jewish Life and Art 2121 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA

This inaugural installation from the Roman Vishniac Archive shares many of Roman Vishniac’s (1897-1990) most iconic images documenting Eastern-European Jewish life in the years immediately preceding the Holocaust. This group of images in An Archive of Archives: Roman Vishniac's Exhibition History | New York, 1971-72 were originally presented in an exhibition at the Jewish Museum in New York […]