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January 2018

Program

Jewish Songlines: Charting & Chanting the Moroccan Diaspora

When: Tue, Jan 23, 2018 5:30pm to 7:00pm

Free and open to the public

Program

Opening Reception l High Holy Days at the Luna Park: Show-card Posters from the Firschein Press & The Karaite Canon: Manuscripts and Ritual Objects from Cairo

When: Wed, Jan 31, 2018 5:00pm to 7:00pm

The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life cordially invites you to an opening reception for its two new exhibitions:

High Holy Days at the Luna Park: Show-card Posters from the Firschein Press, Brooklyn, NY, 1920–1974 
&
The Karaite Canon: Manuscripts and Ritual Objects from Cairo 

OPENING REMARKS
George Breslauer, Faculty Director, The Magnes
Francesco Spagnolo, Curator, The Magnes

Exhibition

High Holy Days at the Luna Park: Show-card Posters from the Firschein Press (Brooklyn, NY, 1920-1974)

On View: Jan 23, 2018 to Jun 29, 2018

This exhibition presents a selection from the over one hundred “show-card” posters printed by the Firschein Press, a small business operated by East European Jewish immigrants, that served local Jewish and non-Jewish communities in Brooklyn for the better half of the 20th century. Oscar Firschein brought the posters to California once the Press ceased its activities. He and his wife, Theda, donated them to The Magnes in 2017.

Exhibition

The Invisible Museum: History and Memory of Morocco

On View: Aug 29, 2017 to Jun 29, 2018

Since its inception in 1962, the former Judah L. Magnes Museum distinguished itself by directing its collecting efforts outside the focus on European Jewish culture and history that was prevalent among American Jewish museums at the time. During the 1970s and 1980s, its founders, Seymour and Rebecca Fromer, actively corralled an informal team of activist collectors and supporters. Together, they were able to bring to Berkeley art and material culture from North Africa, the Middle East, and the Indian subcontinent.

Exhibition

The Karaite Canon: Manuscripts and Ritual Objects from Cairo

On View: Jan 23, 2018 to Jun 29, 2018, On View: Aug 28, 2018 to Dec 14, 2018

In 1971, Seymour Fromer (1922-2009), founder of The Magnes, led an expedition to Cairo, Egypt. The Karaite Canon highlights a selection from the over fifty manuscripts he brought to California, along with ritual objects belonging to Cairo’s Karaite community. At the time, the aim of The Magnes was to salvage unique documents during a period of great turmoil in the Middle East.