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Sunday, September 26, 2021


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

On View: Jan 28, 2020 to May 29, 2020, On View: Sep 1, 2020 to Dec 18, 2020, On View: Sep 1, 2021 to Dec 15, 2021

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.


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

On View: Jan 28, 2020 to May 29, 2020, On View: Sep 1, 2020 to Dec 18, 2020, On View: Sep 1, 2021 to Dec 15, 2021

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. 


Time Capsules. The Magnes: 10 Years at UC Berkeley

On View: Sep 1, 2021 to Dec 15, 2021

“Time Capsules. The Magnes: 10 Years at UC Berkeley” adds a new dimension to the Berkeley experience. In this retrospective of ten exhibitions over the past decade, the global migrations of Jewish life and culture echoes the diversity cultures on the university campus. The deep historical roots of tradition expressed through art and the objects of material culture enhances the understanding of past and present. The exhibition suggests the depth of age and the breath of change that have shaped contemporary Jewish life and the universality of Jewish values.