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September 2018

Program

Fall 2018 Opening Reception | Pièces de Résistance & Project “Holy Land”

When: Tue, Sep 04, 2018 5:00pm

 

The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life

cordially invites you to an opening reception for
its two new exhibitions

Pièces de Résistance
Echoes of Judaea Capta
From Ancient Coins to Modern Art

&

Project “Holy Land”
Yaakov Benor-Kalter’s Photographs
of British Mandate Palestine

Tuesday, September 4, 2018 at 5 pm

2121 Allston Way, Berkeley

Program

Pogrom: Kishinev and the Tilt of History | Steven Zipperstein (Stanford) in conversation with John Efron (UC Berkeley)

When: Thu, Sep 13, 2018 5:30pm

This event is free and open to the public

Please RSVP here

Pogrom: Kishinev and the Tilt of History (Liveright/WW Norton, 2018) by Steven Zipperstein will be available for purchase through Mrs. Dalloway's bookstore after the event.

In April, 1903, 49 Jews were killed, 600 were raped or wounded, and more than 1,000 Jewish-owned houses and stores were ransacked and destroyed during three days of violence in the town of Kishinev. So shattering were the aftereffects of this rampage, that one historian remarked that it was “nothing less than a prototype for the Holocaust itself.”

Recounted in lurid detail by newspapers throughout the Western world, and covered sensationally by America’s Hearst press, the pre-Easter attacks seized the imagination of an international public, quickly becoming the prototype for what would become known as a “pogrom,” and providing the impetus for efforts as varied as The Protocols of the Elders of Zion and the formation of the NAACP. Using new evidence culled from Russia, Israel, and Europe for his new book, Pogrom: Kishinev and the Tilt of History (Liveright/WW Norton, 2018), distinguished historian Steven J. Zipperstein brings  historical insight and clarity to a much-misunderstood event.

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.

Exhibition

Project “Holy Land”: Yaakov Benor-Kalter’s Photographs of British Mandate Palestine, 1923-1940

On View: Aug 28, 2018 to Dec 14, 2018

For nearly two decades, Yaakov (Jacob) Benor-Kalter (1897-1969) traversed the Old City of Jerusalem, documenting renowned historical monuments, ambiguous subjects in familiar alleyways, and scores of “new Jews” building a new homeland. Benor-Kalter’s photographs smoothly oscillate between two worlds, and two Holy Lands, with one lens.

Exhibition

The Worlds of Arthur Szyk | The Taube Family Arthur Szyk Collection

On View: Aug 28, 2018 to Dec 14, 2018

Acquired by The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life in 2017 thanks to an unprecedented gift from Taube Philanthropies, the most significant collection of works by Arthur Szyk (Łódź, Poland, 1894 – New Canaan, Connecticut, 1951) is now available to the world in a public institution for the first time as the Taube Family Arthur Szyk Collection.

Exhibition

Pièces de Résistance: Echoes of Judaea Capta From Ancient Coins to Modern Art

On View: Aug 28, 2018 to Dec 14, 2018

This exhibition will be continuing in Spring 2019. 

Notions of resistance, alongside fears and realities of oppression, resound throughout Jewish history. As a minority, Jews express their political aspirations, ideals of heroism, and yearnings of retaliation and redemption in their rituals, art, and everyday life.

Centering on coins in The Magnes Collection, this exhibition explores how the Jewish revolts against Hellenism and the Roman occupation of Palestine (Judaea Capta) echo from antiquity into the present.