Programs

The Magnes educational and public programs include tours, lectures, artist talks and scholarly symposia, as well collaborations with local cultural and performing arts institutions.

Click on "Current & Upcoming Programs" below to find information about events taking place at The Magnes in the near future.

Programs

Zooming In: I-Tal-Yah: An Island of Divine Dew. Italian Crossroads in Jewish Culture (Fall 2016)

When: 
Fri, Apr 30, 2021 12:00pm to 12:30pm

In conversation with curators Francesco Spagnolo and Shir Kochavi, Zooming In: I-Tal-Yah: An Island of Divine Dew. Italian Crossroads in Jewish Culture reflects on the Fall, 2016 exhibition I-Tal-Yah, using the occasion of the five-hundredth anniversary of the establishment of the Venice Ghetto (1516), to present a selection of manuscripts, books, ritual objects, textiles, photographs, and postcards collected in the course of five decades highlighting the Italian-Jewish symbiosis.

Hanukkah and Survival: A "Displaced Persons" Workshop in Germany, 1945

When: 
Fri, Dec 18, 2020 12:00pm to 12:30pm

From our series, "Zooming In: Weekly Curatorial Conversations from The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life."

Each week, 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. Throughout the series, guests will join them to explore Jewish art and life, one object at a time. 

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 Middle East, India, and the United States.

This week's presentation will uncover objects created in vocational workshops established at the end of WW2 in Germany by the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee to train Holocaust survivors and assist them in re-entering society.

Register for this free online program here (free or licensed Zoom account required).

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

When: 
Fri, Dec 11, 2020 12:00pm to 12:30pm

From our series, "Zooming In: Weekly Curatorial Conversations from The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life."

Each week, 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. Throughout the series, guests will join them to explore Jewish art and life, one object at a time. 

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 Middle East, India, and the United States.

Register for this free online program here (free or licensed Zoom account required).

Birth Certificates in Cloth: Ritual Textiles for the Jewish Life Cycle

When: 
Fri, Dec 04, 2020 12:00pm to 12:30pm

From our series, "Zooming In: Weekly Curatorial Conversations from The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life."

Each week, 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. Throughout the series, guests will join them to explore Jewish art and life, one object at a time. 

Jewish Resistance: The many contexts of a 1905 painting by Lazar Krestin

When: 
Fri, Nov 20, 2020 12:00pm to 12:30pm

From our series, "Zooming In: Weekly Curatorial Conversations from The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life."

Each week, 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. Throughout the series, guests will join them to explore Jewish art and life, one object at a time.