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PopUp Lunchtime Exhibitions at The Magnes

Each week, UC Berkeley faculty and students, visiting artists and other notable guests will present brief lectures focused on selected treasures from the The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life.

One speaker and one object at the time, these “flash” exhibitions will include the opportunity to view the art and artifacts discussed intimately and up close. 

Bring your own lunch, enjoy complimentary refreshments, and take part in an exciting learning program, free and open to the public. Close-up view of collections included. 

What is The Magnes? Launch Campaign 2012

The staff of The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life collaborated with The Hive Advertising in San Francisco to create an ad campaign for the launch of its new facility in 2012.

Many images of the holdings of The Magnes Collection were included in the ads, in thought-provoking juxtapositions that accompany newly created taglines which highlight the innovative elements of the new Magnes facility and program at UC Berkeley.

Remembering Warren Hellman (1934-2011)

We are deeply saddened by the passing if Warren Hellman, who died yesterday in San Francisco. An outstanding figure in the Bay Area, Warren was instrumental in the creation of The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life at the Bancroft Library.

Although he did not get to celebrate the official opening of our new facility, Warren had a chance to visit it this summer, and to appreciate its potential. A successful financier, a generous philanthropist, and an avid musician, he would have played his banjo at our opening on January 22nd.