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Berkeley, CA – Mayer Kirshenblatt, now 91 years old, first picked up an artist's brush at the age of 74. They Called Me Mayer July, the first major exhibition of Mayer's work in the United States will premier at the Judah L. Magnes Museum on September 9, 2007 with a special program and book signing with the artist. The exhibition, curated by Alla Efimova, chief curator at the Magnes, will remain on view through January 13, 2008.
Berkeley, CA - The Judah L. Magnes Museum presents San Francisco artist Ira Nowinski's Studio Man Ray from March 5 through August 5, 2007. This collection of photographs, exhibited for the first time, represents a unique, personal vision of Man Ray's studio and is published as a book by Nazraeli Press as The Studio of Man Ray (2006).
Berkeley, CA - San Francisco-based artist Amy Berk uses Jewish ceremonial textiles in the Magnes collection as inspiration for an installation of reappropriated, hand-sewn wall pieces that reflect her interest in feminism, Minimalism, and Jewish visual culture. Recoverings opens on February 5, 2007.
In 1977, at the age of 50, Esther Nisenthal Krinitz began creating works of fabric art to tell her story of survival during the Holocaust in Poland. Trained as a dressmaker but untrained in art, she created a collection of 36 fabric pictures of strong, vivid colors and striking details with a sense of folk-like realism. Through the Eye of the Needle: Fabric Art of Esther Nisenthal Krinitz, on view at the Magnes November 20 through February 11, includes 36 quilts and is accompanied by an illustrated children's book, Memories of Survival.
Art and artifacts from North Africa, India, and the former Ottoman Empire have formed a significant part of the Magnes's encyclopedic collection and are now featured in the new exhibition Journeys East: Patterns of Collecting opening November 20, 2006.
Judah L. Magnes Museum to premiere world's first exhibition of extraterrestrial abstract art.
Judah L. Magnes Museum Presents the West Coast premier of My America: Art from The Jewish Museum Collection, 1900-1955, from Jun 5 through September 21, 2006.
Modernism in Israel: Works on Paper opens on February 21, 2006, at the Magnes. The exhibition includes prints, watercolors, ink drawings, and illustrated books dating from the 1940s-1950s.
During the mid-twentieth century, artists in Israel were intense observers and participants in the momentous historic developments of their time, as a new national culture was being forged and an independent Jewish state established.
If Not Now, When? 150 Years of California Jewish Activism, an exhibition created in conjunction with The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley, opens on February 12, 2006 at the Magnes.
Berkeley, CA – REVISIONS Larry Abramson: Searching for the Ideal City opens on September 12, 2005.
Ideal City is the third in a series of exhibitions entitled REVISIONS where artists, curators, and scholars are invited to create experimental installations inspired by the Magnes's permanent collections. For the first time, actual artifacts from the museum's important collection of Jewish ritual objects are going to be used for an installation by a conceptual artist.
Berkeley, CA – The Danube Exodus: The Rippling Currents of the River by Péter Forgács & the Labyrinth Project, an interactive installation, opens on September 12, 2005. Award-winning Hungarian documentary filmmaker Péter Forgács presents this multimedia installation that explores the displacement of ethnic minorities during World War II.
BERKELEY – Throughout its 40-year history, the Judah L. Magnes Museum has searched the world for objects that illustrate the triumphs and struggles of the Jewish people.