Exhibitions History

The Magnes has a fifty-year history of presenting exhibitions that break new ground in Jewish Studies research, build upon the collaboration between curators and UC Berkeley faculty and students, expand Judaica connoisseurship, introduce under-recognized Jewish artists of the 20th century, and take risks with experimental projects by contemporary artists. Many of its exhibitions drawn on selections from its extensive collections, or commissioned works that use the collections as inspiration. 

This page is a growing archive of the exhibition history of the institution since its founding in 1962. The description of each exhibition is augmented by texts and label texts, images, press releases, links to press coverage and artists and contributors websites.

Visitors to the website who have been involved with any of the exhibitions created by the former Judah L. Magnes Museum and wish to contribute additional materials are encouraged to do so, reaching out to our staff through our contact information page. 

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June 30, 2014 to August 27, 2014
This summer, the galleries of The Magnes will remain closed from June 30 until August 27. During this time, new exhibitions will be installed, and The Magnes will continue to be open for ...
September 10, 2013 to June 27, 2014
Global India: Kerala, Israel, Berkeley unveils the extensive holdings of The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life documenting the history of the Jewish community in Kerala, South India. The ...
September 10, 2013 to December 13, 2013
This is the first exhibition to highlight landscape art from The Magnes collection. Spanning the twentieth century and following the paths of Jewish migration, the exhibition offers of a new look ...
September 10, 2013 to June 27, 2014
In 1974, the Judah L. Magnes Museum commissioned Albert Garvey (b. 1932, Chicago), a photographer, printmaker, and graphic designerthen living in Fairfax, California, to create a portfolio of ...
January 22, 2013 to June 28, 2013
Sound Objects combines the study of Jewish material culture with the emerging field of sound studies and investigates the role of objects that emit sound during synagogue rituals. The ...
January 22, 2013 to June 28, 2013
A multi-media installation based on a literary project by Moira Roth, a leading international voice in feminism, performance and contemporary art.  For over ten years, writer and art ...
August 28, 2012 to June 28, 2013
The nearly one thousand posters acquired since the 1960s by the former Judah L. Magnes Museum constitute an important component of the pictorial holdings of The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and ...
August 28, 2012 to December 07, 2012
The main gallery presents an exhibition drawn from The Magnes’ vast collection of prints and photography. The broad selection by director Alla Efimova is an investigation of the use of ...
August 28, 2012 to December 14, 2012
The display cases at the very center of The Magnes building are designed to unleash the curatorial mind by presenting diverse collection items, a variety of display modes, and a wide range of ...
August 28, 2012 to June 28, 2013
A panorama of Jewish life in the 20th century as told through images from the vast art collection at The Magnes. Paintings and sculptures by prominent artists illustrate key historical moments ...
January 22, 2012 to June 29, 2012
Emmanuel Witzthum’s multimedia project, Dissolving Localities, has focused for the last several years on the layers that compose the city of Jerusalem. Witzhum and the artists he invited “perform” ...
January 22, 2012 to June 29, 2012
In its first five decades The Magnes has made a global impact on Jewish culture through pioneering collecting practices and communal activism. It incubated the first Jewish film festival in the ...
January 22, 2012 to June 29, 2012
Built by Pacassa Studios, a local woodworking and architecture firm, the display cases at the very center of the new Magnes facility will be used to highlight thematic selections from the ...
January 22, 2012 to June 29, 2012
Gale Antokal draws with a mixture of volatile materials, such as chalk, powder, graphite, flour and ash. Using documentary photographs as source, she creates evocative new images.   The ...
March 01, 2011 to July 04, 2011
Inaugural exhibition of The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life   With the establishment of The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life at UC Berkeley in July 2010, unique ...
October 17, 2010 to November 30, 2010
A photographic history about and exhibition of original painting by Bernard Baruch Zakheim (1896-1985) at the Jazz Heritage Center, in San Francisco. Koret Heritage LobbyPhotographic ...
October 03, 2010 to February 27, 2011
After the San Francisco earthquake and fire in 1906, the Fillmore district became home to a thriving Jewish community. Yiddish-speaking immigrants from Eastern Europe took root alongside ...
July 07, 2009 to October 20, 2009
Jews of the Fillmore is an exhibition at The Jazz Heritage Center's Koret Heritage Lobby completed by a twenty-minute walking tour through the Fillmore district of San Francisco, California, and ...
February 19, 2008 to July 27, 2008
The exhibition will survey recent work by contemporary Israeli artists. On loan from important private Bay Area collections, the paintings, photographs, and media art in the exhibition demonstrate ...
September 10, 2007 to January 13, 2008
They Called Me Mayer July is the result of a 40-year collaboration between Yiddish anthropologist, Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett, and her father, Mayer Kirshenblatt. Mayer grew up in Apt, Poland, ...
September 10, 2007 to July 06, 2008
Continuing a centuries-old dialogue between Jewish and Islamic musical traditions, guest curator Lawrence Rinder stages a multichannel sound installation incorporating a new musical composition ...
February 21, 2007 to August 27, 2007
The studio on Rue Ferou in Paris was the home that Man Ray shared with his wife Juliet for twenty-five years. The couple lived and worked there from 1951 until the artist's death in 1976. Juliet ...
February 05, 2007 to August 05, 2007
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 ...
November 20, 2006 to August 05, 2007
A significant component of the Magnes Collection is its holdings representing Jewish material culture from the Jewish communities of North Africa, India, and the former Ottoman Empire. During the ...
November 20, 2006 to February 11, 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. Trained as a dressmaker but untrained in art, she ...
July 31, 2006 to January 14, 2007
  Concluding centuries of speculation about extraterrestrial intelligence, conceptual artist Jonathon Keats has discovered that a radio signal detected by the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto ...
June 05, 2006 to September 21, 2006
Focusing on the first half of the 20th century, My America: Art from The Jewish Museum Collection, 1900-1955 explores the eclectic styles and subjects of American art during this time. The ...
February 21, 2006 to August 27, 2006
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 ...
February 12, 2006 to May 14, 2006
f Not Now, When? 150 Years of California Jewish Activism, an exhibition created in conjunction with The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley, opened on February 12, 2006 at the ...
September 12, 2005 to January 22, 2006
In The Danube Exodus, Hungarian artist Péter Forgács and the Labyrinth Project at the University of Southern California's Annenberg Center for Communication present an ...
September 12, 2005 to July 16, 2006
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 ...
August 29, 2005 to May 14, 2006
Is portability only a response to historic necessity or is it a fundamental quality of Jewish art? A multiplicity of art, Judaica and books from the Magnes collection demonstrate how Jewish ...
August 29, 2005 to February 05, 2006
This CASE STUDY exhibition is a collection of pieces from throughout the history of the Emanu-el Sisterhood for Personal Service, which served the Bay Area's Jewish women and girls for over ...
April 03, 2005 to July 31, 2005
Acting Out presents the little-known chapter in the lives of the famed Surrealist photographer Lucie Schwob (aka Claude Cahun) and her partner, the writer and artist Marcel Moore. In the ...
March 21, 2005 to July 31, 2005
Born in Tel Aviv, Naomie Kremer lives and works in Oakland. A distinguished painter (MFA, California College of Arts), she is represented by Modernism Inc. in San Francisco. Kremer teaches in ...
January 24, 2005 to July 03, 2005
The study of sacred books is a biblical injunction to which Jews have always given the highest priority. An important religious duty in itself, it would also lead to the performance of all the ...
November 15, 2004 to March 20, 2005
Lazar Markovich Khidekel (1904-1986) was a student of Marc Chagall, one of the three principal followers of Kazimir Malevich, a pioneer in the visionary avant-garde movement called Suprematism, ...
October 04, 2004 to February 27, 2005
In the late 1840s and early 1850s, Jews flooded into the Gold Country of California to stake their claim in the Gold Rush. Over the years many of these prospectors, miners and entrepreneurs ...
August 30, 2004 to July 15, 2005
During centuries of spiritual, intellectual, and material flowering on the Iberian Peninsula—Sepharad in Hebrew—Jews coexisted creatively with surrounding Christian and Muslim cultures. This ...
August 02, 2004 to January 15, 2005
Afred Henry Jacobs: Architect is the first exhibition to examine the career of Alfred Henry Jacobs (1882-1954), a Jewish architect whose vision helped shape Bay Area cityscapes. Jacobs ...
May 24, 2004 to September 19, 2004
Diane Neumaier, a New York photographer, found and reprinted black-and-white negatives of family snapshots taken by her father John (Hans) Neumaier when he was a boy in the 1930's in Frankfurt. ...
February 15, 2004 to July 18, 2004
October 27, 2003 to August 15, 2004
Brought to Light: The Storied Collections of the Judah L. Magnes Museum celebrates the museum's 40th anniversary and public reopening. The exhibition is a colorful array of ceremonial ...
January 01, 2003 to January 01, 2004
In 2003, the Judah L. Magnes Museum and the Jewish Museum San Francisco worked together to create an exhibition around a recently uncovered time capsule found in an old temple on Bush ...
March 21, 2002 to June 30, 2002
November 14, 2001 to January 31, 2002
Facets of Memory, shown at the Jewish Museum of San Francisco, featured photographs of Christian Boltanski and Marcelo Brodsky, together with photographs from the collections of the Judah L. ...
May 20, 2000 to May 20, 2002
 SF Chronicle: Magnes Show Ticks Through Cultural Responses to Time 11.17.2000
November 21, 1999 to March 26, 2000
October 01, 1999 to December 01, 1999
June 06, 1999 to October 31, 1999
Triple Exposure: Three Photography Exhibitions (1999)
October 11, 1998 to March 01, 1999
October 04, 1998 to February 14, 1999
July 12, 1998 to September 12, 1998
November 28, 1997 to April 19, 1998
September 07, 1997 to October 19, 1997
July 07, 1997 to July 08, 1997
December 01, 1996 to December 05, 1996
JWeekly- Magnes will affix mezuzah filled with AIDS blood, by Natalie Weinstein – 11.29
September 25, 1996 to November 24, 1996
March 24, 1996 to July 14, 1996
SF Chronicle: The Holocaust on a Whole New Scale, by Kenneth Baker – 05.14.1996
March 24, 1996 to July 14, 1996
February 09, 1996 to July 14, 1996
January 13, 1996 to March 31, 1996
JWeekly: `Shalom Italia' Celebrates Heritage of Italian Jews – 02.12.1996
November 19, 1995 to March 10, 1996
August 27, 1995 to November 05, 1995
May 21, 1995 to November 05, 1995
May 21, 1995 to November 05, 1995
  Pioneer Jewish Cemeteries of the California Gold Rush 1005
May 21, 1995 to November 05, 1995
April 20, 1995 to April 30, 1995
February 12, 1995 to May 07, 1995
August 21, 1994 to October 02, 1994
May 15, 1994 to October 02, 1994
May 15, 1994 to August 14, 1994
March 01, 1994 to April 04, 1994
 "Begun in 1984, the Berkeley museum's volunteer-staffed Docent Outreach Program -- dubbed "the museum that comes to you" -- currently offers 15 different narrated shows, all but one with ...
February 13, 1994 to May 01, 1994
February 13, 1994 to May 01, 1994
February 13, 1994 to May 01, 1994
February 13, 1994 to May 01, 1994
February 01, 1994 to May 01, 1994
October 01, 1993 to January 01, 1994
August 15, 1993 to September 19, 1993
July 11, 1993 to August 08, 1993
June 06, 1993 to September 19, 1993
February 21, 1993 to May 23, 1993
July 26, 1992 to September 20, 1992
September 15, 1991 to December 22, 1991
September 15, 1991 to December 22, 1991
May 12, 1991 to September 29, 1991
March 10, 1991 to August 18, 1991
January 13, 1991 to May 05, 1991
January 13, 1991 to May 05, 1991
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October 21, 1990 to February 24, 1991
I was not able to add another link to world cat book that had a chapter by Thury, so I put it under "external links" ... Andrea
October 21, 1990 to February 24, 1991
March 11, 1990 to June 17, 1990
February 01, 1990 to February 28, 1990
January 25, 1990 to May 20, 1990
October 29, 1989 to February 11, 1990
April 09, 1989 to July 09, 1989
February 26, 1989 to June 11, 1989
July 05, 1988 to September 15, 1988
June 26, 1988 to September 26, 1988
September 20, 1987 to January 10, 1988
February 15, 1987 to April 26, 1987
This exhibition includes thirty-six illuminating images by photographer Keren Friedman, which evoke daily life in the ancient and still thriving Jewish communities of the island of Djerba, ...
January 25, 1987 to April 26, 1987
October 14, 1986 to January 14, 1987
October 14, 1986 to January 14, 1987
October 14, 1986 to January 14, 1987
May 25, 1986 to September 21, 1986
February 16, 1986 to May 11, 1986
January 12, 1986 to March 30, 1986
November 03, 1985 to May 29, 1986
February 24, 1985 to May 19, 1985
February 12, 1984 to May 13, 1984
April 17, 1983 to June 12, 1983
December 12, 1982 to February 27, 1983
November 21, 1982 to January 23, 1983
October 28, 1982 to December 05, 1982
January 31, 1982 to March 28, 1982
November 08, 1981 to January 17, 1982
April 23, 1981 to June 09, 1981
February 27, 1980 to March 17, 1980
February 22, 1980 to February 28, 1980
October 28, 1979 to January 13, 1980
June 24, 1979 to September 09, 1979
May 13, 1979 to June 17, 1979
April 08, 1979 to May 06, 1979
April 01, 1979 to June 17, 1979
November 19, 1978 to January 22, 1979
August 06, 1978 to October 22, 1978
March 12, 1978 to May 07, 1978
January 15, 1978 to March 05, 1978
September 18, 1977 to November 01, 1977
August 14, 1977 to September 17, 1977
March 13, 1977 to May 15, 1977
January 16, 1977 to March 06, 1977
November 21, 1976 to January 09, 1977
October 24, 1976 to January 02, 1977
September 09, 1976 to October 19, 1976
April 04, 1976 to April 28, 1976
October 12, 1975 to December 07, 1975
August 10, 1975 to October 05, 1975
April 27, 1975 to June 30, 1975
October 25, 1974 to December 01, 1974
September 29, 1974 to November 10, 1974
May 05, 1974 to June 30, 1974
Jacob Pins was born in 1917 in Germany. He emigrated to Palestine at the age of 19 and lived on a kibbutz for five years. In 1941 he went to study with Jacob Steinhardt in Jerusalem. Pins was the ...
March 10, 1974 to April 30, 1974
February 17, 1974 to February 24, 1974
January 06, 1974 to February 28, 1974
November 11, 1973 to January 02, 1974
October 14, 1973 to November 10, 1973
September 09, 1973 to October 09, 1973
July 22, 1973 to September 14, 1973
January 14, 1973 to February 28, 1973
January 14, 1973 to February 28, 1973
Daniela Barnea Magnes Museum Berkeley, California c. 1976 Quarto, stapled apper covers, 14 pp., b/w illustrations throughout
November 01, 1972 to December 01, 1972
October 29, 1972 to December 10, 1972
October 07, 1972 to October 11, 1972
April 03, 1972 to May 01, 1972
March 12, 1972 to April 02, 1972
December 09, 1971 to January 09, 1972
November 03, 1971 to November 30, 1971
May 09, 1971 to June 01, 1971
March 07, 1971 to May 02, 1971
January 11, 1971 to February 28, 1971
November 08, 1970 to January 03, 1971
November 08, 1970 to December 31, 1970
July 12, 1970 to September 07, 1970
March 01, 1970 to March 29, 1970
January 01, 1970 to December 31, 1979
Test page under construction.
September 07, 1969 to October 23, 1969
August 24, 1969 to August 29, 1969
May 01, 1969 to August 29, 1969
November 12, 1968 to December 29, 1968
November 10, 1968 to December 01, 1968
October 19, 1968 to November 03, 1968
September 15, 1968 to October 17, 1968
August 18, 1968 to September 05, 1968
June 09, 1968 to July 31, 1968
May 16, 1968 to October 03, 1968
April 21, 1968 to May 31, 1968
May 28, 1967 to October 26, 1967
February 26, 1967 to March 26, 1967
January 22, 1967 to February 22, 1967
First exhibit at 2911 Russell Street
November 01, 1965 to November 30, 1965
December 15, 1963 to January 15, 1964
January 16, 1963 to February 16, 1963
November 02, 1962 to December 02, 1962
November 02, 1962 to December 02, 1962
April 29, 1962 to May 27, 1962
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