Curators

These pages document the work and the legacy of the community of scholars, museum professionals, and treasure hunters that over the decades worked at the former Judah L. Magnes Museum, establishing its collection.

Alla Efimova, PhD, is a curator and art historian with a particular interest in the visual culture of modern Jewry. She holds a PhD in Art History/Visual and Cultural Studies from the University ...
Francesco Spagnolo, a multidisciplinary scholar focusing on Jewish studies, music and digital media, is the Curator of The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life and a Lecturer in the ...
Bill Chayes began his career in film production, exhibition design and education by working with classic film documentarians Richard Leacock at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and ...
Elayne Grossbard received a Master’s degree in Art History and Certificate in Conservation from the N.Y.U. Institute of Fine Arts, as well as and a strong traditional Jewish education while ...
Born in Germany and immigrated to the United States in the 1930's, Ruth Eis (née Levy), was the founding Curator of Judaica at the Judah L. Magnes Museum (1962). She guided the development of the ...
Ruth Kelson Rafael was born on October 28, 1929. She received an MLS from University of California, Berkeley, in 1967, and an MA from San Francisco State University in 1952. She became the ...
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