Calendar

Gallery Hours

Weekly gallery opening hours are Tuesday-Friday, 11AM-4PM during the Spring and Fall semesters. The galleries remain closed to the public during Winter and Summer breaks. During these times, The Magnes is open to researchers on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday each week. Read more

Upcoming Closure Dates

  • Holiday Closure (UC Berkeley Staff and Academic Holiday - Fri, Mar 31, 2017
  • Galleries Closed - Sat, Apr 01, 2017 to Mon, Apr 03, 2017
  • Galleries Closed - Sat, Apr 08, 2017 to Mon, Apr 10, 2017
  • Galleries Closed - Sat, Apr 15, 2017 to Mon, Apr 17, 2017

March 2017

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PopUp Exhibition: Alan Elbaum | Between Magic and Medicine: Karaite Manuscripts at The Magnes

When: Wed, Mar 01, 2017 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Alan Elbaum is a second-year medical student at the UC Berkeley-UCSF Joint Medical Program. While at Berkeley, he is working toward a master's degree in the history of medicine, using manuscripts from the Cairo Genizah. More broadly, Elbaum is interested in the literature and culture of the Jews of Arab lands; historical perspectives on medicine and the social determinants of health; and how insights from the past can guide the way medicine is practiced today.

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Drawn from Water: An American Poet, an Ethiopian Family, an Israeli Story

When: Thu, Mar 02, 2017 6:30pm to 8:00pm

What do we mean by home? In Drawn From Water, Jewish American writer, Dina Elenbogen explores her thirty-year friendship with Ethiopian Jewish immigrants in Israel as theystruggle in a new country while dealing with her own desire to join them there. Thirty years ago, Operation Moses airlifted thousands of Ethiopian Jews to Israel, where today they and their descendants form a community over 100,000 strong.

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PopUp Exhibition: Rachel Deblinger on the Holocaust in the Age of Digital History

When: Wed, Mar 08, 2017 12:00pm to 1:00pm

This week’s PopUp Exhibition falls on March 8th, International Women’s Day. In solidarity with a national protest making March 8th “A Day Without a Woman,” Dr. Rachel Deblinger will turn her presentation into a teach-in about the role of museums and archives as places of resistance, focusing on Holocaust testimony, memory and oral history. 

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Book Lecture l Patrizia Guarnieri, The Racial Laws in Fascist Italy: Enzo Bonaventura From Florence to Jerusalem

When: Wed, Mar 08, 2017 6:00pm

Patrizia Guarnieri, Professor of Cultural and Social History in the S.A.G.A.S. Department at the University of Florence, Italy,  will give a talk on her book Italian Psychology and Jewish Emigration under Fascism: From Florence to Jerusalem and New York (Palgrave Macmillan US 2016). 

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The 2017 Taubman Lectures l David Biale On Jewish Heresy

When: Mon, Mar 13, 2017 7:00pm, When: Wed, Mar 15, 2017 7:00pm, When: Thu, Mar 16, 2017 5:30pm

The Herman P. and Sophia Taubman Chair in Jewish Studies and The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life invite you to the 2017 Taubman Lecture Series by Professor David Biale. 

On Jewish Heresy I A Three Lecture Series

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PopUp Exhibition: Adam Naftalin-Kelman on the History of Berkeley Hillel

When: Wed, Mar 15, 2017 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Rabbi Adam Naftalin-Kelman is the Executive Director of Berkeley Hillel. Upon completing his undergraduate degree at the University of Rhode Island, he initially worked in the financial sector as a business consultant. He later pursued a Rabbinic degree from the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies in Los Angeles, and was ordained in 2005. Before serving as the Executive Director of Berkeley Hillel, Naftalin-Kelman was the Director of Hillel at the University of Colorado at Boulder.

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The 2017 Taubman Lectures l David Biale On Jewish Heresy

When: Mon, Mar 13, 2017 7:00pm, When: Wed, Mar 15, 2017 7:00pm, When: Thu, Mar 16, 2017 5:30pm

The Herman P. and Sophia Taubman Chair in Jewish Studies and The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life invite you to the 2017 Taubman Lecture Series by Professor David Biale. 

On Jewish Heresy I A Three Lecture Series

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The 2017 Taubman Lectures l David Biale On Jewish Heresy

When: Mon, Mar 13, 2017 7:00pm, When: Wed, Mar 15, 2017 7:00pm, When: Thu, Mar 16, 2017 5:30pm

The Herman P. and Sophia Taubman Chair in Jewish Studies and The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life invite you to the 2017 Taubman Lecture Series by Professor David Biale. 

On Jewish Heresy I A Three Lecture Series

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PopUp Exhibition: Ron Feldman on Keeping (Jewish) Time

When: Wed, Mar 22, 2017 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Ron Feldman is a Visiting Scholar at the Graduate Theological Union, where he earned his PhD in History of Culture and Religion with an emphasis on Judaism. In addition, he earned his MBA from UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business, and has been serving as the Chief Financial Officer of the JCC of the East Bay for the past eight years.

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Reclaiming the Self in Jewish American Culture

When: Thu, Mar 23, 2017 6:30pm

More than any other generation, Post World War II Jewish American authors were continually engaged in challenging their own tradition and defied any attempt to characterize their texts as distinctly “Jewish.” This talk will portray a new style of writing in literature that redefined a new sense of Jewish self in American culture.

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PopUp Exhibition: Eric Drooker on the Art of Political Activism

When: Wed, Mar 29, 2017 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Eric Drooker's drawings and posters are a familiar sight in the global street art movement, while his paintings appear frequently on covers of The New Yorker. A Berkeley resident for many years, Drooker was born and raised in New York City, where he began to slap his images on the streets as a teenager. Over time, his reputation as a social critic led to countless editorial illustrations for The Nation, the New York Times, the Progressive, the Village Voice, etc. Drooker won the American Book Award for Flood!

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The Jewish World | A Book Installation

On View: Aug 28, 2014 to Jun 23, 2017

The Jewish World: 100 Treasures of Art and Culture, which is being published by Skirà-Rizzoli in the Fall of 2014, is the first comprehensive catalog featuring the holdings of The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life.

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The Power of Attention: Magic & Meditation in Hebrew "shiviti" Manuscript Art

On View: Jan 24, 2017 to Jun 23, 2017

Created from the early-modern period and into the present, shiviti manuscripts are found in Hebrew prayer books, ritual textiles, and on the walls of synagogues and homes throughout the Jewish diaspora. Wrestling with ways to externalize the presence of God in Jewish life, these documents center upon the graphic representation of God's ineffable four-letter Hebrew name, the Tetragrammaton, and associate it with words and imageries that evoke mystical powers, protective energy, and angels, as well as key places and characters in Biblical and Jewish history.

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I-Tal-Yah: An Island of Divine Dew. Italian Crossroads in Jewish Culture

On View: Aug 30, 2016 to Dec 16, 2016, On View: Jan 24, 2017 to Jun 23, 2017

Never before the creation of the State of Israel did Jews of so many origins live together, and in such a stimulating environment, as they did in the land they soon started calling in Hebrew i-tal-yah, an “Island of Divine Dew”.   

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From the Photographer’s Archive: Roman Vishniac

On View: Jan 24, 2017 to Jun 23, 2017

The work of Roman Vishniac (1897-1990), a Russian-born photographer most notable for documenting eastern-European Jewish life in the years immediately preceding the Holocaust, has been celebrated in exhibitions and publications since the 1940s. Following the photographer's death, his daughter, Mara Vishniac Kohn, became the executor of Roman Vishniac’s estate. In 2007, the Roman Vishniac Archive was established at the International Center of Photography (ICP) in partnership with the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. Its collections comprise over thirty thousand objects spanning more than six decades, and include more than nine thousand unprinted negatives, recently discovered vintage photographic prints, film footage, and personal correspondence.