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

  • Galleries Closed - Sat, Feb 25, 2017 to Mon, Feb 27, 2017
  • Galleries Closed - Sat, Mar 04, 2017 to Mon, Mar 06, 2017
  • Galleries Closed - Sat, Mar 11, 2017 to Mon, Mar 13, 2017
  • Galleries Closed - Sat, Mar 18, 2017 to Mon, Mar 20, 2017

February 2017


Opening Reception | From the Photographer's Archive: Roman Vishniac & The Power of Attention: Magic & Meditation in Hebrew "shiviti" Manuscript Art

When: Tue, Feb 07, 2017 5:00pm to 7:00pm

The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life cordially invites you to an opening reception for its two new exhibitions


Film Screening & Performance l "On the Banks of the Tigris"

When: Mon, Feb 13, 2017 6:00pm

The documentary On the Banks of the Tigris (Australia, 2015, 79 mins) follows an Iraqi-Australian, Majid Shokor, as he rediscovers the classic Iraqi songs from his youth. 


PopUp Exhibition: Elizabeth Rynecki on Moshe Rynecki’s Lost Art Legacy

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

Elizabeth Rynecki is the great-granddaughter of the late Polish-Jewish artist, Moshe Rynecki (1881-1943), who perished in the Holocaust. Her memoir, Chasing Portraits: A Great-Granddaughter’s Quest for Her Lost Art Legacy, was published in 2016 and immediately reviewed in the New York Times. For many years after his death, Moshe Rynecki’s family believed that most of his oeuvre—circa eight hundred paintings and sculptures depicting the lives of the Polish-Jewish community—had been lost.


PopUp Exhibition: Jeremiah Lockwood on the Lost and Found Art of Cantorial Music

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

Jeremiah Lockwood’s music career began with over a decade of apprenticeship to the legendary Piedmont Blues musician Carolina Slim, playing in the subways of New York City. He also trained under his grandfather Cantor Jacob Konigsberg and performed in his choir. Jeremiah’s band, The Sway Machinery, seeks inspiration from diverse realms of experience related to the cultural geography of New York City, and has played around the world, including Montreal Jazz, Roskilde, and Festival au Desert in Timbuktu, Mali.


Film screening: “East Jerusalem/West Jerusalem” and conversation/performance with musicians David Broza and Ali Paris

When: Mon, Feb 27, 2017 6:00pm to 8:30pm

5th Film Screening of the Israeli Film Series (Spring 2017): "East Jerusalem/West Jerusalem" Conversation and performance with musicians David Broza and Ali Paris. Moderated by Ramzi Salti, Stanford Lecturer in Arabic.


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”.   


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.


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.


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.