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, Dec 03, 2016 to Mon, Dec 05, 2016
  • Galleries Closed - Sat, Dec 10, 2016 to Mon, Dec 12, 2016
  • Open for Research! (GALLERIES CLOSED FOR WINTER BREAK) - Sat, Dec 17, 2016 to Mon, Jan 23, 2017
  • Holiday Closure (Winter Holidays) - Mon, Dec 26, 2016 to Tue, Dec 27, 2016

December 2016


Book Talk | Walter Zev Feldman. Klezmer: Music, History, and Memory

When: Thu, Dec 01, 2016 5:30pm to 7:30pm

Join musicologist and klezmer music pioneer, Walter Zev Feldman, for a fascinating talk based on his new book, Klezmer: Music, History, and Memory.

Klezmer: Music, History, and Memory (Oxford University Press 2016) is the first comprehensive study of the musical structure and social history of klezmer music, the music of the Jewish musicians' guild of Eastern Europe. Emerging in 16th-century Prague, the klezmer (Jewish musician) became a central cultural feature of the largest transnational Jewish community of modern times - the Ashkenazim of Eastern Europe. Much of the musical and choreographic history of the Ashkenazim is embedded in the klezmer repertoire, which functioned as a kind of non-verbal communal memory.


Melting Pots Compared? Italian Jewry and Contemporary Israel | Sergio Della Pergola (Hebrew University of Jerusalem)

When: Wed, Dec 14, 2016 5:00pm to 7:00pm

Contemporary Israel's model of large-scale heterogeneous Jewish migration followed by complex processes of absorption and integration is not unique in Jewish history. To some extent the long-term experience of Jewish communities in Italy anticipated it and provided some yardsticks for comparisons. Of course the quantitative scale of migrations and population size was different, and while Jews in Italy were a tiny minority of total society, Jews in Israel formed a significant majority of the total population.


From Mendelssohn To Mendelssohn: German Jewish Encounters in Art, Music, and Material Culture

On View: Jan 26, 2016 to Dec 16, 2016

One of the most iconic works of art in The Magnes Collection, returns on display before being loaned internationally on the occasion of the Lutheran Reformation in Wittenberg, Germany.


By Design: American Jewish Education in the 'World Over' Cover Art (1946-1957)

On View: Aug 30, 2016 to Dec 16, 2016

The World Over: A Magazine for Boys and Girls, published from 1940 until 1979 by the Board of Jewish Education in New York, was edited by Ezekiel Schloss, who also designed its cover art.


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

On View: Aug 30, 2016 to Dec 16, 2016

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”.   


The Jewish World | A Book Installation

On View: Aug 28, 2014 to Jun 30, 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.