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

  • Galleries Closed - Sat, Apr 29, 2017 to Mon, May 01, 2017
  • Galleries Closed - Sat, May 06, 2017 to Mon, May 08, 2017
  • Galleries Closed - Sat, May 13, 2017 to Mon, May 15, 2017
  • Galleries Closed - Sat, May 20, 2017 to Mon, May 22, 2017

April 2017

Program

PopUp Exhibition: Ira Fink on El Lissitzky’s Had Gadya: Context and Meaning

When: Wed, Apr 05, 2017 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Alongside a distinguished career in college and university planning, Ira Fink has assembled a significant research collection of books on synagogue architecture and Jewish ceremonial art. A graduate of UC Berkeley’s College of Environmental Design and a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects, Dr. Fink’s family collection includes one of the few surviving sets of the eleven lithographs of the famous Had Gadya, the Passover song illustrated in 1919 by the Russian Avant Garde artist, typographer and designer El Lissitzky (1890-1941).

Program

Film Screening + Discussion: Israeli Artists in Conversation with Israel

When: Wed, Apr 05, 2017 5:30pm to 9:00pm

The Magnes is delighted to co-sponsor, The Berkley Institute for Jewish Law and Israel Studies'

Israeli Artists in Conversation with Israel, An International Conference on Israeli Art and Society

Program

Israeli Artists in Performance: Israeli Artists in Conversation with Israel

When: Thu, Apr 06, 2017 6:30pm to 8:30pm

The Magnes is delighted to co-sponsor, The Berkley Institute for Jewish Law and Israel Studies'

Israeli Artists in Conversation with Israel, An International Conference on Israeli Art and Society

Program

PopUp Exhibition: Barbara Goldstein on Jewish Family Values in 19th-century Anti-Semitic Literature

When: Wed, Apr 19, 2017 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Barbara Goldstein is a historian of European fascism. She received her PhD from the University of Vienna, Austria with a dissertation devoted to newsreel films created by the Austrian Police between 1929-1938 as part of governmental fascist propaganda campaigns.One of Goldstein’s focuses and special interests is in historic administrative structures and “infamous people” in the early-modern period.

Program

The 15th Annual City of Berkeley Holocaust Remembrance Day Event

When: Sun, Apr 23, 2017 11:30am to 1:00pm
The 15th Annual City of Berkeley Holocaust Remembrance Day Event

Talk l Music l Reception

Honoring Jacob "Yakov" Harari, who will share the riveting story of his family's survival in Poland, along with a musical performance by The Ensemble Bembrillo, featuring Rachel Valfer, Eliyahu Sills, and Dan Cantrell.

This event is free and open to the public. 

Program

PopUp Exhibition | Shana Penn: The Politics of Memory: The New Yad Vashem Exhibition at Auschwitz State Museum

When: Wed, Apr 26, 2017 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Shana Penn is executive director of the Taube Foundation for Jewish Life and Culture and a visiting scholar at the Graduate Theological Union's Center for Jewish Studies. Her award-winning book, Solidarity’s Secret: The Women Who Defeated Communism in Poland (University of Michigan Press, 2005) examined women’s leadership role in defeating Poland’s communist regime. Presently, Penn is completing a book on the revitalization of Jewish culture in Poland after the fall of Communism.

Program

Harvest of Blossoms: Its Discovery and Remembrance

When: Thu, Apr 27, 2017 6:30pm to 8:00pm

The Magnes is proud to co-sponsor the Berkeley Center for Jewish Studies' event,  

Harvest of Blossoms: Its Discovery and Remembrance

Presentation by Helene and Irene Silverblatt

Location: The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life
Time: 6:30pm Reception, 7:00pm Presentation

Exhibition

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.

Exhibition

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.

Exhibition

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.