The work began months ago when a curator at Cal’s Magnes collection was contacted by the vice president’s staff: Was there something in the collection that would be appropriate to hang in the vice president’s mansion?
The Polish-Jewish artist, who came to the U.S. in 1941, used his artwork to fight Fascism and support human rights around the world.
For the next three months, the Israeli avant-pop star is in residence, exploring the Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life’s trove of amulets. Also: other recommended gigs.
Thanks to a $10.1M gift from Taube Philanthropies, the public will have access to the most significant collection of works by Polish Jewish artist Arthur Szyk.
Smuin Ballet dancers Sarah Nyfield and Robert Moore in Garrett Ammon’s Serenade for Strings. Smuin Ballet perform Carl Orff’s exuberant Carmen Burana for one night only in Berkeley Saturday with the UC Alumni Chorus. Tickets here. Photo: Keith Sutter SMUIN BALLET/UC ALUMNI CHORUS ONE NIGHT ONLY There’s a treat in store on Saturday when Berkeleyans have the chance to see the […]
Al Farrow, Menorah (II), 2005, from The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life, The Bancroft Library, University of California Berkeley. The menorah is fashioned from guns, bullets, and steel. Photo: Sibila Savage. Last year, when Alla Efimova stepped down as the Jacques and Esther Reutlinger Director of UC Berkeley’s Magnes Collection of Jewish Art […]
Eleanor Shapiro, the director of the Jewish Music Festival, was honored by the Berkeley City Council on Feb. 24, 2015 Eleanor Shapiro still remembers the first time Klezmer music struck her soul. It was 1996 and Shapiro was auditioning for a part in a dance troupe that planned to perform to a Klezmer piece. Shapiro […]
This student ID card belonged to Manfred Bukofzer, who came to the U.S. in 1939 and to UC Berkeley as a musicologist in 1941. His papers are in the campus music library. Image courtesy The Magnes Saved by the Bay: The Intellectual Migration from Fascist Europe to UC Berkeley, the exhibition currently on view at […]
COLLEGE BOUND Berkeley Mayor Tom Bates and others want to create a “college-going” culture in the city. To that end, the mayor’s office, in conjunction with the Berkeley Alliance and UC Berkeley’s Center for Educational Partnerships is organizing the first city-wide College and Career Day on Friday. The idea is to help all students “visualize and prepare […]
Photos and notes used in the Rachel Marker exhibit at the Magnes are spread out on a table at Nabolom Bakery in Berkeley, where Moira Roth spent time composing her piece. Photo: Moira Roth By Marcia Tanner Through the Eyes of Rachel Marker occupies a single gallery in the Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and […]
The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art & Life is housed in a 1920s former printing plant on Allston Way. Photos: Tracey Taylor On Sunday, the doors will open to a new cultural institution in Berkeley. The many thousands of books, paintings, prints, textiles, and photographs that make up The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art & […]
Rebecca Fromer, who passed away Sunday. Photo: Erin Vang Rebecca Camhi Fromer, a poet, playwright, historian, and co-founder of the Judah L. Magnes Museum of Berkeley, died in San Francisco on January 1 with her family by her side. She was 84. Fromer and her husband, Seymour, who passed away in 2009 at the age […]