Before there was Art Spiegelman or Marjane Satrapi, there was Charlotte Salomon, the Berlin-born artist who created the genre-bending “Life? or Theatre?” The work, created in France between 1940-1942, blends not only life and theater but graphic novel and operetta; comedy and tragedy; and text, image and song in a stunning, innovative, autobiographical masterpiece that is necessarily colored by her fate. Don’t miss it at the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco.
Collection Jewish Historical Museum, Amsterdam. Copyright Charlotte Salomon Foundation
Come one, come all to the San Francisco Pride Parade this Sunday! We’ll be marching in a fabulous Museums with PRIDE contingent alongside our colleagues at YBCA, The Contemporary Jewish Museum, The Exploratorium, and The Walt Disney Family Museum. Give us a big friendly wave when we go by :)
SFMOMA NEWS: COLLABORATIVE EXHIBITION WITH THE CONTEMPORARY JEWISH MUSEUM TO OPEN THIS SUMMER
When SFMOMA’s building temporarily closes for expansion construction this summer, the museum will begin an exciting phase of off-site programming, including a series of collaborative exhibitions shown at partner museums throughout the Bay Area.
Beyond Belief: 100 Years of the Spiritual in Modern Art will be the first museum partnership, organized with the Contemporary Jewish Museum, on view from June 28 through October 27, 2013.
Spanning a century, this expansive exhibition was conceived as a journey into the connections between spirituality and modern and contemporary art.
Beyond Belief features more than sixty works on loan to the CJM from SFMOMA’s internationally acclaimed collection.
Exhibition artists represent a wide variety of cultural backgrounds and interests, ranging from Paul Klee and Piet Mondrian, to Alberto Giacometti and Mark Rothko, to Agnes Martin, Nam June Paik, and Teresita Fernández.
Great news! I’ll be painting faces at The Contemporary Jewish Museum for “Night at the Jewseum” on June 5th. Come see me and I’ll make you into a work of art! This one is based off an LP cover design I saw at the CJM this week.
Gertrude Stein paper doll via the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco created for their current exhibition “Seeing Gertrude Stein.” For more paper dolls of Stein, Alice Toklas, and their poodle Basket visit the CJM’s Facebook page.
Daniel Libeskind let the shape of Hebrew letters inspire the shape of the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco. It’s a detail you wouldn’t notice right away, not without looking hard or being told.
But on approach, the Contemporary Jewish Museum’s towering metal geometric “Yud” structure commands the small plaza around it and somehow feels light and delicate for its size and form, tilted on end.
Inside, natural light, open space, and clever lines make exploring the museum feel like just that–an exploration. Sharp staircases bring you to new vantage points and nooks, while gleaming hallways and a grand lobby quiet the atmosphere for reflection.
Everything seems light, clean, and airy, the exhbitions alone lend the space its richness.