This Thursday, two new exhibitions comes to San Francisco’s Contemporary Jewish Museum (CJM).
First, there’s Work in Progress: Considering Utopia. This exhibition presents the concept of utopia found both in a Jewish context, and from a contemporary perspective, while emphasizing both community and participation. The feature works consist of two videos and five photographs by artist Oded Hirsch, a sculptural installation from artist Ohad Meromi (which was inspired by a dining hall known as a Chadar Ochel), and from artist Elishieva Biernoff, whose interactive magnet paintings will allow visitors to construct their own utopian vista. This exhibition will be on view until January 20th.
Next, in conjunction with the Work in Progress exhibition is To Built and Be Built: Kibbutz History. This exhibition explores and celebrates the kibbutz, as it begins its second century. It is a focus on the growth and development of the unique communities, which have helped create the infrastructure and culture of the State of Isreal, and are now transforming themselves as Israel increasingly becomes both urban and capitalistic. The exhibition also focuses on the kibbutz on the level of national and Bay Area cultures, including various summer camps, youth movements, and “intentional communities”. This exhibition is on view until July 1st.
Both exhibitions will feature various related events through their durations at the CJM, including activities for families and film and video screenings. Log on to www.thecjm.org for more information.