3 Reasons You Need to Go to the CJM This Summer
By: Dan Rosenbaum
This summer marks the 5th year that the Contemporary Jewish Museum has been in the iconic Daniel Libeskind-designed Pacific Gas & Electric Power Substation. In these five years, the CJM has found a way to make the Jewish experience relevant in the 21st century. Here are three reasons that will make you stop by the museum this summer.
Beyond Belief: 100 Years of the Spiritual in Modern Art
Through October 27
Just because SFMOMA has closed its doors until 2016 due to their expansion doesn't mean you can't see their collection of modern art. In collaboration with the Contemporary Jewish Museum, you'll be able to see a fresh new vision of familiar and lesser-known works from SFMOMA's collection within the the historic Jessie Street Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) Power Substation. This expansive exhibition, spanning the years 1911 to 2011, journeys into the far-reaching connections between spirituality and modern art.
Beat Memories: The Photographs of Allen Ginsberg
Through September 8
No 20th century movement unified both coasts of the country like the Beat Generation and their was no bigger face of the movement than Allen Ginsberg. Through over seventy photographs by the renowned poet, Beat Memories tenderly captures the young writers and rebels that defined the generation. Ginsberg's photographs serve as a visual record of his companions - William Burroughs, Neal Cassady, Gregory Coro and Jack Kerouac. Revisiting these photos decades after they were taken, Ginsberg added personal and poetic captions, giving them great context.
Wise Sons Jewish Delicatessen
Opening late July
The little Jewish deli that could has found a new home. Starting as a pop-up and then moving into a brick-and-mortar location in the Mission, the ever-popular Wise Sons Jewish Deli has been looking to expand and has found a match in the Contemporary Jewish Museum. Wise Sons will feature many of their signature dishes and some new ones, along with salads and vegetarian options. Food will be available in the dining room, as well as to-go through the takeout window. Their hours will slightly vary from the museum's, opening early for those people with a hankering for a deli breakfast. Visit thecjm.org/wisesons to learn more.
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