Located in the San Francisco’s Yerba Buena arts district, The Contemporary Jewish Museum is one of the city’s most iconic structures built in the last ten years. Designed by internationally renowned architect Daniel Libeskind, The CJM opened in June 2008, and has since established itself as a vibrant place where contemporary perspectives on Jewish culture, history, art, and ideas thrive.
In addition to organizing its own ground-breaking exhibitions The Contemporary Jewish Museum also partners with national and international museums to presents shows that are committed to sharing the Jewish experience through contemporary art. As well, The CJM is a vibrant place featuring conversations with exhibiting artists and cultural leaders, literary events, live music performances, and family activities for all ages.
For the most up-to-date information of The CJM’s exhibition schedule including the menu at The Museum’s café, Wise Sons Jewish Deli, visit The Museum’s website prior to your visit. Here’s a glimpse of what you might experience at The CJM in 2015:
California Dreaming: An exhibit dedicated to Jewish Life in the Bay Area from the Gold Rush to present times. This exhibit dives into the history of Levi’s blue jeans, to Allen Ginsberg’s “Howl”, while demonstrating how entrepreneurial Jews came west in search of adventure.
Stanley Saitowitz: Judaica: New perspectives on a Jewish tradition, brought to you by contemporary artists, such as Saitowitz, who examine the culture and rituals that make the Jewish religion so rich and captivating.
The Radical Camera: New York’s Photo League, 1936-1951: A look at how a group of young, idealistic, mostly-Jewish photographers, formed an organization in Manhattan called the Photo League, and how they went on to diligently chronicle the Great Depression, World War II, and the Cold War.
After your visit to the Contemporary Jewish Museum, be sure to stop in at American Box: A Modern Deli. This unique café sources all its food from local and sustainable purveyors. Fresh menu items include sustainable tuna, ground lamb, hummus, tabouleh, olives, and harissa yogurt.
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Comments about Smart Destinations Contemporary Jewish Museum:
I can't imagine why anyone would ever rate this Museum 1 star, which is why I had to chime in here with my observations. I found it to be well worth the visit - the building itself is interesting architecturally. When I visited they were running a special exhibition on Harry Houdini. Very interesting material and the exhibit was well put together. The other exhibits and artwork are equally interesting and not everything is jam packed together - there is room to read and reflect. I also loved, loved, loved the gift shop. It was filled with many items that are great keepsakes to remember San Francisco.