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Jews On Vinyl

May 27, 2009

This past weekend I found it very fitting to visit the Contemporary Jewish Museum and finally check out their current exhibit, Chagall and the Artists of the Russian Jewish Theater, 1919-1949. They had a room set up with Chagall’s theater murals hung in the same places they would have been in the original space, which was very cool to see. It was inspiring and historically informative, and both very beautiful and sad.

While I was there, I poked my head inside this other ongoing exhibit, Jews on Vinyl. Kind of hysterical, not gonna lie. You just chill in this retro living room listening to records. Doesn’t the ‘mid-century modern’ set-up look surreal in that space?

The CJM is housed in what once was a 1907 power substation, with architect Daniel Libeskind completing a modern addition to the building in 2005. The design marries tradition with innovation, and represents Jewish culture in the 21st century. Literally just steps away from the SFMoMA, this place is definitely worth checking out. And if you go on Thursdays after 5pm, it’s only $5 admittance for all visitors.

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