|Ben Shahn, Menorah, National Gallery of Art|
|Alien Souvenir Stand British artist Ellen Harvey|
The Contemporary Jewish Museum's Community Day is an admission-free, fun-for-all extravaganza that has become an annual tradition for Bay Area families. Explore the galleries, create art, and move and groove to live music! Bring your family and friends and enjoy an exciting day at The Museum.
ADMISSION: Free Museum admission all day
The current show, “From Generation to Generation: Inherited Memory and Contemporary Art” looks at the memories of 24 artists working via the imagination, collective DNA, knowledge - whether of family or history - of the Holocaust, struggles for social justice in the past.
|Neo Bustamente, Kevlar|
This exhibition expands on the groundbreaking work by Dr. Marianne Hirsch on postmemory, defined as “the relationship that the ‘generation after’ bears to the personal, collective, and cultural trauma of those who came before—to experiences they ‘remember’ only by means of the stories, images and behaviors among which they grew up.
|Bernice Einstein, Genizot|
In whimisical Alien Souvenir Stand British artist Ellen Harvey imagines an Earth no longer occupied by humans but used as a tourist destination for extraterrestrials. Repurposing a hot dog stand as a postcard souvenir stand for the aliens, the artist articulates a complicated system of pillars, or columns, favored by the humans that no longer exist. Harvey decided to focus on the pillar as subject when visiting Washington DC from New York and recognizing that pillars and neo-classical architecture in general have been loved and used by people throughout history with various meanings. The aliens have been left to interpret this strange architecture for themselves.
David "Chim” Seymour has written a line from John Updike: "What is the past, after all," he laments, "but a vast sheet of darkness, in which a few moments, picked apparently at random, shine?"
The artists include Christian Boltanski, Nao Bustamante, Binh Danh, Silvina Der-Meguerditchian, Bernice Eisenstein, Eric Finzi, Nicholas Galanin, Guy Goldstein, Fotini Gouseti, Ellen Harvey, Aram Jibilian, Loli Kantor, Mike Kelley, Lisa Kokin, Ralph Lemon, Rä di Martino, Yong Soon Min, Fabio Morais, Elizabeth Moran, Vandy Rattana, Anri Sala, Wael Shawky, Hank Willis Thomas, and Chikako Yamashiro.