The newest exhibition at the Contemporary Jewish Museum is Jewish Folktales Retold: Artist as Maggid. It runs through January 28, 2018. Based on a book by Howard Schwartz, Leaves from the Garden of Eden: One Hundred Classic Jewish Tales, this exhibit originated at this museum and features the interpretations by local artists of a couple dozen stories. Recordings of 14 stories are posted around the exhibit, but you can also listen to these stories told by professional storytellers on your phone at this special exhibit website--either at home or at the museum and also in tandem with another person. Also at this website are videos of the artists in their studios.
I chose one story to explore in depth.
"Milk and Honey" is the magical story of a Polish boy named Joshua who follows his goat, which every day walks through a cave tunnel to graze in the promised land, Israel. Artist Chris Sollars interprets the story with an 11 minute 53 second video in which he similarly follows a goat through the streets of San Francisco to see where it leads. This story is spoken by author Howard Schwartz here.
I learned more about "my artist," Chris Sollars, who is a professor at Mills College, from the video tour of his studio here.
|"Milk and Honey" video exhibit in Jewish Folktales Retold show at Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco|
|artist Chris Sollars with his "Milk and Honey" video exhibit in Jewish Folktales Retold show at Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco|
Which story will you choose to explore?
|"lullaby/lament" by Elisabeth Higgins O'Connor in Jewish Folktales Retold show at Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco|
|"syrinx aruanus shell" by David Dasprzak in Jewish Folktales Retold show at Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco|
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