The Contemporary Jewish Museum itself will be on canny display in L’chaim: Celebrating Our Building at 15, an exhibition that will shed insight into the deep symbolism that underpins its architecture.
Housed in what was initially the home of the Pacific Gas and Electric Jessie Street Substation, built back in 1907, the museum retains the neat and sturdy brick-faced utilitarian aesthetic, a quality that powers the story of renowned architect Daniel Libeskind’s design for this remarkable little museum as it continues to “make the diversity of the Jewish experience relevant for a twenty-first century audience.”
This exhibition opens on Feb. 16, along with Cara Levine: To Survive I Need You To Survive, in which the California-based artist uses her artistic process to heal traumas and facilitate meaningful connection within her community.
Also on display is Gillian Laub: Family Matters, which is on view through April 9. Laub’s wonderfully intimate photographic journey— shots of her family throughout the turbulence of the past 20 years, paired with snippets from her accompanying book— is a treat for the soul, truly restorative and possessing a beautiful optimism and great love for family.
Visit the CJM Thurs. through Sun. from 11:00- 5:00. Tickets are $16 for adults, $14 for seniors, and free for members and those under 18.