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Designing Home: Jews and Midcentury Modernism
Opens March 31, 2015


Through a showcase of vintage furnishings, housewares, and graphics, this exhibition explores how Jewish émigré and American-born designers and architects helped spark America’s embrace of midcentury modernism— forging a bold new direction in design and thought.

On view are creations by Anni Albers, George Nelson, Richard Neutra, Alvin Lustig, Saul Bass, Ernest Sohn, Ruth Adler, Harry Rosenthal, and more than 25 other individuals who developed this creative movement.

Designing Home: Jews and Midcentury Modernism was created and organized by The Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco, with guest curator Donald Albrecht.

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Major sponsorship for this exhibition was provided by Maribelle and Stephen Leavitt, the Bernard Osher Jewish Philanthropies Foundation of the Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund, Osterweis Capital Management, the Seiger Family Foundation, and the Jim Joseph Foundation. Major support for The Contemporary Jewish Museum’s exhibitions and Jewish Peoplehood Programs comes from the Koret Foundation. Funding for the New York presentation of this exhibition is made possible through the generous support of AMERICAN DREAM at Meadowlands, and the KRE Group and HKWN.



A Town Known as Auschwitz: The Life and Death of a Jewish Community

Discover the rich history of Oświęcim, Poland—the town the Germans called Auschwitz—through photographs that trace the life of the town and its Jewish residents, from the 16th century through the post-war period.

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This exhibition is made possible through the generous support of Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany: Rabbi Israel Miller Fund for Shoah Research, Documentation and Education; The David Berg Foundation; Salo W. and Jeannette M. Baron Foundation; Trust for Mutual Understanding; and the Nartel Family Foundation. 


Garden of Stones
Artist Andy Goldsworthy’s Garden of Stones is a permanent outdoor Memorial Garden employing stones, trees, and soil as its core elements. A series of 18 carefully selected boulders are installed throughout the garden. Each one has been hollowed out and holds a single sapling Dwarf Oak. As the trees have matured each has grown  to become a part of the stone, its trunk fusing to the base. As a living memorial, the garden is a tribute to the hardship, struggle, tenacity, and survival experienced by those who endured the Holocaust.

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Keeping History Center / Voices of Liberty
Link history with the present using the latest technology in this award-winning installation. While enjoying breathtaking views of New York Harbor, explore Voices of Liberty, a digital soundscape composed of stories about arriving on American shores or seeing the Statue of Liberty for the first time. Come add your story, too. Investigate the intersection of art, memory, and time with Timekeeper, a virtual exploration of Andy Goldsworthy’s stunning memorial Garden of Stones.

The Keeping History Center, dedicated by Morton Pickman in memory of Morris and Fannie Pickman, is made possible by a generous grant from the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation, which is funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

The Center is designed by the award-winning firms C&G Design and Potion.

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TOP LEFT: Mah jongg tiles. Photo by Trevor Messersmith. TOP RIGHT: Hannah Senesh, Budapest, Hungary, c. 1936. Collection of the Senesh Family.

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