Pièces de Résistance

Date/Time N/A 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life
2121 Allston Way
East Bay - Berkeley
Cost Free
Age Range Mixed Ages
Categories Art/Culture

Echoes of Judaea Capta From Ancient Coins to Modern Art

On View: Aug 28, 2018 to Dec 14, 2018

Gallery Hours: Every week, Tuesday-Friday, during the UC Berkeley Fall and Spring Semesters.

Notions of resistance, alongside fears and realities of oppression, resound throughout Jewish history. As a minority, Jews express their political aspirations, ideals of heroism, and yearnings of retaliation and redemption in their rituals, art, and everyday life.

Centering on coins in The Magnes Collection, this exhibition explores how the Jewish revolts against Hellenism and the Roman occupation of Palestine (Judaea Capta) echo from antiquity into the present.

Pièces de Résistance highlights a variety of collection items ranging from ancient coins and their replicas, to ritual objects for Purim and Hanukkah. It also prominently features art by Marc Chagall, Lazar Krestin, and Arthur Szyk that offer a modern visual representation of Jewish might in the face of persecution.

Exhibition team:
Curators: Francesco Spagnolo, Shir Gal Kochavi, Zoe Lewin
Graduate Curator (Judaea Capta materials): Rebecca Levitan (History of Art)
Contributor: Yael Chaver (German and Jewish Studies)
Registrars: Julie Franklin and Rebecca Hisiger
Preparator: Ernest Jolly
Marketing and Publicity: Lisa Davis
Design: Gordon Chun Design

Major funding for The Magnes comes from the Helzel Family Foundation, Koret Foundation, Magnes Leadership Circle, Magnes Museum Foundation, Walter & Elise Haas Fund, and The Office of the Chancellor at the University of California, Berkeley.

Support for this exhibition was provided by the Koret Foundation.

Research for this project was made possible in part by funds and resources provided by the Undergraduate Research Apprentice Program (URAP) and by Digital Humanities at the University of California, Berkeley.

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