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tv   Mosaic  CBS  October 23, 2016 5:00am-5:31am PDT

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good morning, and welcome to mosaic, and i am rabbi eric weiss, and i'm honored to be the host for you this morning, and we have a wonderful forum for the civic life, and in the bay area we are blessed with the contemporary jewish museum, and we have the executive director, and the associate director of the public programs, and welcome. let's jump in, what is new at the contemporary jewish museum?>>
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the museum has so much happening all the time, and we have exciting exhibition and public programs throughout the season. you know we are in the beautiful jesse square, originally the power station that gave light to all of san francisco, re-envisioned by a jewish architect to become a contemporary jewish museum, and the roof line says in reboot -- hebrew letters, light, and the museum is for everybody, not only jewish people. we have a number of great shows, and new exhibitions that are coming up. i want to share with everyone the beautiful lane of the covenant, and he made this magnificent chandelier that is
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a reflection on the relationship between the human beings and the greater power that is out there. the great unknown, and in some respects a bremen nation of monotheism, a very inspired sculpture. when you look at this, you see the globes, lights and even animals. we invite all of the visitors to join us in wonderment in >> most of the folks know that there are other cultural institutions in the area, and this is the way to provide an innovative peek into the arts in general. i wondered if you could talk about some of the things that are on the cutting edge in the jewish community as well as the
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entire community.>> sure, this is a place of convening, conversation and dialogue around art and culture, and how it meets up with the jewish, we have changing exhibitions, and that allows us to be very nimble, and for instance this summer we have the great stanley cooper -- stanley kubrick exhibition, born in 1928 and raised into the west bronx of new york and came on to be a great director and an influence across the media of all time. public programs, several specifically looking at the jewish influences, and i think gravity can speak to that. >> on july 14, we had a program on the jewish perspective on
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kubrick, bringing together scholars that studied the kubrick films through the jewish lands, and it was a wonderful conversation, and we film did this, and you can listen to it later and watch for our website, or go on to the cloud page. most well- known for openwork, "clockwork orange." >> 2001 is said to be his most jewish film, and some scholars say that all of them are jewish films, but the 2001 film in particular, one of the scholars that was here on july 14 state on friday and gave a friday afternoon gallery check, short
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talks in the gallery we have every other friday afternoon. he did this on "2001," and asking interesting questions of the 100 person gallery audience, like where in 2001 do you find the 10 commandment. we will come back with a conversation with lori starr and gravity in a moment. join us back here on mosaic.
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good morning and welcome back to mosaic, i am rabbi eric weiss, honored to be your host this morning.
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we are in a wonderful conversation with lori starr, executive director of the jewish museum and gravity goldenberg -- goldberg and wonderful to have you here. i know there is an amazing program happening in october with our own san francisco symphony. >> that's right, and we have had screenings, and we are so excited about the october the october 13 through the 15th, the san francisco symphony full orchestra is performing live to the screening of the "2001 space odyssey." october 13- 15. >> it's a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see "2001" on the big screen, and with that
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amazing score being performed alive. incredible. you are renowned for attracting world-renowned artists, and ned kahn, and what is he doing for you and with you?>> we have a wonderful exhibition on view through the winter holiday, family time and lots of fun. we asked ned khan, a great artist, and his work is based in how nature does its thing on the landscape, and in the environment. he has proposed a piece to us, and we were so excited, and now it's in the gallery, a giant spinning wheel from the desert, performing amazing movements, color and flows.
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if you stand and look at it, you are mesmerized by the quality of nature. ned is talking about the desert. that is where the great jewish stages have gone to contemplate. the desert is always changing but appears the same, and it is a place of incredible environmental activity. the sands blowing from across the world, all of the sand mixed together, and we are excited about this piece. he made a smaller wheel for the kids to spend, and we have some -- spin, and we have some exciting programs coming up. the family programs a very vigorous for these exhibition, the education department has created a gallery guide to, a little manual you can use in the gallery to interact in different ways with the ideas
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of the exhibition, and they are doing a bunch of mindfulness workshops, and they ask you to come into the gallery and draw on the ideas of nature and to learn about mindfulness.>> you remind me that every cultural institution as part of the core looks at how art interacts with society, and the dynamic dialogue, and the education whether it is the ballet, or the contemporary jewish museum, and how they think seriously about the education component of our. it's -- art. i am wondering if you can give us a peek into how you think about the educational aspect of the art piece that is focusing on any particular exhibit, and in this case, the piece on the negative wheel.
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we were talking about kubrick, and how do you think about that education and art? that is an incredible question, and it is demanding, there are many ways into that, depending on which museum you are programming for you would answer that differently. for the contemporary jewish museum, we think about the two part of the audience, the bay area community which has a very specific interests and concerns. also talent and the things that excite them, and then we had the jewish audience. going back to cooper, we had a panel on the jewish cooper, and the other panel was on the future of crew brick. with people looking at the cupric -- kubrik films, and the human conditions, and this is what the people in the bay area
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want to hear about, and that is what excites them, and we think about how can we connect and what does the artist care about, and the answer is that it is different for every exhibitionist. we will take a quick break, and come back to mosaic in a moment.
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good morning and welcome back to mosaic, i am rabbi eric weiss , and were joined in conversation with lori starr, executive director of the contemporary jewish museum, and the director of the program, gravity goldberg.>> paying attention to the notion of identity development, and how it is formed by the cultural memory, and that goes beyond any individual person's life,
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and i wondered if you could talk about the exhibit i know is coming up that has that theme attached to it.>> we are very excited about talking about the original see jm -- cjm exhibition with the scholarly catalogue that represents 24 different artists from all over the u. s., and 15 countries overall. either born in different countries, or americans from this country's heritage, and the name of the show is from generation to generation, inherited memory in contemporary art. we know that the term from generation to generation, particularly in the reformed judaism movement, and door-to- door is something we see and say as we passed the giraffe --
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turiff for the calling of all jewish people to remember who they are to keep their heritage and faith alive. we have taken the concept from generation to generation and implied it to the contemporary art inherited memory. memory can be inherited and passed down from generation to generation. most of us think of memory in terms of our own family narratives. the core of the exhibition starts with second and third generation jewish artists whose work talks about their own inherited memory of the parent, the holocaust. >> this is the hebrew word for the holocaust, and the nucleus of the show.
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it comes out of the inherited memory of the holocaust, many artists that happened to be jewish, or from other walks of life whose family have experienced the trauma of the holocaust, carried with them and making art from it. there are some photographs, and we continue to talk about this. >> this gives you a taste of some of the work in the show. there are so many artists from different backgrounds, not only jewish, and there are works of the african-american artists, artist from south america, artist from the american south talking about the civil rights movement. in other words, it is an inclusive exhibition that looks at the inherited memory across many different identities, and it starts with the jewish, and like the shofar, it opens out
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wider. >> it is incredible, gravity was talking earlier about the unique feature of the contemporary jewish museum not having a permanent collection, meaning it gathers its collections from anywhere else in the world. it initiated its own original world collection at the museum itself, and can you give us a peek into the thinking process. how do you come up with original, originating exhibit that does not exist anyplace else?>> that is what our curators do. they have interests, and they look around the world. things caption their attention, and from generation to generation, scholarly adventures that the curators embarked on, and they connected and founded the idea of the inherited memory and thought it
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was interesting and wanted to push at it to see how it could develop into an exhibition, which it did. they were inspired by the work of a particular scientist, dr. miriam hurst, and it's about the post memory, the concept that one could have memory that is not even your own. it is a deep dive by the curators into this subject. we will take a quick break, but how interesting that internally you function on the inspiration and in turn you hope to stimulate the very exhibit itself for the public to come, a beautiful circle of inspiration. join us in a moment when we come back to mosaic.
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announcer: todd's a great guy. i mean, look at him. what. a. sweetheart. attaboy.
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wait, todd, what are you doing? how totally selfish and un-toddlike of you. come on, todd, come on, man. good morning, welcome to mosaic. we are in a wonderful conversation with tran19, executive director of the
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contemporary jewish museum, and gravity goldberg, executive director of the public program. we spoke about how the museum initiated the artistic experience, and let's talk a little more of what the museum is up to in that rim of the offering for the community -- rim of the offering -- realm of the offering for the community. >> we have long relationship with heather, and we have premiered other areas of her work previously, but this piece is connected to the core idea of the exhibition, generation to generation. it tells the story of her grandmother, rosa ginsberg, a shanghai jewish that was held at the island for a period of time before being released to come into san francisco. heather grew up not knowing the story of her grandmother, but
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only after her grandmother passed away and she began to look through her belongings that the story began to emerge, and heather was fascinated. she started doing research and went to the angel island, trying to track down the story of her grandmother, and now she has transformed it into a musical piece.>> fascinating. from the historic perspective, for those that don't know, before mainland china became communists, it was a vacation spot for many that lived in russia. and among those in russia were jewish individuals that came to shanghai for vacation, and often shanghai was the state than before world war ii for the jewish on where to settle. we call those that went to the shanghai and into the united states as shanghai jews. and her grandmother came to the u. s. for that specific realm,
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fascinating. does she work with the museum on the pieces, or does she go off and do her artistic experience and then come to you and say here it is. is there an artistic dialogue with the museum to develop something? >> heather has in the past, and for this one as well, the idea at the contemporary jewish museum, to be interested in being the first place to perform this, and we got to know her and said yes. the idea is hers, and she creates the off-site, but i do believe there is inspiration that the museum has far to bring this piece to us. in some ways to museum, in addition to it being the place to create the art, but not only to inspire art or to display
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it, but true fact create it. >> absolutely. i know you have education programs for the family kids, and can you talk a little bit about what the museum does.>> the museum is devoted to family, and the children. we have been cited with a wonderful publication from the wallace foundation for all of our work with families. in fact, our museum packed -- tracks ahead of the national average of the family participation, something many of your viewers may not realize it. we have always been praying for the kids under the age of 18, and every sunday we have family programs going on where the art is made by the families to take home to enjoy. they are all based upon the art that we may upon the exhibitions that the families can see together and enjoy.
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we have destination within the museum that is a family room, and it is its own wonderful space for the kids. it has hands-on activities, a puppet theater, light show box, ways to make our together interviewing station for some very cool videos. and it is a wonderful jewish content. it is also fine with lots of ways to great line. and you can meet other families and other kids, and feel a part of the city and the community. the great thing coming up there were excited about in conjunction with the make a wheel, the wonderful piece by ned kann, we have "an evening of elements" on december 3, the family gala. our museum is the first museum that we know of that originated the concept of a family gala,
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coming early after you paid your nap if you are three years old, come early and everybody gets dressed up. you can have a fun evening at cjm. it's the kids are running amok in the museum, and we love to think of the cjm as the museum that belongs to the community at large. we have families coming, and it's a fundraiser for the museum, helps us to support our great education programs, and what we do with the schools. "the evening of elements" will focus on the make a wheel. -- mega wheel, there will be one space about the desert, one about the ocean, one about outer space. it will teach us all together to heed the call of the jewish values, caring for the arts. believe it or not we have
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come to the end of our conversation, and go to the contemporary jewish museum website, and have a wonderful evening, afternoon, morning by yourself or have a date with your family and enjoy thecjm.org.
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