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current exhibitions

Levi Strauss: A History of American Style

Feb 13, 2020–Jan 10, 2021

In 1873, at the end of the California Gold Rush, Levi Strauss & Co., named for a Bavarian Jewish dry goods merchant in San Francisco, obtained a U.S. patent with tailor Jacob Davis on the process of putting metal rivets in men’s denim work pants to increase their durability. It was the birth of the blue jean. 

upcoming exhibitions

Predicting the Past: Zohar Studios, The Lost Years

Oct 17, 2020–Feb 28, 2021

Los Angeles-based artist Stephen Berkman’s immersive photography installation is a tribute to Shimmel Zohar, a mythical nineteenth-century Jewish immigrant photographer, founder of Zohar Studios. The exhibition includes over thirty photographs, several large installations, a cabinet of curiosities, and a large format artist book about the Zohar project.

past exhibitions

What We Hold: A Youth Audio Project

Apr 14, 2019–Mar 8, 2020

Featuring over fifty individual audio works created by teens, reflecting on stories of migration, language, passion, persistence, tradition, bridging distance, and love.