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Film & VideoJewish Culture & Ideas

Jewish Folktales Retold Artist Portrait: Chris Sollars

Chris Sollars (b. 1976, Indianapolis, IN; lives and works in San Francisco, CA) is a new media artist and sculptor. Sollars’ work revolves around the reclamation and subversion of public space through interventions and performance. The results are documented using photographs, sculpture, and video that are integrated into mixed-media installations. He was born in Indianapolis and is based in San Francisco and is a professor at Mills College. He received his MFA from Bard College in New York. He is also the director of 667 Shotwell, an experimental home-based space for artists to create time-based works. Sollar has shown his work at SFMOMA; Berkeley Art Museum; Soap Factory, Minnesota; Kroswwork, Oakland; Smack Mellon, Brooklyn, NY. Awards include a 2013 Guggenheim Fellowship, a 2013 San Francisco Arts Commission grant, and a 2007 Artadia Grant.

Presented in conjunction with Jewish Folktales Retold: Artist as Maggid, on view Sep 28, 2017–Jan 28, 2018 at The Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco.

Uploaded Aug 28, 2017.

about the exhibition

Jewish Folktales Retold: Artist as Maggid presents newly commissioned works of art by sixteen contemporary artists in response to a selection of tales from Jewish folklore. Acting as modern maggids—storytellers, transmitters of knowledge, secrets revealers—they explore the many facets of these stories’ characters, themes, and metaphors. Artists include: Michael Arcega, Julia Goodman, Dina Goldstein, Andy Diaz Hope and Laurel Roth Hope, Vera Iliatova, David Kasprzak, Mads Lynnerup, Elisabeth Higgins O’Connor, Mike Rothfeld, Tracey Snelling, Chris Sollars, M. Louise Stanley, Inez Storer, and Young Suh and Katie Peterson.


Leadership Support for digital media at The Contemporary Jewish Museum is generously provided by the Jim Joseph Foundation.

Jewish Folktales Retold: Artist as Maggid is organized by The Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco. Lead sponsorship is provided by the Koret Foundation. Major support is provided by Gaia Fund, Wendy Kesser, and Dorothy R. Saxe. Sponsorship is provided in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.

The Contemporary Jewish Museum thanks The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts for its major support of The Museum’s exhibition program.