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Members' Opening Celebration: Three New Exhibitions

July 19, 2017
6:30 pm
Contemporary Jewish Museum

Executive Director Lori Starr and the Board of Trustees of The Contemporary Jewish Museum (The CJM) cordially invite CJM Members to preview all three of our new exhibitions: the world museum debut of the monumental immersive installation "The 613 by Archie Rand"; "Kutiman: offgrid offline," a video installation of works by the acclaimed Israeli contemporary composer, media artist, musician, performer, and producer Kutiman; and "In That Case: Havruta in Contemporary Art--Allison Smith and Christina Zetterlund," the latest iteration of our exhibition series inspired by the traditional Jewish learning method of havruta--the study of religious texts by people in pairs. 6:45pm Remarks with artists. Light refreshments will be served. 8:30pm Galleries close. ADMISSION: Private Members-only event, RSVP by Jul 12 to or call 415.655.7837. ABOUT THE 613 BY ARCHIE RAND "The 613 by Archie Rand" makes its world museum debut at The CJM. Rand's monumental immersive installation is a grid of 613 16 in. x 20 in. paintings that cover 1700 square feet, completely filling the Swig & Dinner Families Gallery. "The 613" took Rand five years to complete. Each work reacts to one of the 613 commandments as expressed by the law of Moses governing traditional Jewish behavior. The paintings are done in a densely colored, pulp illustrational style. #613CJM #ArchieRand (born 1949) is an artist and educator from Brooklyn, New York, long associated with Columbia University and more recently with Brooklyn College. Rand's work as a painter and muralist has been displayed around the world, and is included in the collections of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. The exhibition is accompanied by The 613, a book from Blue Rider Press of Penguin Random House featuring full-page color reproductions of each work; an essay by Rand; and blurbs by Art Spiegelman, Cynthia Ozick, and Ang Lee, and many others. ABOUT KUTIMAN: OFFGRID OFFLINE "Kutiman: offgrid offline" is the first American exhibition to showcase the work of young Israeli musician and composer #Kutiman. Kutiman subtly and magically knits together new musical compositions utilizing audio and video found on the Internet as the source of his own work. In 2016 the Tel Aviv Museum of Art worked with the artist as he developed the piece. The CJM will present the resulting immersive multi-media installation with twelve video monitors, in the Stephen and Maribelle Leavitt Yud Gallery. At the cutting edge of contemporary art practice, Kutiman is extending the traditions of assemblage, cut-up literary technique, appropriation, and found art into the realm of music and sound installation. Also on view separately will be Kutiman's legendary video work with the American vocalist Princess Shaw. #KutimanCJM ABOUT ALLISON SMITH AND CHRISTINA ZETTERLUND The CJM presents the world premiere of a newly commissioned work from Oakland-based artist Allison Smith for "In That Case: Havruta in Contemporary Art"--an exhibition series inspired by the traditional Jewish learning method of #havruta--the study of religious texts by people in pairs. For the seventh iteration of this series, Smith collaborated with Christina Zetterlund, a craft and design historian based in Sweden. Inspired by the writings of Otto Salomon (1849-1907), a Jewish Swedish educator whose work focused on craft and progressive education, the exhibition explores the politics of handcraft and its use in social movements, and features photo-based work that plays with conventions of period rooms and living history museums. Smith has exhibited her work nationally and internationally since 1995. Her work has been shown at SFMOMA; The Aldrich; The Arts Club of Chicago; MoMA PS1; Palais de Tokyo; CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts; MASS MoCA; and The Andy Warhol Museum. She is Associate Professor and Chair of the Sculpture Program at California College of the Arts and is represented by Haines Gallery. #AllisonSmith Header image: Archie Rand, "Not To Embarrass Others." (Leviticus 19:7), part of "The 613," 2001-06, serial painting composed of 613 panels, acrylic on canvas, 20 x 16 in. each. Courtesy of the artist. Photo by Mary Faith O'Neill.

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