FREE ADMISSION ON DECEMBER 25th – At The Contemporary Jewish Museum

Only Museum in the Bay Area open on Christmas Day

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By Seán Martinfield
Sentinel Fine Arts Critic
Photo by Lynn Imanaka

On the Calendar for Thursday, December 25th – which will include a bag of Chinese Take-Out while lining-up at the Castro Theatre for another screening of MILK – I’m taking advantage of the free admission offered by the CONTEMPORARY JEWISH MUSEUM. It’s FAMILY DAY for visitors of all ages. I’ll be exploring the galleries with the spirits of my mother’s Russian family as I celebrate Hanukkah and festivals of light from all around the world. Sponsored by Target, admission-free FAMILY DAY includes channeling kids’ energy toward creating their own holiday artwork, as well as learning the traditions of candles, lamps, oil, and lanterns from many cultures. Visit the Museum’s exhibitions which include IN THE BEGINNING: Artists Respond to Genesis and WARHOL’S JEWS: Ten Portraits Reconsidered. Be sure not to miss singing and dancing with JONATHAN BAYER or the captivating storytelling of MICHAEL KATZ – both returning to the CJM by popular demand. Give the perfect Holiday gift. Click here to align with the Contemporary Jewish Museum: BECOME A MEMBER

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DAY ONE – Matthew Ritchie, 2008. Detail, interactive digital animation, acrylic and marker on wall.

Explore: IN THE BEGINNING: ARTISTS RESPOND TO GENESIS

IN THE BEGINNING: Artists Respond to Genesis explores the continuing relevance of the story of creation in GENESIS, Chapter I. For this exhibition, the Museum commissioned new installations by seven significant contemporary artists: Alan Berliner, Trenton Doyle Hancock, Ben Rubin, Matthew Ritchie, Kay Rosen, Shirley Shor, and Mierle Laderman Ukeles. These works, ranging from multi-media and sound installations to computer animations, projections, and wall drawings, are presented in a unique dialogue with a compelling array of historical works, some rarely seen in public, and never before seen together. Featured works include: illuminated manuscripts from the Medieval and Renaissance periods; 18th and 19th-century drawings by Giovanni Battista Tiepolo and William Blake; modern and contemporary works by Auguste Rodin, Marc Chagall, Barnett Newman, Jacob Lawrence, Ann Hamilton, and Tom Marioni. The exhibition is uniquely designed to create a lively dialogue between the new installations by the contemporary artists and the historical representations of the story of creation.

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GIOVANNI DOMENICO TIEPOLO. Creation of the Universe. Pen and gray ink with brown wash on laid paper.

Explore: WARHOL’S JEWS: TEN PORTRAITS RECONSIDERED

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FRANZ KAFKA (1883–1924, Novelist) — THE MARX BROTHERS (American comedic team, image from A Night In Casablanca)

Andy Warhol’s extraordinary series, Ten Portraits of Jews of the Twentieth Century, portrays a pantheon of great Jewish thinkers, politicians, performers, musicians, and writers. Included in the series are such celebrated figures as Sarah Bernhardt, Louis Brandeis, Martin Buber, Albert Einstein, Sigmund Freud, the Marx Brothers, Golda Meir, George Gershwin, Franz Kafka, and Gertrude Stein. This exhibition is the first time Warhol’s original paintings have been shown on the West Coast as part of a major exhibition about the series and the individuals it portrays.

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LOUIS BRANDEIS (1856-1941, Supreme Court Justice) — SARAH BERNHARDT (1844 – 1923, French actress, as Camille)

First shown at The Jewish Museum, New York in 1980, Ten Portraits was met with both critical response and praise. While many were skeptical of the artist’s intentions, others applauded his new language of color, geometric shape, and sharp line. The series represents an important and influential body of work as well as an homage to these extraordinary figures of the twentieth century.

The Museum will open Thursday, December 25th at 11:00 AM and close at 4:00 PM. It is located at 736 Mission Street (between 3rd and 4th Streets). Food, beverages, and other delicious holiday treats will be available at the Museum’s Cafe on the Square. Click here for: MAP, DIRECTIONS, HOTELS and PARKING

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Seán Martinfield is a native San Franciscan. He is a Theatre Arts Graduate from San Francisco State University, a professional singer, and well-known private vocal coach to Bay Area actors and singers of all ages and persuasions. His clients have appeared in Broadway National Tours including Wicked, Aïda, Miss Saigon, Rent, Bye Bye Birdie, in theatres and cabarets throughout the Bay Area, and are regularly featured in major City events including Diva Fest, Gay Pride, and Halloween In The Castro. As an Internet consultant in vocal development and audition preparation he has published thousands of responses to those seeking his advice concerning singing techniques, professional and academic auditions, and careers in the Performing Arts. Mr. Martinfield’s Broadway clients have all profited from his vocal methodology, “The Belter’s Method”, which is being prepared for publication. If you want answers about your vocal technique, post him a question on AllExperts.com. If you would like to build up your vocal performance chops and participate in the Bay Area’s rich theatrical scene, e-mail him at: sean.martinfield@comcast.net.

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