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's Archive for May, 2011

With a Little Help From Your Colleagues. Creating and Archiving Exhibitions With Collaborative Digital Tools

In this post, I am presenting a step-by-step description of how the recent exhibition of The Magnes, Gained in Translation: Jews, Germany, California circa 1849 (on view in the Rotunda Gallery of The Bancroft Library at the University of California, Berkeley, until July 1st), was created, and its information archived online, with the help of [...]

Confluence: A Newsletter of The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life (Winter 2011)

Open publication – Free publishing – More uc berkeley

The Good Things To Come: Findings from the Museum Collection Storage

Greetings from my new home at the Bancroft and Happy Holidays! These days and months, preparing for the visible storage of the Magnes Collection in its future home in downtown Berkeley, I am busy researching art and artifacts in the art storage facility where the collection will be kept until its move. Quite prophetically, a [...]

Closer To Home: A Cultural History of Jews in California (Casden Institute’s Annual Review, vol. 7)

Congratulations to the Casden Institute for the Study of the Jewish Role in American Life (USC) for publishing the seventh volume of its Annual Review (August 2010). A Cultural History of Jews in California, edited by Bruce Zuckerman with William Deverell (guest editor) and Lisa Ansell (associate editor) covers a topic that is defined as [...]

UnCommons Perspectives: Strategies and challenges for digital collections in the Web 2.0 (Outside the Flickr Commons)

And now, it’s time for some (recent) institutional history… In the summer of 2007, several months before The Commons were launched by Flickr in partnership with the Library of Congress, the Magnes began sharing images from its Archives, Library and Museum collection on Flickr (the first set, created between July 3rd and August 21st, 2007, can be [...]

Shahrokh Yadegari, Ann Hamilton’s Tower and Oliver Ranch

The day began with the usual stress of an event manager – trying to make sure that the day is starting out well for our 50-plus guests, and that the day can continue to unfold as though it was all effortless. Even as we arrived at Oliver Ranch and began to get a glimpse of [...]

Dialectical Images: Disseminating Collection Information Across the Digital Jungle

Our online project, the Jewish Digital Narratives is about collection dissemination through an alignment of narrative theory, curatorial practice, and technology. Last week, I participated in an exciting design charrette (a fancy way used by the faculty of University of California at Santa Barbara’s Center for Information Technology & Society to say that they squeeze [...]

Another Successful Magnes Event

We all gathered in the large and dimly lit auditorium at Harold Way, which really added to the ambiance and theme for the evening. At one point the animation was synced up to the WINDOWS, which gave me the goosebumps, and stopped my colleague and I in our tracks, and we couldn’t help but stare. Similar to what I believe a real sighting might feel like. Afterward, Michael Caplan came up to me and admitted how powerful the evening was…I suspect Ghosts gave us all the goosebumps.