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Music Playlist of Past and Future Music Live at The CJM

The Contemporary Jewish Museum features live music every month in the Yud Gallery, our sound space. We began and will continue our quarterly after-work happening, Night at the Jewseum, which features art-making, music, drinks, and noshes.

With the recent opening of Hardly Strictly Warren Hellman, The CJM will be activated through live music, featuring bands and acts that have performed over the years during the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival.

Listen to previous performers and those soon to come to The CJM. These local artists will make you put all conversations on hold and dance in The Museum’s Gallery. Their music will surprise and delight you.

Sonny Smith

  1. Prince Nedick & The Conks featuring Sonny Smith – Back in the Day (I Can’t Stand It). . .
  2. Happy Fangs – Hiya Kaw Kaw
  3. Carletta Sue Kay – Joy Division
  4. Whiskerman – Fair Mind, Maker, Weeper, Babe
  5. Kelly McFarling – Distractable Child
  6. Jesse DeNatale – I Hear Your Voice
  7. David Berkeley – Back to Blue
  8. Diana Gameros – Gumboots
  9. 8 Legged Monster featuring Karina Denike – Tear Drops (live)
  10. Sonny Terry – Crow Jane Blues
  11. Laurie Lewis – Freight Train Blues
  12. Suzy & Eric Thompson – Adam & Eve Had the Blues
  13. Red Meat – 12 Inch 3 Speed Oscillating Fan
Happy Fangs

Lindsey White and What's "In That Case"

Lindsey White, Steal Ditch Switch, 2014. C-print, 2014    

Artist Lindsey White was interviewed by CJM Associate Curator Lily Siegel about what is going on In That Case: Havruta in Contemporary Art. White is the first artist to participate in this collaborative series. She chose to work with Los Angeles-based comedian and performer Ron Lynch. Both artists have an affinity for challenging expected modes of visual presentation. 

What is the most exciting part of In That Case for you?

Most people don’t think about artists as being researchers, but we are. Artists are always asking funny questions and stealing time from various people. So the chance to go above board and connect with one of my heroes is a singular opportunity.

Installation of "In That Case: Havruta in Contemporary Art"

Installation of In That Case with Lindsey White and Ron Lynch 
is under way.

In That CaseHavruta in Contemporary Art brings individual Bay Area artists together with a scholar, scientist, writer, or other thinker of his or her choice for a ten-week fellowship in creativity. The resulting collaborations will be presented in The Museum’s Sala Webb Education Center.

Hardly Strictly Warren Hellman

Born into a prominent California family, Warren Hellman created his own enduring legacy in business, culture, and philanthropy. His fortune largely self-made, Warren was known for his keen ability to identify talented people. He established two of America’s premier private equity firms and aided the creation of a large number of successful alternative investment management firms across the US. He is best remembered for his philanthropy and his iconoclastic approach to life. An endurance athlete who competed in long distance running and horseback riding competitions, he was also a musician and music enthusiast who believed in the importance of community arts. Among a host of business and philanthropic accomplishments, Hellman may now be best recognized for the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival (HSB) which he founded in 2001. Held annually in Golden Gate Park, the festival draws more than 700,000 people.

Imin Yeh discusses her artwork, "Paper Mahjong"

To accompany the exhibition Project Mah Jongg, The Contemporary Jewish commissioned artist Imin Yeh to create the work Downloadable Paper Mahjong. The exhibition is on view through October 28, 2014. On September 18, Imin sat down with former Curatorial Associate Jeanne Gerrity to discuss her work.

Paper Mahjong by Imin Yeh
Hand crafted Paper Mahjong set created by Imin Yeh

Can you tell me a little bit about how you came up with the idea for Paper Mahjong?

Growing up, my grandmother had a mah jongg set that I was obsessed with because it was really simple and well-crafted. When I was older and living in China, I was constantly searching for a set as beautiful as this one, but all I could find existed somewhere between fake “antique” sets or commercial glossy new ones. I realized my grandmother’s set was so beautiful because it was so loved and worn, having been touched by hundreds of hands. Underlying many of my more recent projects is this idea of making paper facsimiles of the things you want. That’s the original impetus of this project: instead of being a granddaughter who designed her grandma’s set, being a person whose grandchildren would say, “my crazy grandmother built her own set of paper mah jongg tiles.” When I was working at the Asian Art Museum in their store, many customers had similar goals of really wanting to get this authentic and well-made set. You hear the phrase so often now, “It’s crappy because it was made in China.”  Their design for an exotic and authentic cultural artifact exists in contrast with their contemporary conception of how things are mass produced in countries such as China.   So the idea with Paper Mahjong is that it’s one hundred percent free, but you have to make it yourself, putting the labor back onto the consumer. It’s about the transformation of a free cheap worthless material into something extremely precious because of the investment of hours.