|Julius Shulman, Kaufmann House designed by Richard Neutra (Palm Springs, CA), 1947. Gelatin silver print. Julius Shulman Photography Archive, Research Library at the Getty Research Institute. Copyright © J. Paul Getty Trust.|
Spring is a time of renewal. Here at The Contemporary Jewish Museum (CJM) we renew our passion for making the diversity of Jewish life relevant for a twenty-first century audience through our exhibitions and programs. In our beautiful jewel of a building—a former power station that broadcasts big ideas—we’ll be celebrating Passover with free admission all eight days of the holiday—as we reflect on the age old story told in the Haggadah of the Jewish exodus from Egypt. Freedom is hard won and never guaranteed even in a democracy. Our exhibition of all forty-eight original pages of the most famous Haggadah in the world—The Szyk Haggadah, is a reminder. The glorious retelling of the story through magnificent, complex illuminations and hand-painted calligraphy also sounds a warning to the world of 1940 when Szyk’s masterpiece was first published about the growing threat of Nazism to the world. Did the world hear? At this time of year let’s open our ears and eyes to celebrate hard won freedoms but also to keep endeavoring to repair the world where so many people are still threatened and enslaved.