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Malcolm Margolin Reads a Menu

Malcolm Margolin reading  A Menu for Recognizing Invisible Forces by  Helena Keeffe and Jessica Prentice

Photo: Malcolm Margolin reading 
A Menu for Recognizing Invisible Forces by 
Helena Keeffe and Jessica Prentice. 
Courtesy of Helena Keeffe.

When Helena and I first met and began the conversation about collaborating on a Havruta project, she asked me what I was reading. It happened to be The Ohlone Way by Malcolm Margolin, and she mentioned that she had also read much of it. This book became the inspiration for many of our conversations as it wove in many of our shared interests.

Artist Helena Keeffe Talks About Collaboration




A Menu for Recognizing Invisible Forces  by Helena Keeffe and Jessica Prentice
A Menu for Recognizing Invisible Forces
by Helena Keeffe and Jessica Prentice

In That Case: Havruta in Contemporary Art is based on the Talmudic principle of havruta—the study of religious texts by people in pairs. The root word haver—“friend” in Hebrew—emphasizes the communal nature of learning, and the havruta learning model reflects the Jewish affinity for asking questions and grappling with complex topics, together. Each local artist invited to participate is given the opportunity of working with an established writer, scientist, thinker, or academic in a field of their choosing.

For the second iteration of In That Case, San Francisco artist Helena Keeffe collaborated with Richmond, CA-based chef and food activist Jessica Prentice. Helena spoke about the collaboration with Curatorial Associate Claire Frost.


The POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews Reclaims Jewish Memory



Photo: W. Kryński. Courtesy of POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews.
 Photo: W. Kryński. Courtesy of POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews.
I attended the October 2014 opening of the POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews in Warsaw. The new museum is a work of genius from every aspect—conceptually, architecturally, programmatically, and intellectually.

The POLIN Museum stands across from and in dialogue with the monument to the heroes of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising of 1943 during World War II. Both are sited in what used to be the Warsaw Ghetto, where the Jewish resistance opposed Nazi Germany’s command to transport the remaining population to the Treblinka extermination camp.

Happy Fangs on their Name, Influences, and Instasongs



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Local band Happy Fangs plays Night at the Jewseum on Thursday, November 18.

How would you describe Happy Fangs’ music?
Our music sounds like Black Sabbath and Bikini Kill got in a pillow fight.

Where does your band name come from?
The band was formed by a guitarist whose legal last name is Cobra and a singer who is notoriously giddy. Sometimes bands name themselves. 

Artist Jeremy Fish on Climbing Inside J. Otto Seibold’s World




Hand drawn sketch by J. Otto Seibold. Photo by Jeremy Fish
Hand drawn sketch by J. Otto Seibold. Photo by Jeremy Fish
I discovered J. Otto Seibold's artwork many years ago through a holiday store display using his character Olive The Reindeer. At the time I was just out of art school with a degree from a strictly "fine arts" institution. I was struggling with what I wanted to do with my artwork. Illustration vs. painting. . . art galleries vs. commercial artwork. . . The idea that this artist's reindeer he created was making SO many more people, including myself, happy all over this big department store as opposed to being on the wall someplace in a gallery, or even in a children's book. I found it deeply inspiring that his drawings could translate onto many platforms, and affect a much larger audience. Technically, I felt his illustrations were very ahead of their time. A digital illustrator who was obviously using a computer to generate his art, but somehow kept the drawings very loose, organic, and gestural. This seemed very progressive to me then and now.