Lori Starr, Executive Director

Jewish Folktales Retold: Artist as Maggid deftly knits together the wonderful cultural heritage of traditional Jewish folktales from throughout North Africa, Europe, and the Middle East and contemporary art practice, by commissioning a range of American artists to make new works of art in reaction to one of the one hundred tales compiled in Howard Schwartz’s indispensable book, Leaves from the Garden of Eden. Schwartz elucidates four varieties of these tales: fairy tales, folktales, supernatural tales, and mystic tales. . . .

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Pierre-François Galpin and Renny Pritikin, co-curators

Organizing an exhibition comprised of commissions and producing an accompanying digital catalog are major tasks that cannot be done by two co-curators alone. This project would not have been possible without the support and contributions of so many colleagues.

We would like to first thank the artists for their inspiring contributions to the exhibition, and the honor it has been to work closely with them, from when we first sent our invitations to submit a proposal to the final fantastic results on view in the gallery. . . .

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Jewish Folktales Retold: Artist as Maggid is organized by The Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco. Lead sponsorship is provided by the Koret Foundation. Major support is provided by Gaia Fund, Wendy Kesser and Dorothy R. Saxe. Sponsorship is provided in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.

The Contemporary Jewish Museum thanks the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts for its major support of The Museum’s exhibition program

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