An Exclusive Discounted Offer to View
Do Not Destroy: Trees, Art, and Jewish Thought
at the Contemporary Jewish Museum
February 16 through May 28, 2012
The CJM is pleased to extend you an exclusive two-for-one Museum admission offer while Do Not Destroy is on view February 16 through May 28, 2012. When you purchase one Museum admission at full price, you receive a second for free. Ticket prices are: $12.00 for adults, $10.00 for students and senior citizens with a valid ID, and $5 on Thursdays after 5 PM. Youth 18 and under are always free. Mention the “Electric Works” when purchasing your Museum admission in the CJM’s Grand Lobby.
Do Not Destroy: Trees, Art, and Jewish Thought is a provocative and thoughtful two-part exhibition that explores the subject of the tree in both contemporary art and in Jewish tradition, offering fresh perspectives on our connection to the natural world.
First is a selection of local artists including David Tomb, Lucy Puls, and Tucker Nichols to name just a few and international contemporary artists—including Rodney Graham, April Gornick, Yoko Ono, and Roxy Paine. These works—sculpture, video, photography, and painting—provide entry into their makers’ visions of an idealized world—one of enchanted forests and whimsy, where the natural beauty of the tree is evaluated, deconstructed, and monumentalized.
Then, the Dorothy Saxe Invitational builds upon the Museum’s long-standing tradition of asking artists from a variety of backgrounds to explore a Jewish ceremonial object, holiday, or concept within the context of their own mediums and artistic philosophy. This year, fifty-five artists, working in a range of media, have incorporated reclaimed wood into new works of art, inspired by the themes of the Jewish holiday of Tu B’Shevat (New Year for the Tree). Many artists reference Jewish tradition while others use the tree as a means of exploring more universal themes such as environmentalism, transformation, nostalgia, and renewal.
The Museum is located at 736 Mission Street (between 3rd & 4th streets), in San Francisco, and is open daily (except Wednesday) 11 AM–5 PM; Thursday, 1–8 PM. For general information, visit www.thecjm.org or call 415. 655.7800.