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SF Chronicle Magnes Show Ticks Through Cultural Responses to Time – 11.17.2000

SF Chronicle Magnes Show Ticks Through Cultural Responses to Time – 11.17.2000

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Kelly St. John, Chronicle Staff Writer, covered the exhibition "Telling Time: To Everything There is a Season" at the Judah L. Magnes Museum in Berkeley (2000-2002).
For more information, visit http://www.magnes.org
Kelly St. John, Chronicle Staff Writer, covered the exhibition "Telling Time: To Everything There is a Season" at the Judah L. Magnes Museum in Berkeley (2000-2002).
For more information, visit http://www.magnes.org

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7/27/10 1:37 PMMagnes Show Ticks Through Cultural Responses to Time - SFGatePage 1 of 2http://articles.sfgate.com/2000-11-17/news/17669808_1_jewish-new-year-display-kabbalah
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Kabbalah
Magnes Show Ticks Through Cultural Responses to Time
November 17, 2000|By Kelly St. John, Chronicle Staff Writer
Time heals all wounds. Time waits for no one. Time ismoney.Time, and the constant desire for more of it, dominatestoday's harried world of alarm clocks and instantmessaging. But long before the invention of clocks, peoplemarked time's passage with the sun and stars, for as long-- one supposes -- as time itself.Now, time is the theme for the most ambitious exhibitionto date at the Judah L. Magnes Museum in Berkeley.Titled "Telling Time: To Everything There Is a Season," the two-year show that opened in Ma y wasexpanded this month to its full size. It combines 250 paintings, drawings, sculptures, rare books, films,photographs and ritual objects from all six of the Jewish museum'scollections into one display.Organized by the four seasons, the show traces a calendar year, beginning in autumn with RoshHashanah, the Jewish new year.The "Fall and Winter" displays -- which include harvests, aging and death rituals -- were installed Nov.5. The "Spring and Summer" displays -- which incorporate birth, coming of age and marital celebrations-- have been showing since May."Telling Time" centers on Judaism, but also explores how other cultures use traditions to mark time'spassage. So the Magnes' treasures -- including a 1870-1910 gilded Torah ark from Ernakulam, India --are mingled with displays on Mexico's Day of the Dead, Quakers' views on activism and coming of agerituals among African Americans.Incorporating other traditions fits with the museum's mission of fostering a healthy dialogue betweenJewish and other cultures, said its director, Susan Morris."Every culture uses traditions to mark time. The more people understand how one culture lives, the morethey may understand another." Ultimately, she said,that fights intolerance. An elusive concept, time has perhaps been best captured by poets. Robert Herrick told virgins to "Gather ye rosebuds while ye may, old time is still aflying." Henry Wadsworth Longfellow warned "Art is long,
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