The Magnes | Fall Exhibitions 2014

THE MAGNES COLLECTION OF JEWISH ART AND LIFE
THE BANCROFT LIBRARY, UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, BERKELEY
2121 ALLSTON WAY, BERKELEY, CA 94704
510.643.2526 • MAGNES.ORG
ON VIEW: Thursday, August 28-Friday, December 19, 2014
For thousands of years, food rituals have been essential to constructing and
maintaining Jewish identities throughout the diaspora. But the significance of
these rituals might be more pervasive than we think. Gourmet Ghettos: Modern
Food Rituals explores the broader linkages between food, ritual, identity, and
activism that inform in Jewish life.
By highlighting over 150 objects from around the world, ranging from cookware,
tableware, and kitchen textiles to books, manuscripts, paintings and drawings,
this exhibition examines Jewish food rituals as meaningful frameworks with
which to contextualize today’s food movement, a phenomenon that is deeply
embedded in Berkeley’s history, a city with its own “gourmet ghetto” and
powerful tradition of social justice.
Curators: Francesco Spagnolo (The Magnes) and India Mandelkern (PhD Candidate, Department of History)
Visiting Diller Scholar: Yahil Zaban (Tel Aviv University)
Modern Food Rituals
Case Study No. 5

Gourmet Ghettos