This is my first episode of what I hope to be a New Ongoing Series called Culture Chatter, where I discuss some sort of subject in Art or Media that I find interesting with my personal semi-intellectual internet-addled nerdspective.
This is part one of Two, covering Pop Artists from the late 50s into the early 70s
This first episode doesn’t use any background music, mainly because I don’t have anything Royalty-Free that seemed to fit the vibe of this particular narration.
Also I apologize for the inconsistent audio quality, I recorded this episode on an improvised system, and I’ve already ordered a nicer quality micorphone for future episodes.
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This Video Contains a Ton of Copyrighted images of works by famous artists, all being used under Fair Use, as this is supposed to be some sort of journalistic effort. All copyrighted materials belong to their respective parties.
An Unprecedented Gift: The Peachy and Mark Levy Family Judaica Collection:
In 2015, The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life at UC Berkeley welcomed the gift of the Peachy and Mark Levy Family Judaica Collection, which represents the largest donation of objects to The Magnes since its founding in 1962, and the largest addition to its holdings since the purchase of the Siegfried S. Strauss collection in 1967.
The Levy collection began in 1959, when Peachy and her husband Mark Levy (1926-2014) first traveled to Israel and acquired a Hanukkah lamp from Central Europe. From then on, the couple collected Jewish ritual objects from across the world, turning their home in Santa Monica into a “living museum.” The collection also animated an exhibition at the Skirball Cultural Center in 2009. After more than five decades, the Levy’s identified a permanent home at The Magnes for over 300 of the objects they had collected. The gift includes ritual objects for the synagogue and the Jewish home from across Europe, North Africa, Mandatory Palestine and Israel, as well as the United States, dating from the 17th through the 20th century. In the words of the late Mark Levy: “These objects are silent witnesses to times of joy and sorrow, victory and defeat. They are historic documents. They are the prisms through which we view Jewish life. These objects are all monuments—things that remind, markers that by their survival commemorate an action, a period in time, an event,. a way of life, a people—all of us.” At The Magnes, the objects in the Levy Collection will be carefully catalogued and preserved, and will animate the teaching, research, and exhibition programs that characterize its cultural offerings.
The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life
University of California, Berkeley