Hand Holding Day at the CJM


Sunday, July 24, 2011

9 AM – 5 PM

San Francisco, CA, July 21, 2011—It’s time for a show of hands this Sunday, July 24 at the Contemporary Jewish Museum as we celebrate Hand Holding Day! In the aftermath of a widely publicized incident in our galleries in which a contract security guard, acting in his individual capacity, told two women holding hands that it was not allowed,* the Museum demonstrates its ongoing commitment to diversity by encouraging visitors to come stroll hand in hand through the galleries no matter who you love and to celebrate the LGBT families in our community.*

“We are excited about welcoming everyone to the Museum for a day of celebration,” says CJM Director and CEO Connie Wolf. “When we learned that a contract security officer was not in alignment with the Museum’s values and policies, he was immediately removed from the Museum and reprimanded. The Museum is dedicated to engaging all visitors in the diversity of culture, history, art, and ideas. Sunday at the Museum will be an extraordinary opportunity to share in the diversity of people, ideas, and community.”

The morning features several previously scheduled activities just for families with young children in conjunction with the current Seeing Gertrude Stein: Five Stories exhibition including special art-making activities, tours of the exhibition, and performances by the SF Lesbian/Gay Freedom Band, the Voices Lesbian Choral Ensemble, and Lesbian/Gay Chorus of San Francisco. The LGBT Family Morning of Stein takes place 9 AM to 12 PM and is appropriate for young children (preschool through nine years old) and their families. All families are welcome, and youth 18 and under are always free. Learn More.

Later that day, loved ones can hold hands as they enjoy a special free performance by actress Laura Sheppard entitled Paris Portraits: Stories of Picasso, Matisse, Gertrude Stein and their Circle, her one-woman show based on the new memoir of Gertrude Stein by Harriet Levy from Heyday Books. The 30-minute performance starts at 2 PM and is followed by a conversation with Sheppard and historians Frances Dinkelspiel and Fred Rosenbaum. Get Tickets.

A fun day is at hand so shake a leg and come join us! It’s all free with regular admission.

*For more information, view “The Contemporary Jewish Museum Responds to Incident in Gallery” press release.

About the Contemporary Jewish Museum

With the opening of its new building on June 8, 2008, the Contemporary Jewish Museum (CJM) ushered in a new chapter in its twenty-plus year history of engaging audiences and artists in exploring contemporary perspectives on Jewish culture, history, art, and ideas. The facility, designed by internationally renowned architect Daniel Libeskind, is a lively center where people of all ages and backgrounds can gather to experience art, share diverse perspectives, and engage in hands-on activities. Inspired by the Hebrew phrase “L’Chaim” (To Life), the building is a physical embodiment of the CJM’s mission to bring together tradition and innovation in an exploration of the Jewish experience in the 21st century.

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General Information

The Museum is open daily (except Wednesday) 11 AM – 5 PM and Thursday, 1 – 8 PM. Museum admission is $10.00 for adults, $8.00 for students and senior citizens with a valid ID, and $5 on Thursdays after 5 PM. Youth 18 and under always get in free. For general information on the Contemporary Jewish Museum, the public may visit the Museum’s Web site at thecjm.org or call 415.655.7800. The Contemporary Jewish Museum is located at 736 Mission Street (between 3rd & 4th streets), San Francisco.

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736 Mission Street (btwn. 3rd and 4th Streets), San Francisco, CA 94103 | Hours: Daily 11am–5pm, Thursdays 11am–8pm, Closed Wednesdays | 415.655.7800 | info@thecjm.org