Work in Progress: Considering Utopia

October 3, 2013–January 20, 2014


Elisheva Biernoff, The Tools Are in Your Hands, proposal drawing, 2013. Courtesy of the artist and Eli Ridgway.


Presenting new work by three artists, Work in Progress: Considering Utopia encourages visitors to consider the concept of utopia both in a Jewish context and from a contemporary perspective that emphasizes community and participation. Two videos and five photographs by Oded Hirsch feature members of the artist’s kibbutz engaging in communal activities. Ohad Meromi’s striking sculptural installation inspired by the Chadar Ochel [dining hall] of the kibbutz encourages discussions about the meaning of utopia today, and Elisheva Biernoff’s interactive magnet painting allows visitors to construct their own utopian vista.

Be Part of the Art: Gallery Activations

We invite you to participate in activations of 1967, a performative component of the installation made by the artist Ohad Meromi specifically for Work in Progress: Considering Utopia. This short activity will allow visitors to experience the installation in a hands-on, immersive way. For a few minutes, visitors become an integral part of the artwork. Meet by the installation 1967 in the Swig & Dinner Families Gallery. Participants will be selected on a first-come first-serve basis. A CJM staff member, who has been trained by the artist, will guide gallery patrons.  Activations are at 12:30pm on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Fridays.

Press Release


Work in Progress: Considering Utopia and To Build & Be Built: Kibbutz History are organized by The Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco. Major sponsorship for the exhibitions is provided by Gaia Fund.  Supporting sponsorship has been provided by The Lucius N. Littauer Foundation. Additional support provided by Eta and Sass Somekh.



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