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Jewish Folktales Retold Artist Portrait: Young Suh and Katie Peterson

Young Suh's (b. 1970, Seoul, Korea; lives and works in Davis, CA) luminous photographs demonstrate an unconventional treatment of space, and reveal multiple connections, and at times missing links, between the cultural and the natural. He has exhibited his work at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art; Center for Contemporary Art, Sacramento; Richard L. Nelson Gallery, University of California, Davis. He received his MFA from School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and is now faculty member at University of California, Davis.

Katie Peterson (b. 1974, Menlo Park, CA; lives and works in Davis, CA) is a poet and the recipient of fellowships from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, and the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. Peterson received her BA from Stanford University and a Doctorate in English and American Literature and Language at Harvard, where her dissertation on Emily Dickinson won the Howard Mumford Jones Prize.

Presented in conjunction with Jewish Folktales Retold: Artist as Maggid, on view Sep 28, 2017–Jan 28, 2018 at The Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco.

Uploaded Aug 29, 2017.

about the exhibition

Jewish Folktales Retold: Artist as Maggid presents newly commissioned works of art by sixteen contemporary artists in response to a selection of tales from Jewish folklore. Acting as modern maggids—storytellers, transmitters of knowledge, secrets revealers—they explore the many facets of these stories’ characters, themes, and metaphors. Artists include: Michael Arcega, Julia Goodman, Dina Goldstein, Andy Diaz Hope and Laurel Roth Hope, Vera Iliatova, David Kasprzak, Mads Lynnerup, Elisabeth Higgins O’Connor, Mike Rothfeld, Tracey Snelling, Chris Sollars, M. Louise Stanley, Inez Storer, and Young Suh and Katie Peterson.


Leadership Support for digital media at The Contemporary Jewish Museum is generously provided by the Jim Joseph Foundation.

Jewish Folktales Retold: Artist as Maggid is organized by The Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco. Lead sponsorship is provided by the Koret Foundation. Major support is provided by Gaia Fund, Wendy Kesser, and Dorothy R. Saxe. Sponsorship is provided in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.

The Contemporary Jewish Museum thanks The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts for its major support of The Museum’s exhibition program.