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Community Opening Celebration for First Light: Rituals of Glass and Neon Art

Wednesday, December 6, 2023 | 5–8pm

ADMISSION: Free with advance RSVP

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2023-12-06 17:00:00 UTC2023-12-06 23:00:00 UTC America/Los_AngelesThe CJM - 736 Mission St, San Francisco, CACommunity Opening Celebration for First Light: Rituals of Glass and Neon ArtCome together with community to celebrate First Light: Rituals of Glass and Neon Art, an exhibition by She Bends, at The CJM. Enjoy an evening of drinks, conversation, and two live glass bending demonstrations while exploring light, spirituality, and craft through awe-inspiring glass and neon artworks. Plus, experience Radiant Practices: Illuminating Jewish Traditions, a new exhibition exploring the significance of light in Judaism through a collection of ritual objects. We invite you to get ready for Hanukkah by exploring the rich role light plays across cultures, and the many ways in which it can offer us spiritual experiences, inspire awe, and inform our traditions. 

Come together with community to celebrate First Light: Rituals of Glass and Neon Art, an exhibition by She Bends, at The CJM. Enjoy an evening of drinks, conversation, and two live glass bending demonstrations while exploring light, spirituality, and craft through awe-inspiring glass and neon artworks. Plus, experience Radiant Practices: Illuminating Jewish Traditions, a new exhibition exploring the significance of light in Judaism through a collection of ritual objects. We invite you to get ready for Hanukkah by exploring the rich role light plays across cultures, and the many ways in which it can offer us spiritual experiences, inspire awe, and inform our traditions. 

tickets

Advance ticketing is now closed. Walk-ups to the event are welcome.

Questions? Please contact rsvp@thecjm.org or call 415.655.7881.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

Happy Hour

5–6pm

Enjoy conversation, complementary wine, and special Hanukkah sufganiyot from Loquat Bakery.

Live Neon Bending Demonstration

6–6:20pm

Discover the craft of bending in this live demonstration.

A panel discussion with the artists, moderated by CJM senior curator Heidi Rabben

6:30–7:15pm

Hear from the artists whose work is exhibited in the exhibition.

Live Neon Bending Demonstration

7:20–7:45pm

Discover the craft of bending in this live demonstration.

Galleries Close

8pm

About the Exhibitions

First Light: Rituals of Glass and Neon Art

An exhibition by She Bends

First Light: Rituals of Glass and Neon Art explores mastery in craft as a devotional practice, presenting breathtaking works that connect both artists and viewers to spirituality, wonder, and universal questions of human existence. The exhibition features artworks in neon, glass, and plasma, large-scale sculptures, and installations that invite you to learn about fascinating scientific processes while inspiring deeper contemplation of the role of light in our quest to understand our place in the universe. Experience awe, make spiritual connections, and discover the science and craft of neon and glass artwork.

A glass and plasma crown from the exhibition "First Light"

First Light exhibition image: Kamila Mróz, Well Done—What Was the Cost?, 2023.

Radiant Practices: Illuminating Jewish Traditions

Radiant Practices: Illuminating Jewish Traditions traces the foundational role of light in Jewish life and ritual, both historically and today. Journey through a collection of Jewish ritual objects, from menorahs to memorial candles, that offer insights into practices that draw on light to mark Jewish holidays, lifecycle moments, and spiritual spaces. Presented in The CJM’s Stephen and Maribelle Leavitt Yud gallery, the exhibition brings new meaning to the presence of natural light within this symbolically rich gallery while offering new reflections on the forms of light that illuminate Jewish ritual.

A golden Hanukkah and Sabbath lamp

Hanukkah and Sabbath lamp, c. 1875. The Peachy and Mark Levy Family Judaica Collection, Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life.

Supporters

Major funding for First Light: Rituals of Glass and Neon Art is generously provided by Grants for the Arts, Dorothy Saxe, Anita Wornick, Carla and David Crane, and David Saxe. In-kind support is graciously provided by Loquat Bakery.

Image Credits

Header image: Mollie McKinley, Sunrise Over Resting Body, 2022.