This is the public opening event for Zakheim: The Art of Prophetic Justice, a new exhibit at the Jazz Heritage Center by Lehrhaus Judaica focusing on the art and life of Bernard Zakheim.
A free lecture on Zakheim will be given by exhibit curator Fred Rosenbaum, author of the recently published cultural and social history of Bay Area Jewry, Cosmopolitans (UC Press, 2009). His book includes a five-page section on Zakheim in the context of his times.
In the 1930s, Bernard Baruch Zakheim (1896-1985) was one of the leading artists in the Bay Area and one of the foremost Jewish artists in the country. He was also one of the most controversial. Today, he is best known for his vivid murals at the Coit Tower and the UC Medical Center, which reflect the political and social fault lines of the Depression era. Likewise, his sculptures, oils, watercolors, set designs, and sketches, which span more than six decades, often depict oppression and injustice, resistance and rebirth. The Jewish symbols of his Chasidic youth in Warsaw, the narrative fresco techniques he studied under Diego Rivera in Mexico City, and the post impressionism he absorbed in Paris, all served his artistic plea for human dignity.
The Zakheim exhibition is a follow-up to the highly successful Jews of the Fillmore exhibit presented by Lehrhaus Judaica and the Magnes Museum in the fall of 2009. Zakheim lived and taught in the Fillmore District, a predominantly Jewish neighborhood in the 1920s and 1930s.
Schedule for the evening:
7PM: Reception/Viewing of Zakheim's original paintings
8PM: Lecture by Fred Rosenbaum in JHC Media and Education Center (just to the right of the Yoshi's box office).