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Jerome Liebling’s “Butterfly Boy, New York, 1949” photo/© estate of jerome liebling

Focus on ‘radical’ artists

Many of the photographs in “The Radical Camera,” the exhibit at the Contemporary Jewish Museum, are at once intimate and politically charged. Just who are the photo-graphers behind these moving images? The documentary “Ordinary Miracles: The Photo League’s New York” presents footage from WPA films and later-in-life interviews with the artists to explore their lives and work. A discussion with filmmakers Nina Rosenblum and Daniel V. Allentuck will follow the screening.

2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16 at Contemporary Jewish Museum, 736 Mission St., S.F. Included with admission. www.thecjm.org


Holiday Ritlab. Gallery tour of “The Radical Camera” with curator, Polaroid booth, letterpress frame making. Performance of Chanukah favorites by Conspiracy of Beards, a 30-member a cappella Leonard Cohen choir. At Contemporary Jewish Museum, 736 Mission St., S.F. 6 to 8 p.m. Performance at 7 p.m. $5. Other activities included with admission. www.thecjm.org.


“The Art of Prophetic Justice.” Works of San Francisco artist Bernard Zakheim. “Wide-Angle Lens.” Jewish photographers in the 1940s and 1950s. Through Feb. 3. At Jewish Community Library, 1835 Ellis St., S.F. www.bjesf.org/adults_events.htm.

“California Dreaming.” Multimedia exhibit exploring Jewish life in the Bay Area from Gold Rush to present. Ongoing. “The Radical Camera.” Photography exhibit on New York’s historic Photo League. Through Jan. 31. “Stanley Saitowitz: Judaica.” New perspectives from the S.F.-based architect. Ongoing. “The Snowy Day and the Art of Ezra Jack Keats.” Exhibit of the art of the author-illustrator. Through Feb. 24. At Contemporary Jewish Museum, 736 Mission St., S.F. www.thecjm.org.

“Imaging Religions.” Visual and textual expressions of religious beliefs. Includes Jewish scrolls, Orthodox coins, Catholic paintings and more. Through Jan. 31. At Graduate Theological Union, 2400 Ridge Road, Berkeley. Free. www.gtu.edu.

“Reborn: Posters from the European Jewish Cultural Renaissance, 1963-1994,” “Typo/Graphics: Studying Jewish Types in Print and Photography,” “The Inventory Project” and “Modern Jewish History 101: The Art Files.” Through Dec. 16. At Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life, 2121 Allston Way, Berkeley. www.magnes.org.

“A Retrospective: Then and Now.” Ceramic Judaica by Susan Duhan Felix. Through Jan. 27. At Jewish Heritage Museum at Reutlinger Community for Jewish Living, 4000 Camino Tassajara, Danville. (925) 648-2800.

“Traces of Memory.” Exhibit pieces together new ways of understanding Poland’s Jewish heritage. Through February. At Osher Marin JCC, 200 N. San Pedro Road, San Rafael. Free. www.marinjcc.org.

“A War on Modern Art: The 75th Anniversary of the Degenerate Art Exhibition.” Selections from exhibit by the Nazis in 1937 that aimed to turn public opinion against modern art. Through Feb. 24. At Cantor Arts Center, Palm Drive at Museum Way, Stanford University. www.museum.stanford.edu.