Designing Home: Jewish and Midcentury Modernism
In 2014 the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco presented a major exhibition exploring the role of Jewish architects and designers in the creation of a distinctly modern American landscape. Their work encompassed the full range of the domestic environment - from the large-scale subdivision to the single family house, the furnishings and housewares within, as well as the marketing and press images that broadcast this new modern home across America.
Brimming with a dazzling array of vintage furnishings, textiles, wallpapers, ceramics, photographs and ephemera, the exhibit focused on more than forty architects and designers who helped spark America’s embrace of midcentury modernism.
Join us for a retrospective of this major exhibit. Our guide for this exploration will be former Contemporary Jewish Museum docent Susan Light:
Growing up and studying on the east coast, Susan Light came to California in 1977 to train in pediatrics at UCSF and went on to practice pediatric hematology/oncology. She switched paths in 1990 to work in the pharmaceutical industry doing clinical drug development. She decided to broaden her life by becoming a docent at the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco. Buying a (used) dream car led to her marrying its mechanic (another story in itself) and she now has two adult children. She continues on her journey with consulting in drug development, volunteer work in her community, and writing non-fiction.