80 artists at the seder table

Beth Grossman, We were once slaves in Egypt (wood burning on wooden turntable, leather, matzah, gold leaf).
“The suitcase symbolizes the historical baggage that holds both memories of our Exodus and hopes for a better future. Into each suitcase on the seder plate, I have tucked a piece of matzah lettered with a word representing some of the essentials we truly need to carry with us—intelligence, memories, courage, relationships, fertility, and faith.”

The traditional seder ceremony centers around a plate that holds food that symbolizes the holiday, one of the most important in the Jewish calendar, which begins tonight. The Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco called on artists from around the country to create seder plates in its Dorothy Saxe Invitational. The results range from the utilitarian to the utterly fanciful. The plates are on view through June 2.


Grace Hawthorne and Phoebe Streblow of ReadyMade magazine, Seder-Made (mixed media).

ReadyMade magazine borrows Marcel Duchamp’s ‘Jedi mind trip’ of recontextualizing ordinary objects into extraordinary design. In an effort to create familiar and comfortable access points within the context of such a celebrated formal holiday, we constructed a seder plate out of common everyday objects that one could find around home or office.”

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