New Libeskind-designed Museum in San Francisco
The Contemporary Jewish Museum (CJM) opened its new Daniel Libeskind-designed building last weekend. The new facility—located in downtown San Francisco's Yerba Buena cultural district — is an adaptive reuse of Jessie Street Power Substation.
Two prismas clad in blue steel panels are driven through the 1907 landmark. Mr. Libeskind's design for the new 63,000-square-foot building preserves the character-defining features of the substation and introduces bold contemporary spaces dedicated to galleries, performances, and education programs.
The CJM's new enhanced exhibition program will include contemporary art projects, historic objects, film and music, scholarly interpretations, and diverse cultural perspectives that offer new entry points to experiencing Jewish culture. A large education center will allow the Museum to provide ongoing education programs in conjunction with its exhibitions for children, youth, adults, and seniors.