A Fitting Retrospective on Levi Strauss at The Contemporary Jewish Museum


Most Americans have owned a pair of Levi Strauss blue jeans or tried one on, but many are not familiar with the rich history of this Jewish immigrant, businessman and philanthropist. The Levi Strauss: A History of American Style exhibit illustrates his lifelong commitment to family and civic life, which was part of the history of San Francisco. Even today, the company continues to influence culture on a local and global scale. The exhibit features over 200 garments and memorabilia — including letters between Cary Grant and Strauss Advertising Manager Arthur Roth. It is on display through Aug. 9, 2020, at The Contemporary Jewish Museum, 736 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA. Although the museum is currently closed due to COVID-19, the Levi Strauss exhibit is viewable at thecjm.org.

The event space at The CJM is designed by renowned architect Daniel Libeskind and located in proximity to Moscone Center. Planners can take advantage of the 13,900 total sq. ft. of space by utilizing it as-is for a minimalist approach, or transforming it into a customized experience and aesthetic. Additionally, a 750-sq.-ft. kitchen is available for caterers.

The 3,500-sq.-ft. Goldman Hall offers flexible setups, including stadium seating for award ceremonies and theatrical performances, and unobstructed screen views. The 2,500-sq.-ft. Yud Gallery’s unique ceilings are a conversation-starter for those who appreciate architecture. Most noteworthy is the Grand Lobby, which can be completely transformed, providing an impressive arrival experience.  —Loretta Cheung

For more information on San Francisco’s offsite meeting venues, read the California feature in the F&D 2020 Spring issue.