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Letters to Afar

Presented by YIVO and the Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco

Installation by Péter Forgács and The Klezmatics
Commissioned by POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews and the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research
On view through May 24, 2015
The Contemporary Jewish Museum
736 Mission Street (btwn. 3rd and 4th Streets), San Francisco, CA 94103

For hours of operation and tickets to the exhibition, visit here or call 415-655-7800.


Letters to Afar is an immersive video art installation based on home movies taken by New York City’s Jewish immigrants, who traveled back to visit Poland during the 1920s and 30s. Presenting poignant family reunions and everyday life in small towns, Letters transports the viewer to a world and culture on the brink.

Letters was created by award-winning Hungarian media artist Péter Forgács, based on a collection of home movies housed in YIVO’s archives, with an original score by The Klezmatics. It was commissioned by the Museum of the History of Polish Jews in Warsaw and the YIVO Institute and made possible with the generous support of the Kronhill Pletka Foundation, the Righteous Persons Foundation, the Seedlings Foundation, Mr. Sigmund Rolat, and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.

Press Coverage of Letters to Afar

The New York Times
The Jewish Week (October 23, 2014)
The Jewish Week (October 28, 2014)
The Daily Beast
New York Post
The Times of Israel
Tablet Magazine

View our photo album of the opening reception at the Museum of the City of New York.