Lew the Jew & His Circle

The Contemporary Jewish Museum

Lew the Jew & His Circle: Origins of American Tattoo. In a new, original exhibition, The Museum examines the work of "Lew the Jew" Alberts (born Albert Morton Kurzman, 1880–1954), one of America's most influential tattoo artists at the beginning of the twentieth century. The exhibition, drawn from the collection of San Francisco artist, author, and tattoo legend Don Ed Hardy, includes never before exhibited original tattoo artwork, photographs, and correspondence between Lew and San Francisco tattooists "Brooklyn Joe" Lieber and C.J. "Pop" Eddy.

This is what SF/Arts curator Christian L. Frock had to say about Lew the Jew & His Circle :

San Francisco legend and legendary tattoo artist Don Ed Hardy has published an expansive book on tattooing in the United States, centered on “Lew the Jew,” aka Albert Morton Kurzman, (1880–1954), an icon of the New York City Bowery in the early 20th century. This exhibition is based on the book and features unpublished and rare original tattoo designs, artwork, photos and ephemera.

Event Info
Jul 26 → Dec 02
Thu-Tue 11 am-5 pm; Thu 'til 8 pm
$14 adults, $12 students and senior citizens with a valid ID, and $5 on Thursdays after 5pm. Youth 18 and under free.
The Contemporary Jewish Museum
736 Mission, San Francisco
Info: 415/655-7800
Venue: 655-7800
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