Creating New Traditions, One Cup at a Time

s+oryprobl=m :: 156 at the Contemporary Jewish Museum

Photograph by Conrad Praetzel

Photograph by Conrad Praetzel


Creating New Traditions, One Cup at a Time

s+oryprobl=m :: 156 at the Contemporary Jewish Museum

Teatime is reinvented as a new tradition, with tea, treats and a twist. This participatory social practice project offers visitors of all ages the opportunity to sit in a sukkah, sip tea with the artist, enjoy light snacks, reflect on the idea of creating new traditions, and paint hand-formed paper tea cups that will later become part of a large installation consisting of over ten thousand pieces painted by hundreds of people over the course of multiple years.

In her project, s+toryprobl=m :: 156, artist C.K. Itamura uses the sharing of tea, time and the simple act of painting hand-formed paper teacups as a catalyst to explore ways that every person can create simple rituals, using simple tools and materials, to begin to mend communities, families and themselves in an era where humans are becoming ever disconnected and distant from each other.

s+oryprobl=m :: 156 posits one question and provides one possible solution:

“What can you do with: the weight of your entire being; the tools you know how to use; and the materials at your disposal, to practice meaningful rituals and positive, thoughtful communication… which create artifacts of time and intention well spent in the company of others?”

More information about s+oryprobl=m :: 156 is available here.


Community Engagement :: Sukkah Studio

Sukkot is the week-long Jewish harvest festival. One of the rituals for Sukkot is for families to build a simple hut (called a sukkah) in their backyard or on a porch, in which they festively gather, eat meals, and even sleep. The holiday is one of celebration for the abundance of nature shared with community and guests.

Inspired by the holiday of Sukkot, a Jewish holiday celebrating the harvest, The CJM has built its own sukkah (meaning “booth” or “hut”) for gathering and community building. The Museum invited six local artists to inhabit the Sukkah Studio as an open studio, providing an inviting space for the artists to share their practice with visitors and work with interested folks to make something together.

Each artist will inhabit the Sukkah Studio in the Koret Taube Grand Lobby for one day between October 14-20, 2019.


Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco, California


October 19, 2019


Jim Joseph Foundation and the Walter & Elise Haas Fund

Thank You

Chalk Hill Artist Residency, R.C. Wong, Vicky Kumpfer, Conrad Praetzel