CJM Family Matters. A disconcerting photo history

Lee Heidhues 3.23.2023

The entire exhibit is very disconcerting. I continuously shook my head as I spent the afternoon in a generally quiet exhibit hall at the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco.

Family Matters exhibit at the Contemporary Jewish Museum


Family elder lies in repose after her Yoga class while Trump rattles on

I come from a family where athleticism, dance, opera and the symphony was an integral everyday part of my life. I don’t see much of that here. I see a tight knit clan cocooned in their bubble as the world goes round and round around them.

Young and old in the bathroom

The lifestyle portrayed in this extended family seems totally Removed from my youthful experience…

I think of the young people and wonder how they will follow in the footsteps of their elders.

Most disturbing politically are those who became Trump supporters.

Family elder hands full of meat wearing a Trump Keep America Great 2020 feeds the family dog

The onle photo I felt genuinely comfortable with is the one of a younger family member with Alexandria Ocasio Cortez, President Obama and Senator Elizabeth Warren adorning her walls.

On the other hand the three minute Video of people attending Trump’s 2017 Inaugural is Revolting .. I was transfixed and watched it several times.

A scene from Trump’s inaugural ball in 2017

In retrospect I’m glad the older generation portrayed here (my peers age wise) was not the political, cultural environment in which I was raised …

A family elder – Women for Trump

Grandma with her help mate
The photo of grandma laying close to death in 2015 by her granddaughter is very eerie —
Gillian Laub – creator of Family Matters

A wall of family photos at the Family Matters exhibit