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OPEN for Interpretation

an artist-in-residence program

OPEN for Interpretation is a residency program that invites creative thinkers to immerse themselves in the Museum’s many stories of courage, imagination, struggle, and heritage as inspiration for new works of art, music, dance, writing, or performance that explore the American experience in new and unexpected ways.

Current Artists:


Our current OPEN project is a collaboration between Emmy-nominated filmmaker and Webby Awards founder Tiffany Shlain and UC Berkeley artist and robotics professor Ken Goldberg.

Their NMAJH project, an original film called The (Whole) Cinemagillah, will explore American Jewish experience through its portrayal on film and television.

Shlain and Goldberg are cloud-sourcing ideas for moments in TV and film history that should be considered for inclusion. (Hint: this is  a fun way for YOU to participate!)

They have recorded a special message for you asking for your ideas and letting you know how you can participate - click on the video below for more details.* And of course, save the date! The (Whole) Cinemagillah will premiere on December 14 at the Museum. Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.

*Submit your ideas on Facebook, here.


Mother. Wife. Red lipstick. Hats. Tiffany Shlain is an Emmy-nominated filmmaker and founder of The Webby Awards. Her films and work have received over 80 awards and distinctions including a Disruptive Innovation Award from Tribeca Film Festival and NPR’s list of best commencement speeches. She closely follows the latest developments in technology, neuroscience, feminism and footwear. Four of her films have premiered at Sundance, including her feature documentary "Connected," and “The Tribe,” which explores American Jewish identity through the history of the Barbie doll. The US State Department selected four of her films for The American Film Showcase. As a speaker, Tiffany has presented at Harvard, NASA, and was the closing speaker for both TEDWomen and TEDMED. Her original series "The Future Starts Here" has received over 40 million views. She is co-founder of Character Day, a global annual event for schools and organizations on the science of character and that had over 90,000 events in 125 countries. Her new film “50/50: Rethinking the Past, Present & Future of Women + Power” premiered at TEDWomen and Refinery29. While Tiffany loves technology, she pries off its tentacles once a week for technology shabbat with her family. @tiffanyshlain

Ken Goldberg is an artist, inventor, and UC Berkeley Engineering Professor. Ken is an East Pennsylvania Jew, with all the associated baggage. Ken's artwork is closely linked with his research on robotics, automation, art, and social media. Ken developed the first provably complete algorithm for part feeding and the first robot on the Internet. Despite agonizingly slow progress, Ken persists in trying to make robots less clumsy. He has over 200 peer-reviewed publications and eight U.S. Patents. Ken’s installations have been shown in over 70 venues including the Whitney Biennial, SF Contemporary Jewish Museum, Pompidou Center, Buenos Aires Biennial, Berkeley Art Museum, Nevada Museum of Art, and the ICC in Tokyo. His Erdos-Bacon number is 6. Ken lives in the Bay Area and is madly in love with his closest collaborator Tiffany Shlain and their two daughters. He is fiercely protective of his family, his students, and his frequent-flier miles. @ken_goldberg

Past Programs:
9/22/2016: Character Day at the Museum