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Mon, Nov 20

Monday, November 20, 2017

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3 PM

Archaeology Mondays

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Wed, Nov 22

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

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10:30 AM

JM Journeys
For Visitors with Early-Stage Memory Loss

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Wed, Nov 22

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

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2 PM

JM Journeys
For Visitors with Memory Loss

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Sat, Nov 25

Saturday, November 25, 2017

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11 AM

Free Saturdays

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Sun, Nov 26

Sunday, November 26, 2017

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1 PM

Studio Art Sessions
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Thu, Nov 30

Thursday, November 30, 2017

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6:30 PM

Performance
Tzippy’s Tales

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Fri, Dec 1

Friday, December 1, 2017

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8 AM

AM at the JM
A.K. Burns

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Fri, Dec 1

Friday, December 1, 2017

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2 PM

Gallery Talk
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11 AM

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Who We Are

Welcome to the Jewish Museum, a museum in New York City at the intersection of art and Jewish culture for people of all backgrounds. Whether you visit our home in the elegant Warburg mansion on Museum Mile, or engage with us online, there is something for everyone. Through our exhibitions, programs, and collection of nearly 30,000 works of art, ceremonial objects, and media, visitors can journey through 4,000 years of art and Jewish culture from around the world.


As an art museum representing the diversity of Jewish culture and identity, the Jewish Museum believes in free expression and an open society. We embrace multiple viewpoints regardless of race, gender, national origin, or religion, and we oppose discrimination in all its forms.


Our exhibitions and public programs provide platforms for cross-cultural dialogue, fostering empathy, mutual understanding, and respect. We champion the powerful roles art and artists can play in our communities, both inside and outside the Museum’s walls.

Our Mission

The Jewish Museum is dedicated to the enjoyment, understanding, and preservation of the artistic and cultural heritage of the Jewish people through its unparalleled collections and distinguished exhibitions. Learn More

History

The Jewish Museum was founded in 1904 in the library of the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, where it was housed for more than four decades. Located along New York's Museum Mile, this elegant former residence has been the home of the Museum since 1947. Learn More

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The Jewish Museum Staff Select Their Favorite Holiday... Read More

With the holiday season quickly approaching, the Jewish Museum staff hopes to make your celebrating and gift-giving easier with eight beloved products for Hanukkah. Whether you’re lighting candles at home, hosting friends and family, or searching for unique gifts for all ages, we have fresh ideas for you — all available at The Jewish Museum Shop.

Ceramic Menorah by Paula Grief

Artist Paula Greif makes each of these incredible objects by hand, so no two are exactly the same. Paula trained as a graphic designer, and you can see the graphic quality come through in the solidity of this form, which works with any style of home décor.

Claudia Gould, Helen Goldsmith Menschel Director

Jewish Museum Hagenauer Menorah

This piece is a limited edition based on a Hanukkah lamp in the Jewish Museum’s collection.

The artist, Karl Hagenauer, trained with Josef Hoffmann, one of the founders of the Viennese modern design movement known as the Wiener Werkstätte. Hoffmann’s influence can be seen in the curling stems and leaves and in the fluted base. I chose this Hanukkah lamp because I have a particular love of modernist design from the early twentieth century.

— Susan Braunstein, Senior Curator

Loch Ness Menorah

The Loch Ness Menorah struck me as a unique and playful menorah for families. Being a mom of a 3-year-old and 19-month-old, certainly toys and objects with animals (real or imaginary) have great appeal. My son is a huge fan of the book, The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle and this creature has a similar whimsical quality. It might be fun for them to think about designing their own menorah for Hanukkah and what animal they would choose. There are plenty of other animal-themed menorahs in the shop — it was hard to make a selection!

— Rachel Katz Levine, Assistant Director of Family Programs

Set of 6 Marc Chagall Plates by Bernardaud

I love the idea of eating on art. These are a wonderful way to brighten up a dinner party. And to bring it back to the theme of my life: Marc Chagall’s father was a herring monger.

Josh Russ Tupper, 4th Generation Co-Owner of Russ & Daughters

Fish Cutting Board

When I entertain at home, I love using this board to lay out our smoked salmon. It’s always a conversation piece. The size is large enough to make a statement, but it’s small enough for easy cleaning and storage.

—Niki Russ Federman, 4th Generation Co-Owner of Russ & Daughters

Jewish Tartan Skinny Tie

The Jewish Tartan Tie has been an excellent addition to my personal collection of navy blue ties. The history of the official Jewish Tartan, now part of the Jewish Museum collection, also makes for a great story.

Carlos Acevedo, Digital Asset Manager

Perimeter Challah & Shabbat Tray

I love mid-century modern design and this tray has that aesthetic written all over it. Not only is the tray functional, but it’s gorgeous to keep out on the coffee table all week long.

Marissa Berg, Director of Visitor Experience

Deborah Kass OY/YO Earrings

These playful and beautiful earrings designed by Jewish Museum collection artist Deborah Kass are an outstanding Hanukkah gift. They are delicate and subtle enough to wear every day and I love them because they are the perfect mix of art, pop, and Jewish culture.

Grace Astrove, Senior Development Officer for Exhibitions

Shop our complete selection of Hanukkah gifts at the Jewish Museum Shop or online at shop.thejewishmuseum.org.


The Jewish Museum Staff Select Their Favorite Holiday Gifts was originally published in The Jewish Museum on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.

Art is a Gift: Thoughts on Modigliani and... Read More

Timothy Hull in the studio, 2017

On Sunday, November 19, the Jewish Museum welcomes Timothy Hull to lead the latest in its ongoing series of contemporary artist-led studio workshops. Inspired by the exhibition Modigliani Unmasked, the printmaking workshop Art For Sharing will encourage participants to learn stamping and block printing techniques to create an edition of handmade greeting cards inspired by Modigliani’s iconic synthesis of various cultural inspirations and Hull’s similar combination of ancient archetypes and symbols.

We sat down with Hull to discuss the historical and cultural references in Modigliani’s work, the transformative potential of symbols, and what participants can look forward to in his upcoming class at the Jewish Museum.

Timothy Hull, Amphora as Metaphor, 2017. 30x40 in. Oil on canvas

Could you tell us about your artwork? What are you working on now?

My work currently is preoccupied with the depiction of both real and invented symbols and glyphs — many sourced from ancient Greek, Latin, and Kufic graffiti. These days I am mostly working on paintings of high imapsto relief (a technique that uses thick layers) that explore the aforementioned concerns.

Amedeo Modigliani, Kneeling Caryatid, 1911–12. Black crayon on paper. 16⅞ x 10⅜ in. Paul Alexandre Family, courtesy of Richard Nathanson, London. Image provided by Richard Nathanson, photographed by Prudence Cuming Associates, London

In our studio workshop we’ll be considering how Modigliani was inspired by several different cultural and historical sources. How does this relate to your creative process?

As artists, we dig deep into history and iconography to understand how civilizations and people synthesized and used such imagery before us. We are always in dialogue with the past. Life can only be understood backwards but it must be lived forwards.

Participants in the class will be thinking about their own sources of inspiration and creating personal symbols. What goes into the process of making a symbol?

Thinking of Carl Jung’s theory of the Collective Unconscious and Archetypes, one can begin to ruminate on shapes, forms, and icons that speak to them in a deep and meaningful way. A symbol is also the distillation of a metaphor into a visual language. They are surprisingly hard to create, but deeply transformative when realized.

Timothy Hull’s printmaking process, 2017

What are your thoughts about making art with the intent to share with others or give away?

Art is a gift, and I believe there is a certain level of altruism in the creation of a work of art. The artist is almost always sharing and giving on some level. It is a beautiful thing when you can make something specifically with the intention to give it away.

In this class, each student will create an edition of unique prints. What do you enjoy most about printmaking? What role does it play in your own studio practice?

I make prints as a way of extending my interest in icons and symbols. There is an immediacy to printmaking, and a joy in the repeatable nature of a print. It’s egalitarian, you can make many of them, and give them away without the feeling of preciousness. Again, there’s that idea of the gift.

The Jewish Museum’s Adult Studio Workshop led by Timothy Hull takes place Sunday, November 19, 2–6 pm. Registration is required and includes all materials. All skill levels are welcome. Sign up here.

– Chris Gartrell, Assistant Manager of Adult Programs and Rachael Abrams, Associate Manager of Studio Programs, the Jewish Museum


Art is a Gift: Thoughts on Modigliani and Generating Symbols by Timothy Hull was originally published in The Jewish Museum on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.

Objects Tell Stories: A Hanukkah Lamp Made of... Read More

Hanukkah Lamp, Stolin (Belarus), c. 1885, Lead: cast; tin. Each: 2 7/8 x 1 x 15/16 in. (7.3 x 2.5 x 2.4 cm). The Jewish Museum, New York. Gift of the Chernick Family

During my first visit to the Jewish Museum years ago, I was walking past a case full of Hanukkah lamps in myriad shapes and sizes, when one caught my attention. Eight tiny, singed, and tarnished chairs stood out in a sea of meticulously crafted gold, silver, copper, and glass lamps. To this day, I cannot explain why, at that moment, my mind flooded with associations.

My first thought was: Where are the other four chairs? (More on that in a bit). A more logical question might have been: Where is the ninth chair? A Hanukkah lamp (Hanukkiah) typically has nine candle holders — one candle is lit every night for eight nights using a special ninth candle called the shamash. Jews celebrate Hanukkah each year to commemorate the reclaiming of their Temple in Jerusalem, which had been conquered by the Hellenistic dynasty then ruling the land of Israel in the second century BCE.

Looking at those tiny chairs, what initially flashed through my mind clearly had nothing to do with Hanukkah. I was born in Eastern Ukraine, immigrating to the United States with my family in the 1980s. Growing up on Russian literature, I especially loved a famous satirical novel by Ilf and Petrov called The Twelve Chairs. The basic premise is that a noblewoman tries to save her family’s fortune during the Russian Revolution by hiding jewelry inside one of twelve dining chairs. The chairs are confiscated, sold, and dispersed all over Russia. When, on her deathbed, she reveals this secret to her son, he and his sidekick embark on a wild goose chase to track down the chairs. So here I was, standing in a museum in New York, looking at a Hanukkiah and chuckling to myself about a Russian novel.

And then, before I knew it, my mind had wandered to something else entirely. My family fled Soviet Russia because we had been whittled and worn down by anti-Semitism and discrimination over generations. If you’ve grown up on stories of pogroms and other forms of ethnic cleansing, it’s impossible to see a singed Hanukkah lamp and not imagine the violence that could have befallen its original owners. I conjured up a family who took advantage of the fact that these small chairs could easily be mistaken for children’s toys — as opposed to objects used in a religious holiday. That is, until some unwelcome guest noticed the Hebrew letters inscribed on the chairs and threw them into the fire… or worse.

The reality turned out to be mercifully more prosaic. A number of chair-shaped Hanukkah lamps were made in Eastern Europe in the late 1800s, though no one knows exactly why. At the time, there was a tradition of making Hanukkah-related objects, like dreidels, out of lead so that they could be melted down in the New Year. Hanukkah lamps were usually made of sturdier metals, however, so that they wouldn’t be damaged by a candle’s flame. This Hanukkiah gradually melted and warped because it was made of lead. Another chair-shaped Hanukkiah in the Jewish Museum’s collection is made of pewter and survives intact.

Hanukkah Lamp, Eastern Europe or Germany, 19th century, Pewter: cast. Each chair: 3 1/16 × 1 3/16 × 1 3/16 in. (7.8 × 3 × 3 cm). The Jewish Museum, New York. Gift of Dr. Harry G. Friedman

That day at the Jewish Museum, I was filled not with a feeling of melancholy, but of wonder. I was born in a place where, had I stayed, I would have been encouraged to conceal or downplay my identity. My family was given our first Hanukkah lamp after we arrived in the United States. And here I was decades later, standing in front of an entire case of Hanukkah lamps from every corner of the globe, in a museum dedicated to commemorating the cultural heritage of my people.

One thing that I have always loved about museums is that they offer a space for the mind to wander through history, memory, and imagination. Objects exist within a constellation of stories. The Jewish Museum is filled with works of art and cultural artifacts that speak to lives led around the world at various moments in history.

As educators, we invite teachers, in our galleries and in their classrooms, to think about objects that resonate with their students. What objects carry significance in their lives and those of their families? What memories, associations, or flights of fancy do these objects spark in your students? What can they learn about themselves and one another by exploring such objects?

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To learn more about Hanukkah lamps in the Jewish Museum collection, visit TheJewishMuseum.org/Collection or use our online curriculum resources for educators. The Jewish Museum offers guided “Festivals of Light” tours for school groups exploring the role of light in the Hanukkah, Christmas, and Kwanzaa holidays while viewing the Museum’s spectacular collection of Hanukkah lamps. Book a tour online.

— Viktorya Vilk, Guest Contributor and former Jewish Museum Educator


Objects Tell Stories: A Hanukkah Lamp Made of Eight Small Chairs was originally published in The Jewish Museum on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.

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