The Jewish Identity Project: New American Photography

September 23, 2005 - January 29, 2006

Through works by distinguished contemporary photographers and video artists, this exhibition explores the remarkably diverse face of Jewish life in the United States today.

Through photographs and video works by distinguished contemporary artists, The Jewish Identity Project: New American Photography explores the remarkable racial, social, and ethnic diversity of Jews in the United States today.

The Jewish Museum has commissioned ten projects from thirteen photographers and video artists who have collaborated with individuals, families, and organizations across the U.S. to create images that portray the complexity of Jewish identity today. The works of art in the exhibition raise questions about photography’s ability to represent cultural identity while examining the breadth and challenges posed by the multiplicity of the American Jewish experience.

The faces of American Jews are as varied as the face of America. Thus, the exhibition serves to question stereotypes, challenge traditional assumptions, and look at issues of racism and anti-Semitism in America.

Made possible by a major grant from The Allan Morrow Foundation.
Major support also provided by Altria Group, Inc., the Henry Nias Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, The Skirball Foundation, UJA-Federation of New York, and Estate of Matilda Orlik. 
Additional generous support provided by Goldie & David Blanksteen, The Appleman Foundation, Agnes Gund and Daniel Shapiro, the Jerry and Emily Spiegel Foundation, and other donors.