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Welcome to the Jewish Museum’s online Press Room, designed for use by the working press. Members of the media may view and download information on current and upcoming exhibitions and programs, access the press release archive, and request high-resolution images for publication. We look forward to working with you and thank you for your interest in the Jewish Museum.

Press Releases

Programs

Take Me (I’m Yours) Programs Feature Artist Christian Boltanski, Curator Nicolas Bourriaud, and More

Release Date: September 21, 2016

In conjunction with its new exhibition, Take Me (I’m Yours), the Jewish Museum will present a series of public programs, including a lecture by noted curator Nicolas Bourriaud on September 29, and a conversation with artist Christian Boltanski, who mounted the exhibition in its original form in 1995 (with Hans Ulrich Obrist), exhibition co-curator Jens Hoffmann on December 15.  Other highlights include discussions with exhibition artists Rachel Rose and Haim Steinbach on September 22 and Uri Aran and Ian Cheng on January 19; and a concert with Pauline Oliveros on November 10.

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Family

Josh & The Jamtones Perform Family Concert at the Jewish Museum Sunday, October 9

Release Date: September 21, 2016

The kids indie rock band Josh & The Jamtones will perform at the Jewish Museum on Sunday, October 9 at 11:30 am. Fronted by singer/songwriter Josh Shriber, their interactive concerts get crowds of any age moving their bodies and singing along. Josh seamlessly blends roots/reggae/ska stylings, feel-good pop, folk punk, country ballads, New Orleans-style street music and kid-friendly improv comedy.  The concert will feature songs from The Jamtones’ critically-acclaimed family records, Rocksteady and Jump Up! as well as tunes in celebration of the fall Jewish holidays from the album, Jammin with Jew Vol 1 & 2.

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Family

The FunkeyMonkeys Perform Family Concert at the Jewish Museum Sunday, September 25

Release Date: September 12, 2016

The FunkeyMonkeys return to the Jewish Museum with a concert for families on Sunday, September 25 at 11:30 am.   Described as “Seinfeld meets the Wiggles,” this uniquely hip eight-member band incorporates funny sketches and improvised bits, along with their special brand of funky kid's music, ranging from driving afrobeat to ethereal ballads.  The performance will feature tunes from their albums Mustache, Tastes Like Chicken, Sing Dance Underpants, and Jewish FunkeyMonkeys, including hits related to the Jewish fall holidays with a special Monkeys twist.  During the performance, the Monkeys will also explore connections between art and music as audience members can come on stage to draw with the band.

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Exhibitions

John Singer Sargent Bravura Painting Mrs. Carl Meyer and her Children Focus of Exhibition at the Jewish Museum

Release Date: September 8, 2016

Few paintings by John Singer Sargent better exemplify his artistic prowess as a portraitist than Mrs. Carl Meyer and her Children. Seductive and revealing, this bravura painting captures the world of a privileged family of Jewish origin in late Victorian England. On view at the Jewish Museum from September 16, 2016 through February 5, 2017, Mrs. Carl Meyer and Her Children will highlight this remarkable portrait - contextualizing it with other family portraits, ephemera, documents, personal correspondence, and caricatures.

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Exhibitions

Masterpieces & Curiosities: Memphis Does Hanukkah Features Peter Shire’s Menorah #7

Release Date: September 7, 2016

Masterpieces & Curiosities: Memphis Does Hanukkah showcases Los Angeles-based designer and artist Peter Shire’s Menorah #7 (1986), and is part of a series of exhibitions focused on individual works in the Jewish Museum's world-renowned collection. The exhibition will be on view from September 16, 2016 through February 12, 2017.

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Family

Studio Art Sessions Family Art Workshops Every Sunday at the Jewish Museum

Release Date: September 6, 2016

The Jewish Museum has expanded its Sunday art workshop series for families, offering an immersive experience that includes weekly art projects and a new collaborative artmaking component. In Studio Art Sessions, families will have the opportunity to contribute to an ongoing large scale work of art, which will change every two months. Each collective project will explore unconventional approaches to artmaking, using unique materials and concepts that relate to artwork on view or in the Jewish Museum’s collection.

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Programs

September 2016 Programs at the Jewish Museum Feature Artists Rachel Rose and Haim Steinbach, Curator Nicolas Bourriaud, and More

Release Date: September 1, 2016

The Jewish Museum launches its fall 2016 slate of lectures, discussions, and events in September with artists Rachel Rose and Haim Steinbach and noted curator Nicolas Bourriaud speaking about aspects of the Museum’s new exhibition, Take Me (I’m Yours).  Other highlights include an exploration of the relationship between the works of landscape architect Roberto Burle Marx and his brother, composer Walter Burle Marx; an expanded studio art workshop series for adults; and gallery discussions on specific themes and topics related to current exhibitions.

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Exhibitions

Exhibition of Participatory Works by 42 Contemporary Artists Opens September 16, 2016 at the Jewish Museum

Release Date: September 1, 2016

This fall, the Jewish Museum is upending museum conventions with Take Me (I’m Yours), an exhibition featuring artworks that visitors are asked to touch, participate in, and even take home. On view from September 16, 2016 through February 5, 2017, Take Me (I’m Yours) will feature a group of 42 international and intergenerational artists working in a variety of media including sculpture, works on paper, installation, performance, and digital media. Many of the artists are creating new and site-specific works for the exhibition. On average, 10,000 of each work will be produced for visitors to take away. Over the course of four months, artworks will be replenished so what awaits visitors will constantly evolve. Selected artists include Uri Aran, Christian Boltanski, Andrea Bowers, Andrea Fraser, General Sisters, Gilbert & George, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Jonathan Horowitz, Alison Knowles, Daniel Joseph Martinez, Jonas Mekas, Yoko Ono, Rachel Rose, Martha Rosler, Tino Sehgal, Haim Steinbach, Amalia Ulman, and Lawrence Weiner, among others.

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Family

Fall 2016 Season of Lively Family Programs Begins at the Jewish Museum in September

Release Date: August 25, 2016

The Jewish Museum launches its fall 2016 season of family programs in September with a lively array of concerts, art workshops, and more.  The line-up includes Sunday concerts by The FunkeyMonkeys on September 25, Josh and the Jamtones on October 9, Gustafer Yellowgold on October 16, Alex & the Kaleidoscope on November 20, and Oran Etkin on December 25.  Also on the schedule are: the annual Hanukkah Family Day on December 18; holiday and vacation week drop-in art workshops October 20 and 21 and December 26, 27, 29 & 30; and family art activities every Sunday starting September 11.

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Exhibitions

The Jewish Museum Launches Its First Kickstarter Crowdfunding Campaign for Exhibition of Interactive and Participatory Works by 40 Contemporary Artists

Release Date: August 9, 2016

This fall, the Jewish Museum will upend museum conventions with Take Me (I'm Yours), an exhibition featuring artworks that visitors are invited to touch, participate in, and even take home. On view from September 16, 2016 through February 5, 2017, Take Me (I'm Yours) will feature 40 international and intergenerational artists working in a variety of media, from sculpture, works on paper, installation, performance, and digital media. Many of the artists are creating new and site-specific works for the exhibition. On average, 10,000 of each work will be produced for visitors to take away, including temporary tattoos by Lawrence Weiner, air dispensers by Yoko Ono, pill capsules by Carsten Höller, and more.

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Family

The Jewish Museum Launches Picture This! New Monthly Family Program Series September 25 Supported by Grant from PJ Library, a Program of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation

Release Date: August 3, 2016

The Jewish Museum is launching Picture This!, a new monthly series of eight multifaceted family programs, thanks to a $25,000 grant awarded to the Museum by PJ Library, a program of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation. Each monthly Picture This! program will combine a gallery experience exploring art on view with fun, interactive activities and a storybook reading. Families will also enjoy a snack, create art in a studio, and join other families to experience a concert featuring a top children’s music performer. The series kicks off on Sunday, September 25 and runs through May 2017.

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Exhibitions

The Television Project: You Don’t Have to Be Jewish
Highlights from the National Jewish Archive of Broadcasting Examine Classic and Contemporary Advertising Beginning September 16, 2016

Release Date: July 21, 2016

With the third installment of its ongoing exhibition series, the Jewish Museum will continue introducing visitors to a dynamic part of its collection: the National Jewish Archive of Broadcasting (NJAB). The Television Project: You Don’t Have to Be Jewish, on view from September 16, 2016 through February 12, 2017, explores commercials produced for Jewish audiences or with Jewish content, and examines the way religion, ethnicity, and identity play out on American television. This focused exhibition features a compilation of commercials and related clips, paired with print advertising campaigns, works of art, and related ephemera. A number of the commercials employ humor to attract a diverse customer base, and have become iconic examples of campaigns that are still referenced today.

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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, distinguished exhibitions, and related education programs. Using art and artifacts that embody the diversity of the Jewish experience from ancient to present times, throughout the world, the Museum strives to be a source of inspiration and shared human values for people of all religious and cultural backgrounds while serving as a special touchstone of identity for Jewish people. As a vital cultural resource for New York residents and visitors of all ages, the Museum also reaches out to national and international communities as it interprets and preserves art and Jewish culture for current and future generations.

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