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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

Exhibitions

The Television Project
Highlights from the National Jewish Archive of Broadcasting Debuts September 25, 2015

Release Date: July 21, 2015

With a new, ongoing exhibition series called The Television Project, the Jewish Museum will introduce visitors to a dynamic part of its collection: the National Jewish Archive of Broadcasting (NJAB), the largest and most comprehensive body of broadcast materials on 20th century Jewish culture in the United States. The inaugural exhibition, The Television Project: Picturing a People, on view at the Jewish Museum from September 25, 2015 through February 14, 2016, will feature artistically significant program excerpts celebrating the brilliance of writing, directing, performance, and production in American television, as well as related works of art, artifacts, and ephemera. Picturing a People will include clips from the following programs: The Ed Sullivan Show, Northern Exposure, The Twilight Zone, The Goldbergs, The Simpsons, My Name is Barbra, and Eichmann Trial Coverage (ABC News).

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Programs

July 2015 Programs at the Jewish Museum Feature Violinist Todd Reynolds and Curator Alexander Tochilovsky

Release Date: June 29, 2015

The Jewish Museum's 2015 slate of lectures, discussions, and events continues in July with a concert featuring violinist Todd Reynolds, part of the Museum’s partnership with Bang on a Can; a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the exhibition, Repetition and Difference, with curators Susan L. Braunstein and Daniel S. Palmer; and Alexander Tochilovsky of Cooper Union discussing graphic design-related materials in the exhibition, Revolution of the Eye: Modern Art and the Birth of American Television.  In addition, the Whitney Museum of American Art and Cooper Union are co-presenting programs related to Revolution of the Eye.

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Exhibitions

The Power of Pictures: Early Soviet Photography, Early Soviet Film Presented at the Jewish Museum in New York September 25, 2015 – February 7, 2016

Release Date: June 29, 2015

From early vanguard constructivist works by Alexander Rodchenko and El Lissitzky, to the modernist images of Arkady Shaikhet and Max Penson, Soviet photographers played a pivotal role in the history of modern photography. The Power of Pictures: Early Soviet Photography, Early Soviet Film will examine how photography, film, and poster art were harnessed to disseminate Communist ideology, revisiting a moment in history when artists acted as engines of social change and radical political engagement. Covering the period from the 1917 Bolshevik Revolution through the 1930s, the exhibition will explore how early modernist photography and film influenced a new Soviet style while energizing and expanding the nature of the media. Through 181 works, The Power of Pictures will reveal how striking images by master photographers and filmmakers were seen as powerful propaganda tools in the new Soviet Union. Looking at photography and film together as influential and formally related media, the exhibition will be on view at the Jewish Museum from September 25, 2015 through February 7, 2016. Following its New York showing, The Power of Pictures: Early Soviet Photography, Early Soviet Film will travel to two other venues.

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Programs

The Jewish Museum and Bang on a Can Present Bang on a Can: Repetition and Difference Featuring Violinist Todd Reynolds

Release Date: June 17, 2015

Bang on a Can: Repetition and Difference, a concert featuring violinist Todd Reynolds, will take place at the Jewish Museum on Thursday, July 9 at 7:30pm. Tied to the Museum exhibition Repetition and Difference—exploring how subtle disruptions in form, color, or design can reveal intriguing information about a work’s creation and meaning—the performance will highlight difference and repetition in music. This program continues the Jewish Museum and Bang on a Can’s partnership to produce a series of dynamic musical performances at the Museum inspired by the Jewish Museum’s diverse slate of exhibitions.

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Exhibitions

Exhibition Focused on Alfred Stieglitz's Iconic Work The Steerage Opens September 25, 2015

Release Date: June 17, 2015

Showcasing an acclaimed work by the photographer Alfred Stieglitz (1864-1946), Masterpieces & Curiosities: Alfred Stieglitz's The Steerage continues a series of exhibitions focused on individual works in the Jewish Museum’s world-renowned collection. On view from September 25, 2015 to February 14, 2016, this exhibition focuses on Stieglitz’s enduring 1907 photogravure of steerage-class passengers aboard the ocean liner Kaiser Wilhelm II. This much-reproduced image has often been regarded as evidence of the poor conditions under which many immigrants arrived in America, but in fact was taken on a voyage from the United States to Europe. As such, it is a document of people who were likely denied entry and citizenship to the United States. Stieglitz's concerns, however, were largely aesthetic rather than social-minded: he was moved more by the picture's formal qualities than its subject matter. Stieglitz considered the work to be his greatest triumph in a long, illustrious career as a photographer, stating later in life, "If all my photographs were lost, and I’d be represented by just one, The Steerage, I’d be satisfied."

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Programs

The Wind Up Series of After-Hours Events Celebrates Revolution of the Eye: Modern Art and the Birth of American Television on June 25

Release Date: June 8, 2015

The Jewish Museum presents the next event in its popular series of after-hours events, The Wind Up, on Thursday, June 25, from 8pm to 11pm. Featuring art, live music, activities, and an open bar, The Wind Up is inspired by Revolution of the Eye: Modern Art and the Birth of American Television, the first exhibition to explore how avant-garde art influenced and shaped the look and content of network television in its formative years. The event will celebrate American culture and television from the 1950s and 60s with art activities and refreshments including Pop and Op Art screen-printing, a retro TV photo booth, and throwback snacks. The evening features a performance by Brooklyn-based band Mainland, whose music combines classic pop and rock stylings with nostalgic references and contemporary grit.

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Exhibitions

First Museum Exhibition Focused on Acclaimed Fashion Designer Isaac Mizrahi Opens in March 2016

Release Date: June 3, 2015

The Jewish Museum will present the first museum exhibition focused on Isaac Mizrahi, the influential American fashion designer, artist, and entrepreneur. On view from March 18 to August 7, 2016, the survey exhibition explores Mizrahi’s unique position at the intersection of high style and popular culture.  While best known for his clothing design, Mizrahi’s creativity has expanded over a three decade career, moving beyond fashion to embrace acting, directing, set and costume design, writing, and cabaret performance. Beginning with his first collection in 1987 and running through the present day, Isaac Mizrahi: An Unruly History weaves together the many threads of Mizrahi's prolific output, juxtaposing work in fashion, film, television, and the performing arts.

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Programs

June 2015 Programs at the Jewish Museum Feature Groucho Marx, Hank Willis Thomas, Isabelle Graw, and More

Release Date: June 1, 2015

The Jewish Museum's 2015 slate of lectures, discussions, and events continues in June with Wish You Were Here, a discussion between Groucho Marx, as presented by performer Noah Diamond and Jens Hoffmann, The Jewish Museum's Deputy Director, Exhibitions and Public Programs.  Other highlights include artists Hank Willis Thomas and Sarah Crowner in conversation about their work on view in the exhibition Repetition and Difference; a lecture on the history of painting by scholar Isabelle Graw; and the next event in the popular after-hours series, The Wind Up.

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Family

Whimsical Puppetry Wonders Art Workshop for Families at the Jewish Museum Sunday, June 14

Release Date: May 20, 2015

Whimsical Puppetry Wonders, a drop-in art workshop for families, will take place on Sunday, June 14 from 1pm to 4pm at The Jewish Museum.  Kids can design puppet characters inspired by classic tales of the Yiddish theater, combining tradition with imagination. Participants will use found objects, modeling clay, paint, colorful fabrics, and wire to sculpt these unique puppets. Afterwards, there will be an opportunity to bring the characters to life on a mini-stage! The workshop is co-presented with the National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene as a part of KulturefestNYC.

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News

The Jewish Museum and Bang on a Can Announce Second Year of Partnership for 2015-2016 Season

Release Date: May 20, 2015

Bang on a Can and the Jewish Museum are pleased to announce the second year of their partnership with the 2015-2016 season, producing dynamic musical performances inspired by the Museum’s diverse slate of exhibitions. The series will include five programs throughout the year, primarily in the Jewish Museum’s Scheuer Auditorium (Fifth Avenue and 92nd Street). The season kicks off with a free, outdoor performance by DJ Spooky at the Museum Mile Festival on June 9 and continues on July 9 with a concert by innovative violinist-composer Todd Reynolds in conjunction with the Museum’s exhibition Repetition and Difference, which explores artistic repetition and serialization. Other concerts throughout the season will include The Power Of Pictures featuring Bang on a Can All-Stars bassist Robert Black with the Hartt Bass Band and Friends (November 5), Unorthodox featuring the Mivos Quartet (February 4), and Brazil Gardens and Beyond (May, TBA).

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Exhibitions

Unorthodox Presents Work by Over 50 Contemporary Artists

Release Date: May 19, 2015

This November, the Jewish Museum will present Unorthodox, a large-scale group exhibition featuring over 50 contemporary artists from around the world whose practices mix forms and genres without concern for artistic conventions. Though the artists in Unorthodox come from a wide variety of backgrounds and generations, they are united in their spirit of independence and individuality. Through over 200 works, the exhibition will highlight the importance of iconoclasm and art’s key role in breaking rules and traditions. Numerous works that examine social and political values, religion and humanism, trauma, and identity explore the relationship between the human figure and the modern creative process. Organized by Jens Hoffmann, Deputy Director, Exhibitions and Public Programs, with Assistant Curators Daniel S. Palmer and Kelly Taxter, Unorthodox will be on view from November 6, 2015 to March 27, 2016.

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Mission Statement

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.

Approved by the Museum’s Board of Trustees on November 15, 2000.

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Selected Staff Bios

  • Claudia Gould
    Claudia Gould
    Helen Goldsmith Menschel Director
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  • Jens Hoffmann
    Jens Hoffmann
    Deputy Director, Exhibitions and Programs
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  • Ruth K. Beesch
    Ruth K. Beesch
    Deputy Director, Program Administration
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  • Susan L. Braunstein
    Susan L. Braunstein
    Henry J. Leir Curator
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  • Susan Tumarkin Goodman
    Susan Tumarkin Goodman
    Senior Curator Emerita
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  • Norman L. Kleeblatt
    Norman L. Kleeblatt
    Susan and Elihu Rose Chief Curator
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  • Mason Klein
    Mason Klein
    Curator
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  • Claudia Nahson
    Claudia Nahson
    Morris and Eva Feld Curator
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