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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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Exhibitions

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

Release Date: July 18, 2016

Masterpieces & Curiosities: Memphis Does Hanukkah showcases designer and artist Peter Shire’s colorful and playful Menorah #7 (1986), and is part of a series of exhibitions focused on individual works in the Jewish Museum's world-renowned collection.  Shire was an original member of the Memphis design collective, an international group initiated by Italian designer and architect Ettore Sottsass, active between 1981 and 1987. Shire reimagined the Hanukkah lamp as a set of odd geometries, composed in wood, aluminum, and chrome, and finished in speckled, pastel paint.  Surrounding Menorah #7 will be pieces by other members of the Memphis group, images, and ephemera related to both Shire and the collective, as well as a selection of images and objects from the Jewish Museum’s collection. Memphis Does Hanukkah opens up a conversation about the relationships and dissonances between art and design, tradition and innovation, ceremony and interpretation, and the importance of iconoclasm. The exhibition will be on view at the Jewish Museum from September 16, 2016 through February 12, 2017.

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Programs

July 2016 Programs at the Jewish Museum Feature Don Byron and More

Release Date: July 6, 2016

The Jewish Museum continues its summer 2016 slate of lectures, discussions, and events in May with a performance by clarinetist-composer Don Byron as part of the Museum's ongoing partnership with Bang on a Can.  Other highlights include an adult studio workshop inspired by the work of landscape architect Roberto Burle Marx; a behind-the-scenes gallery talk led by Jewish Museum Associate Curator Stephen Brown; and gallery discussions on specific themes and topics in the exhibitions Isaac Mizrahi: An Unruly History and Roberto Burle Marx: Brazilian Modernist.

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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: June 29, 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 English family of Jewish origin during the late Victorian era. On view at the Jewish Museum from September 16, 2016 through February 4, 2017, John Singer Sargent’s 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

Interactive and Participatory Works of Art by 40 Contemporary Artists on View at the Jewish Museum in Fall 2016

Release Date: June 21, 2016

This fall, the Jewish Museum will upend 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 40 international and intergenerational artists, many of whom are creating new and site-specific works for the exhibition. 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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Programs

The Jewish Museum and Bang on a Can Present Bang on a Can: Performance by Don Byron

Release Date: June 21, 2016

On Thursday, July 14, 2016 at 7:30pm, Bang on a Can and the Jewish Museum will present a concert by clarinetist-composer Don Byron. A long-time collaborator of Bang on a Can, Byron has always found exhilarating and unexpected musical avenues to explore, interpreting a wildly diverse range of styles and artists from funk-drenched R&B to klezmer, from gospel legend Thomas A. Dorsey to Mickey Katz, Duke Ellington to Junior Walker. Don Byron is renowned for his dedication to and innovation in quintessential American traditional music genres from klezmer to blues to bluegrass to gospel to jazz. This program is made possible by a generous endowment from the William Petschek Family.

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Programs

The Wind Up Presents: Weirdo Night with Dynasty Handbag June 30

Release Date: June 17, 2016

The Wind Up, the Jewish Museum’s popular after-hours series, presents Weirdo Night with Dynasty Handbag, a night of experimental comedic performance by host Dynasty Handbag and special guests Jaimie Warren and Morgan Bassichis, on Thursday, June 30 from 8pm to 11pm. The evening also include Dance-Y-Oke (attendees dancing along with music videos ranging from Single Ladies by Beyoncé to Wuthering Heights by Kate Bush); an open beer and wine bar; and the exhibitions Isaac Mizrahi: An Unruly History and Roberto Burle Marx: Brazilian Modernist, open for viewing throughout the evening.

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Programs

June 2016 Programs at the Jewish Museum Feature Mariachi Flor de Toloache at the Museum Mile Festival, Dynasty Handbag, and More

Release Date: June 6, 2016

The Jewish Museum continues its spring 2016 slate of lectures, discussions, and events in May with performances by Mariachi Flor de Toloache as part of the annual Museum Mile Festival and Dynasty Handbag at the next event in the popular after-hours series, The Wind Up.  Other highlights include a lecture by Dr. Charles Small, Director of the Institute for the Study of Global Antisemitism and Policy; and gallery discussions on specific themes and topics in the exhibitions Isaac Mizrahi: An Unruly History and Roberto Burle Marx: Brazilian Modernist.

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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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