The Press Room

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

Masterpieces & Curiosities:
Nicole Eisenman’s Seder
Opens March 13, 2015

Release Date: February 17, 2015

Showcasing a painting commissioned by the Jewish Museum in 2010, Masterpieces & Curiosities: Nicole Eisenman’s Seder continues a series of exhibitions focused on individual works in the Museum’s world-renowned collection. On view from March 13 to August 9, 2015, this exhibition presents Eisenman’s painting Seder with over 25 seldom seen yet important portraits by such artists as Jules Pascin, Theresa Bernstein, Raphael and Moses Soyer, and Edouard Vuillard that help illuminate her painterly approach and chosen subject.  The diverse breadth of techniques and styles used in these works will demonstrate how Eisenman looks to the past as inspiration for her unique narratives of 21st century life. Also included is a selection of Passover Seder plates from the Museum’s collection, ranging from the 18th to 21st centuries.

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News

Purim Ball 2015
To Honor Laurie Simmons
At Park Avenue Armory
February 25, 2015

Release Date: February 17, 2015

Claudia Gould, Helen Goldsmith Menschel Director of the Jewish Museum, announced today that the Museum’s highly anticipated annual gala will be a festive masked ball at Park Avenue Armory in Manhattan on Wednesday evening, February 25, 2015. The evening of celebration and dancing will honor artist/photographer/filmmaker Laurie Simmons for her outstanding artistic achievements and in anticipation of her upcoming exhibition at the Museum, and Eugene and Emily Grant will be receiving the Mayer Sulzberger Award for their lifelong commitment to art, culture and education in the context of the Jewish experience.

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Family

The Pop Ups
Perform Family Concert
at the Jewish Museum
Sunday, March 8

Release Date: February 13, 2015

The kids’ indie rock duo The Pop Ups will perform a concert for families at the Jewish Museum on Sunday, March 8 at 11:30am. Not content to stand still onstage playing their guitars, The Pop Ups perform using cardboard props, hand-painted sets, and a colorful cast of original puppets, crafting a world of magic that engages, educates and delights all ages. The concert will feature songs from Appetite for Construction, nominated for the 2015 Grammy for Best Children’s Album.

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Programs

February 2015 Programs Include
Looted Art Lecture, The Wind Up, and
Women and Identity in Contemporary
Culture Discussion

Release Date: February 13, 2015

The Jewish Museum's expanded slate of lectures, discussions, and events continues in February 2015 with a conversation about beauty, image, and power in contemporary media featuring Deborah Willis of New York University and Adrienne Childs of Harvard University; a lecture on looted art by scholar Olaf Peters; and the next event in the popular after-hours series, The Wind Up.

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Family

Vered and the Babes
Perform Family Concert
at the Jewish Museum
Sunday, February 22

Release Date: February 6, 2015

Vered and the Babes will star in a hip concert for families at the Jewish Museum on Sunday, February 22 at 11:30am. The band, featuring Vered Ronen with Rob Jost and Matt Hilgenberg, will perform funny, poignant, and upbeat melodies, reminiscent of doo-wop, from their hit album Good Morning My Love, praised by the Parents’ Choice Foundation as having “warmth enough to melt the polar ice cap.”  Vered plays a variety of instruments, ranging from French horn and trumpet to pots and pans, and will have kids and parents alike jumping and singing along. The concert program includes songs geared to helping new parents bond with their babies as well as tunes for children up to age 7

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Programs

The Wind Up Series of After-Hours Events Celebrates
Helena Rubinstein: Beauty Is Power on February 18

With Performance by Female-Fronted
Garage Pop Band Beverly

Release Date: January 23, 2015

The Jewish Museum presents the next event in its popular series of after-hours events, The Wind Up. Featuring art, live music, activities, and an open bar, The Wind Up will take place on Wednesday, February 18, from 8pm to 11pm and celebrate Helena Rubinstein: Beauty Is Power, the first exhibition to explore the ideas, innovations, and influence of the legendary cosmetics entrepreneur Helena Rubinstein.  The evening features a performance by Brooklyn-based garage pop band Beverly, who released their debut album Careers in 2014 to wide acclaim.

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Family

Two Shows!
David Weinstone and Music for Aardvarks
Perform Family Concerts at the Jewish Museum
Sunday, February 8

Release Date: January 23, 2015

David Weinstone and The Music for Aardvarks Band will perform two concerts for kids at The Jewish Museum on Sunday, February 8 at 11:30 am and 2:00 pm. Families will hear favorite songs celebrating being a kid in New York City such as City Kid, Taxi, Jack Hammer Joe and Modern Art. David Weinstone, founder of Music for Aardvarks, explains, "our shows are rockin', and we try to have as much audience participation as possible. We've even had kids come up on stage with us to sing or dance."

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Programs

January 2015 Programs Feature
Video Art Panel with Joan Jonas,
Concert by Cellist Maya Beiser, and More

Release Date: January 13, 2015

The Jewish Museum's expanded slate of lectures, discussions, and events continues in January 2015 with a concert by renowned cellist Maya Beiser; a gallery walkthrough of the exhibition From the Margins: Lee Krasner | Norman Lewis, 1945-1952 led by artists Louise Fishman and Dona Nelson; a special studio art workshop for adults taught by Yevgeniya Baras; and a panel on contemporary video art featuring artists Joan Jonas, Ken Okiishi, and Lucy Raven.http://TheJewishMuseum.org/calendar

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Exhibitions

The Jewish Museum Presents Exhibition of
Contemporary Art and Collection Objects
that Explore Repetition and Difference in Art

Release Date: January 12, 2015

Artists throughout history have commonly employed repetition— artworks in series, multiples, and copies— for reasons ranging from the commercial to the subversive, while the  value placed on repetitions in comparison with “original” works has varied widely. On view at the Jewish Museum from March 13 to August 9, 2015, Repetition and Difference explores these concepts through over 350 historic objects from the collection and recent works by contemporary artists, demonstrating how subtle disruptions in form, color, or design can reveal intriguing information about their creation and meaning. Large groups of seemingly identical objects, including silver coins struck in ancient Lebanon and 19th-century Iranian marriage contracts, will be juxtaposed with recent works by emerging and established international artists  Walead Beshty, Sarah Crowner, Abraham Cruzvillegas, N. Dash, John Houck, Koo Jeong A, Kris Martin, Amalia Pica, and Hank Willis Thomas.

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Background

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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.

History

Learn about the history of the Museum, which began in 1904 with a gift of 26 objects of fine and ceremonial art.
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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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Contact Us

Press requests for information, images, interview opportunities, and photo/video shoot appointments can be directed to the Communications Department:

  • Anne Scher

    Director of Communications

    Molly Kurzius

    Senior Publicist

    Alex Wittenberg

    Communications Coordinator

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    212.423.3271 212.423.3232
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