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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

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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Programs

“George Gershwin” in Conversation with Jens Hoffmann at the Jewish Museum May 31

Release Date: May 18, 2016

The Jewish Museum will present Wish You Were Here: George Gershwin on Tuesday, May 31 at 6:30pm.  Jens Hoffmann, Deputy Director, Exhibitions and Public Programs, will speak with "George Gershwin" as portrayed by pianist and playwright Hershey Felder. Felder will perform beloved Gershwin works including Rhapsody in Blue in its entirety, selections from Porgy and Bess, and Gershwin’s own arrangement of ‘S Wonderful and The Man I Love.  The evening will also feature an interactive component, integrating questions and comments from Twitter and other social media platforms received in advance.

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Exhibitions

The Jewish Museum to Present First U.S. Exhibition Devoted to Legendary French Designer and Architect Pierre Chareau

Release Date: May 2, 2016

In November 2016, the Jewish Museum will present the first U.S. exhibition focused on French designer and architect Pierre Chareau (1883-1950). Showcasing rare furniture, light fixtures, and interiors, as well as designs for important projects in Europe and America, including the famous Maison de Verre in Paris and the Robert Motherwell House in East Hampton, Long Island, the exhibition will bring together rarely-seen works from major public and private collections around the world. Pierre Chareau: Modern Architecture and Design will be on view from November 4, 2016 – March 26, 2017.

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Exhibitions

Hanging Installation by Beatriz Milhazes Created for the Jewish Museum’s Lobby

Release Date: April 26, 2016

A newly created series of five hanging sculptures by Brazilian artist Beatriz Milhazes will be on view in the Jewish Museum’s lobby beginning May 6, creating a vibrant, colorful canopy overhead. Titled Gamboa II (2016), the installation is composed of candy-colored materials including plastic shapes, paper flowers, and other shiny trinkets, and produced with the help of Rio de Janeiro’s famed samba schools—whose craftspeople work year-round creating costumes, dances, and elaborate floats in preparation for Carnival. Milhazes’s work intertwines visual references to Brazilian popular and folk traditions, as well as its modern artistic movements such as Constructivism and Tropicália. Brazilian landscape designer Roberto Burle Marx’s Op art-style pathways for Copacabana Beach and the lush botanical garden near her own studio also influence her approach to line, color, and texture. Gamboa II is on view from May 6 through September 18, 2016 as part of the ongoing series Using Walls, Floors, and Ceilings, which brings newly commissioned contemporary art to the Jewish Museum’s Skirball Lobby.

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Programs

May 2016 Programs at the Jewish Museum Feature Isaac Mizrahi and Mark Morris, George Gershwin, and More

Release Date: April 25, 2016

The Jewish Museum continues its 2016 slate of lectures, discussions, and events in May with Isaac Mizrahi, the influential American fashion designer, artist, and entrepreneur, in discussion with choreographer Mark Morris; and “George Gershwin,” as portrayed by pianist and playwright Hershey Felder, in conversation with the Jewish Museum's Jens Hoffmann.  Other highlights include artist Andrea Bowers speaking about her latest projects; a panel of young, New York-based fashion designers exploring the influence of contemporary art on their work; and a performance by musician/artist Arto Lindsay.

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Roberto Burle Marx Exhibition Opens May 6 at the Jewish Museum

Release Date: April 21, 2016

From Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro to Biscayne Boulevard in Miami Beach, throughout Brazil and around the world, the innovative and prolific work of Roberto Burle Marx (1909–1994) has made him one of the most prominent landscape architects of the twentieth century.  From May 6 through September 18, 2016, the Jewish Museum will present the first New York City exhibition to focus on Burle Marx in more than two decades, and the first exhibition in the United States to showcase the full range of his artistic output. Through nearly 140 works, Roberto Burle Marx: Brazilian Modernist will explore the richness and breadth of the artist’s oeuvre – his landscape architecture, painting, sculpture, theater design, textiles, and jewelry – as well as related works by contemporary artists and examples from Burle Marx’s varied collections.  Following its New York presentation, the exhibition will travel to Berlin, Germany and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

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Family

Fun-Filled Isaac Mizrahi Family Day at the Jewish Museum Sunday, May 15

Release Date: April 18, 2016

The Jewish Museum will present Isaac Mizrahi Family Day, a fun-filled day of activities, on Sunday, May 15 from 12 noon to 4pm.  Families can celebrate the striking and colorful world of fashion on view in the exhibition, Isaac Mizrahi: An Unruly History, at a huge drop-in art workshop, hear the hip Grammy award-winning music of Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band, and take gallery tours of the exhibition.

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Programs

The Jewish Museum and Bang on a Can Present Bang on a Can: Performance by Arto Lindsay

Release Date: April 12, 2016

On Thursday, May 12, 2016 at 7:30pm, Bang on a Can and the Jewish Museum will present Bang on a Can: Performance by Arto Lindsay in  conjunction with the Museum’s exhibition Roberto Burle Marx: Brazilian Modernist. Lindsay’s program, which will be announced from the stage, will include music that echoes themes of cultural experimentation and cross-pollination,  drawing on elements from American and Brazilian rock, pop, experimental music, and improvisation.

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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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  • Ruth K. Beesch
    Ruth K. Beesch
    Deputy Director, Program Administration
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  • Jens Hoffmann
    Jens Hoffmann
    Deputy Director, Exhibitions and Programs
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  • Joseph Rorech
    Joseph Rorech
    Deputy Director, Finance and Administration
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  • Susan L. Braunstein
    Susan L. Braunstein
    Henry J. Leir Curator
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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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  • Anne Scher

    Director of Communications

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