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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.

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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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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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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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“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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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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