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

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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Exhibitions

New Series of Photographs by Laurie Simmons to Premiere at the Jewish Museum in March 2015

Release Date: December 15, 2014

The Jewish Museum will present a series of recent photographs by artist Laurie Simmons. The seven new works in Laurie Simmons: How We See draw upon the “Doll Girls” community, women who alter themselves to look like Barbie, baby dolls, and Japanese Anime characters through make-up, dress, and even cosmetic surgery. Simmons’ images call to mind high school portraits, featuring fashion models posed in front of a curtained backdrop, cropped from the shoulders up. Prismatic lighting and small, surprising details in the models’ clothing lends these otherwise banal images a psychedelic effect, which is exaggerated by each girl’s preternaturally large, sparkling eyes. They stare out at the viewer with an uncanny, alien gaze, created by lavishly painting eyes onto the models’ closed eyelids—a technique drawn from the “Doll Girls” themselves.

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Programs

The Jewish Museum and
Bang on a Can Present
Bang on a Can: Beauty Is Power
Featuring Cellist Maya Beiser

Release Date: December 9, 2014

Bang on a Can: Beauty Is Power, a concert featuring “cello goddess” (The New Yorker) Maya Beiser, will take place at the Jewish Museum on Thursday, January 29 at 7:30pm. Tied to the Museum’s exhibition, Helena Rubinstein: Beauty Is Power, the first exhibition about the legendary cosmetics entrepreneur and trendsetting art collector Helena Rubinstein, the performance will highlight powerful women composers. This program is the third concert of the Jewish Museum and Bang on a Can’s partnership to produce a series of dynamic musical performances at the Museum from June 2014 to May 2015, inspired by the Jewish Museum’s diverse slate of exhibitions.

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Family

Two Concerts!
Oran Etkin’s Timbalooloo
Performs Family Concerts
at the Jewish Museum
Thursday, December 25

Release Date: December 9, 2014

The Jewish Museum will present Oran Etkin’s Timbalooloo in two special concerts for families on Thursday, December 25 at 11:30 am and 2 pm.  Oran Etkin’s whimsical concert for families blends global melodies and rhythms, from the music of Africa to klezmer and jazz.  Etkin’s interactive performance effortlessly conveys sophisticated concepts in a fun musical language that kids of all ages can understand.

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Programs

The Film Society Of Lincoln Center
and the Jewish Museum Present
the 24th Annual New York Jewish
Film Festival January 14-29, 2015

Release Date: December 4, 2014

The Jewish Museum and the Film Society of Lincoln Center will present the 24th annual New York Jewish Film Festival at the Film Society’s Walter Reade Theater and Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center, January 14-29, 2015. The festival’s 47 features and shorts from 11 countries—21 screening in their world, U.S., or New York premieres—provide a diverse global perspective on the Jewish experience.

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News

20th Annual Family Hanukkah Party
to Benefit the Jewish Museum
on Wednesday, December 17

Release Date: December 2, 2014

On Wednesday evening, December 17, 2014, the Jewish Museum will host its 20th annual Family Hanukkah Party fundraiser from 5:30 to 7:30 pm. This special event, which benefits the Jewish Museum, will feature celebratory holiday activities for adults, and children ages 2 through tweens.  The Jewish Museum is located at Fifth Avenue and 92nd Street, Manhattan.

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Programs

December Programs at the Jewish Museum
Feature Novelists Anita Diamant and Dara Horn,
Pianist Daniel Gortler, and More

Release Date: December 2, 2014

The Jewish Museum’s expanded slate of lectures, discussions, and events continues in December with popular novelists Anita Diamant and Dara Horn discussing their work and the importance of fiction; a performance by acclaimed pianist Daniel Gortler; and a screening of The Powder and the Glory, focusing on the rivalry between cosmetics magnates Helena Rubinstein and Elizabeth Arden.

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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.

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History

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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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Photography and Filming Policy

Members of the media may photograph or film within approved areas of the Jewish Museum for the purpose of news coverage. Photo and video shoots must be approved by the Communications Department and arranged at least 48 hours in advance. All organized photo or film shoots inside the Museum require an escort by a member of the Communications staff. Please contact us for more information or to discuss scheduling a shoot.

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
  • Mailing Address:

    Communications Department
    The Jewish Museum
    1109 Fifth Avenue
    New York, NY 10128