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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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Whimsical Puppetry Wonders Art Workshop for Families at the Jewish Museum Sunday, June 14

Release Date: May 20, 2015

Whimsical Puppetry Wonders, a drop-in art workshop for families, will take place on Sunday, June 14 from 1pm to 4pm at The Jewish Museum.  Kids can design puppet characters inspired by classic tales of the Yiddish theater, combining tradition with imagination. Participants will use found objects, modeling clay, paint, colorful fabrics, and wire to sculpt these unique puppets. Afterwards, there will be an opportunity to bring the characters to life on a mini-stage! The workshop is co-presented with the National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene as a part of KulturefestNYC.

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The Jewish Museum and Bang on a Can Announce Second Year of Partnership for 2015-2016 Season

Release Date: May 20, 2015

Bang on a Can and the Jewish Museum are pleased to announce the second year of their partnership with the 2015-2016 season, producing dynamic musical performances inspired by the Museum’s diverse slate of exhibitions. The series will include five programs throughout the year, primarily in the Jewish Museum’s Scheuer Auditorium (Fifth Avenue and 92nd Street). The season kicks off with a free, outdoor performance by DJ Spooky at the Museum Mile Festival on June 9 and continues on July 9 with a concert by innovative violinist-composer Todd Reynolds in conjunction with the Museum’s exhibition Repetition and Difference, which explores artistic repetition and serialization. Other concerts throughout the season will include The Power Of Pictures featuring Bang on a Can All-Stars bassist Robert Black with the Hartt Bass Band and Friends (November 5), Unorthodox featuring the Mivos Quartet (February 4), and Brazil Gardens and Beyond (May, TBA).

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Exhibitions

Unorthodox Presents Work by Over 50 Contemporary Artists

Release Date: May 19, 2015

This November, the Jewish Museum will present Unorthodox, a large-scale group exhibition featuring over 50 contemporary artists from around the world whose practices mix forms and genres without concern for artistic conventions. Though the artists in Unorthodox come from a wide variety of backgrounds and generations, they are united in their spirit of independence and individuality. Through over 200 works, the exhibition will highlight the importance of iconoclasm and art’s key role in breaking rules and traditions. Numerous works that examine social and political values, religion and humanism, trauma, and identity explore the relationship between the human figure and the modern creative process. Organized by Jens Hoffmann, Deputy Director, Exhibitions and Public Programs, with Assistant Curators Daniel S. Palmer and Kelly Taxter, Unorthodox will be on view from November 6, 2015 to March 27, 2016.

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News

Five Museums Join Forces To Offer Special All-Access Pass for the Month of May

Release Date: May 4, 2015

This spring, mid-century culture can be found in museums across New York City in exhibitions focused on art, design, advertising, television, and popular culture from the 1950s and '60s. This nostalgia for mid-century culture has captivated the public interest through television shows like Mad Men and a recent resurgence of design from the era. In celebration, five museums are partnering on Mid-Century May NYC, offering a special culture pass for the month of May. Priced at only $30, the ticket grants month-long access to all five participating museums - Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, The Jewish Museum, Museum of Arts and Design, Museum of the City of New York, and Museum of Jewish Heritage - A Living Memorial to the Holocaust.

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Family

Fun-Filled Revolution of the Eye Family Day at The Jewish Museum Sunday, May 17

Release Date: April 23, 2015

The Jewish Museum will present Revolution of the Eye Family Day, a fun-filled day of activities, on Sunday, May 17 from 12 noon to 4pm.  Kids can enjoy animated live music with Morgan Taylor of Gustafer Yellowgold; design wearable art inspired by Andy Warhol; illustrate superhero characters; act out scenes in a television photo booth; and discover classic television shows such as the first interactive children’s program, Winky Dink and You, and the 1960s Batman series in the exhibition, Revolution of the Eye: Modern Art and the Birth of American Television.

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Exhibitions

Revolution of the Eye: Modern Art and the Birth of American Television Presented at the Jewish Museum in New York May 1, 2015 – September 27, 2015

Release Date: April 23, 2015

Revolution of the Eye: Modern Art and the Birth of American Television, the first exhibition to explore how avant-garde art influenced the look and content of network television in its formative years, is on view at the Jewish Museum from May 1, 2015 through September 27, 2015. From the late 1940s to the mid-1970s, the pioneers of American television – many of them young, Jewish, and aesthetically adventurous – adopted modernism as a source of inspiration. Revolution of the Eye looks at how the dynamic new medium of television, in its risk-taking and aesthetic experimentation, paralleled and embraced cutting-edge art and design.

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Panel Exploring the Legacy of Author H.G. Adler at the Jewish Museum May 7 with Jeremy Adler, Peter Filkins, Ruth Franklin, and Daniel Mendelsohn

Release Date: April 21, 2015

Compared by critics to Kafka and Joyce, H. G. Adler is quickly gaining recognition as a key figure in 20th-century fiction. Adler is author of The Wall, a fictional account of his life as a survivor of the Holocaust; and Theresienstadt 1941–1945: The Face of a Coerced Community, the first scholarly monograph to describe the particulars of a single concentration camp, to be published in a new translation in October 2015. The Jewish Museum will present H.G. Adler: A Survivor's Dual Reverie, an author talk featuring Daniel Mendelsohn, Peter Filkins, Ruth Franklin, and H.G. Adler’s son Jeremy Adler, on Thursday, May 7 at 7pm. Edwin Frank will serve as moderator for the discussion. This program is co-presented with the PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature, May 4-10, 2015.

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Family

Folk Rock Concert for Families with Elizabeth Mitchell and You Are My Flower at the Jewish Museum Sunday, May 3

Release Date: April 16, 2015

Two-time Grammy nominee Elizabeth Mitchell and You Are My Flower will perform a folk rock concert for families on Sunday, May 3 at 11:30am at The Jewish Museum.  Mitchell, a singer and guitarist known for reinterpreting classic folk songs for children and their parents, will be joined by her thirteen-year-old daughter Storey, her husband Daniel Little, and special guests Simi Stone and The M Shanghai Stringband. Concert attendees can enjoy cherished folk classics such as You Are My Sunshine and Peace Like a River, as well as soulful originals from Mitchell’s most recent album, Turn Turn Turn, her collaboration with Dan Zanes.

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Programs

The Jewish Museum and Bang on a Can Present Bang on a Can: Revolution of the Eye Featuring the Bang on a Can All-Stars

Release Date: April 16, 2015

Bang on a Can: Revolution of the Eye, a concert featuring New York’s electric chamber ensemble, the Bang on a Can All-Stars, will take place at the Jewish Museum on Thursday, May 14 at 7:30pm. Tied to the Museum exhibition Revolution of the Eye: Modern Art and the Birth of American Television—the first exhibition to explore how avant-garde art influenced and shaped the look and content of network television in its formative years, from the late 1940s to the mid-1970s—the performance will highlight the relationship between music and image. This program is the fourth concert of the Jewish Museum and Bang on a Can’s partnership to produce a series of dynamic musical performances at the Museum inspired by the Jewish Museum’s diverse slate of exhibitions.

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Exhibitions

Portraits of 20th Century Jewish Women by Chantal Joffe to Fill the Jewish Museum’s Lobby

Release Date: April 2, 2015

Beginning May 1, two walls of the Jewish Museum’s lobby will be filled with over 30 new portraits by the London-based painter Chantal Joffe. This body of work explores Jewish women of the twentieth century, focusing on those who made major contributions to art, literature, philosophy, and politics - including Diane Arbus, Nancy Spero, Gertrude Stein, Alice B. Toklas, Susan Sontag, and Hannah Arendt. Portraits of these women and others will be hung salon-style across two walls of the lobby. Using Walls, Floors, and Ceilings: Chantal Joffe will be on view from May 1 through October 27, 2015.

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Programs

April 2015 Programs at the Jewish Museum Feature Laurie Simmons in Conversation, an Evening with Video Artist Keren Cytter, and More

Release Date: March 30, 2015

The Jewish Museum's 2015 slate of lectures, discussions, and events continues in April with a conversation between acclaimed artist Laurie Simmons and author Lynne Tillman. Other highlights include an evening focusing on the work of video artist Keren Cytter; an author talk with Peter Grose; and a discussion of issues in contemporary photography featuring Barbara Kasten and Chris Wiley.

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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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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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