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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

Acclaimed Fashion Designer Isaac Mizrahi Focus of Major Exhibition Opening March 18

Release Date: February 9, 2016

The Jewish Museum will present the first exhibition focused on Isaac Mizrahi, the influential American fashion designer, artist, and entrepreneur, from March 18 to August 7, 2016.  Through over 250 clothing and costume designs, sketches, photographs, and an immersive video installation, this survey exhibition explores Mizrahi’s unique position at the intersection of high style and popular culture.  While best known for his work in fashion, Mizrahi’s creativity has expanded over a three decade career to embrace acting, directing, set and costume design, writing, and cabaret performance. Beginning with his first collection in 1987 and running through the present day, Isaac Mizrahi: An Unruly History weaves together the many threads of Mizrahi's prolific output, juxtaposing work in fashion, film, television, and the performing arts.

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News

Purim Ball 2016 to Honor Isaac Mizrahi at Park Avenue Armory February 24, 2016

Release Date: February 9, 2016

This year’s Purim Ball, the Jewish Museum’s annual gala, will honor fashion icon Isaac Mizrahi and feature a unique take on the Purim story by actress/ comedienne/singer Sandra Bernhard. Held at Park Avenue Armory in Manhattan on Wednesday evening, February 24, 2016, the festive evening of celebration and dancing will also include live music by Joe McGinty and The Losers Lounge and a DJ set by Louie XIV.

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Family

Vered and the Babes Perform Upbeat Family Concert at the Jewish Museum Sunday, February 21

Release Date: February 9, 2016

Vered and the Babes will star in a hip concert for families at the Jewish Museum on Sunday, February 21 at 11:30 am. The band, featuring Vered Benhorin with Rob Jost and Matt Hilgenberg, performs funny, poignant, and upbeat melodies, reminiscent of doo-wop, from their hit albums Good Morning My Love, praised by the Parents’ Choice Foundation as having “warmth enough to melt the polar ice cap.” Vered and the Babes play a variety of instruments, ranging from French horn and trumpet to pots and pans, with 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 6.

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Exhibitions

Sights and Sounds: Global Film and Video Exhibition Series Concludes

Release Date: January 29, 2016

The Jewish Museum's exhibition series Sights and Sounds: Global Film and Video concludes with a five-month presentation of highlighted works, featuring one film from each of the 25 participating countries, on view from February 5 to June 30, 2016. As an overview of the series, this presentation will provide a global perspective on the current state of contemporary video art and draw connections between works from opposite ends of the world.

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Programs

February 2016 Programs at the Jewish Museum Feature Writers Deborah Davis and Blake Gopnik, The Mivos Quartet, Symposium Inspired by Unorthodox Exhibition, and More

Release Date: January 26, 2016

The Jewish Museum's winter 2016 slate of lectures, discussions, and events continues in February with author Deborah Davis in conversation with art critic Blake Gopnik about her new book on Andy Warhol; The Mivos Quartet performing the music of Steve Reich as part of the Museum’s ongoing partnership with Bang on a Can; and a symposium exploring unconventional approaches to museum programming in conjunction with the current exhibition, Unorthodox.  Other offerings include a panel discussion featuring contemporary Jewish novelists Shulem Deen, Christopher Noxon, and Sigal Samuel; scholar Alan Levenson discussing religion with author Susan Miller Katz; and A Closer Look gallery talks of current exhibitions.

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News

** Program Change Announcement **
The Jewish Museum and Bang on a Can Present Bang on a Can: Unorthodox
The Mivos Quartet Plays Steve Reich

Release Date: January 26, 2016

On Thursday, February 4, 2016 at 7:30pm, Bang on a Can and the Jewish Museum will present Bang on a Can: Unorthodox, a concert performed by the acclaimed Mivos Quartet celebrating composer Steve Reich. The program will not include Reich’s Violin Phase as previously announced, and will instead feature Reich’s poignant work WTC 9/11 for string quartet and tape, written in response to the September 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center. The concert will also include Reich’s Holocaust-related masterpiece Different Trains and his intensely contrapuntal Triple Quartet, both for string quartet and tape.

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Exhibitions

The Television Project: Some of My Best Friends
Highlights from the National Jewish Archive of Broadcasting Examine Anti-Semitism Through Classic TV Beginning March 18, 2016

Release Date: January 25, 2016

With the second installment of its new, 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: Some of My Best Friends will be on view from March 18 through August 14, 2016 exploring the full range of the medium’s approach to anti-Semitism, from the satire and humor of the situation comedy to serious dramas that dissect the origins, motivations, and consequences of prejudice. Clips from such programs as All in the Family, Downton Abbey, Mad Men, Gunsmoke, and The Mary Tyler Moore Show will be featured. 

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Family

Two Concerts!
David Weinstone and The Music for Aardvarks Band Perform Family Concerts at the Jewish Museum Sunday, February 7

Release Date: January 11, 2016

David Weinstone and The Music for Aardvarks Band will perform two concerts for kids at the Jewish Museum on Sunday, February 7 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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Family

New Family Program!
Archaeology Mondays at the Jewish Museum Beginning February 15

Release Date: January 11, 2016

Expanding its offerings for families, the Jewish Museum is launching Archaeology Mondays, a new after-school program in the galleries of Archaeology Zone: Discovering Treasures from Playgrounds to Palaces.  Beginning Monday, February 15, 2016 from 3:00pm to 5:00pm, and continuing on the third Monday of the month through May, families will participate in a simulated archaeological dig.  Unique to New York City, this hands-on experience features artifact replicas from ancient to modern times.  Children can discover how objects change over time, and unearth the stories these relics tell.

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Programs

January 2016 Programs Feature Artist Rachel Rose, Scholar David Shneer, Photography Studio Workshop, and More

Release Date: January 11, 2016

The Jewish Museum's winter 2016 slate of lectures, discussions, and events launches in January with artist Rachel Rose in conversation with Jens Hoffmann, Deputy Director, Exhibitions and Public Programs, the Jewish Museum; a three-part photography studio workshop with artist Carey Denniston; a lecture by scholar David Shneer about Soviet-Jewish photographers who bore witness to the Holocaust; and a behind-the-scenes look at the exhibition, Becoming Jewish: Warhol's Liz and Marilyn.

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Family

Concert for Families with Grammy Award Winner Mister G at the Jewish Museum Sunday, January 31

Release Date: January 5, 2016

Mister G, winner of the 2015 Latin Grammy Award for Best Children’s Album, will perform a concert for families at the Jewish Museum on Sunday, January 31 at 11:30am.  Spanning genres from bluegrass and bossa nova to funk and folk, Mister G has been called a “kid-friendly bilingual rock star” by The Washington Post, and People Magazine declared his dynamic music “irresistible.”  He will perform hits from albums such as his Grammy-winning Los Animales and Mitzvah Bus, a new collection of 14 original Jewish songs for children in English, Hebrew, Spanish and Yiddish.

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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

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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  • Maurice Berger
    Maurice Berger
    Curator, National Jewish Archive of Broadcasting
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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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  • Anne Scher

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