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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


“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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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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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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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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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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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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All-Star After-Hours Comedy Revue on March 24 featuring Josh Gondelman, Ted Alexandro, Sean Patton, Michelle Wolf, Phoebe Robinson, and Jessica Williams

Release Date: March 21, 2016

The Jewish Museum will host a special presentation of the popular after-hours series, The Wind Up, with a comedy revue featuring a diverse lineup of comedians on Thursday, March 24 at 8pm. Organized by Josh Gondelman, writer for Last Week Tonight with John Oliver and co-author of You Blew It, the lineup includes sets by Ted Alexandro (Comedy Central Presents), Sean Patton (Comedy Central Half Hour), Michelle Wolf (Late Night with Seth Meyers), and 2 Dope Queens (Phoebe Robinson and The Daily Show’s Jessica Williams) with a performance by musical guest Anya Marina.

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Isaac Mizrahi: An Unruly History Programs Feature Isaac Mizrahi in Conversation, Screening of Unzipped with Q&A, and More

Release Date: March 21, 2016

In conjunction with its new exhibition, Isaac Mizrahi: An Unruly History, the Jewish Museum will present an extensive series of public programs, including Isaac Mizrahi, the influential American fashion designer, artist, and entrepreneur, in conversation with Wendy Goodman, Design Editor of New York Magazine on April 7 and with choreographer Mark Morris on May 24.  Other highlights include a screening of Unzipped, the 1995 film about Mizrahi, followed by a Q&A with the artist, at Film Forum on April 10; and a panel discussion featuring young designers discussing the current fashion landscape.

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Folk Rock Concert for Families with Elizabeth Mitchell and You Are My Flower at the Jewish Museum Sunday, April 10

Release Date: March 21, 2016

Two-time Grammy nominee Elizabeth Mitchell and You Are My Flower will perform a folk rock concert for families on Sunday, April 10 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 fourteen-year-old daughter Storey, her husband Daniel Littleton, 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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Acclaimed Fashion Designer Isaac Mizrahi Focus of Major Exhibition

Release Date: March 7, 2016

The Jewish Museum presents 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 works, including 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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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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  • Claudia Gould
    Claudia Gould
    Helen Goldsmith Menschel Director
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    Ruth K. Beesch
    Deputy Director, Program Administration
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    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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  • Susan Tumarkin Goodman
    Susan Tumarkin Goodman
    Senior Curator Emerita
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    Norman L. Kleeblatt
    Susan and Elihu Rose Chief Curator
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    Mason Klein
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  • Claudia Nahson
    Claudia Nahson
    Morris and Eva Feld Curator
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