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Press Releases

Exhibitions

The Jewish Museum Announces New, Major Collection Exhibition to Open Fall 2017

Release Date: March 14, 2017

The Jewish Museum’s long-running collection exhibition, Culture and Continuity: The Jewish Journey, originally mounted in 1993, will close to make way for a major, new collection display, Scenes from the Collection, opening in Fall 2017. Culture and Continuity’s last day on view will be Sunday, February 12, 2017. Scenes from the Collection will transform the Museum’s third floor and feature over 650 works from antiquities to contemporary art – many of which have rarely, if at all, been on view at the Museum.

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Exhibitions

Contemporary Art Seen through the Lens of Walter Benjamin's Magnum Opus on 19th Century Parisian City Life

Release Date: March 9, 2017

The writings of Walter Benjamin, the influential German Jewish philosopher and cultural critic, are the basis for a contemporary art exhibition at the Jewish Museum from March 17 through August 6, 2017. The Arcades: Contemporary Art and Walter Benjamin examines themes in the author's magnum opus The Arcades Project via contemporary artworks in media ranging from photography and video to sculpture and painting, with annotations by the American poet Kenneth Goldsmith.

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Exhibitions

Artist Charlemagne Palestine to Create Installation of Hundreds of Teddy Bears and Other Plush Toys at The Jewish Museum

Release Date: March 7, 2017

The colorful, fantastical world of visual artist, musician, composer, and performer Charlemagne Palestine (b. 1947, Brooklyn, New York) arrives at the Jewish Museum with an immersive installation influenced by childhood experience and by the artist’s Brooklyn Jewish roots. Charlemagne Palestine’s Bear Mitzvah in Meshugahland features hundreds of plush toys, including teddy bears, which the artist regards as shamanic representations of the soul. On view from March 17 through August 6, 2017, this is the first U.S. museum exhibition of the artist’s monumental plush toy installations. For this presentation, Palestine refers to the teddy bear's invention in Brooklyn, near where he grew up.

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Programs

The Jewish Museum Presents Charlemagne Palestine in Concert March 16 at The Church of the Heavenly Rest

Release Date: February 27, 2017

New York, NY, February 14, 2017 – The Jewish Museum will present visual artist, musician, composer, and performer Charlemagne Palestine in concert at The Church of the Heavenly Rest on Thursday, March 16, at 8pm.  The concert, titled  Aaa HHeavenlyyy RResttt SSchlingennn BBlängennnn, is held in conjunction with the exhibition Charlemagne Palestine’s Bear Mitzvah in Meshugahland, on view at the Jewish Museum from March 17 through August 6, 2017.

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Programs

March 2017 Programs at the Jewish Museum

Release Date: February 27, 2017

The Jewish Museum’s 2017 slate of lectures, discussions, and events continues in March with Charlemagne Palestine in concert; a lecture by guest curator Esther da Costa Meyer on Pierre Chareau: Modern Architecture and Design; and "Louis Brandeis" as portrayed by Jeffrey Rosen, President and CEO, National Constitution Center, in conversation with the Jewish Museum's Jens Hoffmann. Other highlights include a discussion with furniture designer Dakota Jackson and architect Alexander Gorlin, and gallery discussions on specific themes and topics related to current exhibitions.

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February 2017 Programs at the Jewish Museum Focus on Pierre Chareau: Modern Architecture and Design

Release Date: January 30, 2017

The Jewish Museum’s 2017 slate of lectures, discussions, and events continues in February with a lecture by guest curator Esther da Costa Meyer on Pierre Chareau: Modern Architecture and Design, and a concert by the low string quartet Bonjour.  Other highlights include a symposium on the Jews of Venice and gallery discussions on specific themes and topics related to current exhibitions.

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Programs

The Jewish Museum and Bang on a Can Present a Performance by Bonjour

Release Date: January 24, 2017

New York, NY – On Thursday, February 16, 2017 at 7:30pm, Bang on a Can and the Jewish Museum will present the third concert of their 2016-2017 concert season featuring Bonjour, a low string quartet with drums/percussion founded in 2012 by bassist and composer Florent Ghys. Bonjour features Ghys as composer and double bassist, as well as Eleonore Oppenheim (double bass), Ashley Bathgate (cello), James Moore (guitars), and Owen Weaver (percussion). Accompanying the Jewish Museum’s exhibition, Pierre Chareau: Modern Architecture and Design, the concert will feature Bonjour in works from their self-titled album, which was released in August 2016 on Cantaloupe Music. Pierre Chareau, originally from Bordeaux, rose to become a major figure in 20th century design. Ghys, also originally from Bordeaux, is one of New York’s most creative composer-performers of the early 21st century.

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Family

David Weinstone and The Music for Aardvarks Band Perform Family Concert at the Jewish Museum Sunday, February 12

Release Date: January 24, 2017

David Weinstone and The Music for Aardvarks Band will perform a concert for kids at the Jewish Museum on Sunday, February 12 at 11:30 am. 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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Exhibitions

Everything Must Go!

Final Weeks to Experience Take Me (I’m Yours) at the Jewish Museum

Release Date: January 18, 2017

The last day to see Take Me (I’m Yours)the unique, participatory exhibition on view at the Jewish Museum that allows visitors to touch and take home the works of art on view—is on Sunday, February 5, 2017.  On the final day, Daniel Spoerri’s sculpture, Eat Art Happening, a skeleton made entirely of sugar paste, will be available for consumption by museum visitors.

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Picture This! Monthly Family Program Series Continues January 29

Release Date: January 9, 2017

The Jewish Museum will continue Picture This!, a new monthly series of multifaceted family programs, on Sunday, January 29 beginning at 10am.  Each monthly Picture This! program combines a gallery experience exploring art on view with fun, interactive activities and a storybook reading. Families will also enjoy a snack, create art in a studio, and join other families to experience a concert featuring a top children’s music performer. Picture This! is made possible thanks to a $25,000 grant awarded to the Museum by PJ Library®, a program of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation.

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January 2017 Programs at The Jewish Museum Focus on John Singer Sargent Painting and Take Me (I’m Yours)

Release Date: January 4, 2017

The Jewish Museum’s 2017 slate of lectures, discussions, and events begins in January with a lecture by curator Tessa Murdoch of the Victoria and Albert Museum, and a discussion featuring contemporary artists Uri Aran and Ian Cheng.  Other highlights include an adult studio art workshop and gallery discussions on specific themes and topics related to current exhibitions.

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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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