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Press Releases


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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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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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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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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Brady Rymer
Perform Family Concert
at the Jewish Museum
Sunday, April 19

Release Date: March 30, 2015

Singer/guitarist Brady Rymer will perform a concert for families at the Jewish Museum on Sunday, April 19 at 11:30am. Just in time for Earth Day, Rymer and the Little Band That Could will celebrate spring with catchy rhythms and soulful rock in a show featuring songs from their Grammy-nominated 2014 album, Just Say Hi! such as “Ice Cream Girl” and “Gettin' My Ya Ya's Out.”

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New Series of Photographs
by Laurie Simmons to Premiere at
the Jewish Museum on March 13

Release Date: March 4, 2015

The Jewish Museum presents a series of recent, large-scale photographs by artist Laurie Simmons, on view from March 13 to August 16, 2015. The six new works in Laurie Simmons: How We See draw upon the “Doll Girls” community, people who alter themselves to look like Barbie, baby dolls, and Japanese anime characters through make-up, dress, and even cosmetic surgery. Evoking the tradition of the high-school portrait — when teenagers present their idealized selves to the camera — Simmons photographed fashion models seated in front of a curtain, cropped from the shoulders down. Prismatic lighting and small, surprising details in the models’ clothing give 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 used by the “Doll Girls” themselves.

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March 2015 Programs at
the Jewish Museum
Feature Artist Nicole Eisenman,
a Conversation with Sarah Bernhardt,
and More

Release Date: March 2, 2015

The Jewish Museum's 2015 slate of lectures, discussions, and events continues in March with Wish You Were Here, a discussion between Jens Hoffmann, The Jewish Museum's Deputy Director, Exhibitions and Public Programs, and Sarah Bernhardt, as presented by curator Carol Ockman.  Other highlights include artist Nicole Eisenman discussing her painting, Seder, on view at the Museum; lectures by Jewish Museum curator Susan Braunstein, scholar Deborah Dash Moore, and journalist Lucette Lagnado; and a screening of the documentary, Advanced Style.

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The Jewish Museum Presents Exhibition of
Contemporary Art and Collection Objects
Exploring Repetition and Difference in Art

Release Date: February 27, 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 duplicates in comparison with “original” works has varied widely. On view at the Jewish Museum from March 13 to August 16, 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- to 20th-century Iranian marriage contracts, are 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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Masterpieces & Curiosities:
Nicole Eisenman’s Seder
Opens March 13, 2015

Release Date: February 17, 2015

Showcasing a painting commissioned by the Jewish Museum in 2010, Masterpieces & Curiosities: Nicole Eisenman’s Seder continues a series of exhibitions focused on individual works in the Museum’s world-renowned collection. On view from March 13 to August 9, 2015, this exhibition presents Eisenman’s painting Seder with over 25 seldom seen yet important portraits by such artists as Jules Pascin, Theresa Bernstein, Raphael and Moses Soyer, and Edouard Vuillard that help illuminate her painterly approach and chosen subject.  The diverse breadth of techniques and styles used in these works will demonstrate how Eisenman looks to the past as inspiration for her unique narratives of 21st century life. Also included is a selection of Passover Seder plates from the Museum’s collection, ranging from the 18th to 21st centuries.

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Purim Ball 2015
To Honor Laurie Simmons
At Park Avenue Armory
February 25, 2015

Release Date: February 17, 2015

Claudia Gould, Helen Goldsmith Menschel Director of the Jewish Museum, announced today that the Museum’s highly anticipated annual gala will be a festive masked ball at Park Avenue Armory in Manhattan on Wednesday evening, February 25, 2015. The evening of celebration and dancing will honor artist/photographer/filmmaker Laurie Simmons for her outstanding artistic achievements and in anticipation of her upcoming exhibition at the Museum, and Eugene and Emily Grant will be receiving the Mayer Sulzberger Award for their lifelong commitment to art, culture and education in the context of the Jewish experience.

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The Pop Ups
Perform Family Concert
at the Jewish Museum
Sunday, March 8

Release Date: February 13, 2015

The kids’ indie rock duo The Pop Ups will perform a concert for families at the Jewish Museum on Sunday, March 8 at 11:30am. Not content to stand still onstage playing their guitars, The Pop Ups perform using cardboard props, hand-painted sets, and a colorful cast of original puppets, crafting a world of magic that engages, educates and delights all ages. The concert will feature songs from Appetite for Construction, nominated for the 2015 Grammy for Best Children’s Album.

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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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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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  • Ellen Salpeter
    Ellen Salpeter
    Deputy Director, External Affairs
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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
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  • Claudia Nahson
    Claudia Nahson
    Morris and Eva Feld Curator
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