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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

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** 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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News

The JM26 - Events, People, & Ideas That Made a Mark in 2015

Release Date: December 15, 2015

The Jewish Museum in New York City presents the third annual JM26, a thought-provoking and entertaining list of 26 events, people, and ideas that made a mark in 2015. From Jon Stewart’s farewell to late night and James Franco’s epic bar mitzvah celebration to trends in food, fashion, and art, JM26 items range from pop culture trends to geopolitical events and from whimsical to provocative – providing a diverse look at 21st century global Jewish experience.

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News

The Jewish Museum Open Christmas Day, December 25 with Art Exhibitions, Family Concerts, and More

Release Date: December 15, 2015

Continuing its popular tradition, The Jewish Museum will be open on Christmas Day, Friday, December 25 from 11 am to 4 pm.  When many people are looking for something special to do, The Jewish Museum offers an eagerly anticipated, fun-filled way to spend the day.  Highlights this year include two ticketed concerts for families starring Oran Etkin at 11:30am and 2:00pm.  Concert tickets are $20 per adult, $15 per child.

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Exhibitions

The Film Society of Lincoln Center And the Jewish Museum Announce Details for Special Programs at the 25th Annual New York Jewish Film Festival January 13-26, 2016

Release Date: December 15, 2015

The Film Society of Lincoln Center and the Jewish Museum will present the New York Jewish Film Festival at the Film Society’s Walter Reade Theater and Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center, January 13-26, 2016. This year’s 25th-anniversary edition will include a number of special programs, including a retrospective of film highlights from past festivals; an exhibition of posters from previous festival selections; a panel discussion bringing together some of New York’s finest film curators and programmers; a 20th-anniversary screening of Todd Solondz’s Welcome to the Dollhouse accompanied by the classic documentary Night and Fog, selected by Solondz; a Master Class on filmmaking by director Alan Berliner; continuous screenings of pivotal moments from 10 films seen in previous editions of the New York Jewish Film Festival; an evening of five shorts featuring such talents as Robert De Niro and Richard Kind; and an online anniversary publication looking back over the first 25 years of the festival. See below for the full festival schedule.

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Family

Two Concerts! Oran Etkin's Timbalooloo Performs Family Concerts at the Jewish Museum Friday, December 25

Release Date: December 15, 2015

The Jewish Museum will present Oran Etkin’s Timbalooloo in two special concerts for families on Friday, December 25 at 11:30 am and 2 pm.  Etkin will be presenting a new production, "Sing Sing Sing - Benny Goodman in the Kingdom of Swing," incorporating music from Etkin's new CD for adults, What's New? Reimagining Benny Goodman, and playing it in a child-friendly way.  Together with his full five-member band, Etkin takes kids on an adventure through the Kingdom of Swing, meeting King Oliver, Duke Ellington, and a little boy named Benny Goodman who grows up to become the King of Swing.  Just as Benny Goodman was welcomed by the regal masters that came before him, children too are encouraged to express themselves and find their own voices in the Kingdom of Swing through this fun and interactive concert experience.

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Family

Dress Up, Dreidel Down Hanukkah Disco Party to Benefit the Jewish Museum on Sunday, December 13

Release Date: December 2, 2015

On Sunday afternoon, December 13, 2015, the Jewish Museum will host Dress Up, Dreidel Down Hanukkah Disco Party, its annual family Hanukkah fundraiser from 3pm to 5pm. This special event, which benefits the Jewish Museum, will feature celebratory holiday activities for adults, and children ages 2 through tweens.  The Jewish Museum is located at Fifth Avenue and 92nd Street, Manhattan.

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Exhibitions

The Film Society of Lincoln Center and the Jewish Museum Present the 25th Annual New York Jewish Film Festival January 13-26, 2016

Release Date: December 2, 2015

The Film Society of Lincoln Center and the Jewish Museum will present the 25th annual New York Jewish Film Festival (NYJFF) at the Film Society’s Walter Reade Theater and Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center, January 13-26, 2016. The festival is one of the oldest and most influential Jewish film festivals worldwide, unique in New York City, and one of the longest running partnerships of two major New York cultural institutions. Since its founding in 1992, the NYJFF has presented more than 675 films from 43 countries, of which 320 were world, U.S., or New York premieres, and many have gone on to win awards and gain wider distribution. This year’s lineup includes 38 features and shorts from 12 countries—21 screening in their world, U.S., or New York premieres—providing a diverse global perspective on the Jewish experience. The 25th edition will feature a retrospective of film highlights from previous festivals, a poster exhibition, a panel discussion, and other special programming in honor of the New York Jewish Film Festival’s silver anniversary to be announced shortly along with the complete festival schedule.

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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
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    Jens Hoffmann
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    Joseph Rorech
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