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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

Programs

92Y and the Jewish Museum Present Curators Hans Ulrich Obrist and Jens Hoffmann in Conversation

Release Date: October 28, 2015

On Sunday, November 8, 92Y and the Jewish Museum will present celebrated curators Hans Ulrich Obrist and Jens Hoffmann in conversation at 92Y, in conjunction with the Museum’s new exhibition Unorthodox. Part of an ambitious program series tied to the exhibition, the event will feature Obrist, widely regarded as the most experimental and unconventional curator of his generation, in conversation with the Jewish Museum’s Jens Hoffmann, Deputy Director, Exhibitions and Public Programs and co-curator of Unorthodox. They will discuss the highly progressive curatorial strategies employed in their respective careers, while also delving into the history of curating and examining examples of radical curatorial practices that have emerged over the last 40 years.

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Programs

November 2015 Programs at the Jewish Museum Focuses on Unorthodox Exhibition, Bassist Robert Black, and More

Release Date: October 21, 2015

The Jewish Museum's fall 2015 slate of lectures, discussions, and events continues in November with a series of public programs related to the new exhibition, Unorthodox, developed by the Jewish Museum and presented in collaboration with the 92nd Street Y - programs take place at the Jewish Museum unless otherwise noted.  Other highlights include a concert featuring bassist Robert Black, part of the Museum's partnership with Bang on a Can; a three-part adult studio workshop led by artist Jaqueline Cedar; and the next event in the popular after-hours series, The Wind Up.

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Family

Fun-Filled The Power of Pictures Family Day at the Jewish Museum Sunday, November 15

Release Date: October 21, 2015

The Jewish Museum will present The Power of Pictures Family Day, a fun-filled day of activities, on Sunday, November 15 from 12 noon to 4pm.  Children can design vibrant posters at a drop-in art workshop; create a surreal family portrait; rock out in Russian and English with the band Lyagushki; and explore the power of the camera to capture the world around us through gallery tours of the exhibition The Power of Pictures: Early Soviet Photography, Early Soviet Film.

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Programs

The Jewish Museum and Bang on a Can Present Bang on a Can: The Power of Pictures Featuring Robert Black with the Hartt Bass Band and Friends

Release Date: October 14, 2015

On Thursday, November 5, 2015 at 7:30pm, Bang on a Can and the Jewish Museum will present Bang on a Can: The Power of Picturesa concert celebrating composers who were isolated behind the Iron Curtain and had to develop their own unique ways of pushing musical boundaries. Bassist and founding member of the Bang on a Can All-Stars, Robert Black, will be joined by violinist Katie Lansdale, Bang on a Can All-Star cellist Ashley Bathgate, pianist Marko Stuparevic, percussionist Mike Jones, and the Hartt Bass Band in a program of chamber music by experimental Russian composers Arthur-Vincent Lourié, Yuri Kasparov, Sofia Gubaidulina, Alfred Schnittke, Rifat Komachkov, and Galina Ustvolskaya. A highlight of the program is a rare performance of Ustvolskaya’s relentless Composition No. 2 for piano, eight double basses, and one giant cube of wood.

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Family

Ralph’s World - Family Concert at the Jewish Museum Sunday, November 8

Release Date: October 12, 2015

Ralph’s World will perform a concert for families on Sunday, November 8 at 11:30 am at the Jewish Museum.   Ralph’s World is the musical planet where kids rock out to high-energy tunes by Ralph Covert, the Grammy-nominated, Chicago-based indie rocker. Covert and his bandmates Tommy O'Brien, Brian Sheridan, and Bean Weng bring to their kids’ concerts the same high-energy and super-melodic sense that he developed for his adult pop-rock band, The Bad Examples.

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Exhibitions

Using Walls, Floors, and Ceilings: Valeska Soares, Time Has No Shadows on View in Jewish Museum Lobby this November

Release Date: October 12, 2015

Beginning November 6, an installation by Brazilian-born, New York-based artist Valeska Soares will be on view as part of the ongoing series Using Walls, Floors, and Ceilings, which brings newly commissioned contemporary art to the Jewish Museum’s Skirball Lobby. Titled Time Has No Shadows, the piece features a large, vintage carpet onto which poetic texts are placed, with antique pocket watches hanging down from above. On view through April 21, 2016, the installation draws on the artist’s enduring fascination with the subjectivity of time and language, and investigates the history of Jewish migration and resettlement.

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Family

Two Shows!
The FunkeyMonkeys Perform Family Concerts at the Jewish Museum Sunday, October 25

Release Date: October 9, 2015

The FunkeyMonkeys return to the Jewish Museum with two concerts for families on Sunday, October 25 at 11:30 am and 2:00 pm.   Described as “Seinfeld meets the Wiggles,” this uniquely hip eight-member band incorporates funny sketches and improvised bits, along with their special brand of funky kid's music, ranging from driving afrobeat to ethereal ballads.  The performance will feature tunes from their albums MustacheTastes Like Chicken, Sing Dance Underpants, and Jewish FunkeyMonkeys.

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Exhibitions

Unorthodox Presents Work by 55 Contemporary Artists

Release Date: September 30, 2015

This November, the Jewish Museum will present Unorthodox, a large-scale group exhibition featuring 55 contemporary artists from around the world whose practices mix forms and genres without concern for artistic conventions. Though the artists in Unorthodox come from a wide variety of backgrounds and generations, they are united in their spirit of independence and individuality. Through over 200 works, the exhibition will highlight the importance of iconoclasm and art’s key role in breaking rules and traditions. Organized by Jens Hoffmann, Deputy Director, Exhibitions and Public Programs, Leon Levy Assistant Curator Daniel S. Palmer, and Assistant Curator Kelly Taxter, Unorthodox will be on view from November 6, 2015 through March 27, 2016.

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Family

Kindie Rock Concert for Families with Alison Faith Levy at the Jewish Museum Sunday, October 11

Release Date: September 25, 2015

The Jewish Museum launches its fall 2015 family concert series with a performance by San Francisco-based kindie rocker Alison Faith Levy on Sunday, October 11 at 11:30am.  Levy - formerly “Sippy Alison” of the beloved kids’ psychedelic band The Sippy Cups -  and her Big|Brave Time Tot Rock Band make their New York debut at the Museum, and will perform whimsical ’60s-style tunes from her albums, The Start of Things and World of Wonder, in a high energy, interactive show for the entire family.

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Programs

October 2015 Programs at the Jewish Museum Feature Letty Cottin Pogrebin, Kenneth Goldsmith, A Panel on Art and Politics, and More

Release Date: September 25, 2015

The Jewish Museum's fall 2015 slate of lectures, discussions, and events launches in October with author talks by writer and activist Letty Cottin Pogrebin and poet Kenneth Goldsmith; a panel on art and politics moderated by Nato Thompson of Creative Time and featuring artists Andrea Bowers, Sharon Hayes, and Shuddhabrata Sengupta; and a lecture on Jewish photographers by historian Deborah Dash Moore. The program series Wish You Were Here, imaginary conversations with the subjects of Warhol’s Ten Portraits of Jews of the Twentieth Century (1980), will continue with a discussion between famed philosopher Martin Buber, as presented by scholar Sarah Scott, and Jens Hoffmann, The Jewish Museum's Deputy Director, Exhibitions and Public Programs.

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Exhibitions

Jewish Identities and Celebrity Personas of Andy Warhol Muses Marilyn Monroe and Elizabeth Taylor Focus of Intimate Exhibition Opening September 25

Release Date: September 3, 2015

On view at the Jewish Museum from September 25, 2015 to February 7, 2016, Becoming Jewish: Warhol’s Liz and Marilyn presents a close look at two of Andy Warhol’s muses, Elizabeth Taylor and Marilyn Monroe, exploring the Jewish identities of Warhol’s most celebrated subjects. Both Marilyn Monroe and Elizabeth Taylor converted to Judaism in the 1950s. Warhol was fascinated by their star power and used publicity stills to create his now iconic portraits in the early 1960s. This intimate, single-gallery exhibition features several portraits of these renowned actresses alongside a large selection of photographs, letters, and ephemera, shedding new light on their relationships with Judaism and Warhol’s interest in celebrity culture.

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Exhibitions

The Jewish Museum Announces Final Lineup for Sights and Sounds: Global Film and Video

Release Date: August 28, 2015

The Jewish Museum’s exhibition series Sights and Sounds: Global Film and Video continues this fall with a lineup of month-long presentations featuring recent film and video works from around the world.  These final presentations of the 25-country series include the Philippines (September 2015), Argentina (October 2015), South Africa (November 2015), Colombia (December 2015), and Japan (January 2016). In February 2016, the Sights and Sounds series will conclude 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.

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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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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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