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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

“Albert Einstein” in Conversation with Jens Hoffmann at the Jewish Museum March 3

Release Date: February 23, 2016

The Jewish Museum will present Wish You Were Here: Albert Einstein on Thursday, March 3 at 6:30pm.  Jens Hoffmann, Deputy Director, Exhibitions and Public Programs, will speak with "Albert Einstein" as portrayed by theoretical physicist Sylvester James Gates, Jr, recipient of the National Medal of Science. The evening will offer an interactive component, integrating questions and comments from Twitter and other social media platforms received in advance. Over a period of two years, Hoffmann is interviewing the subjects of Andy Warhol's Ten Portraits of Jews of the Twentieth Century (1980), interpreted by prominent experts, as if each were coming to the Museum to have a conversation in the present day.

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Programs

Symposium Featuring Leading International Curators at the Jewish Museum February 28

Release Date: February 23, 2016

In conjunction with its current exhibition, Unorthodox, the Jewish Museum will present Unorthodox: On Museums, a half-day symposium on Sunday, February 28 from 2pm to 6:30pm. International and local curators, including contributors to the exhibition catalogue, will discuss the unconventional and nonconformist approaches to programming at their various institutions.  Speakers include:Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev (Director, Castello di Rivoli); Peter Eleey (Associate Director of Exhibitions and Programs, MoMA P.S. 1.); Massimiliano Gioni (Artistic Director, New Museum); Thelma Golden (Director and Chief Curator, The Studio Museum in Harlem); Kathy Halbreich (Associate Director, The Museum of Modern Art); Ruba Katrib (Curator, SculptureCenter); Vasif Kortun (Director of Research and Programs, SALT Istanbul); Jessica Morgan (Director, Dia Art Foundation); Adriano Pedrosa (Artistic Director, São Paulo Museum of Art); Scott Rothkopf (Deputy Director for Programs and Nancy and Steve Crown Family Chief Curator, Whitney Museum of American Art); and Nancy Spector (Deputy Director and Jennifer and David Stockman Chief Curator, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum). Jens Hoffmann (Deputy Director, Exhibitions and Public Programs, The Jewish Museum) and Bruce Altshuler (Director, Program in Museum Studies, New York University) will serve as moderators.  This symposium is presented in collaboration with the Program in Museum Studies, New York University.

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Exhibitions

Exhibition Exploring Suspicious Provenance of Colonial American Portrait Pair from the Jewish Museum Collection Opens March 18, 2016

Release Date: February 19, 2016

Raising questions of authenticity and fraud, Masterpieces & Curiosities: The Fictional Portrait will reveal surprising new analysis of two portraits once thought to depict an 18th century Jewish couple. On view at the Jewish Museum from March 18 through August 14, 2016, the exhibition will present the disputed works alongside a selection of other portraits from the Museum’s collection, offering a reflection on questions of truth and representation in portraiture. During a decade of research, the identities of the artist and sitters have been reconsidered through archival investigation, genealogical studies, and recent X-ray analysis.

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Exhibitions

Roberto Burle Marx: Brazilian Modernist Opens May 6 at the Jewish Museum

Release Date: February 18, 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. Roberto Burle Marx: Brazilian Modernist will explore the richness and breadth of the artist’s oeuvre through nearly 150 works – from landscape architecture to painting, from sculpture to theater design, and from tapestries to jewelry.

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News

Purim Ball 2016 to Honor Isaac Mizrahi at Park Avenue Armory February 24, 2016

Release Date: February 9, 2016

This year’s Purim Ball, the Jewish Museum’s annual gala, will honor fashion icon Isaac Mizrahi and feature a unique take on the Purim story by actress/ comedienne/singer Sandra Bernhard. Held at Park Avenue Armory in Manhattan on Wednesday evening, February 24, 2016, the festive evening of celebration and dancing will also include live music by Joe McGinty and The Losers Lounge and a DJ set by Louie XIV.

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Family

Vered and the Babes Perform Upbeat Family Concert at the Jewish Museum Sunday, February 21

Release Date: February 9, 2016

Vered and the Babes will star in a hip concert for families at the Jewish Museum on Sunday, February 21 at 11:30 am. The band, featuring Vered Benhorin with Rob Jost and Matt Hilgenberg, performs funny, poignant, and upbeat melodies, reminiscent of doo-wop, from their hit albums Good Morning My Love, praised by the Parents’ Choice Foundation as having “warmth enough to melt the polar ice cap.” Vered and the Babes play a variety of instruments, ranging from French horn and trumpet to pots and pans, with kids and parents alike jumping and singing along. The concert program includes songs geared to helping new parents bond with their babies as well as tunes for children up to age 6.

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Exhibitions

Sights and Sounds: Global Film and Video Exhibition Series Concludes

Release Date: January 29, 2016

The Jewish Museum's exhibition series Sights and Sounds: Global Film and Video concludes 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. As an overview of the series, this presentation will provide a global perspective on the current state of contemporary video art and draw connections between works from opposite ends of the world.

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Programs

February 2016 Programs at the Jewish Museum Feature Writers Deborah Davis and Blake Gopnik, The Mivos Quartet, Symposium Inspired by Unorthodox Exhibition, and More

Release Date: January 26, 2016

The Jewish Museum's winter 2016 slate of lectures, discussions, and events continues in February with author Deborah Davis in conversation with art critic Blake Gopnik about her new book on Andy Warhol; The Mivos Quartet performing the music of Steve Reich as part of the Museum’s ongoing partnership with Bang on a Can; and a symposium exploring unconventional approaches to museum programming in conjunction with the current exhibition, Unorthodox.  Other offerings include a panel discussion featuring contemporary Jewish novelists Shulem Deen, Christopher Noxon, and Sigal Samuel; scholar Alan Levenson discussing religion with author Susan Miller Katz; and A Closer Look gallery talks of current exhibitions.

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News

** 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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