The Press Room

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


The Jewish Museum and
Bang on a Can Present
Bang on a Can: Beauty Is Power
Featuring Cellist Maya Beiser

Release Date: December 9, 2014

Bang on a Can: Beauty Is Power, a concert featuring “cello goddess” (The New Yorker) Maya Beiser, will take place at the Jewish Museum on Thursday, January 29 at 7:30pm. Tied to the Museum’s exhibition, Helena Rubinstein: Beauty Is Power, the first exhibition about the legendary cosmetics entrepreneur and trendsetting art collector Helena Rubinstein, the performance will highlight powerful women composers. This program is the third concert of the Jewish Museum and Bang on a Can’s partnership to produce a series of dynamic musical performances at the Museum from June 2014 to May 2015, inspired by the Jewish Museum’s diverse slate of exhibitions.

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

Release Date: December 9, 2014

The Jewish Museum will present Oran Etkin’s Timbalooloo in two special concerts for families on Thursday, December 25 at 11:30 am and 2 pm.  Oran Etkin’s whimsical concert for families blends global melodies and rhythms, from the music of Africa to klezmer and jazz.  Etkin’s interactive performance effortlessly conveys sophisticated concepts in a fun musical language that kids of all ages can understand.

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The Film Society Of Lincoln Center
and the Jewish Museum Present
the 24th Annual New York Jewish
Film Festival January 14-29, 2015

Release Date: December 4, 2014

The Jewish Museum and the Film Society of Lincoln Center will present the 24th annual New York Jewish Film Festival at the Film Society’s Walter Reade Theater and Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center, January 14-29, 2015. The festival’s 47 features and shorts from 11 countries—21 screening in their world, U.S., or New York premieres—provide a diverse global perspective on the Jewish experience.

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20th Annual Family Hanukkah Party
to Benefit the Jewish Museum
on Wednesday, December 17

Release Date: December 2, 2014

On Wednesday evening, December 17, 2014, the Jewish Museum will host its 20th annual Family Hanukkah Party fundraiser from 5:30 to 7:30 pm. 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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December Programs at the Jewish Museum
Feature Novelists Anita Diamant and Dara Horn,
Pianist Daniel Gortler, and More

Release Date: December 2, 2014

The Jewish Museum’s expanded slate of lectures, discussions, and events continues in December with popular novelists Anita Diamant and Dara Horn discussing their work and the importance of fiction; a performance by acclaimed pianist Daniel Gortler; and a screening of The Powder and the Glory, focusing on the rivalry between cosmetics magnates Helena Rubinstein and Elizabeth Arden.

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

Release Date: November 25, 2014

The Jewish Museum’s exhibition series Sights and Sounds: Global Film and Video continues with a diverse lineup of month-long presentations featuring recent film and video works from around the world.  Upcoming programs include Australia (December 2014), Turkey (January 2015), Vietnam (February 2015), Mexico (March 2015), and Hungary (April 2015).

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Acclaimed Israeli Pianist
Daniel Gortler
in Concert at the Jewish Museum December 18

Release Date: November 25, 2014

The Jewish Museum will present acclaimed Israeli pianist Daniel Gortler in concert on Thursday, December 18 at 7:30pm. Mr. Gortler, who has delighted audiences and critics with his performances around the world and received praise for his technical mastery and musical ingenuity, will perform works by Johannes Brahms (1833-1897), Clara Wieck Schumann (1819-1896), and Robert Schumann (1810-1856). The program selections by Clara Schumann include seldom-performed compositions highlighting her relationships with the two other composers. A highly regarded Schumann interpreter, Daniel Gortler’s latest recording of Robert Schumann piano solo works was released as a double CD album on Romeo Records and has received enthusiastic critical reviews

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Program Series Accompanies
Helena Rubinstein: Beauty Is Power
at The Jewish Museum

Release Date: November 18, 2014

In conjunction with the exhibition, Helena Rubinstein: Beauty Is Power, on view from October 31,  2014 through March 22, 2015, the Jewish Museum is presenting a series of programs from December to March. Highlights include a concert with acclaimed cellist Maya Beiser; an author talk by Helena Rubinstein biographer Michèle Fitoussi; a discussion between MacArthur Fellow Deborah Willis and image activist Michaela Angela Davis; screenings of the films, The Powder & the Glory and Advanced Style, and behind-the-scenes gallery talks with the exhibition’s curators.

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Hot Peas ‘N Butter Perform Family Concert
at the Jewish Museum Sunday, December 21

Release Date: November 18, 2014

Families can shake to the multicultural music and contagious rhythms of the five-member band Hot Peas ‘N Butter at the Jewish Museum on Sunday, December 21 at 11:30 am. Seen on Nickelodeon and Noggin and led by Danny Lapidus and Francisco Cotto, the band’s mix of everything from Puerto Rican folk and American blues to klezmer and world beats will get everyone dancing. 

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Fun-Filled Hanukkah Family Day
at The Jewish Museum
Sunday, December 14

Release Date: November 18, 2014

The Jewish Museum will present its annual Hanukkah Family Day, a fun-filled day of activities, on Sunday, December 14 from 12 noon to 4 pm.  Kids can construct a sculptural Hanukkah menorah with funky found objects, dance to the music of Shirlala, see the Hanukkah story brought to life through a drawing performance with Jeff Hopkins, and explore the Museum’s world-famous collection of Hanukkah lamps.

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Josh & The Jamtones
Perform Family Concert
at the Jewish Museum Sunday, December 7

Release Date: November 6, 2014

The kids indie rock band Josh & The Jamtones will perform at the Jewish Museum on Sunday, December 7 at 11:30 am. Fronted by singer/songwriter Josh Shriber and drummer/producer Patrick Hanlin, their interactive concerts get crowds of any age moving their bodies and singing along. Josh seamlessly blends roots/reggae/ska stylings, feel-good pop, folk punk, country ballads, New Orleans-style street music and kid-friendly improv comedy.  The concert will feature songs from The Jamtones’ two critically-acclaimed family records, Jump Up and Bear Hunt!

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November Programs at the Jewish Museum
Feature Jazz Great Steve Coleman,
a Conversation with Gertrude Stein, and More

Release Date: November 3, 2014

The Jewish Museum’s Fall 2014 slate of lectures, discussions, and events continues in November with Wish You Were Here, a discussion between Jens Hoffmann, The Jewish Museum's Deputy Director, Exhibitions and Public Programs, and Gertrude Stein, as presented by scholar Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev.  Other highlights include a performance by composer, bandleader, and recent MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship recipient Steve Coleman & Friends in partnership with Bang on a Can, inspired by the exhibition, From the Margins: Lee Krasner | Norman Lewis, 1945-1952; and the next event in the popular after-hours series, The Wind Up.

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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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    Jens Hoffmann
    Deputy Director, Exhibitions and Programs
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  • Ruth K. Beesch
    Ruth K. Beesch
    Deputy Director, Program Administration
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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
    Susan and Elihu Rose Chief Curator
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    Mason Klein
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    Claudia Nahson
    Morris and Eva Feld Curator
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