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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


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 and Bang on a Can Present
Featuring Recent MacArthur Recipient Steve Coleman & Friends

Release Date: October 20, 2014

Bang on a Can: From the Margins, a concert featuring recent MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship recipient Steve Coleman & Friends, will take place at the Jewish Museum on Thursday, November 6 at 7:30pm. Tied to the Museum exhibition From the Margins: Lee Krasner I Norman Lewis, 1945-1952, which features innovative works by two powerful abstract painters, the performance will highlight the relationship between Abstract Expressionism and jazz in mid-century New York City. This program is the second 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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Jazz at Lincoln Center’s
WeBop Family Jazz Party: Painted Beats
at the Jewish Museum Sunday, November 23

Release Date: October 20, 2014

Jazz at Lincoln Center’s WeBop! Family Jazz Party: Painted Beats, presented by the Jewish Museum, will take place at the Museum on Sunday, November 23 at 2:30 pm.   Parents can spark creativity and musicality with Jazz at Lincoln Center's sellout WeBop! program for families with children ages 3 to 8 years.

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Two Shows!
The FunkeyMonkeys
Perform Family Concerts at the Jewish Museum
Sunday, November 16

Release Date: October 8, 2014

The FunkeyMonkeys return to the Jewish Museum with two concerts for families on Sunday, November 16 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 Mustache, Tastes Like Chicken, Sing Dance Underpants, and Jewish FunkeyMonkeys.

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The Wind Up Series of After-Hours Events Presents
Performance by Mykki Blanco
On November 20

Release Date: October 8, 2014

The Jewish Museum presents the next event in its popular series of after hours events, The Wind Up. Featuring art, live music, activities, and an open bar, The Wind Up will take place on Thursday, November 20 from 8pm to 11pm.  Focused on the exhibition From the Margins: Lee Krasner | Norman Lewis, 1945 – 1952, the evening features a performance by rapper, performance artist, and poet Mykki Blanco. Multi-gendered and genre defying, Blanco brings hip-hop, electronica, and punk into surprising juxtaposition with high-fashion drag and queer performance.

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Revolution of the Eye: Modern Art and the Birth of American Television Presented at the Jewish Museum in New York May 1, 2015 – September 20, 2015

Release Date: October 1, 2014

Revolution of the Eye: Modern Art and the Birth of American Television, the first exhibition to explore how avant-garde art influenced the look and content of network television in its formative years, will be on view at the Jewish Museum from May 1, 2015 through September 20, 2015. During this period, from the late 1940s to the mid-1970s, the pioneers of American television-many of them young, Jewish, and aesthetically adventurous-adopted modernism as a source of inspiration. Revolution of the Eye looks at how the dynamic new medium of television, in its risk-taking and aesthetic experimentation, paralleled and embraced cutting-edge art and design. The exhibition is organized by the Jewish Museum, New York, and the Center for Art, Design, and Visual Culture, University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC).

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October Programs at the Jewish Museum
Feature Author Ayelet Waldman,
Contemporary Artists, and More

Release Date: September 29, 2014

Continuing the Jewish Museum’s Fall 2014 slate of lectures, discussions, and events, October programs include an author talk with acclaimed novelist Ayelet Waldman; and a panel discussion on the current state of abstraction featuring artists Joanne Greenbaum, Philip Taaffe, and Stanley Whitney and curator Bob Nickas.

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Performs Family Concert
at the Jewish Museum Sunday, October 12

Release Date: September 18, 2014

The kids bluegrass band Astrograss will perform a concert for families on Sunday, October 12 at 11:30 am at The Jewish Museum.  Presenting a rich blend of bluegrass, old-time, and folk music, Astrograss will lead the audience in sing-alongs to traditional classics and high-energy fiddle hoedowns. The band will also perform tunes from their 2012 album, Colored Pencil Factory, as well as songs celebrating the natural world in honor of the Jewish holiday of Sukkot.

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Large-Scale Floral Sculpture by
Willem de Rooij
Created for the Jewish Museum’s Lobby

Release Date: September 18, 2014

From October 31, 2014 through April 20, 2015, the Jewish Museum’s lobby will feature a site-specific floral sculpture by Dutch artist Willem de Rooij titled Bouquet XI. The artist’s first solo presentation at a New York museum, Bouquet XI is a nearly ten-foot-tall floral sculpture comprised of colorful and diverse Middle Eastern flora. This work is the third iteration of Using Walls, Floors, and Ceilings, a series showcasing new works by artists from around the globe in the Skirball Lobby.

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The Jewish Museum and
Russ & Daughters Announce
New Partnership to Open Dining
and Retail Location in Early 2015

Release Date: September 9, 2014

The Jewish Museum is partnering with Russ & Daughters, famed 100 year old New York City appetizing shop and restaurant purveyors of the highest quality smoked fish, caviar, and specialty foods, to launch an additional dining and retail location in the Museum, set to open in early 2015. Russ & Daughters at the Jewish Museum will be a 75-seat, sit-down kosher café and take-out retail counter in the Museum’s lower level. The space is currently undergoing a renovation led by Solomonoff Architecture Studio, blending the design of the iconic Russ & Daughters shop with the Museum’s historic building. The museum’s café is closed for renovation through the opening in early 2015.

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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
    Claudia Gould
    Helen Goldsmith Menschel Director
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    Jens Hoffmann
    Deputy Director, Exhibitions and Programs
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    Ruth K. Beesch
    Deputy Director, Program Administration
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    Susan L. Braunstein
    Henry J. Leir Curator
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    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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