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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.

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Exhibitions

Interactive and Participatory Works of Art by 40 Contemporary Artists on View at the Jewish Museum in Fall 2016

Release Date: June 21, 2016

This fall, the Jewish Museum will upend museum conventions with Take Me (I’m Yours), an exhibition featuring artworks that visitors are asked to touch, participate in, and even take home. On view from September 16, 2016 through February 5, 2017, Take Me (I’m Yours) will feature 40 international and intergenerational artists, many of whom are creating new and site-specific works for the exhibition. Selected artists include Uri Aran, Christian Boltanski, Andrea Bowers, Andrea Fraser, General Sisters, Gilbert & George, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Jonathan Horowitz, Alison Knowles, Daniel Joseph Martinez, Jonas Mekas, Yoko Ono, Rachel Rose, Martha Rosler, Tino Sehgal, Haim Steinbach, Amalia Ulman, and Lawrence Weiner, among others.

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The Jewish Museum to Present First U.S. Exhibition Devoted to Legendary French Designer and Architect Pierre Chareau

Release Date: May 2, 2016

In November 2016, the Jewish Museum will present the first U.S. exhibition focused on French designer and architect Pierre Chareau (1883-1950). Showcasing rare furniture, light fixtures, and interiors, as well as designs for important projects in Europe and America, including the famous Maison de Verre in Paris and the Robert Motherwell House in East Hampton, Long Island, the exhibition will bring together rarely-seen works from major public and private collections around the world. Pierre Chareau: Modern Architecture and Design will be on view from November 4, 2016 – March 26, 2017.

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Hanging Installation by Beatriz Milhazes Created for the Jewish Museum’s Lobby

Release Date: April 26, 2016

A newly created series of five hanging sculptures by Brazilian artist Beatriz Milhazes will be on view in the Jewish Museum’s lobby beginning May 6, creating a vibrant, colorful canopy overhead. Titled Gamboa II (2016), the installation is composed of candy-colored materials including plastic shapes, paper flowers, and other shiny trinkets, and produced with the help of Rio de Janeiro’s famed samba schools—whose craftspeople work year-round creating costumes, dances, and elaborate floats in preparation for Carnival. Milhazes’s work intertwines visual references to Brazilian popular and folk traditions, as well as its modern artistic movements such as Constructivism and Tropicália. Brazilian landscape designer Roberto Burle Marx’s Op art-style pathways for Copacabana Beach and the lush botanical garden near her own studio also influence her approach to line, color, and texture. Gamboa II is on view from May 6 through September 18, 2016 as part of the ongoing series Using Walls, Floors, and Ceilings, which brings newly commissioned contemporary art to the Jewish Museum’s Skirball Lobby.

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Isaac Mizrahi: An Unruly History Programs Feature Isaac Mizrahi in Conversation, Screening of Unzipped with Q&A, and More

Release Date: March 21, 2016

In conjunction with its new exhibition, Isaac Mizrahi: An Unruly History, the Jewish Museum will present an extensive series of public programs, including Isaac Mizrahi, the influential American fashion designer, artist, and entrepreneur, in conversation with Wendy Goodman, Design Editor of New York Magazine on April 7 and with choreographer Mark Morris on May 24.  Other highlights include a screening of Unzipped, the 1995 film about Mizrahi, followed by a Q&A with the artist, at Film Forum on April 10; and a panel discussion featuring young designers discussing the current fashion landscape.

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Acclaimed Fashion Designer Isaac Mizrahi Focus of Major Exhibition

Release Date: March 7, 2016

The Jewish Museum presents the first exhibition focused on Isaac Mizrahi, the influential American fashion designer, artist, and entrepreneur, from March 18 to August 7, 2016.  Through over 250 works, including clothing and costume designs, sketches, photographs, and an immersive video installation, this survey exhibition explores Mizrahi’s unique position at the intersection of high style and popular culture.  While best known for his work in fashion, Mizrahi’s creativity has expanded over a three decade career to embrace acting, directing, set and costume design, writing, and cabaret performance. Beginning with his first collection in 1987 and running through the present day, Isaac Mizrahi: An Unruly History weaves together the many threads of Mizrahi's prolific output, juxtaposing work in fashion, film, television, and the performing arts.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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First Museum Exhibition Focused on Acclaimed Fashion Designer Isaac Mizrahi Opens in March 2016

Release Date: November 18, 2015

The Jewish Museum will present the first museum exhibition focused on Isaac Mizrahi, the influential American fashion designer, artist, and entrepreneur. On view from March 18 to August 7, 2016, this survey exhibition explores Mizrahi’s unique position at the intersection of high style and popular culture.  While best known for his clothing design, Mizrahi’s creativity has expanded over a three decade career, moving beyond fashion to embrace acting, directing, set and costume design, writing, and cabaret performance. Beginning with his first collection in 1987 and running through the present day, Isaac Mizrahi: An Unruly History weaves together the many threads of Mizrahi's prolific output, juxtaposing work in fashion, film, television, and the performing arts.

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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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    Claudia Gould
    Helen Goldsmith Menschel Director
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    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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  • Susan L. Braunstein
    Susan L. Braunstein
    Henry J. Leir Curator
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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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