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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


The Jewish Museum Launches Its First Kickstarter Crowdfunding Campaign for Exhibition of Interactive and Participatory Works by 40 Contemporary Artists

Release Date: August 9, 2016

This fall, the Jewish Museum will upend museum conventions with Take Me (I'm Yours), an exhibition featuring artworks that visitors are invited 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 working in a variety of media, from sculpture, works on paper, installation, performance, and digital media. Many of the artists are creating new and site-specific works for the exhibition. On average, 10,000 of each work will be produced for visitors to take away, including temporary tattoos by Lawrence Weiner, air dispensers by Yoko Ono, pill capsules by Carsten Höller, and more.

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The Television Project: You Don’t Have to Be Jewish
Highlights from the National Jewish Archive of Broadcasting Examine Classic and Contemporary Advertising Beginning September 16, 2016

Release Date: July 21, 2016

With the third installment of its 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: You Don’t Have to Be Jewish, on view from September 16, 2016 through February 12, 2017, explores commercials produced for Jewish audiences or with Jewish content, and examines the way religion, ethnicity, and identity play out on American television. This focused exhibition features a compilation of commercials and related clips, paired with print advertising campaigns, works of art, and related ephemera. A number of the commercials employ humor to attract a diverse customer base, and have become iconic examples of campaigns that are still referenced today.

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Masterpieces & Curiosities: Memphis Does Hanukkah Features Designer Peter Shire’s Menorah #7

Release Date: July 18, 2016

Masterpieces & Curiosities: Memphis Does Hanukkah showcases designer and artist Peter Shire’s colorful and playful Menorah #7 (1986), and is part of a series of exhibitions focused on individual works in the Jewish Museum's world-renowned collection.  Shire was an original member of the Memphis design collective, an international group initiated by Italian designer and architect Ettore Sottsass, active between 1981 and 1987. Shire reimagined the Hanukkah lamp as a set of odd geometries, composed in wood, aluminum, and chrome, and finished in speckled, pastel paint.  Surrounding Menorah #7 will be pieces by other members of the Memphis group, images, and ephemera related to both Shire and the collective, as well as a selection of images and objects from the Jewish Museum’s collection. Memphis Does Hanukkah opens up a conversation about the relationships and dissonances between art and design, tradition and innovation, ceremony and interpretation, and the importance of iconoclasm. The exhibition will be on view at the Jewish Museum from September 16, 2016 through February 12, 2017.

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John Singer Sargent Bravura Painting Mrs. Carl Meyer and her Children Focus of Exhibition at the Jewish Museum

Release Date: June 29, 2016

Few paintings by John Singer Sargent better exemplify his artistic prowess as a portraitist than Mrs. Carl Meyer and her Children. Seductive and revealing, this bravura painting captures the world of a privileged English family of Jewish origin during the late Victorian era. On view at the Jewish Museum from September 16, 2016 through February 4, 2017, John Singer Sargent’s Mrs. Carl Meyer and Her Children will highlight this remarkable portrait - contextualizing it with other family portraits, ephemera, documents, personal correspondence, and caricatures.

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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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