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Exhibitions

First Exhibition in the U.S. to Focus on Amedeo Modigliani’s Early Work

Release Date: August 21, 2017

The Jewish Museum presents Modigliani Unmasked, the first exhibition in the United States to focus on Amedeo Modigliani’s early work made in the years after he arrived in Paris in 1906. The exhibition puts a spotlight on Modigliani’s drawings, with a large selection acquired directly from the artist by Dr. Paul Alexandre, his close friend and first patron. The drawings from the Alexandre collection, many being shown for the first time in the United States, as well as other drawings from collections around the world and a selection of Modigliani’s paintings and sculptures, illuminate how the artist’s heritage as an Italian Sephardic Jew is pivotal to understanding his artistic output. The exhibition is on view at the Jewish Museum from September 15, 2017 through February 4, 2018.

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The Jewish Museum Presents a New, Major Collection Exhibition Featuring Over 650 Works from Antiquities to Contemporary Art

Release Date: November 15, 2017

For the first time in 25 years, a major, new exhibition of the Jewish Museum’s unparalleled collection will open on January 21, 2018. Scenes from the Collection will transform the third floor with over 650 works from antiquities to contemporary art – many of which will be on view for the first time at the Museum.

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Installation by Artist Math Bass on View in Jewish Museum’s Lobby

Release Date: October 24, 2017

The Jewish Museum presents Math Bass: Crowd Rehearsal, on view in the Museum’s Skirball Lobby from November 2, 2017 through March 18, 2018. Los Angeles-based artist Math Bass (b. 1981) works across video and performance as well as painting and sculpture, which she executes in a distinctly graphic style. In her installation Crowd Rehearsal, a svelte, ladderlike sculpture draped with a coatlike painting is set against two canvases with nearly identical imagery. The title and forms suggest but do not show human bodies and actions.  

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Richly Decorated Garments from Over 20 Countries On View at the Jewish Museum Beginning November 3, 2017

Release Date: September 25, 2017

A sumptuous array of apparel from over 20 countries on four continents will be on display at the Jewish Museum from November 3, 2017 through March 18, 2018, offering an exceptional opportunity for American audiences to view many facets of Jewish identity and culture through rarely seen garments. Veiled Meanings: Fashioning Jewish Dress, from the Collection of The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, the first comprehensive U.S. exhibition drawn from The Israel Museum’s world-renowned collection of Jewish costumes, showcases over 100 articles of clothing from the eighteenth to twentieth centuries, presented as complete ensembles or as stand-alone items. The exhibition is organized by The Israel Museum, Jerusalem.

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First Major U.S. Exhibition in Over 20 Years Devoted to Artist Florine Stettheimer Opens at the Jewish Museum on May 5, 2017

Release Date: April 25, 2017

The first major U.S. exhibition in over 20 years focused on Florine Stettheimer (1871-1944) opens at the Jewish Museum on May 5, 2017, and will remain on view through September 24, 2017. Florine Stettheimer: Painting Poetry showcases over 50 paintings and drawings in addition to costume and theater designs, photographs, and ephemera, offering a timely reconsideration of this influential American artist with a sharp satirical wit, placing her centrally in the modern dialogue of high and mass culture. The exhibition is organized by the Jewish Museum, New York, and the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto. After its New York City presentation, the exhibition will be on view in Toronto from October 21, 2017 to January 28, 2018.

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First U.S. Presentation of Work by Vivian Suter Opens in May as Part of the Series Using Walls, Floors, and Ceilings

Release Date: April 13, 2017

The Jewish Museum will present the first museum exhibition in the United States of work by Vivian Suter (b. 1949, Argentina) from May 5 through October 22, 2017. This project is part of the series Using Walls, Floors, and Ceilings, which brings contemporary art to the Museum's Skirball Lobby. The work on view mimics the simple, rack-like structures Suter builds to dry, store, stretch, and un-stretch her paintings, bringing an echo of her improvisatory style to New York.

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EARLY DRAWINGS BY AMEDEO MODIGLIANI ON VIEW FOR THE FIRST TIME IN THE U.S. AT THE JEWISH MUSEUM

Release Date: March 28, 2017

The Jewish Museum will present Modigliani Unmasked, an exhibition featuring early drawings by Amedeo Modigliani (Italian, 1884-1920) that were acquired directly from the artist by Dr. Paul Alexandre, his close friend and first patron. These works—many of which are being shown for the first time in the U.S.— will illuminate how Modigliani’s heritage as an Italian Sephardic Jew is pivotal to understanding his artistic output. The exhibition will be on view at the Jewish Museum from September 15, 2017 through February 4, 2018.

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The Jewish Museum Announces New, Major Collection Exhibition to Open Fall 2017

Release Date: March 14, 2017

The Jewish Museum’s long-running collection exhibition, Culture and Continuity: The Jewish Journey, originally mounted in 1993, will close to make way for a major, new collection display, Scenes from the Collection, opening in Fall 2017. Culture and Continuity’s last day on view will be Sunday, February 12, 2017. Scenes from the Collection will transform the Museum’s third floor and feature over 650 works from antiquities to contemporary art – many of which have rarely, if at all, been on view at the Museum.

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Contemporary Art Seen through the Lens of Walter Benjamin's Magnum Opus on 19th Century Parisian City Life

Release Date: March 9, 2017

The writings of Walter Benjamin, the influential German Jewish philosopher and cultural critic, are the basis for a contemporary art exhibition at the Jewish Museum from March 17 through August 6, 2017. The Arcades: Contemporary Art and Walter Benjamin examines themes in the author's magnum opus The Arcades Project via contemporary artworks in media ranging from photography and video to sculpture and painting, with annotations by the American poet Kenneth Goldsmith.

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Artist Charlemagne Palestine to Create Installation of Hundreds of Teddy Bears and Other Plush Toys at The Jewish Museum

Release Date: March 7, 2017

The colorful, fantastical world of visual artist, musician, composer, and performer Charlemagne Palestine (b. 1947, Brooklyn, New York) arrives at the Jewish Museum with an immersive installation influenced by childhood experience and by the artist’s Brooklyn Jewish roots. Charlemagne Palestine’s Bear Mitzvah in Meshugahland features hundreds of plush toys, including teddy bears, which the artist regards as shamanic representations of the soul. On view from March 17 through August 6, 2017, this is the first U.S. museum exhibition of the artist’s monumental plush toy installations. For this presentation, Palestine refers to the teddy bear's invention in Brooklyn, near where he grew up.

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Everything Must Go!

Final Weeks to Experience Take Me (I’m Yours) at the Jewish Museum

Release Date: January 18, 2017

The last day to see Take Me (I’m Yours)the unique, participatory exhibition on view at the Jewish Museum that allows visitors to touch and take home the works of art on view—is on Sunday, February 5, 2017.  On the final day, Daniel Spoerri’s sculpture, Eat Art Happening, a skeleton made entirely of sugar paste, will be available for consumption by museum visitors.

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First Major New York Exhibition in Over 20 Years Devoted to American Painter Florine Stettheimer Opens at the Jewish Museum in May 2017

Release Date: November 21, 2016

In May 2017, the first major New York exhibition in over 20 years focused on artist Florine Stettheimer (1871-1944) will open at the Jewish Museum. Showcasing over 50 paintings and drawings in addition to costume and theater designs, photographs, and ephemera, the exhibition will offer a timely reconsideration of this influential American painter with a sharp satirical wit, placing her centrally in the modern dialogue of high and mass culture. Florine Stettheimer: Painting Poetry is organized by the Jewish Museum, New York, and the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, and will be on view in New York City from May 5 through September 24, 2017, and subsequently in Toronto from October 21, 2017 to January 28, 2018.

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