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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

Exhibitions

Unorthodox Presents Work by Over 50 Contemporary Artists

Release Date: May 19, 2015

This November, the Jewish Museum will present Unorthodox, a large-scale group exhibition featuring over 50 contemporary artists from around the world whose practices mix forms and genres without concern for artistic conventions. Though the artists in Unorthodox come from a wide variety of backgrounds and generations, they are united in their spirit of independence and individuality. Through over 200 works, the exhibition will highlight the importance of iconoclasm and art’s key role in breaking rules and traditions. Numerous works that examine social and political values, religion and humanism, trauma, and identity explore the relationship between the human figure and the modern creative process. Organized by Jens Hoffmann, Deputy Director, Exhibitions and Public Programs, with Assistant Curators Daniel S. Palmer and Kelly Taxter, Unorthodox will be on view from November 6, 2015 to March 27, 2016.

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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 27, 2015

Release Date: April 23, 2015

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, is on view at the Jewish Museum from May 1, 2015 through September 27, 2015. 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.

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Portraits of 20th Century Jewish Women by Chantal Joffe to Fill the Jewish Museum’s Lobby

Release Date: April 2, 2015

Beginning May 1, two walls of the Jewish Museum’s lobby will be filled with over 30 new portraits by the London-based painter Chantal Joffe. This body of work explores Jewish women of the twentieth century, focusing on those who made major contributions to art, literature, philosophy, and politics - including Diane Arbus, Nancy Spero, Gertrude Stein, Alice B. Toklas, Susan Sontag, and Hannah Arendt. Portraits of these women and others will be hung salon-style across two walls of the lobby. Using Walls, Floors, and Ceilings: Chantal Joffe will be on view from May 1 through October 27, 2015.

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Exhibitions

New Series of Photographs
by Laurie Simmons to Premiere at
the Jewish Museum on March 13

Release Date: March 4, 2015

The Jewish Museum presents a series of recent, large-scale photographs by artist Laurie Simmons, on view from March 13 to August 16, 2015. The six new works in Laurie Simmons: How We See draw upon the “Doll Girls” community, people who alter themselves to look like Barbie, baby dolls, and Japanese anime characters through make-up, dress, and even cosmetic surgery. Evoking the tradition of the high-school portrait — when teenagers present their idealized selves to the camera — Simmons photographed fashion models seated in front of a curtain, cropped from the shoulders down. Prismatic lighting and small, surprising details in the models’ clothing give these otherwise banal images a psychedelic effect, which is exaggerated by each girl’s preternaturally large, sparkling eyes. They stare out at the viewer with an uncanny, alien gaze, created by lavishly painting eyes onto the models’ closed eyelids—a technique used by the “Doll Girls” themselves.

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The Jewish Museum Presents Exhibition of
Contemporary Art and Collection Objects
Exploring Repetition and Difference in Art

Release Date: February 27, 2015

Artists throughout history have commonly employed repetition— artworks in series, multiples, and copies— for reasons ranging from the commercial to the subversive, while the value placed on duplicates in comparison with “original” works has varied widely. On view at the Jewish Museum from March 13 to August 16, 2015, Repetition and Difference explores these concepts through over 350 historic objects from the collection and recent works by contemporary artists, demonstrating how subtle disruptions in form, color, or design can reveal intriguing information about their creation and meaning. Large groups of seemingly identical objects, including silver coins struck in ancient Lebanon and 19th- to 20th-century Iranian marriage contracts, are juxtaposed with recent works by emerging and established international artists  Walead Beshty, Sarah Crowner, Abraham Cruzvillegas, N. Dash, John Houck, Koo Jeong  A, Kris Martin, Amalia Pica, and Hank Willis Thomas.

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Masterpieces & Curiosities:
Nicole Eisenman’s Seder
Opens March 13, 2015

Release Date: February 17, 2015

Showcasing a painting commissioned by the Jewish Museum in 2010, Masterpieces & Curiosities: Nicole Eisenman’s Seder continues a series of exhibitions focused on individual works in the Museum’s world-renowned collection. On view from March 13 to August 9, 2015, this exhibition presents Eisenman’s painting Seder with over 25 seldom seen yet important portraits by such artists as Jules Pascin, Theresa Bernstein, Raphael and Moses Soyer, and Edouard Vuillard that help illuminate her painterly approach and chosen subject.  The diverse breadth of techniques and styles used in these works will demonstrate how Eisenman looks to the past as inspiration for her unique narratives of 21st century life. Also included is a selection of Passover Seder plates from the Museum’s collection, ranging from the 18th to 21st centuries.

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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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Exhibitions

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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U.S. Premiere of Israeli Artist Dani Gal's New Video Installation September 12

Release Date: August 22, 2014

The Jewish Museum will present the U.S. premiere of Israeli artist Dani Gal’s As from Afar. Co-produced by the Jewish Museum, Gal’s new installation examines the relationship between Simon Wiesenthal, an architect and Holocaust survivor who devoted his life to hunting Nazi criminals, and Albert Speer, Hitler’s chief architect and close confidant. Speer initiated a correspondence with Wiesenthal in 1974 in an effort to accept responsibility for his war crimes.

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Exhibitions

Exhibition Provides Revealing Exploration of Seminal 1940s
and 1950s Works by Lee Krasner and Norman Lewis

Release Date: August 20, 2014

The Jewish Museum will present From the Margins: Lee Krasner I Norman Lewis, 1945-1952. This survey features key 1940s and 1950s works by two powerful painters during a transformative period in American painting when both artists were experimenting with innovative approaches joining abstraction and culturally-specific references.

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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.

Approved by the Museum’s Board of Trustees on November 15, 2000.

History

Learn about the history of the Museum, which began in 1904 with a gift of 26 objects of fine and ceremonial art.
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Selected Staff Bios

  • Claudia Gould
    Claudia Gould
    Helen Goldsmith Menschel Director
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  • Jens Hoffmann
    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
    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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Photography and Filming Policy

Members of the media may photograph or film within approved areas of the Jewish Museum for the purpose of news coverage. Photo and video shoots must be approved by the Communications Department and arranged at least 48 hours in advance. All organized photo or film shoots inside the Museum require an escort by a member of the Communications staff. Please contact us for more information or to discuss scheduling a shoot.

Contact Us

Press requests for information, images, interview opportunities, and photo/video shoot appointments can be directed to the Communications Department:

  • Anne Scher

    Director of Communications

    Molly Kurzius

    Senior Publicist

    Alex Wittenberg

    Communications Coordinator

  • Contact Information:

    212.423.3271 212.423.3232
  • Mailing Address:

    Communications Department
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