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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

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Platinum-Selling Musician Lisa Loeb Performs Two Concerts for Families at the Jewish Museum October 22

Release Date: October 17, 2017

Singer-songwriter Lisa Loeb will perform two concerts for families on Sunday, October 22 at the Jewish Museum, at 11:30 am and at 2:00 pm. The Los Angeles-based mother of two is making her debut at the Jewish Museum, and will play songs from her kids’ albums Catch the Moon, Nursery Rhyme Parade!, and Parents’ Choice Gold Award winner Feel What U Feel, and other catchy pop melodies.

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The 39th Annual Museum Mile Festival Tuesday, June 13, 2017 from 6pm to 9pm

Release Date: April 6, 2017

Now celebrating its 39th year, the annual Museum Mile Festival takes place rain or shine on Tuesday, June 13, 2017, from 6:00pm to 9:00pm.  Over 1.5 million people have taken part in this annual celebration since its inception. Festival attendees can walk the Mile on Fifth Avenue between 82nd Street and 105th Street while visiting seven of New York City’s finest cultural institutions, which are open free to the public throughout the evening. The Museum Mile Festival’s opening ceremony takes place at 5:45pm at El Museo del Barrio (Fifth Avenue at 104th Street). Traditionally, the Commissioner of Cultural Affairs and other city and state dignitaries open the Festival.  Details on the Festival’s offerings can be found at MuseumMileFestival.org.

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Exhibitions

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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The Film Society of Lincoln Center and the Jewish Museum Announce Special Events at the 26th Annual New York Jewish Film Festival, January 11-24, 2017

Release Date: December 14, 2016

The Jewish Museum and the Film Society of Lincoln Center announce the special events lineup for the 26th annual New York Jewish Film Festival (NYJFF), January 11-24, 2017. Among 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, the NYJFF each year presents the finest narrative and documentary films from around the world that explore the diverse Jewish experience.

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The Film Society of Lincoln Center and the Jewish Museum Announce the Main Slate Lineup For the 26th Annual New York Jewish Film Festival, January 11-24, 2017

Release Date: December 12, 2016

The Jewish Museum and the Film Society of Lincoln Center announce the main slate lineup for the 26th annual New York Jewish Film Festival (NYJFF), January 11-24, 2017. Among 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, the NYJFF each year presents the finest narrative and documentary films from around the world that explore the diverse Jewish experience.

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Exhibitions

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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Purim Ball 2016 to Honor Isaac Mizrahi at Park Avenue Armory February 24, 2016

Release Date: February 9, 2016

This year’s Purim Ball, the Jewish Museum’s annual gala, will honor fashion icon Isaac Mizrahi and feature a unique take on the Purim story by actress/ comedienne/singer Sandra Bernhard. Held at Park Avenue Armory in Manhattan on Wednesday evening, February 24, 2016, the festive evening of celebration and dancing will also include live music by Joe McGinty and The Losers Lounge and a DJ set by Louie XIV.

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** Program Change Announcement **
The Jewish Museum and Bang on a Can Present Bang on a Can: Unorthodox
The Mivos Quartet Plays Steve Reich

Release Date: January 26, 2016

On Thursday, February 4, 2016 at 7:30pm, Bang on a Can and the Jewish Museum will present Bang on a Can: Unorthodox, a concert performed by the acclaimed Mivos Quartet celebrating composer Steve Reich. The program will not include Reich’s Violin Phase as previously announced, and will instead feature Reich’s poignant work WTC 9/11 for string quartet and tape, written in response to the September 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center. The concert will also include Reich’s Holocaust-related masterpiece Different Trains and his intensely contrapuntal Triple Quartet, both for string quartet and tape.

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The JM26 - Events, People, & Ideas That Made a Mark in 2015

Release Date: December 15, 2015

The Jewish Museum in New York City presents the third annual JM26, a thought-provoking and entertaining list of 26 events, people, and ideas that made a mark in 2015. From Jon Stewart’s farewell to late night and James Franco’s epic bar mitzvah celebration to trends in food, fashion, and art, JM26 items range from pop culture trends to geopolitical events and from whimsical to provocative – providing a diverse look at 21st century global Jewish experience.

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The Jewish Museum Open Christmas Day, December 25 with Art Exhibitions, Family Concerts, and More

Release Date: December 15, 2015

Continuing its popular tradition, The Jewish Museum will be open on Christmas Day, Friday, December 25 from 11 am to 4 pm.  When many people are looking for something special to do, The Jewish Museum offers an eagerly anticipated, fun-filled way to spend the day.  Highlights this year include two ticketed concerts for families starring Oran Etkin at 11:30am and 2:00pm.  Concert tickets are $20 per adult, $15 per child.

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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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