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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

Programs

July 2015 Programs at the Jewish Museum Feature Violinist Todd Reynolds and Curator Alexander Tochilovsky

Release Date: June 29, 2015

The Jewish Museum's 2015 slate of lectures, discussions, and events continues in July with a concert featuring violinist Todd Reynolds, part of the Museum’s partnership with Bang on a Can; a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the exhibition, Repetition and Difference, with curators Susan L. Braunstein and Daniel S. Palmer; and Alexander Tochilovsky of Cooper Union discussing graphic design-related materials in the exhibition, Revolution of the Eye: Modern Art and the Birth of American Television.  In addition, the Whitney Museum of American Art and Cooper Union are co-presenting programs related to Revolution of the Eye.

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Programs

The Jewish Museum and Bang on a Can Present Bang on a Can: Repetition and Difference Featuring Violinist Todd Reynolds

Release Date: June 17, 2015

Bang on a Can: Repetition and Difference, a concert featuring violinist Todd Reynolds, will take place at the Jewish Museum on Thursday, July 9 at 7:30pm. Tied to the Museum exhibition Repetition and Difference—exploring how subtle disruptions in form, color, or design can reveal intriguing information about a work’s creation and meaning—the performance will highlight difference and repetition in music. This program continues the Jewish Museum and Bang on a Can’s partnership to produce a series of dynamic musical performances at the Museum inspired by the Jewish Museum’s diverse slate of exhibitions.

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Programs

The Wind Up Series of After-Hours Events Celebrates Revolution of the Eye: Modern Art and the Birth of American Television on June 25

Release Date: June 8, 2015

The Jewish Museum presents the next event in its popular series of after-hours events, The Wind Up, on Thursday, June 25, from 8pm to 11pm. Featuring art, live music, activities, and an open bar, The Wind Up is inspired by Revolution of the Eye: Modern Art and the Birth of American Television, the first exhibition to explore how avant-garde art influenced and shaped the look and content of network television in its formative years. The event will celebrate American culture and television from the 1950s and 60s with art activities and refreshments including Pop and Op Art screen-printing, a retro TV photo booth, and throwback snacks. The evening features a performance by Brooklyn-based band Mainland, whose music combines classic pop and rock stylings with nostalgic references and contemporary grit.

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Programs

June 2015 Programs at the Jewish Museum Feature Groucho Marx, Hank Willis Thomas, Isabelle Graw, and More

Release Date: June 1, 2015

The Jewish Museum's 2015 slate of lectures, discussions, and events continues in June with Wish You Were Here, a discussion between Groucho Marx, as presented by performer Noah Diamond and Jens Hoffmann, The Jewish Museum's Deputy Director, Exhibitions and Public Programs.  Other highlights include artists Hank Willis Thomas and Sarah Crowner in conversation about their work on view in the exhibition Repetition and Difference; a lecture on the history of painting by scholar Isabelle Graw; and the next event in the popular after-hours series, The Wind Up.

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News

The Jewish Museum and Bang on a Can Announce Second Year of Partnership for 2015-2016 Season

Release Date: May 20, 2015

Bang on a Can and the Jewish Museum are pleased to announce the second year of their partnership with the 2015-2016 season, producing dynamic musical performances inspired by the Museum’s diverse slate of exhibitions. The series will include five programs throughout the year, primarily in the Jewish Museum’s Scheuer Auditorium (Fifth Avenue and 92nd Street). The season kicks off with a free, outdoor performance by DJ Spooky at the Museum Mile Festival on June 9 and continues on July 9 with a concert by innovative violinist-composer Todd Reynolds in conjunction with the Museum’s exhibition Repetition and Difference, which explores artistic repetition and serialization. Other concerts throughout the season will include The Power Of Pictures featuring Bang on a Can All-Stars bassist Robert Black with the Hartt Bass Band and Friends (November 5), Unorthodox featuring the Mivos Quartet (February 4), and Brazil Gardens and Beyond (May, TBA).

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Programs

The Jewish Museum and Bang on a Can Present Bang on a Can: Revolution of the Eye Featuring the Bang on a Can All-Stars

Release Date: April 16, 2015

Bang on a Can: Revolution of the Eye, a concert featuring New York’s electric chamber ensemble, the Bang on a Can All-Stars, will take place at the Jewish Museum on Thursday, May 14 at 7:30pm. Tied to the Museum exhibition Revolution of the Eye: Modern Art and the Birth of American Television—the first exhibition to explore how avant-garde art influenced and shaped the look and content of network television in its formative years, from the late 1940s to the mid-1970s—the performance will highlight the relationship between music and image. This program is the fourth concert of the Jewish Museum and Bang on a Can’s partnership to produce a series of dynamic musical performances at the Museum inspired by the Jewish Museum’s diverse slate of exhibitions.

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Programs

April 2015 Programs at the Jewish Museum Feature Laurie Simmons in Conversation, an Evening with Video Artist Keren Cytter, and More

Release Date: March 30, 2015

The Jewish Museum's 2015 slate of lectures, discussions, and events continues in April with a conversation between acclaimed artist Laurie Simmons and author Lynne Tillman. Other highlights include an evening focusing on the work of video artist Keren Cytter; an author talk with Peter Grose; and a discussion of issues in contemporary photography featuring Barbara Kasten and Chris Wiley.

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Programs

March 2015 Programs at
the Jewish Museum
Feature Artist Nicole Eisenman,
a Conversation with Sarah Bernhardt,
and More

Release Date: March 2, 2015

The Jewish Museum's 2015 slate of lectures, discussions, and events continues in March with Wish You Were Here, a discussion between Jens Hoffmann, The Jewish Museum's Deputy Director, Exhibitions and Public Programs, and Sarah Bernhardt, as presented by curator Carol Ockman.  Other highlights include artist Nicole Eisenman discussing her painting, Seder, on view at the Museum; lectures by Jewish Museum curator Susan Braunstein, scholar Deborah Dash Moore, and journalist Lucette Lagnado; and a screening of the documentary, Advanced Style.

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Programs

February 2015 Programs Include
Looted Art Lecture, The Wind Up, and
Women and Identity in Contemporary
Culture Discussion

Release Date: February 13, 2015

The Jewish Museum's expanded slate of lectures, discussions, and events continues in February 2015 with a conversation about beauty, image, and power in contemporary media featuring Deborah Willis of New York University and Adrienne Childs of Harvard University; a lecture on looted art by scholar Olaf Peters; and the next event in the popular after-hours series, The Wind Up.

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Programs

The Wind Up Series of After-Hours Events Celebrates
Helena Rubinstein: Beauty Is Power on February 18

With Performance by Female-Fronted
Garage Pop Band Beverly

Release Date: January 23, 2015

The Jewish Museum presents the next event in its popular series of after-hours events, The Wind Up. Featuring art, live music, activities, and an open bar, The Wind Up will take place on Wednesday, February 18, from 8pm to 11pm and celebrate Helena Rubinstein: Beauty Is Power, the first exhibition to explore the ideas, innovations, and influence of the legendary cosmetics entrepreneur Helena Rubinstein.  The evening features a performance by Brooklyn-based garage pop band Beverly, who released their debut album Careers in 2014 to wide acclaim.

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Programs

January 2015 Programs Feature
Video Art Panel with Joan Jonas,
Concert by Cellist Maya Beiser, and More

Release Date: January 13, 2015

The Jewish Museum's expanded slate of lectures, discussions, and events continues in January 2015 with a concert by renowned cellist Maya Beiser; a gallery walkthrough of the exhibition From the Margins: Lee Krasner | Norman Lewis, 1945-1952 led by artists Louise Fishman and Dona Nelson; a special studio art workshop for adults taught by Yevgeniya Baras; and a panel on contemporary video art featuring artists Joan Jonas, Ken Okiishi, and Lucy Raven.http://TheJewishMuseum.org/calendar

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Programs

The Jewish Museum and
Bang on a Can Present
Bang on a Can: Beauty Is Power
Featuring Cellist Maya Beiser

Release Date: December 9, 2014

Bang on a Can: Beauty Is Power, a concert featuring “cello goddess” (The New Yorker) Maya Beiser, will take place at the Jewish Museum on Thursday, January 29 at 7:30pm. Tied to the Museum’s exhibition, Helena Rubinstein: Beauty Is Power, the first exhibition about the legendary cosmetics entrepreneur and trendsetting art collector Helena Rubinstein, the performance will highlight powerful women composers. This program is the third concert of the Jewish Museum and Bang on a Can’s partnership to produce a series of dynamic musical performances at the Museum from June 2014 to May 2015, inspired by the Jewish Museum’s diverse slate of exhibitions.

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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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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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