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Press Releases


February 2016 Programs at the Jewish Museum Feature Writers Deborah Davis and Blake Gopnik, The Mivos Quartet, Symposium Inspired by Unorthodox Exhibition, and More

Release Date: January 26, 2016

The Jewish Museum's winter 2016 slate of lectures, discussions, and events continues in February with author Deborah Davis in conversation with art critic Blake Gopnik about her new book on Andy Warhol; The Mivos Quartet performing the music of Steve Reich as part of the Museum’s ongoing partnership with Bang on a Can; and a symposium exploring unconventional approaches to museum programming in conjunction with the current exhibition, Unorthodox.  Other offerings include a panel discussion featuring contemporary Jewish novelists Shulem Deen, Christopher Noxon, and Sigal Samuel; scholar Alan Levenson discussing religion with author Susan Miller Katz; and A Closer Look gallery talks of current exhibitions.

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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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January 2016 Programs Feature Artist Rachel Rose, Scholar David Shneer, Photography Studio Workshop, and More

Release Date: January 11, 2016

The Jewish Museum's winter 2016 slate of lectures, discussions, and events launches in January with artist Rachel Rose in conversation with Jens Hoffmann, Deputy Director, Exhibitions and Public Programs, the Jewish Museum; a three-part photography studio workshop with artist Carey Denniston; a lecture by scholar David Shneer about Soviet-Jewish photographers who bore witness to the Holocaust; and a behind-the-scenes look at the exhibition, Becoming Jewish: Warhol's Liz and Marilyn.

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The Film Society of Lincoln Center and the Jewish Museum Present the 25th Annual New York Jewish Film Festival January 13-26, 2016

Release Date: December 2, 2015

The Film Society of Lincoln Center and the Jewish Museum will present the 25th annual New York Jewish Film Festival (NYJFF) at the Film Society’s Walter Reade Theater and Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center, January 13-26, 2016. The festival is one of 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. Since its founding in 1992, the NYJFF has presented more than 675 films from 43 countries, of which 320 were world, U.S., or New York premieres, and many have gone on to win awards and gain wider distribution. This year’s lineup includes 38 features and shorts from 12 countries—21 screening in their world, U.S., or New York premieres—providing a diverse global perspective on the Jewish experience. The 25th edition will feature a retrospective of film highlights from previous festivals, a poster exhibition, a panel discussion, and other special programming in honor of the New York Jewish Film Festival’s silver anniversary to be announced shortly along with the complete festival schedule.

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December 2015 Programs at the Jewish Museum Feature Soprano Lauren Flanigan, Authors Jami Attenberg and Anne Roiphe, and More

Release Date: December 2, 2015

The Jewish Museum's fall 2015 slate of lectures, discussions, and events continues in December with a concert featuring acclaimed pianist Daniel Gortler and vocalists Lauren Flanigan and David Adam Moore; a literary evening with novelists Jami Attenberg and Anne Roiphe; and a behind-the-scenes look at the exhibition, Masterpieces & Curiosities: Alfred Stieglitz’s The Steerage.

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Acclaimed Israeli Pianist Daniel Gortler, Soprano Lauren Flanigan and Baritone David Adam Moore in Concert December 10 at the Jewish Museum

Release Date: December 1, 2015

The Jewish Museum will present The Word: Spoken, Sung, and Played, a concert featuring acclaimed Israeli pianist Daniel Gortler with  internationally renowned vocalists Lauren Flanigan (as narrator) and David Adam Moore (baritone) in a performance of Johannes Brahms's The Fair Magelone  (Die schöne Magelone) on Thursday, December 10 at 7:30pm. During the second half of the program, soprano Lauren Flanigan will sing Luciano Berio’s “A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man” from Epifanie with Daniel Gortler. This will be Ms. Flanigan’s first public New York City performance since 2010 when she was diagnosed with sudden sensorineural hearing loss (SSHL). To conclude, Mr. Gortler, who has delighted audiences and critics with his concerts around the world and received praise for his technical mastery and musical ingenuity, will perform Franz Schubert’s Three Piano Pieces for solo piano.

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92Y and the Jewish Museum Present Curators Hans Ulrich Obrist and Jens Hoffmann in Conversation

Release Date: October 28, 2015

On Sunday, November 8, 92Y and the Jewish Museum will present celebrated curators Hans Ulrich Obrist and Jens Hoffmann in conversation at 92Y, in conjunction with the Museum’s new exhibition Unorthodox. Part of an ambitious program series tied to the exhibition, the event will feature Obrist, widely regarded as the most experimental and unconventional curator of his generation, in conversation with the Jewish Museum’s Jens Hoffmann, Deputy Director, Exhibitions and Public Programs and co-curator of Unorthodox. They will discuss the highly progressive curatorial strategies employed in their respective careers, while also delving into the history of curating and examining examples of radical curatorial practices that have emerged over the last 40 years.

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November 2015 Programs at the Jewish Museum Focuses on Unorthodox Exhibition, Bassist Robert Black, and More

Release Date: October 21, 2015

The Jewish Museum's fall 2015 slate of lectures, discussions, and events continues in November with a series of public programs related to the new exhibition, Unorthodox, developed by the Jewish Museum and presented in collaboration with the 92nd Street Y - programs take place at the Jewish Museum unless otherwise noted.  Other highlights include a concert featuring bassist Robert Black, part of the Museum's partnership with Bang on a Can; a three-part adult studio workshop led by artist Jaqueline Cedar; and the next event in the popular after-hours series, The Wind Up.

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The Jewish Museum and Bang on a Can Present Bang on a Can: The Power of Pictures Featuring Robert Black with the Hartt Bass Band and Friends

Release Date: October 14, 2015

On Thursday, November 5, 2015 at 7:30pm, Bang on a Can and the Jewish Museum will present Bang on a Can: The Power of Picturesa concert celebrating composers who were isolated behind the Iron Curtain and had to develop their own unique ways of pushing musical boundaries. Bassist and founding member of the Bang on a Can All-Stars, Robert Black, will be joined by violinist Katie Lansdale, Bang on a Can All-Star cellist Ashley Bathgate, pianist Marko Stuparevic, percussionist Mike Jones, and the Hartt Bass Band in a program of chamber music by experimental Russian composers Arthur-Vincent Lourié, Yuri Kasparov, Sofia Gubaidulina, Alfred Schnittke, Rifat Komachkov, and Galina Ustvolskaya. A highlight of the program is a rare performance of Ustvolskaya’s relentless Composition No. 2 for piano, eight double basses, and one giant cube of wood.

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October 2015 Programs at the Jewish Museum Feature Letty Cottin Pogrebin, Kenneth Goldsmith, A Panel on Art and Politics, and More

Release Date: September 25, 2015

The Jewish Museum's fall 2015 slate of lectures, discussions, and events launches in October with author talks by writer and activist Letty Cottin Pogrebin and poet Kenneth Goldsmith; a panel on art and politics moderated by Nato Thompson of Creative Time and featuring artists Andrea Bowers, Sharon Hayes, and Shuddhabrata Sengupta; and a lecture on Jewish photographers by historian Deborah Dash Moore. The program series Wish You Were Here, imaginary conversations with the subjects of Warhol’s Ten Portraits of Jews of the Twentieth Century (1980), will continue with a discussion between famed philosopher Martin Buber, as presented by scholar Sarah Scott, and Jens Hoffmann, The Jewish Museum's Deputy Director, Exhibitions and Public Programs.

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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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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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Selected Staff Bios

  • Claudia Gould
    Claudia Gould
    Helen Goldsmith Menschel Director
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  • Ruth K. Beesch
    Ruth K. Beesch
    Deputy Director, Program Administration
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  • Jens Hoffmann
    Jens Hoffmann
    Deputy Director, Exhibitions and Programs
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  • Joseph Rorech
    Joseph Rorech
    Deputy Director, Finance and Administration
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  • Maurice Berger
    Maurice Berger
    Curator, National Jewish Archive of Broadcasting
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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
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  • Claudia Nahson
    Claudia Nahson
    Morris and Eva Feld Curator
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