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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

May 2016 Programs at the Jewish Museum Feature Isaac Mizrahi and Mark Morris, George Gershwin, and More

Release Date: April 25, 2016

The Jewish Museum continues its 2016 slate of lectures, discussions, and events in May with Isaac Mizrahi, the influential American fashion designer, artist, and entrepreneur, in discussion with choreographer Mark Morris; and “George Gershwin,” as portrayed by pianist and playwright Hershey Felder, in conversation with the Jewish Museum's Jens Hoffmann.  Other highlights include artist Andrea Bowers speaking about her latest projects; a panel of young, New York-based fashion designers exploring the influence of contemporary art on their work; and a performance by musician/artist Arto Lindsay.

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Programs

The Jewish Museum and Bang on a Can Present Bang on a Can: Performance by Arto Lindsay

Release Date: April 12, 2016

On Thursday, May 12, 2016 at 7:30pm, Bang on a Can and the Jewish Museum will present Bang on a Can: Performance by Arto Lindsay in  conjunction with the Museum’s exhibition Roberto Burle Marx: Brazilian Modernist. Lindsay’s program, which will be announced from the stage, will include music that echoes themes of cultural experimentation and cross-pollination,  drawing on elements from American and Brazilian rock, pop, experimental music, and improvisation.

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Programs

All-Star After-Hours Comedy Revue on March 24 featuring Josh Gondelman, Ted Alexandro, Sean Patton, Michelle Wolf, Phoebe Robinson, and Jessica Williams

Release Date: March 21, 2016

The Jewish Museum will host a special presentation of the popular after-hours series, The Wind Up, with a comedy revue featuring a diverse lineup of comedians on Thursday, March 24 at 8pm. Organized by Josh Gondelman, writer for Last Week Tonight with John Oliver and co-author of You Blew It, the lineup includes sets by Ted Alexandro (Comedy Central Presents), Sean Patton (Comedy Central Half Hour), Michelle Wolf (Late Night with Seth Meyers), and 2 Dope Queens (Phoebe Robinson and The Daily Show’s Jessica Williams) with a performance by musical guest Anya Marina.

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Exhibitions

Isaac Mizrahi: An Unruly History Programs Feature Isaac Mizrahi in Conversation, Screening of Unzipped with Q&A, and More

Release Date: March 21, 2016

In conjunction with its new exhibition, Isaac Mizrahi: An Unruly History, the Jewish Museum will present an extensive series of public programs, including Isaac Mizrahi, the influential American fashion designer, artist, and entrepreneur, in conversation with Wendy Goodman, Design Editor of New York Magazine on April 7 and with choreographer Mark Morris on May 24.  Other highlights include a screening of Unzipped, the 1995 film about Mizrahi, followed by a Q&A with the artist, at Film Forum on April 10; and a panel discussion featuring young designers discussing the current fashion landscape.

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Programs

March 2016 Programs at the Jewish Museum Feature Albert Einstein, Artists Responding to Unorthodox, Artist Omer Fast, and More

Release Date: March 1, 2016

The Jewish Museum continues its 2016 slate of lectures, discussions, and events in March with "Albert Einstein" as portrayed by theoretical physicist Sylvester James Gates, Jr, recipient of the National Medal of Science, in conversation with the Jewish Museum’s Jens Hoffmann; as well as Columbia University School of the Arts MFA candidates and recent alumni responding to the current exhibition, Unorthodox.  Other programs include the next event in the popular after-hours series, The Wind Up, and artist Omer Fast presenting his 2012 short film Continuity.

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Programs

“Albert Einstein” in Conversation with Jens Hoffmann at the Jewish Museum March 3

Release Date: February 23, 2016

The Jewish Museum will present Wish You Were Here: Albert Einstein on Thursday, March 3 at 6:30pm.  Jens Hoffmann, Deputy Director, Exhibitions and Public Programs, will speak with "Albert Einstein" as portrayed by theoretical physicist Sylvester James Gates, Jr, recipient of the National Medal of Science. The evening will offer an interactive component, integrating questions and comments from Twitter and other social media platforms received in advance. Over a period of two years, Hoffmann is interviewing the subjects of Andy Warhol's Ten Portraits of Jews of the Twentieth Century (1980), interpreted by prominent experts, as if each were coming to the Museum to have a conversation in the present day.

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Programs

Symposium Featuring Leading International Curators at the Jewish Museum February 28

Release Date: February 23, 2016

In conjunction with its current exhibition, Unorthodox, the Jewish Museum will present Unorthodox: On Museums, a half-day symposium on Sunday, February 28 from 2pm to 6:30pm. International and local curators, including contributors to the exhibition catalogue, will discuss the unconventional and nonconformist approaches to programming at their various institutions.  Speakers include:Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev (Director, Castello di Rivoli); Peter Eleey (Associate Director of Exhibitions and Programs, MoMA P.S. 1.); Massimiliano Gioni (Artistic Director, New Museum); Thelma Golden (Director and Chief Curator, The Studio Museum in Harlem); Kathy Halbreich (Associate Director, The Museum of Modern Art); Ruba Katrib (Curator, SculptureCenter); Vasif Kortun (Director of Research and Programs, SALT Istanbul); Jessica Morgan (Director, Dia Art Foundation); Adriano Pedrosa (Artistic Director, São Paulo Museum of Art); Scott Rothkopf (Deputy Director for Programs and Nancy and Steve Crown Family Chief Curator, Whitney Museum of American Art); and Nancy Spector (Deputy Director and Jennifer and David Stockman Chief Curator, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum). Jens Hoffmann (Deputy Director, Exhibitions and Public Programs, The Jewish Museum) and Bruce Altshuler (Director, Program in Museum Studies, New York University) will serve as moderators.  This symposium is presented in collaboration with the Program in Museum Studies, New York University.

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Programs

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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News

** 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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Programs

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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Exhibitions

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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Programs

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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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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  • 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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  • 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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