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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

Take Me (I’m Yours) Programs Feature Artist Christian Boltanski, Curator Nicolas Bourriaud, and More

Release Date: September 21, 2016

In conjunction with its new exhibition, Take Me (I’m Yours), the Jewish Museum will present a series of public programs, including a lecture by noted curator Nicolas Bourriaud on September 29, and a conversation with artist Christian Boltanski, who mounted the exhibition in its original form in 1995 (with Hans Ulrich Obrist), exhibition co-curator Jens Hoffmann on December 15.  Other highlights include discussions with exhibition artists Rachel Rose and Haim Steinbach on September 22 and Uri Aran and Ian Cheng on January 19; and a concert with Pauline Oliveros on November 10.

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September 2016 Programs at the Jewish Museum Feature Artists Rachel Rose and Haim Steinbach, Curator Nicolas Bourriaud, and More

Release Date: September 1, 2016

The Jewish Museum launches its fall 2016 slate of lectures, discussions, and events in September with artists Rachel Rose and Haim Steinbach and noted curator Nicolas Bourriaud speaking about aspects of the Museum’s new exhibition, Take Me (I’m Yours).  Other highlights include an exploration of the relationship between the works of landscape architect Roberto Burle Marx and his brother, composer Walter Burle Marx; an expanded studio art workshop series for adults; and gallery discussions on specific themes and topics related to current exhibitions.

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July 2016 Programs at the Jewish Museum Feature Don Byron and More

Release Date: July 6, 2016

The Jewish Museum continues its summer 2016 slate of lectures, discussions, and events in May with a performance by clarinetist-composer Don Byron as part of the Museum's ongoing partnership with Bang on a Can.  Other highlights include an adult studio workshop inspired by the work of landscape architect Roberto Burle Marx; a behind-the-scenes gallery talk led by Jewish Museum Associate Curator Stephen Brown; and gallery discussions on specific themes and topics in the exhibitions Isaac Mizrahi: An Unruly History and Roberto Burle Marx: Brazilian Modernist.

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The Jewish Museum and Bang on a Can Present Bang on a Can: Performance by Don Byron

Release Date: June 21, 2016

On Thursday, July 14, 2016 at 7:30pm, Bang on a Can and the Jewish Museum will present a concert by clarinetist-composer Don Byron. A long-time collaborator of Bang on a Can, Byron has always found exhilarating and unexpected musical avenues to explore, interpreting a wildly diverse range of styles and artists from funk-drenched R&B to klezmer, from gospel legend Thomas A. Dorsey to Mickey Katz, Duke Ellington to Junior Walker. Don Byron is renowned for his dedication to and innovation in quintessential American traditional music genres from klezmer to blues to bluegrass to gospel to jazz. This program is made possible by a generous endowment from the William Petschek Family.

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The Wind Up Presents: Weirdo Night with Dynasty Handbag June 30

Release Date: June 17, 2016

The Wind Up, the Jewish Museum’s popular after-hours series, presents Weirdo Night with Dynasty Handbag, a night of experimental comedic performance by host Dynasty Handbag and special guests Jaimie Warren and Morgan Bassichis, on Thursday, June 30 from 8pm to 11pm. The evening also include Dance-Y-Oke (attendees dancing along with music videos ranging from Single Ladies by Beyoncé to Wuthering Heights by Kate Bush); an open beer and wine bar; and the exhibitions Isaac Mizrahi: An Unruly History and Roberto Burle Marx: Brazilian Modernist, open for viewing throughout the evening.

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June 2016 Programs at the Jewish Museum Feature Mariachi Flor de Toloache at the Museum Mile Festival, Dynasty Handbag, and More

Release Date: June 6, 2016

The Jewish Museum continues its spring 2016 slate of lectures, discussions, and events in May with performances by Mariachi Flor de Toloache as part of the annual Museum Mile Festival and Dynasty Handbag at the next event in the popular after-hours series, The Wind Up.  Other highlights include a lecture by Dr. Charles Small, Director of the Institute for the Study of Global Antisemitism and Policy; and gallery discussions on specific themes and topics in the exhibitions Isaac Mizrahi: An Unruly History and Roberto Burle Marx: Brazilian Modernist.

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“George Gershwin” in Conversation with Jens Hoffmann at the Jewish Museum May 31

Release Date: May 18, 2016

The Jewish Museum will present Wish You Were Here: George Gershwin on Tuesday, May 31 at 6:30pm.  Jens Hoffmann, Deputy Director, Exhibitions and Public Programs, will speak with "George Gershwin" as portrayed by pianist and playwright Hershey Felder. Felder will perform beloved Gershwin works including Rhapsody in Blue in its entirety, selections from Porgy and Bess, and Gershwin’s own arrangement of ‘S Wonderful and The Man I Love.  The evening will also feature an interactive component, integrating questions and comments from Twitter and other social media platforms received in advance.

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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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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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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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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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  • Anne Scher

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