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Talks, Performances, & Classes

There is always something new to discover at the Jewish Museum. We offer a wide range of Public Programs for adult audiences, from insightful discussions with artists and curators, to talks by contemporary authors and thinkers, and diverse performances inspired by exhibitions on view.

Installation view of Chagall: Love, War and Exile. © 2014 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris. Photo by David Andrako.

Bang on a Can. Photo by Will Ragozzino/SocialShutterbug.com.

​People at Parties perform at The Wind Up, an after-hours series of art and music. Photo by David Adrako.

​Dialogues and Discourse: Mel Bochner: Strong Language.

A few of the revelers at ​The Wind Up. Photo by Will Ragozzino/SocialShutterbug.com.

​Exhibition Walkthrough: Other Primary Structures.

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Special Exhibition Programs

Explore lectures, panel discussions and gallery programs inspired by Museum exhibitions on view.

  • A Closer Look Gallery Talks

    A Closer Look Gallery Talks

    In-depth explorations of select works of art in the temporary exhibition galleries, led by Museum educators.

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  • Dialogue and Discourse

    Dialogue and Discourse

    Evening conversations inspired by current exhibitions exploring artistic practice, global perspectives, and cultural issues.

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  • This Is How We Do It

    This Is How We Do It

    Conversations with Jewish Museum curators on the process of developing exhibitions.

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  • Writers and Artists Respond

    Writers and Artists Respond

    Thought-provoking discussions and performances led by artists, musicians, and writers in the Museum’s galleries.

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Conversations and Screenings

A variety of daytime and evening programs featuring celebrated authors, prominent critics and scholars engaging in rigorous discussion.

  • AM at the JM

    AM at the JM

    A monthly breakfast salon for the 21st century, featuring notable arts and cultural figures at cafés around New York City.

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  • Author Talks

    Author Talks

    Readings and lectures by writers on their recently published books or works in progress.

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  • Screenings

    Screenings

    Selections for film screenings at the Jewish Museum are inspired by the exhibitions on view.

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  • Wish You Were Here

    Wish You Were Here

    Jens Hoffmann, Deputy Director, Exhibitions and Public Programs, interviews the subjects of Andy Warhol’s Ten Portraits of Jews of the Twentieth Century (1980).

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Concerts

Music performances at the Jewish Museum are inspired by exhibitions on view

Past Events:

Performance By Don Byron

Thursday, July 14, 2016

A long-time collaborator of Bang on a Can, Don Bryon is renowned for his dedication to and innovation in quintessential American traditional music genres from klezmer to blues to bluegrass to gospel to jazz.

Listen to "Credits" performed by Don Byron with Bang on a Can All-Stars.

This Program is made possible by a generous endowment from the William Petschek Family. 

Performance by Arto Lindsay

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Inspired by Roberto Burle Marx: Brazilian Modernist, exhibition artist Arto Lindsay performs live music echoing themes of cultural cross-pollination and experimentation, breaking down distinctions between American and Brazilian rock music, pop music, experimental music, and improvisation.

Listen to Butterflies, Molasses (2016) a soundscape created in response to the landscape designs of Burle Marx, exploring aspects of shaping, patterning, and movement.

Arto Lindsay has stood at the intersection of music and art for more than four decades. As a member of DNA, he contributed to the foundation of No Wave. As bandleader for the Ambitious Lovers he developed an intensely subversive pop music, a hybrid of American and Brazilian styles. Throughout his career, Lindsay has collaborated with both visual and musical artists, including Vito Acconci, Laurie Anderson, Animal Collective, Matthew Barney, Caetano Veloso and  Rirkrit Tiravanija.  

Bang on a Can: Unorthodox

Thursday, February 4, 2016

The String Quartets of Steve Reich - Featuring Mivos Quartet 

The Mivos Quartet performs the string quartets of Steve Reich. Reich is one of New York’s and the world’s most influential composers and his quartets are arguably the most important cycle of quartets since Béla Bartók. This concert includes his Holocaust-related masterpiece Different Trains, and the intensely contrapuntal Triple Quartet, and the emotional and complex WTC 9/11.

The performance corresponds to the Museum’s exhibition Unorthodox

The Word: Spoken, Sung, and Played

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Acclaimed Israeli pianist Daniel Gortler presents a unique chamber music concert featuring Brahms's Die schöne Magelone along with other 19th- and 20th- century classics dedicated to the word. The program will also include performances by internationally renowned vocalists Lauren Flanigan and David Adam Moore.

The recital program will include:

Johannes Brahms / Ludwig Tieck 
The Fair Magelone Lieder Op. 33
Published in 1869

15 Romances for Voice and Piano
With texts from Ludwig Tieck’s novella, “The Love Story of the Fair Magelone and Count Peter of Provence”

Intermission

Luciano Berio
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man from Epifanie
Composed 1960 – 1963
Originally for voice and orchestra; arranged for piano by Christopher Cooley
Text by James Joyce

Franz Schubert
Three Piano Pieces “3  Klavierstucke,” D. 946
Composed in 1828

Bang on a Can: The Power of Pictures

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Featuring Robert Black, the Hartt Bass Band and Friends

Composers who were isolated behind the Iron Curtain 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 anchors a program of chamber music by experimental Soviet composers Galina Ustvolskaya, Arthur Lourie, and Sofia Gubaidulaina. 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.

This performance corresponds to the Museum’s exhibition The Power of Pictures: Early Soviet Photos, Early Soviet Film

Bang on a Can: Repetition and Difference

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Featuring Todd Reynolds

A forerunner in the expansion of the violin beyond its classical and “wood-bound” tradition, Todd Reynolds electrifies in concert, weaving together composed and improvised segments, and making use of computer technology and digital loops to sculpt his sounds in real time, seamlessly integrating minimalist, pop, Jazz, Indian, African, Celtic and indigenous folk music into his own sonic blend. The violinist of choice for a generation of New York composers, particularly those who trace their influences to the minimalists of downtown New York, this program explores repetition and difference in music for violin and electronics by Bang on a Can co-founders Michael Gordon and David Lang, expressivist/post-minimalist Ingram Marshall, and by Todd Reynolds himself.

The performance corresponds to the Museum’s exhibition Repetition and Difference.

This concert is made possible by a generous endowment from the William Petschek Family.

Bang on a Can: Revolution of the Eye

Bang on a Can All-Stars

Bang on a Can: Revolution of the Eye

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Featuring Bang on a Can All-Stars

This concert highlights the relationship between music and image. The Bang on a Can All-Stars will perform an acclaimed work by clarinetist-composer Don Byron to accompany a screening of Eugene, an early television show by pioneering American comedian Ernie Kovacs. The program will also include Fade to Slide, a music and video piece from Bang on a Can’s brand new CD Field Recordings by visual artist Christian Marclay where short fragments of films are edited into a rapid succession of events that the musicians use as a structure for their performance. Plus works from the All-Stars’ core repertoire by Bang on a Can co-founders David Lang and Julia Wolfe.

The performance corresponds to the Museum’s exhibition Revolution of the Eye: Modern Art and the Birth of American Television.

Don Byron: Eugene with film of Ernie Kovacs

Don Byron: Basquiat

Christian Marclay: Fade to Slide with film

David Lang: Sunray

Julia Wolfe: Lick

Bang on a Can: Beauty Is Power

Maya Beiser,

Bang on a Can: Beauty Is Power

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Featuring Maya Beiser

Inspired by Helena Rubinstein – the fascinating, self-made beauty-industry powerhouse ­­– the celebrated cellist Maya Beiser asks: Is beauty powerful? For this concert, held in conjunction with the exhibition currently on view at the Jewish Museum, Beiser has chosen to perform beautiful music by powerful women. From Hildegard von Bingen to Janis Joplin to Imogen Heap, this program explores themes of beauty, spirituality, and ritual. The concert features the U.S. premiere of Anna Clyne’s Rest These Hands and the world premiere of Emunah by Bang on a Can co-founder Julia Wolfe.

Maya Beiser was raised in the Galilee Mountains in Israel, surrounded with the music and rituals of Jews, Muslims, and Christians. Beiser studied classical cello repertoire and has dedicated her work to reinventing solo cello performance in the mainstream classical area. She was a founding member of the Bang on a Can All-Stars, has collaborated with Steve Reich, Brian Eno, and Shirin Neshat, and has performed in stage shows at BAM and other top venues around the world.

Bang on a Can: From the Margins

© Patrícia Magalhães

Bang on a Can: From the Margins

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Featuring Steve Coleman, Jonathan Finlayson, and Anthony Tidd

The collision between Abstract Expressionism and jazz began in the galleries and clubs of New York in the 1940s, as avant-garde artists from each world learned more about each other. This connection pushed jazz in a more formal, intellectual direction exemplified by a number of thoughtful composer/performers. An heir to this great tradition is the Chicago composer, saxophone player and bandleader Steve Coleman, who has performed with the big bands of Thad Jones and Mel Lewis, Cecil Taylor, and Sam Rivers, released more than 25 records, and is a 2014 recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship. Coleman is joined by musicians and frequent collaborators Jonathan Finlayson (trumpet) and Anthony Tidd (bass).

Artist-Led Studio Programs

Studio programs provide the opportunity to make artwork in response to a diverse range of exhibitions, and are taught by leading contemporary artists whose studio practices share connections with work on view.

Past Events:

The Playful Landscape

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Explore key concepts that guided the work of landscape architect Roberto Burle Marx in this class taught by artist Mark Joshua Epstein. Following an in-depth walkthrough and discussion of the exhibition Roberto Burle Marx: Brazilian Modernist, participants will practice the art of finding abstraction in nature, investigating the relationship between topography and composition in order to create textural and layered abstract paintings that use the world around us as inspiration.

Mark Joshua Epstein (b.1979) is a visual artist and educator based in New York. Epstein's work has been shown in recent solo exhibitions at Biquini Wax, Mexico City, and Brian Morris Gallery, New York City. This summer he has work in group shows in Brooklyn, Philadlephia and Baltimore. Epstein has participated in residency programs including the Millay Colony, the Macdowell Colony and the Saltonstall Foundation. Epstein is a museum educator at MoMA, The Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Jewish Museum, and an adjunct professor at American University.

Photo Transformations

Carey Denniston, Untitled/Process Documentation, 2015 

Photo Transformations

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Explore a range of avant-garde aesthetics and photographic techniques inspired by the exhibition The Power of Pictures: Early Soviet Photography, Early Soviet Film in this three-session workshop taught by contemporary artist Carey Denniston. Working in the Museum’s art studio and makeshift darkroom, class participants will recapture the experimental mode of early Soviet photographers by using an array of image-making processes – such as photogram, cyanotype, and photomontage – to create their own poster, zine, or collage. Graphic and spatial reconstructions of photographs will activate image and message, and may incorporate techniques of surprise, humor, and even propaganda. At the end of the workshop, each participant will have created a modern work of visual subversion.

Carey Denniston has explored photographic processes for twenty years, ‘making strange’ the relationship of two and three dimensional spaces with sculpture, film, and photography. Based in Brooklyn, Denniston studied at the International Center of Photography, and received an MFA in Studio Art from Hunter College. She has exhibited in New York and Los Angeles, and is represented by KANSAS (New York). She has attended artist residencies including Shandaken Project at Storm King (New Windsor, New York), Coast Time (Lincoln City, Oregon), and École Nationale Supérieure de la Photographie (Arles, France).

Painting the Peculiar

Jacqueline Cedar, But rather merry-go-round, 2014, acrylic on canvas, 78 in x 72 in

Painting the Peculiar

Monday, November 9, 2015

Discover painting techniques and processes that explore your personal history and cultural inspirations in this three-session workshop, led by contemporary artist Jaqueline Cedar and inspired by the wild array of representational painting styles on view in the exhibition Unorthodox.

Jaqueline Cedar holds an MFA in Painting from Columbia University and a BA in Art from University of California, Los Angeles. Cedar's work addresses such issues as self-awareness, control, and immobility, staging a potential but arrested movement toward knowledge or engagement. By arranging figures as armatures for hanging line and color, her paintings construct scenarios in which subjects behave both as backdrops and participants, observers and actors. Selected exhibitions of Jaqueline’s work include 106 Green, Fredericks & Freiser, and Dutton in New York, and Wharton + Espinosa in LA. She has also been featured in The Huffington Post and New American Paintings. She has also been featured in The Huffington Post and New American Paintings. Her work is included in the current Next Wave exhibition at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. 

Making Multiples

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Every time an action is doubled, its meaning changes.
Two means identical, reinforcing the meaning
one is unique
two are identical
three makes a series
-Jo Baer

Following in-depth exploration of the exhibition Repetition and Difference, contemporary artist Chris Domenick leads a two-session workshop in which participants will explore iterative studio processes and printmaking techniques in the Museum’s art studio. Class participants will learn about concepts associated with making multiples, and how they differ from singular objects. Discussion will encompass ideas of value, accessibility, identity, and technology.

Using linoleum and woodcutting techniques, participants will create a unique image designed to print multiple times.  Difference will be determined by color, treatment, and technical variations on each print.  At the end of the second class, each participant will go home with a portfolio of prints.

Abstraction for Adults

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Journey from figuration to abstraction through a sequence of drawing, collage, stenciling, and painting in this afternoon studio workshop taught by contemporary artist Yevgeniya Baras. Following a guided tour and discussion of the exhibition From the Margins: Lee Krasner and Norman Lewis, 1945 – 1952, discover your own method of abstraction to create a painting inspired by the innovative techniques in the work of Krasner and Lewis. 

Based in Brooklyn, Yevgeniya Baras has taught university-level art classes for the past eight years, and holds BA and MS degrees from the University of Pennsylvania and an MFA in Painting and Drawing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She has exhibited her work in several New York City galleries and internationally, including exhibitions in Jerusalem. She was named a 2014 recipient of the Rema Hortmann Foundation’s Emerging Artist Prize. Baras was also recently profiled in Art in America for her curatorial work, and is co-founder of Regina Rex Gallery, located in lower Manhattan. 

Read an interview with artist Yevgeniya Baras on our blog.

The Wind Up

The Museum’s after-hours series of events featuring art, music, performance, and gallery tours

Past Events:

Weirdo Night with Dynasty Handbag

Flyer artwork by Dynasty Handbag

Weirdo Night with Dynasty Handbag

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Join us for a night of experimental comedic performance by host Dynasty Handbag and special guests Jaimie Warren and Morgan Bassichis. Dance along to music videos during Dance-Y-Oke, get creative at a make-your-own t-shirt station, enjoy an open beer & wine bar, and explore the exhibitions Isaac Mizrahi: An Unruly History and Roberto Burle Marx: Brazilian Modernist, with extended gallery hours.

Read an interview with Jibz Cameron (aka Dynasty Handbag) on our blog.   

About the Performers
Jibz Cameron/Dynasty Handbag is a performance/video artist and actor living in Los Angeles. Her work as alter ego Dynasty Handbag has been presented at international dives both great and small. She has been heralded by the New York Times as “the funniest and most pitch perfect performance seen in years” and “outrageously smart, grotesque and innovative” by The New Yorker. She has produced numerous video works and two albums of original music. In addition to her work as Dynasty Handbag, she has also been seen acting in work by various avant-garde theater groups and in many comedic web series that remain unpopular. She also works as a professor and lecturer of performance and comedy related subjects at Cal-Arts, among others. Jibz recently moved from New York to Los Angeles and is in development with Electric Dynamite on a television series about a performance artist that moves from New York to Los Angeles.

Jaimie Warren is a New York City-based photographer and performance artist, and co-creator of the community-engaged traveling collective Whoop Dee Doo. Warren has performed in venues including Showroom Mama (Rotterdam, NL), Vox Populi (Philadelphia, PA), Material Fair (Mexico City), The Hole (New York, NY), Getsumin (Osaka, JP), and Extrapool (Nijmegen, NL). Warren exhibits at New York City galleries the Hole, Higher Pictures and American Medium. She is a current artist in residence at the Abrons Arts Center and a 2015 fellow in Interdisciplinary Arts from the New York Foundation for the Arts. She is the recipient of the 2014 Baum Award for An Emerging American Photographer, and she is a new, featured artist in ART21's documentary series New York Close Up.
 
Morgan Bassichis lives in New York and performs comedic stories that have been described as "out there" (by Morgan's mother) and "super intense" (by Morgan). Morgan has performed at PARTICIPANT INC, Poetry Project, New Museum, Whitney Museum of American Art, in the 2015 Greater New York exhibition at MoMA PS1, and at multiple Bar Mitzvahs.
 

Comedy Night

Comedy Night

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Our after-hours series The Wind Up returns with a special Comedy Night hosted by Josh Gondelman, writer for Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, and celebrates the release of his new album, Physical Whisper.

The lineup features sets by comedians Josh Gondelman, Ted Alexandro, Sean Patton, Michelle Wolf, and 2 Dope Queens (Phoebe Robinson and Jessica Williams), and a performance by musical guest Anya Marina.

Ticket purchase includes an open bar with beer, wine, and snacks, plus a tour of Unorthodox at 8 pm and open galleries for Isaac Mizrahi: An Unruly History.

The Power of Pictures

The Power of Pictures

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Experience the radical film and photography on view in The Power of Pictures: Early Soviet Photography, Early Soviet Film. Join us for an evening of music and art, featuring a live performance by the raucous dance band Romashka, fronted by Lithuanian-American singer Inna Barmash, and a set by DJ Spinach, known for his unique mixture of world music sounds. 

The night features an open beer and wine bar, and exhibition tours of The Power of Pictures at 8:30 and 9:30 pm.

Programming and marketing support is provided by Genesis Philanthropy Group.

Revolution of the Eye

Revolution of the Eye

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Celebrate the visual power and cultural impact of American television and modern art explored in the exhibition Revolution of the Eye: Modern Art and the Birth of American Television. Join us for a night of live performance and art-making, with a set by DJ Louie XIV, a headlining performance by pop-rock band Mainland, and screen printing inspired by Op Art.

The Wind Up will feature an open beer and wine bar. 

Beauty Is Power

Beauty Is Power

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Experience the bold redefinition of beauty on display in Helena Rubinstein: Beauty Is Power. Join us for an evening of music and art, featuring a live set by garage-pop band Beverly, fronted by the brilliant female vocalist and guitarist Drew Citron, and an opening DJ set by Le Chev. Rubinstein’s iconic style will be celebrated through numerous art activities including statement jewelry making, nail art, and a photo booth for capturing one-of-a-kind portraits.

The evening will also feature an open beer and wine bar, and exhibition tours of Helena Rubinstein: Beauty Is Power at 8:15 and 9:15 pm.

From the Margins

From the Margins

Thursday, November 20, 2014

The Wind Up returns this fall to celebrate the painterly innovation on view in From the Margins: Lee Krasner and Norman Lewis, 1945 – 1952. Join us for an evening of music and art, featuring a live set by rapper, performance artist, and poet Mykki Blanco; a DJ set by emerging artist and music producer P. Morris; spin art T-shirt making; an abstract painting station; and exhibition tours. The event also includes an open beer and wine bar.

Mystic Crystal Ball

Installation view of threeASFOUR: MER KA BA. Exhibition designed by Studio Christian Wassmann.

Mystic Crystal Ball

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Celebrate high fashion, futuristic architecture and a meeting of cultures in this evening of art, dance, and music inspired by avant-garde fashion trio threeASFOUR. Live music by The Crystal Ark with a DJ set by Gavin Russom, viewings of threeASFOUR’s exhibition MER KA BA, screenprinting activities with mystical patterns, and a special screening of collaborative video works by threeASFOUR and Jessica Mitrani. Open wine and beer bar with ID.

JMTV

Channel One

Exhibitions & Artist Interviews

Isaac Mizrahi: An Unruly History at the Jewish Museum of New York is the first museum exhibition to focus on the influential American fashion designer, artist, and entrepreneur.
Isaac Mizrahi: An Unruly History at the Jewish Museum of New York is the first museum exhibition to focus on the influential American fashion designer, artist, and entrepreneur.
Isaac Mizrahi: An Unruly History at the Jewish Museum of New York is the first museum exhibition to focus on the influential American fashion designer, artist, and entrepreneur.
Isaac Mizrahi: An Unruly History at the Jewish Museum of New York is the first museum exhibition to focus on the influential American fashion designer, artist, and entrepreneur.

Channel Two

Talks & Performances

An unusual evening of discussion between Jens Hoffmann, Deputy Director for Exhibitions and Public Programs, and "Dr. Sigmund Freud", represented by Michael Roth, as part of our Wish You Were Here series of interviews with the subjects of Warhol’s Ten Portraits of Jews of the Twentieth Century.
An unusual evening of discussion between Jens Hoffmann, Deputy Director, Exhibitions and Public Programs, and “Gertrude Stein,” portrayed by Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev, as part of our Wish You Were Here series of interviews with the subjects of Warhol’s Ten Portraits of Jews of the Twentieth Century.
An unusual evening of discussion between Jens Hoffmann, Deputy Director, Exhibitions and Public Programs, and “Sarah Bernhardt,” portrayed by Carol Ockman, as part of our Wish You Were Here series of interviews with the subjects of Warhol’s Ten Portraits of Jews of the Twentieth Century.
An unusual evening of discussion between Jens Hoffmann, Deputy Director, Exhibitions and Public Programs, and “Groucho Marx,” portrayed by writer and performer Noah Diamond as part of our series of interviews with the subjects of Warhol’s Ten Portraits of Jews of the Twentieth Century.
An unusual evening of discussion between Jens Hoffmann, Deputy Director, Exhibitions and Public Programs, and “Martin Buber,” portrayed by Sarah Scott, held in conjunction with the 50th anniversary of Buber's death.
An unusual evening of discussion between Jens Hoffmann, Deputy Director, Exhibitions and Public Programs, and "Albert Einstein" portrayed by theoretical physicist Sylvester James Gates, Jr.