Talks and Performances

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.

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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/

​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/

​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

    A weekly series of 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 various 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


    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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The Wind Up

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

Upcoming Events:


Wednesday, February 18 | 8 pm

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.

$13 in advance; $18 day of event

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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.

Alphabet Party

Alphabet Party

Thursday, July 24, 2014

The Wind Up returns this summer to celebrate the cerebral and colorful Thesaurus paintings of Mel Bochner. Join us for an evening of music and art, exhibition tours of Mel Bochner: Strong Language, and a live set by artist on the rise High Water. Open bar with beer and wine.



Thursday, March 27, 2014

Snap into spring at The Wind Up with a live performance by the energetic dance band JD Samson & MEN with an opening DJ set by Gavin Russom. The evening also includes tours of the exhibition Other Primary Structures, geometric jewelry-making, and an open bar with beer and wine.

Bright Winter Night

Bright Winter Night

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Join us for an ethereal evening celebrating the closing of Chagall: Love, War, and Exile and threeASFOUR: MER KA BA. Featuring a live performance by the genre-defying lyrical powerhouse Mirah, this cozy winter evening also includes an international beer tasting and open bar, savory snacks, and guided exhibition tours.

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.

Pictures Party

Pictures Party

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Celebrate pop to punk with an 80s-inspired evening featuring a Tanlines DJ Set followed by the band People at Parties. Enjoy refreshing summer treats, interactive art, and exhibitions tours of JACK GOLDSTEIN × 10,000.

Happiness Therapy with Stefan Sagmeister

Happiness Therapy with Stefan Sagmeister

Thursday, May 2, 2013

A night of activities inspired by the exhibition Six Things: Sagmeister & Walsh. Designer Stefan Sagmeister will kick-off the evening with a preview of his documentary feature The Happy Film, now in post-production, followed by Juan Maclean DJ set, open bar, art activities, free neck and back massages, custom temporary tattoos by Tattly and sweets provided by Economy Candy! Come early & enter the raffle for an item signed by the Sagmeister & Walsh team.


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

Upcoming Events:


Maya Beiser,

Bang on a Can: Beauty Is Power

Thursday, January 29 | 7:30 pm

Maya Beiser is the post-modern diva of the cello. Raised in the Galilee Mountains in Israel, surrounded with the music and rituals of Jews, Muslims, and Christians, while studying classical cello repertoire, Maya Beiser has dedicated her work to reinventing solo cello performance in the mainstream classical area.

$18 General | $15 Students and Seniors | $12 Jewish Museum and Bang on a Can List Members.

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Bang on a Can All-Stars

Bang on a Can: Revolution of the Eye

Thursday, May 14 | 7:30 pm

This concert by the Bang on a Can All-Stars highlights the relationship between music and image.

$18 General | $15 Students and Seniors | $12 Jewish Museum and Bang on a Can List Members

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Daniel Gortler

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Acclaimed Israeli pianist Daniel Gortler – who has performed as a soloist, in chamber music ensembles, as lieder accompaniment, and with orchestras around the world – joins us for an evening of classical music, featuring pieces by Johannes Brahms, Robert Schumann, and Clara Schumann. The program selections by Clara Schumann include seldom-performed compositions highlighting her relationships with the two other composers. Gortler’s latest recording of Robert Schumann piano solo works was released as a two-disc album on Romeo Records and has received enthusiastic critical reviews.

The recital program will include:

Clara Schumann, Romance Op. 11, Nr. 3 Moderato (1838 – 1839)
Dedicated to Robert Schumann

Robert Schumann, Davidsbüdlertänze, Op. 6 (1837)
(Dances of the League of David)
Dedicated to Clara Wieck Schumann
18 pieces for piano

Clara Schumann, Romance Op. 21, Nr.1  Andante (1853 – 1855)
Dedicated to Johannes Brahms

Johannes Brahams - Variations and Fugue on a Theme by G.F. Handel, Op. 24 (1861)
Dedicated to Clara Schumann and presented to her on her birthday

Robert Schumann’s Davidsbüdlertänze, Op. 6 is the music used in Dani Gal’s short film As from Afar – part of a video installation by the Israeli artist on view at the Jewish Museum through February 1, 2015. Gal’s new video work examines the relationship between Simon Wiesenthal, an architect and Holocaust survivor who devoted his life to hunting Nazi criminals, and Albert Speer, Hitler’s chief architect and close confidant. Based on letters the two men exchanged in the late 1970s, As from Afar illustrates Gal’s use of documentary materials to create historical narratives through cinematic imagery, and reflects his interest in the relationship between memory and history as well as perceptions and interpretations of the past. Concert ticket holders will be able to view Dani Gal: As from Afar prior to the performance.

Daniel Gortler has performed as soloist with orchestras around the world, including the Berlin Radio Symphony, the Bavarian Radio Symphony, NDR Symphony, North-West German Philharmonic, Bochum Symphony, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, as well as the Houston, San Francisco, New World, Atlanta, and San Jose Symphony Orchestras. Gortler has also appeared with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, among all other orchestras in his home country.

Recent highlights include his debut with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, a debut recital at Wigmore Hall in London, and tours in South Korea, Japan, and Turkey. In the United States, Gortler has performed recitals at the Cleveland Museum of Art and at various New York City venues including Symphony Space, Lincoln Center, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the 92nd Street Y, the Morgan Library, and New York University.

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).

Bang on a Can: Other Primary Structures

​Installation view of Other Primary Structures: Others 2 at the Jewish Museum, New York.

Bang on a Can: Other Primary Structures

Thursday, July 10, 2014

The Jewish Museum is pleased to announce a new partnership with Bang on a Can, an international organization dedicated to making music new. Since 1987, Bang on a Can has supported music innovation globally through adventurous programs, education, audience development, and commissions from ambitious composers and performers.

This performance is the first in a series of concerts that will take place throughout the year.

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


Channel One

Exhibitions & Artist Interviews

Designer Stefan Sagmeister talks about his recent exhibition, Six Things.
Art Spiegelman discusses his process and his past exhibition at the Jewish Museum.
Claudia Gould, Helen Goldsmith Menschel Director, and Jens Hoffmann, Deputy Director, Exhibitions and Public Programs, discuss the exhibition Other Primary Structures that was on view at the Jewish Museum.

Channel Two

Talks & Performances

Why, at a time when there is greater interest in abstraction, is so much art seemingly unconcerned with evolving the visual landscape? And why is so much of it embraced by collectors, and not by critics and curators? This panel considers, What's at stake for abstract painting today. Moderated by critic and curator Bob Nickas, and featuring artists Joanne Greenbaum, Philip Taaffe, and Stanley Whitney.
Artists Amy Sillman and Peter Doig in a conversation moderated by Jordan Kantor, Associate Professor of Painting, California College of the Arts.