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Talks, Performances & Workshops

Thought-provoking gallery talks bring our exhibitions into sharper focus. Incisive discussions with artists, scholars, and curators engage with contemporary theory and culture. Through exhibition-inspired performances, concerts, and artist-led workshops, visitors experience art as it happens.

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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/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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Exhibition Programs

Join us for lectures, discussions, and gallery programs inspired by the exhibitions on view.

  • Artist Talks

    Artist Talks

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

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  • Curator Talks

    Curator Talks

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

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  • Gallery Talks

    Gallery Talks

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

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  • Lectures & Conversations

    Lectures & Conversations

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

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Talks 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

    Film screenings inspired by the exhibitions on view.

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  • Wish You Were Here

    Wish You Were Here

    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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Performances

Live music and performances inspired by the exhibitions on view

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Concert

La Mar Enfortuna photo © Keith Sirchio

La Mar Enfortuna presented by Bang On a Can

Thursday, November 9 | 7:30 pm

Long-time collaborators Jennifer Charles and Oren Bloedow lead an all-star cast on modern and ancient instruments, incorporating the sounds of jazz, folk, Middle Eastern, and Latin music, in an exploration of lost and forgotten Sephardic melodies.

$18 General; $15 Students and Seniors; $12 Members

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Performance by Kaki King

Image by Simone Cecchetti

Performance by Kaki King

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Join us for a performance by the distinctive and exceptional indie-guitarist Kaki King. 

Brahms Between Past and Future

Daniel Gorter, Photo: Eitan Tal

Brahms Between Past and Future

Thursday, May 18, 2017

In this program, acclaimed pianist Daniel Gortler will perform Brahms monumental Piano Sonata No.3 Op.5 in F minor, proceeded by Bach’s Partita No.6  in E minor and by Alban Berg’s singular Piano Sonata Op.1. 

Performance by Vicky Chow

Image: Vicky Chow

Performance by Vicky Chow

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Pianist and Bang on a Can All Stars member Vicky Chow performs Tristan Perich’s Surface Image for solo piano in conjunction with the exhibition The Arcades: Contemporary Art and Walter Benjamin.

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Charlemagne Palestine. Photo: Will Ragozzino/SocialShutterbug.com

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Thursday, March 16, 2017

Charlemagne Palestine performs an organ concert at the Church of the Heavenly Rest in conjunction with the exhibition Charlemagne Palestine’s Bear Mitzvah in Meshugahland.

Performance by Bonjour

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Founded by bassist and composer Florent Ghys, Bonjour combines bass, cello, guitar, percussion, and vocals to create an unusual, edgy, and adventurous sound that pushes beyond the arena of “new classical” music.

Performance by Pauline Oliveros

Thursday, November 10, 2016

This concert, inspired by Take Me (I’m Yours), blurs the boundary between the performer and the audience by asking the listener to participate in the making of music.

Art & Music: The Genius of the Burle Marx Family

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Conducted by Thiago Tiberio, President of the Burle Marx Music Society, the concert explores the relationship between the landscape architecture and art of Roberto Burle Marx and the musical compositions of his brother Walter. 

Performance By Don Byron

Thursday, July 14, 2016

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.

Performance by Arto Lindsay

Thursday, May 12, 2016

This concert featuring Arto Lindsay echoes the themes of cultural experimentation and artistic cross-pollination explored in the exhibition, breaking down the distinctions between American and Brazilian rock music, pop music, experimental music, and improvisation.

Bang on a Can: Unorthodox

Thursday, February 4, 2016

The Mivos Quartet performs the string quartets of Steve Reich, including the Holocaust-related masterpiece Different Trains, his intensely contrapuntal Triple Quartet, and the emotional and complex WTC 9/11.

 

The Word: Spoken, Sung, and Played

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Acclaimed Israeli pianist Daniel Gortler presents a unique chamber music concert featuring internationally renowned vocalists Lauren Flanigan and David Adam Moore.

Bang on a Can: The Power of Pictures

Thursday, November 5, 2015

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. 

Bang on a Can: Repetition and Difference

Thursday, July 9, 2015


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.

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

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

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.

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Amedeo Modigliani, Seated Female Nude, possibly Anna Akhmatova, c. 1911. Black crayon on paper. 16⅞ x 10⅜ in. Paul Alexandre Family, courtesy of Richard Nathanson, London. Image provided by Richard Nathanson, photographed by Prudence Cuming Associates, London

Tracing Modigliani

Wednesday, October 25 | 2:00 pm

Guided by Museum educators, participants will create a portfolio of sketches inspired by Modigliani’s drawings and original source material.

This workshop is at capacity. Register for the repeat session on January 24.

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Art for Sharing

Sunday, November 19 | 2:00 pm

Following discussion and close looking in the exhibition Modigliani Unmasked, learn printing and stamp-making techniques to create an edition of cards in this intensive one day workshop taught by contemporary artist Timothy Hull.

$60 General; $50 Jewish Museum Members

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Provocative Portraits

Florine Stettheimer, Eurydice and her Snake, Orphée of the Quat-z-arts, 1912. Gift of Miss Ettie Stettheimer. Image provided by The Museum of Modern Art / SCALA / Art Resource, New York. 

Provocative Portraits

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Challenge conventions while making mixed-media portraits in this three-session class taught by artist Shellyne Rodriguez and inspired by the exhibition Florine Stettheimer: Painting Poetry.

Provocative Portraits

Florine Stettheimer, Eurydice and her Snake, Orphée of the Quat-z-arts, 1912. Gift of Miss Ettie Stettheimer. Image provided by The Museum of Modern Art / SCALA / Art Resource, New York. 

Provocative Portraits

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Challenge conventions while making mixed-media portraits in this three-session class taught by artist Shellyne Rodriguez and inspired by the exhibition Florine Stettheimer: Painting Poetry.

Provocative Portraits

Florine Stettheimer, Eurydice and her Snake, Orphée of the Quat-z-arts, 1912. Gift of Miss Ettie Stettheimer. Image provided by The Museum of Modern Art / SCALA / Art Resource, New York.

Provocative Portraits

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Challenge conventions while making mixed-media portraits in this three-session class taught by artist Shellyne Rodriguez and inspired by the exhibition Florine Stettheimer: Painting Poetry.

Design Impressions

Library and study of a proposed French embassy, created for the 1925 Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes, designed by Pierre Chareau (French, 1883-1950) Photograph by Luc Boegly, image provided by Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris

Design Impressions

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Taught by artist Allyson Vieira and inspired by the architecture and design in the exhibition Pierre Chareau: Modern Architecture and Design, translate Chareau’s modern vision of integrated spatial and decorative forms into mixed media works.

Art for Sharing

Golnar Adili, Installing Wallpaper, 2013. Courtesy of the artist. 

Art for Sharing

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Printmaking workshop taught by artist Golnar Adili in response to the exhibition Take Me (I’m Yours).

Fluid Observations and Figure Painting

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Painting workshop taught by artist Tryn Collins in response to the exhibition John Singer Sargent's Mrs. Carl Meyer and Her Children.

Nice Handles for Such an Old Vase: Drawing Antiquities

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Drawing workshop in the Jewish Museum’s collection led by artist Timothy Hull.

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. 

Photo Transformations

Carey Denniston, Untitled/Process Documentation, 2015 

Photo Transformations

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Experiment with photography techniques and processes inspired by The Power of Pictures: Early Soviet Photography, Early Soviet Film in this three-session workshop led by contemporary artist Carey Denniston.
 

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.

Making Multiples

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Artist Chris Domenick leads a two-session studio workshop for adults. Ticket purchase is required and includes both sessions.

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.

The Wind Up

Our after-hours event series 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

The Museum’s after-hours series features art-making, gallery tours, and a performance by Dynasty Handbag.

Comedy Night

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Join us for the after-hours evening series featuring comedians Josh Gondelman, Ted Alexandro, Sean Patton, Michelle Wolf, and 2 Dope Queens (Phoebe Robinson and Jessica Williams), with musical guest Anya Marina.

The Power of Pictures

Thursday, November 19, 2015

The Museum’s after-hours series featuring art making, live performance, and gallery tours celebrates the innovative photography and film on view in The Power of Pictures: Early Soviet Photography, Early Soviet Film.

Revolution of the Eye

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Celebrate the visual power and cultural impact of American television on view in Revolution of the Eye.

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.

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

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Exhibitions & Artist Interviews

2016 MacArthur Fellow Mary Reid Kelley, together with her collaborator Patrick Kelley, presented and discussed recent video work.
Artist Omer Fast presented a screening of his 2012 short film "Continuity" followed by a conversation with Jens Hoffmann, Director of Special Exhibitions and Public Programs.
For our ongoing exhibition series in the Jewish Museum lobby “Using Walls, Floors, and Ceilings," artist Alex Israel presents "Self-Portrait (Mom)," on view now through April 23. In this video, he unveils the painting to his mother for the first time.

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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.