Director's Talk

James S. Snyder in Conversation with Zoya Cherkassky


Monday, February 12, 2024
6:30 – 8 pm
Scheuer Auditorium

This talk is the second in a series providing a forum for dialogue and reflection on the role of art and culture during these complex times. James S. Snyder, Helen Goldsmith Menschel Director, will be in conversation with artist Zoya Cherkassky, whose installation the 7 October 2023 series is on view through March 18, 2024. 

About the Speakers:

James S. Snyder began his tenure as the Jewish Museum’s Helen Goldsmith Menschel Director in November 2023, after serving since 2019 as Executive Chair of The Jerusalem Foundation, Inc. He is also Director Emeritus of The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, where he served as the Anne and Jerome Fisher Director from 1997 through 2016 and then as International President through 2018. He is also a Senior Fellow of the Middle East Initiative at Harvard’s Kennedy School. During his tenure as Director of the Israel Museum, Snyder led the Museum through the most dramatic period of growth since its founding and secured its stature as one of the world’s foremost museums. Prior to his appointment at the Israel Museum, Snyder held a number of positions at The Museum of Modern Art culminating as Deputy Director from 1986 to 1996.

Zoya Cherkassky was born in Kiev, Ukraine in 1976. In 1991, she emigrated to Israel. She attended HaMidrasha School of Art at Bier Berl College. Her work has been shown internationally at museums and cultural institutions including: The Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Tel Aviv, Israel; Rosenfeld Gallery, Tel Aviv; Henrich Böll Foundation Gallery, Tel Aviv; Circle 1 Gallery, Berlin, Germany; Kuenstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin; and Guelman Gallery, Moscow, Russia. In 2018, the Israel Museum in Jerusalem held a mid-career survey of her work. Cherkassky’s work is included in the permanent collections of: Alfond Collection of Contemporary Art, Rollins Museum of Art, Winter Park, FL ; Doron Sebbag Art Collection, ORS Ltd., Tel Aviv, Israel; El Espacio 23, Miami, FL; The Israel Museum, Jerusalem; The Jewish Museum, New York; Jewish Museum, Berlin, Germany;  Jewish Museum, Vienna, Austria; Museum of Sex, New York; Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Tel Aviv; and Weisman Art Museum, Minneapolis, Minnesota. Cherkassky currently lives and works in Tel Aviv, Israel. Cherkassky is represented by Fort Gansevoort Gallery in New York. 

Tickets: $22 General; $15 Students and Seniors; $12 Members; Includes Museum Admission

Doors open at 6 pm

The Morris W. Offit Lecture Series at the Jewish Museum is made possible in part by the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Foundation.

Images: James S. Snyder, courtesy of the Jewish Museum. Zoya Cherkassky, courtesy of Fort Gansevoort.