Director's Talk

James S. Snyder in Conversation with Michal Rovner


Thursday, April 11, 2024
6:30 – 7:30 pm EDT
Scheuer Auditorium

Tickets: $22 General; $15 Students and Seniors; $12 Jewish Museum members
Includes Museum Admission; doors open at 6 pm

For tickets, call 212.423.3200 ext. 0 between 9 am – 5 pm EDT, Mon – Fri

Listen to a conversation between James S. Snyder, Helen Goldsmith Menschel Director, and contemporary artist Michal Rovner as part of the Museum’s continuing series of talks that reflect on the role of art and culture in today's complex times. The speakers will discuss Rovner’s career and work, which explores questions of nature, identity, dislocation, and the fragility of human existence.

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.

Michal Rovner, born in Israel (1957), works in video, sculpture, drawing and installation. Her explorations shift constantly between the poetic and the political, raising issues of identity, place, and the human condition. Rovner’s artworks, have been exhibited in over seventy solo exhibitions at the world’s most prestigious venues.  Her works are included in collections of the world’s leading museums, among them: The British Museum, Metropolitan Museum of Art, MoMA, the Guggenheim, the Jewish Museum, and the Israel Museum. Rovner received the prestigious honor “Knight of the French Order of Arts and Letters” (2010), The EMET Prize (2018), The Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany (2021), and the Israel Prize (2023).

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

Images: From left to right: James S. Snyder; Michal Rovner (Photo by Muki Schwartz)