Scenes from the Collection


The galleries on the Third Floor of the Jewish Museum feature a rotating collection exhibition with nearly 450 works from antiquities to contemporary art.

Elinor Carucci, South African Collar: Ginsburg's favorite collar, worn in her official portrait, 2020. Archival pigment print. Framed: 10 1/2 × 10 1/2 × 1 in. (26.7 × 26.7 × 2.5 cm). The Jewish Museum, NY. Purchase: Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation Fund

The Jewish Museum’s Third Floor features installations focused on its collection
Some of the most powerful works in the collection are those that express aspects of Jewish culture, history, or values, while also reflecting universal issues of art and its relationship to society. In “Constellations,” nearly 50 of the most significant works in the collection are exhibited as individual gems but with thematic connections to one another. Works by such artists as Mel Bochner, Trenton Doyle Hancock, Eva Hesse, Louise Nevelson, and Kehinde Wiley are included. Hanukkah lamps and other ceremonial objects drawn from the Museum’s renowned collection—from the 3rd to the 21st centuries, and Europe, North Africa, Asia, and the United States—are also on view.
Other installations featuring works from the collection include two dozen photographs of former US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s collars and necklaces taken by the contemporary photographer Elinor Carucci; a gallery that explores artists’ portrayals of other artists and themselves; and a selection of works by the French painter James Tissot that come from a group of more than 350 paintings related to the Hebrew Bible, among others. 
See below for more information about each installation.

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Exhibition design by Calvin Tsao | Tsao & McKown; design and installation consultant, Daniel Kershaw; graphic design by Topos Graphics; lighting design by Clinard Design Studio; and exhibition fabrication by South Side Design & Building.

Scenes from the Collection is made possible with leadership support from Amy and Jeffrey Silverman and the Eugene and Emily Grant Family Foundation, and through gifts from Audrey and Zygi Wilf, Jane and Mark Wilf, Debra Fine and Martin Schneider, Tracey and Robert Pruzan, Monica and Andrew Weinberg, gifts in honor of Regina Gruss, Jonathan and Darcie Crystal, Neubauer Family Foundation, Dr. William Pordy, Rhoda, Nolan and Harriet Rothkopf, the Knapp Family Foundation, the David Berg Foundation, Betty and John Levin, the Malinsky Family Charitable Trust and the Ira Waldbaum Family Foundation, Sara and Axel Schupf, the Stern Family Philanthropic Foundation, UOVO, the Gottesman Fund, and other generous donors.


The audio guide is made possible by Bloomberg Philanthropies.

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