The Press Room

Welcome to the Jewish Museum’s online Press Room, designed for use by the working press. Members of the media may view and download information on current and upcoming exhibitions and programs, access the press release archive, and request high-resolution images for publication. We look forward to working with you and thank you for your interest in the Jewish Museum.

Press Releases


Programs in Conjunction with Leonard Cohen: A Crack in Everything at the Jewish Museum

Release Date: May 9, 2019

In conjunction with the exhibition Leonard Cohen: A Crack in Everything, the Jewish Museum will present a series of public programs including an authors roundtable; a participatory performance with Choir!Choir!Choir!; cantors performing covers of Cohen songs; performances by Meredith Monk and The Young People’s Chorus of New York City, both presented by Bang on a Can; and adult studio workshops.

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Israeli-American Pianist Daniel Gortler and Brazilian Violinist Daniel Guedes in Concert at the Jewish Museum May 16

Release Date: April 23, 2019

The Jewish Museum will present Israeli-American pianist Daniel Gortler and Brazilian violinist Daniel Guedes performing the music of Ludwig van Beethoven, Edvard Grieg, and contemporary Brazilian composer Mozart Camargo Guarnieri on Thursday, May 16 at 8 pm.  This is Mr. Gortler’s fifth appearance at the Jewish Museum, and Mr. Guedes’s first.

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The Jewish Museum and Bang on a Can Present Meredith Monk and Vocal Ensemble

Release Date: April 17, 2019

Bang on a Can and the Jewish Museum’s 2018-2019 concert season, pairing innovative music with the Museum’s exhibitions and showcasing leading female performers and composers, continues on Thursday, May 23, 2019 at 8pm. Recognized as one of the most unique and influential artists of our time, composer/performer Meredith Monk (voice and keyboard) offers one of her more rare, intimate concerts in her premiere at the Jewish Museum, with renowned members of her Vocal Ensemble, Katie Geissinger (voice) and Allison Sniffin (voice, violin and keyboard). A long-time and frequent collaborator with Bang on a Can, Monk has been hailed as “a magician of the voice” and “one of America’s coolest composers.” This performance reflects Monk’s six decades of innovation and awe-inspiring vocal mastery, mining the depths of the myriad possibilities of the human voice, and is presented in conjunction with the exhibition Leonard Cohen: A Crack in Everything.

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The Jewish Museum to Present Contemporary Art Exhibition Inspired by Global Icon Leonard Cohen

Release Date: March 11, 2019

The Jewish Museum will present Leonard Cohen: A Crack in Everything, a contemporary art exhibition devoted to the imagination and legacy of the influential singer/songwriter, man of letters, and global icon from Montreal, Canada. The exhibition will be on view from April 12 through September 8, 2019. Organized by the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal (MAC), where it debuted, the exhibition is curated by John Zeppetelli, Director and Chief Curator at the MAC, and Victor Shiffman, Co-Curator. Leonard Cohen: A Crack in Everything will embark on a tour, with the Jewish Museum as its first stop. Following its New York presentation, the exhibition will travel to Copenhagen and San Francisco.

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The Jewish Museum to Present First Ever Exhibition Exploring the Remarkable Career of Influential American Art Dealer Edith Halpert

Release Date: March 5, 2019

The Jewish Museum will present Edith Halpert and the Rise of American Art, the first exhibition to explore the remarkable career of Edith Halpert (1900-1970), the influential American art dealer and founder of the Downtown Gallery in New York City. A pioneer in the field and the first significant female gallerist in the United States, Halpert propelled American art to the fore at a time when the European avant-garde still enthralled the world. The artists she supported — Stuart Davis, Jacob Lawrence, Georgia O'Keeffe, Yasuo Kuniyoshi, Ben Shahn, and Charles Sheeler key among them — became icons of American modernism. Halpert also brought vital attention to overlooked nineteenth-century American artists, such as William Michael Harnett, Edward Hicks, and Raphaelle Peale, as well as little-known and anonymous folk artists. With her revolutionary program at the Downtown Gallery, Halpert inspired generations of Americans to value the art of their own country, in their own time.

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Carnival-Themed Purim Ball Raises a Record $3 Million for the Jewish Museum

Release Date: February 26, 2019

The Jewish Museum held its 33rd Annual Purim Ball at the Park Avenue Armory on Wednesday, February 20, 2019, honoring Robert and Tracey Pruzan and The Barnett and Annalee Newman Foundation. The Museum’s annual fundraising gala gathered over 1,000 notable members of New York’s corporate, social, and art and cultural communities for a festive dinner and lively after party in celebration of Purim. This year’s Purim Ball raised a record $3 million in support of the Museum.

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Public Programs in Conjunction with the 50th Anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising at the Jewish Museum

Release Date: February 13, 2019

To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising, one of the most important moments in gay civil rights history, the Jewish Museum is joining dozens of non-profit and cultural organizations as part of the Stonewall 50 Consortium, paying tribute through a year of programming, while highlighting works of art from the Jewish Museum's collection that explore themes of gender and identity.

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Winter/Spring 2019 Season of Public Programs at the Jewish Museum

Release Date: January 17, 2019

The Jewish Museum launches its winter/spring 2019 season of public programs in January with lectures, panel discussions, adult studio workshops, and more. Highlights include a panel discussion on art and politics with contemporary artists Zoe Strauss and Eric Gottesman on February 14; a conversation with artists Ross Bleckner and Deb Kass on March 7; and concerts featuring ETHEL on February 28, Daniel Gortler and Daniel Guerdes on May 16, and Meredith Monk on May 30.

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The Jewish Museum and Bang on a Can Present ETHEL Performing the String Quartets of Julia Wolfe

Release Date: January 15, 2019

Bang on a Can and the Jewish Museum’s 2018-2019 concert season, pairing innovative music with the Museum’s exhibitions and showcasing leading female performers and composers, continues on Thursday, February 28, 2019 at 7:30pm. The acclaimed string quartet ETHEL performs the complete string quartets of Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Julia Wolfe: Dig Deep, Early that Summer, Four Marys, and Blue Dress. This is the first performance of all of Wolfe's string quartets at one time, on one stage. 

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Winter/Spring 2019 Season of Family Programs at the Jewish Museum

Release Date: January 3, 2019

The Jewish Museum launches its winter/spring 2019 season of family programs in January with performances, art workshops, and more. The Museum welcomes two new acts to its slate of family performances, with Lucy Kalantari & the Jazz Cats and  Michael & The Rockness Monsters joining long-time favorites The Pop Ups, Hot Peas ‘N Butter, and The Paper Bag Players. Other programs on the schedule are the annual Freedom Art Jam Art & Dance Party for Passover on April 7; drop-in art workshops every Sunday and on selected holiday weekdays; and family art activities. See below for details about each program.

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The Jewish Museum and the Film Society Of Lincoln Center Present the 28th Annual New York Jewish Film Festival, January 9–22, 2019

Release Date: December 12, 2018

The Jewish Museum and the Film Society of Lincoln Center will present the 28th annual New York Jewish Film Festival (NYJFF), January 9–22, 2019. Among the oldest and most influential Jewish film festivals worldwide, the NYJFF each year presents the finest documentary, narrative, and short films from around the world that explore the diverse Jewish experience. Featuring new work by fresh voices in international cinema as well as restored classics, the festival’s 2019 lineup includes 32 wide-ranging and exciting features and shorts from the iconic to the iconoclastic, many of which will be screening in their world, U.S., and New York premieres. Screenings are held at the Walter Reade Theater, 165 West 65th Street, NYC.

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The Jewish Museum is dedicated to the enjoyment, understanding, and preservation of the artistic and cultural heritage of the Jewish people through its unparalleled collections, distinguished exhibitions, and related education programs. Using art and artifacts that embody the diversity of the Jewish experience from ancient to present times, throughout the world, the Museum strives to be a source of inspiration and shared human values for people of all religious and cultural backgrounds while serving as a special touchstone of identity for Jewish people. As a vital cultural resource for New York residents and visitors of all ages, the Museum also reaches out to national and international communities as it interprets and preserves art and Jewish culture for current and future generations.

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