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

Stay Connected in May with the Jewish Museum

Release Date: May 6, 2020

While the Jewish Museum is temporarily closed to the public, we hope you will explore our virtual offerings, which include a new video of a talk featuring artists Rachel Feinstein and Lisa Yuskavage and filmmaker Tamara Jenkins; an Instagram Live series of discussions with artists Beatriz Milhazes, Andrea Bowers, and Laurie Simmons; and a selection of films from the New York Jewish Film Festival available to stream at home.

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Programs

Once Upon a Time: Narrative in Art, A Conversation with Artists Rachel Feinstein and Lisa Yuskavage, Filmmaker Tamara Jenkins, and Jewish Museum Curator Kelly Taxter Now Available

Release Date: May 6, 2020

On the evening of Thursday, March 12, 2020, Kelly Taxter, the Jewish Museum’s Barnett and Annalee Newman Curator of Contemporary Art, hosted a discussion with artists Rachel Feinstein and Lisa Yuskavage and filmmaker Tamara Jenkins, who all contributed to the catalogue for the Jewish Museum exhibition Rachel Feinstein: Maiden, Mother, Crone. Their conversation was held without an audience and recorded shortly before New York City directed residents to quarantine due to COVID-19. Video of the conversation is available HERE.

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Programs

L'Chaim! The Jewish Museum’s Conversation Series with Artists on Instagram Live

Release Date: May 1, 2020

The Jewish Museum invites you to L’Chaim!, a conversation series on Instagram Live with Kelly Taxter, Barnett and Annalee Newman Curator of Contemporary Art, and artists who have exhibited at the Jewish Museum. Watch Taxter in conversation with Beatriz Milhazes (May 7), Andrea Bowers (May 14), and Laurie Simmons (May 21), on the Jewish Museum’s Instagram @thejewishmuseum at 5:00 pm EDT.

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Programs

Bang on a Can and the Jewish Museum Present: Nicole Mitchell

Release Date: January 23, 2020

Bang on a Can and the Jewish Museum’s 2019-2020 concert season continues on Thursday, February 27, 2020 at 7:30pm at the Jewish Museum’s Scheuer Auditorium (1109 Fifth Avenue at 92nd Street). Flutist Nicole Mitchell's trio Matape, with Val Jeanty and Chad Taylor, creates ancient future soundscapes informed by the African diaspora through flute, Afro-Electronica, and percussion. This season’s Bang on a Can performances celebrate the unique power of artist’s voices, and Mitchell, emerging from Chicago’s innovative music scene in the late 90s, continues that theme. The power of artists voices also resonates with themes in the current exhibition Rachel Feinstein: Maiden, Mother, Crone.
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Exhibitions

Programs in Conjunction with Rachel Feinstein: Maiden, Mother, Crone at the Jewish Museum

Release Date: January 6, 2020

In conjunction with the exhibition Rachel Feinstein: Maiden, Mother, Crone, the Jewish Museum will present a series of public programs, including a comedic walkthrough of the exhibition with artist Rachel Feinstein and comedian Rachel Feinstein on January 23; a lecture and book signing with the artist on February 13; and a panel discussion with artists Rachel Feinstein and Lisa Yuskavage, filmmakers Sofia Coppola and Tamara Jenkins, and singer/songwriter Florence Welch on March 12.

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Family

Winter/Spring 2020 Season of Family Programs at the Jewish Museum

Release Date: January 2, 2020

The Jewish Museum kicks off its winter/spring 2020 season of family programs in January with concerts, family days, art workshops, and more. Musical performances this season include Renee Stahl (performing at the Museum for the first time), Oran Etkin, Brady Rymer, The Pop Ups, and The Paper Bag Players. The Sound of Color, a six-week program exploring how music and art intertwine, begins February 26. Other programs on the schedule are the annual Freedom Art Jam on April 5; drop-in art workshops every Sunday and on selected holiday weekdays; and family art activities.

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Programs

Popular Thursday Evening Cocktails at the Jewish Museum Returns This Winter

Release Date: November 25, 2019

Come to the Jewish Museum every Thursday in December, January, and February to toast the exhibitions Edith Halpert and the Rise of American Art and Rachel Feinstein: Maiden, Mother, Crone. Enjoy signature cocktails in the Museum’s lobby inspired by the exhibitions on view, crafted and served by Russ & Daughters at the Jewish Museum.

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Programs

Theo Bleckmann Performs Hello Earth! – The Music of Kate Bush Presented by Bang on a Can and the Jewish Museum

Release Date: October 8, 2019

Bang on a Can and the Jewish Museum’s 2019-2020 concert season continues on Thursday, November 14, 2019 at 7:30pm at the Jewish Museum (1109 Fifth Avenue at 92nd Street). Grammy-nominated jazz singer, new music composer, and long time collaborator with Bang on a Can, Theo Bleckmann takes on the mysterious songbook of British pop icon Kate Bush in a project entitled Hello Earth! – The Music of Kate Bush that goes beyond re-creating her music to further realms of sound and interpretation. Joining him on this performance are long-time collaborators percussionist Ben Wittman, bassist Chris Tarry, and keyboardist Henry Hey,  along with special guest, multi-instrumentalist Caleb Burhans on viola, guitar, and laptop.

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Programs

Fall 2019 Season of Public Programs at the Jewish Museum

Release Date: October 3, 2019

The Jewish Museum launches its fall 2019 season of public programs in October with lectures, panel discussions, performances, adult studio workshops, and more. Highlights include a panel discussion on American art today and politics with contemporary artists Mike Cloud, Louis Fratino, and Tschabalala Self on November 7; and performances featuring Theo Bleckmann on November 14 and Dynasty Handbag on November 21.

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Programs

Bang on a Can and the Jewish Museum Present Young People’s Chorus of New York City

Release Date: June 5, 2019

Bang on a Can and the Jewish Museum’s 2019-2020 concert season, pairing innovative music with the Museum’s exhibitions, begins on Thursday, July 11, 2019 at 7:30pm. The Young People’s Chorus of New York City (YPC), founded and directed by Francisco J. Núñez, perform a concert that will include songs and poems by Leonard Cohen and others, coinciding with the Jewish Museum’s exhibition, Leonard Cohen: A Crack in Everything. Recognized throughout New York City and internationally as one of the leading and most diverse children’s choirs, YPC is a longtime and frequent collaborator with Bang on a Can. The chorus has forged a unique presence in the city’s music community both as a champion commissioner and performer of new works by today’s leading composers and for its innovative vocal arrangements that consistently cross all musical borders.

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Programs

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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Mission Statement

Mission Statement

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.

Approved by the Museum’s Board of Trustees on November 15, 2000.

History

Learn about the history of the Museum, which began in 1904 with a gift of ceremonial art.
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Timeline

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Photography and Filming Policy

Members of the media may photograph or film within approved areas of the Jewish Museum for the purpose of news coverage. Photo and video shoots must be approved by the Communications Department and arranged at least 48 hours in advance. All organized photo or film shoots inside the Museum require an escort by a member of the Communications staff. Please contact us for more information or to discuss scheduling a shoot.

Contact Us

E-mail pressoffice@thejm.org to join the Jewish Museum press list. Please note: This list is for working press only. If you are already on our press list, you may email us with any changes to your contact information.

Press requests for information, images, interview opportunities, and photo/video shoot appointments can be directed to the Communications Department:

  • Anne Scher

    Senior Director of Communications

    Daniela Stigh

    Director of Communications

    Alex Wittenberg

    Senior Coordinator of Communications

  • Contact Information:

    212.423.3271 212.423.3232
  • Mailing Address:

    Communications Department
    The Jewish Museum
    1109 Fifth Avenue
    New York, NY 10128