Isaac Mizrahi: An Unruly History Programs Feature Isaac Mizrahi in Conversation, Screening of Unzipped with Q&A, and More

Installation view of the exhibition Isaac Mizrahi: An Unruly History, March 18 - August 7, 2016. The Jewish Museum, NY.

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Release Date: March 21, 2016

Isaac Mizrahi: An Unruly History Programs Feature Isaac Mizrahi in Conversation, Screening of Unzipped with Q&A, and More

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New York, NY – In conjunction with its new exhibition, Isaac Mizrahi: An Unruly History, the Jewish Museum will present an extensive series of public programs, including Isaac Mizrahi, the influential American fashion designer, artist, and entrepreneur, in conversation with Wendy Goodman, Design Editor of New York Magazine on April 7 and with choreographer Mark Morris on May 24.  Other highlights include a screening of Unzipped, the 1995 film about Mizrahi, followed by a Q&A with the artist, at Film Forum on April 10; and a panel discussion featuring young designers discussing the current fashion landscape.

All programs take place at the Jewish Museum unless otherwise noted. Further program and ticket information is available by calling 212.423.3337 or online at  The Jewish Museum is located at Fifth Avenue and 92nd Street, Manhattan.

Through over 250 clothing and costume designs, sketches, photographs, and an immersive video installation, Isaac Mizrahi: An Unruly History explores Mizrahi’s unique position at the intersection of high style and popular culture.  While best known for his work in fashion, Mizrahi’s creativity has expanded over a three decade career to embrace acting, directing, set and costume design, writing, and cabaret performance. Beginning with his first collection in 1987 and running through the present day, Isaac Mizrahi: An Unruly History weaves together the many threads of Mizrahi's prolific output, juxtaposing work in fashion, film, television, and the performing arts.  This survey exhibition is on view from March 18 to August 7, 2016.


Dialogue and Discourse: Isaac Mizrahi and Wendy Goodman
The Gertrude and David Fogelson Lecture
Thursday, April 7, 6:30pm

Isaac Mizrahi speaks with Wendy Goodman, Design Editor of New York Magazine.
Wendy Goodman has been New York Magazine’s Design Editor since October 2007. She was previously the magazine’s interior design editor from 1997 to 2007, and  fashion editor under editor-in-chief Ed Kosner from 1984 to 1989. Before re-joining New York Magazine in 1997, Goodman was the style director at Harper’s Bazaar. Goodman is the co-author, with Hutton Wilkinson, of Tony Duquette (2007), and author of The World of Gloria Vanderbilt (2010).
Tickets: $15 general; $12 students and seniors; $10 Jewish Museum members

Screening: Unzipped at Film Forum
The Saul and Harriet M. Rothkopf Media Program
Sunday, April 10, 8pm
209 West Houston Street, Manhattan

The acclaimed documentary Unzipped (1995, 73 min, 35mm), directed by Douglas Keeve, and executive produced by Nina Santisi, captures Isaac Mizrahi as he developed his fall 1994 runway show. The screening will be followed by a special appearance and Q&A with Isaac Mizrahi.
This program has been funded by a generous donation endowment from the Saul and Harriet M. Rothkopf Family Foundation.
Tickets: $14 general

This Is How We Do It
Tuesday, April 12, 2pm

Kelly Taxter, Assistant Curator, speaks about the process of organizing Isaac Mizrahi: An Unruly History.
Free with Museum Admission - RSVP Recommended

On Isaac Mizrahi: A Talk and Tour
Monday, May 9, 10:30am
At 92Y and the Jewish Museum

Throughout his career, Isaac Mizrahi has melded high and low culture, cross-pollinated art forms, and mined his upbringing for inspiration. Kelly Taxter, Assistant Curator, speaks at 92Y about the process of putting together this expansive exhibition, followed by a tour at the Jewish Museum.
Tickets: $35 general; $20 Jewish Museum and 92Y members

Panel Discussion: Contemporary Fashion
Thursday, May 19, 6:30pm
The Mildred and George Weissman Program

New York-based designers consider how contemporary art influences their work and processes. Moderated by Kelly Taxter, Assistant Curator.
This program has been endowed by Paul, Ellen, and Dan Weissman in honor of their parents.
Free with Pay What You Wish Admission - RSVP Recommended

Dialogue and Discourse:
Isaac Mizrahi and Mark Morris
Tuesday, May 24, 6:30pm

Isaac Mizrahi speaks with his frequent collaborator and close friend, innovative choreographer Mark Morris.
Mark Morris formed the Mark Morris Dance Group (MMDG) in 1980 and has since created close to 150 works for the company. From 1988 to 1991, he was Director of Dance at the Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie in Brussels, the national opera house of Belgium. In 1990, he founded the White Oak Dance Project with Mikhail Baryshnikov. Much in demand as a ballet choreographer, Morris has created nineteen ballets since 1986 and his work is in the repertory of companies worldwide. Noted for musicality, he has been described as “undeviating in his devotion to music” (The New Yorker). He began conducting performances for MMDG in 2006 and has since conducted at The International Festival of Arts & Ideas, Lincoln Center, and Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM). Recently, he served as Music Director for the 2013 Ojai Music Festival. Morris also works extensively in opera, directing and choreographing productions for the Metropolitan Opera, New York City Opera, English National Opera and The Royal Opera, Covent Garden, among others.
Tickets: $15 general; $12 students and seniors; $10 Jewish Museum members

Gallery Talks

45-minute gallery discussions on specific themes and topics in Isaac Mizrahi: An Unruly History, led by members of the Education Department.

High and Low Fashion
Nelly Silagy Benedek, Director of Education
Fridays, April 8 and June 3, 2pm

The Supermodel Era
Chris Gartrell, Senior Coordinator of Adult Programs
Fridays, April 15 and June 17, and Tuesday, July 26, 2pm

Isaac Mizrahi and Maira Kalman: A Collaboration
Viktorya Vilk, Assistant Manager of Gallery Programs
Friday May 6 and Tuesday, July 12, 2pm

Free with Museum Admission – RSVP Recommended


Isaac Mizrahi: An Unruly History is made possible by the Wilf Family Foundation, The Coby Foundation, Ltd., Xcel Brands, the May and Samuel Rudin Family Foundation, Inc., and Target.

Endowment support is provided by The Peter Jay Sharp Exhibition Fund, The Skirball Fund for American Jewish Life Exhibitions, the Barbara S. Horowitz Contemporary Art Fund, and the Joan Rosenbaum Exhibition Fund.

Friends of Isaac

Natalie Portman
Audrey Wilf
Jane Wilf

Hilary Feshbach
Liane Ginsberg
Pnina Hiller
Sharon Hurowitz
Linda Landis
Karen Mandelbaum
Sheree Mandelbaum
Beth Nash
Nancy Pantirer
Jerry Rose
Laraine Rothenberg
Fiona and Eric Rudin
Scott Salvator
Mara Sandler
Amy Rose Silverman

Public programs are made possible by endowment support from the William Petschek Family, the Trustees of the Salo W. and Jeannette M. Baron Foundation, Barbara and Benjamin Zucker, the late William W. Hallo, the late Susanne Hallo Kalem, the late Ruth Hallo Landman, the Marshall M. Weinberg Fund, with additional support from Marshall M. Weinberg, the Rita J. and Stanley H. Kaplan Foundation, the Saul and Harriet M. Rothkopf Family Foundation, and Ellen Liman.  Additional support is provided by Lorraine and Martin Beitler, the Edmond de Rothschild Foundations, and through public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.

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