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

Exhibitions

Exhibition Explores How Photography, Graphic Design, and Magazines Transformed Mid-Century American Visual Culture

Release Date: March 31, 2021

New York, NY, April 2, 2021 — The Jewish Museum will present Modern Look: Photography and the American Magazine, an exhibition exploring how photography, graphic design, and popular magazines converged to transform American visual culture from the 1930s to the 1950s. The exhibition will be on view from April 3 through July 11, 2021.

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News

The Jewish Museum Statement Regarding Anti-Semitic Attack on the Museum of Jewish Heritage

Release Date: January 8, 2021

The Jewish Museum condemns the acts of hate and violence committed when a mob stormed and desecrated the U.S. Capitol; this intolerable event continues to reverberate. We are horrified by the anti-Semitic attack on the Museum of Jewish Heritage - A Living Memorial to the Holocaust and stand in solidarity with our peers.  

As an art museum rooted in Jewish culture and identity, the Jewish Museum strives to unify people of all faiths and backgrounds. We continue to fight bigotry and anti-Semitism. 

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Exhibitions

The Jewish Museum and Film at Lincoln Center Announce the 2021 New York Jewish Film Festival, Presented Virtually January 13-26

Release Date: December 15, 2020

NEW YORK, NY (December 15, 2020) – The Jewish Museum and Film at Lincoln Center will present the 2021 New York Jewish Film Festival (NYJFF) virtually from January 13 through 26. Among the oldest and most influential Jewish film festivals worldwide, NYJFF each year presents the finest documentary, narrative, and short films from around the world that explore the Jewish experience. The festival’s 2021 virtual lineup showcases 17 features and seven shorts, including the latest works by dynamic voices in international cinema, as well as the World Premiere of the new restoration of a 1939 classic by Edgar G. Ulmer.

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Exhibitions

Exhibition of Louise Bourgeois’s Art and Writings Explores Her Complex Relationship with Freudian Psychoanalysis

Release Date: December 9, 2020

The Jewish Museum will present Louise Bourgeois, Freud’s Daughter, an exhibition that explores Bourgeois’s art and writings in light of her complex and ambivalent relationship with Freudian psychoanalysis. Curated by Philip Larratt-Smith, the exhibition will showcase a focused selection of Bourgeois’s original psychoanalytic writings — many of them presented to the public for the first time — along with approximately 40 works from throughout her career, including the Personages of the late 1940s; the organic forms in plaster and latex of the 1960s; the pivotal installation The Destruction of the Father (1974); Passage Dangereux (1997), the largest of the artist’s Cell installations; and the fabric sculptures from the last 15 years of her life. The exhibition will be on view at the Jewish Museum from May 7 through September 12, 2021.

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News

Celebrate Hanukkah with the Jewish Museum, In Person or Virtually

Release Date: November 20, 2020

New York, NY, November 19, 2020 –The Jewish Museum offers many ways to mark the holiday of Hanukkah, which begins at sundown on Thursday, December 10, 2020, and ends on the evening of Friday, December 18, 2020.  Highlights include the Museum’s renowned collection of Hanukkah lamps; special family programs, including the Virtual Hanukkah Family Day; and unique menorahs, dreidels, and gift items available for sale in the Jewish Museum Shop. Visitors can explore the Jewish Museum’s offerings online or in person--admission is free through December 2020 with a reserved timed ticket

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Exhibitions

Public Artwork by Lawrence Weiner Presented on the Facade of the Jewish Museum

Release Date: November 17, 2020

New York, NY, November 18, 2020--The Jewish Museum’s dynamic temporary installation by renowned artist Lawrence Weiner is presented on the Museum’s façade beginning November 18, 2020. Weiner’s ALL THE STARS IN THE SKY HAVE THE SAME FACE (2011/20) is a two-story, building-wide banner in red, white, and blue that stretches across the Museum’s Fifth Avenue-facing façade at 92nd Street. It transforms the building into a public artwork to spread its message, a plea of shared humanity along New York City’s Museum Mile.
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Exhibitions

Exhibition Features Selection of Television Clips that Highlight the Roles Food Plays within Jewish culture

Release Date: November 13, 2020

New York, NY, November 13, 2020—Foods such as bagels, gefilte fish, babka, and matzo balls can be a potent symbol of Jewishness, frequently used to signify Jewish identity on television. The exhibition Let’s Eat: Jews and Food on Television illustrates this idea, bringing together excerpts from television and streaming programs from 1979 to 2018, including Seinfeld, The Simpsons, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Curb Your Enthusiasm, and Sex and the City, among others. Shown as part of Scenes from the Collection on the third floor of the Jewish Museum, Let’s Eat: Jews and Food on Television will be on view November 13, 2020 through June 14, 2021. 

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Exhibitions

Exhibition Explores How Photography, Graphic Design, and Magazines Transformed Mid-Century American Visual Culture

Release Date: October 16, 2020

New York, NY, October 14, 2020 — The Jewish Museum will present Modern Look: Photography and the American Magazine, an exhibition exploring how photography, graphic design, and popular magazines converged to transform American visual culture from 1930 to 1960. The exhibition will be on view from April 3 through July 11, 2021.

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Exhibitions

Exhibition Curated by Artist Jonathan Horowitz Explores How Artists Have Responded to Social Injustice

Release Date: September 24, 2020

New York, NY, September 24, 2020 —The Jewish Museum is presenting We Fight to Build a Free World: An Exhibition by Jonathan Horowitz upon reopening to the public on Thursday, October 1, 2020. Originally scheduled to open in March 2020, We Fight to Build a Free World is an exhibition curated by Jonathan Horowitz, a New York-based artist who for three decades has made work that engages critically with politics and culture. Under his direction, the exhibition looks at how artists have historically responded to the rise of authoritarianism and xenophobia as well as racism, anti-Semitism, and other forms of bigotry. On view through February 7, 2021, the exhibition also addresses issues surrounding immigration, assimilation, and cultural identity. Admission is free through December 31, 2020; timed tickets required. 

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News

The Jewish Museum to Reopen to Members on September 24, and to the Public on October 1

Release Date: September 16, 2020

Following over six months of closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Jewish Museum will reopen to the public on Thursday, October 1, 2020,  preceded by five preview days for its Members on September 24, 25, 26, 29, and 30, 2020, from 11am to 4pm. All visitors will enjoy free admission through December 31, 2020, and be able to see the new exhibition (originally scheduled to open in March) We Fight to Build a Free World: An Exhibition by Jonathan Horowitz, as well as Rachel Feinstein: Maiden, Mother, Crone and Scenes from the Collection.

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Virtual Museum Mile Festival Tuesday, June 9, 2020, 9 AM to 9 PM

Release Date: May 28, 2020

Eight New York City museums are joining together to create the first ever day-long virtual Museum Mile Festival on Tuesday, June 9, 2020, from 9 am to 9 pm. Throughout the day, each museum will host live and pre-recorded programs, virtual exhibition tours, live musical performances, and activities for families streamed across their respective websites and social media platforms. Culture enthusiasts from around the world will now be able to join New Yorkers, during this unprecedented moment, and enjoy the festival.

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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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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

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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 Strategic Communications

    Daniela Stigh

    Director of Marketing Communications

  • Contact Information:

    212.423.3271 212.423.3232
  • Mailing Address:

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