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

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

Exhibition Organized by Artist Jonathan Horowitz Explores Artists’ Responses to Social Injustice from the Early 20th Century to Now

Release Date: January 21, 2020

The Jewish Museum will present We Fight to Build a Free World: An Exhibition by Jonathan Horowitz which looks at how artists have responded to intolerance and authoritarianism, and how they’ve addressed immigration, assimilation, and cultural identity, from March 20 through August 2, 2020. The exhibition will feature works of art primarily from the early 20th century to now. Examples of American social realism from the 1930s and 1940s, new works by Jonathan Horowitz, and newly commissioned political posters by contemporary artists are highlighted. The approximately 80 works include a range of media: sculpture, painting, drawing, photography, and video.

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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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Exhibitions

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

Release Date: December 19, 2019

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. It will be on view at the Jewish Museum from May 1 through September 13, 2020.

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Exhibitions

The Jewish Museum and Film at Lincoln Center Announce the 29th Annual New York Jewish Film Festival January 15–28, 2020

Release Date: December 9, 2019

The Jewish Museum and Film at Lincoln Center will present the 29th annual New York Jewish Film Festival (NYJFF), January 15–28, 2020. 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. Featuring new work by dynamic voices in international cinema as well as film revivals, the festival’s 2020 lineup includes 30 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.

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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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Exhibitions

Celebrate Hanukkah with the Jewish Museum

Release Date: November 6, 2019

The Jewish Museum offers many ways to mark the holiday of Hanukkah, which begins at sundown on Sunday, December 22, 2019.  Highlights include a display of the Museum’s renowned collection of Hanukkah lamps; special family programs, including the annual Hanukkah Family Day; and unique menorahs, dreidels, and gift items available for sale in the Jewish Museum Shop.

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Exhibitions

Exhibition Exploring the Zodiac on View at the Jewish Museum

Release Date: November 6, 2019

The Jewish Museum will present Signs and Symbols: The Zodiac from November 15, 2019 through September 14, 2020, featuring works from the Museum’s collection that depict the astrological signs. Jewish communities, adapting and adopting local practices over the centuries, incorporated these symbols into ceremonial objects, synagogue architecture, and art even though rabbinic authorities reject astrology as part of Jewish practice.

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Exhibitions

The Jewish Museum to Present First Survey of Rachel Feinstein’s Three-Decade Career

Release Date: October 23, 2019

The Jewish Museum will present Rachel Feinstein: Maiden, Mother, Crone, the first survey of the New York-based artist in the United States, from November 1, 2019 through March 22, 2020. The exhibition includes three decades of Feinstein’s work in sculpture, painting, and video, as well as a panoramic wallpaper, a major new commission, and the artist’s maquettes for sculpture. Taken together, the works emphasize the artist’s fascination with dualities: her investigations of masculinity and femininity or good and evil echo her formal explorations of balance and precariousness or positive and negative space. Feinstein’s art follows myriad lines of inquiry, but the idea of the feminine is central. She has made a sustained examination of the many ways this concept is manifested culturally. Female protagonists and figures proliferate in her work and bind it together across diverse media.

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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 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