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


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 January 24, 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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.

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  • Anne Scher

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