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

The Jewish Museum to Present Contemporary Art Exhibition Inspired by Global Icon Leonard Cohen

Release Date: March 11, 2019

The Jewish Museum will present Leonard Cohen: A Crack in Everything, a contemporary art exhibition devoted to the imagination and legacy of the influential singer/songwriter, man of letters, and global icon from Montreal, Canada. The exhibition will be on view from April 12 through September 8, 2019. Organized by the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal (MAC), where it debuted, the exhibition is curated by John Zeppetelli, Director and Chief Curator at the MAC, and Victor Shiffman, Co-Curator. Leonard Cohen: A Crack in Everything will embark on a tour, with the Jewish Museum as its first stop. Following its New York presentation, the exhibition will travel to Copenhagen and San Francisco.

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Exhibitions

The Jewish Museum to Present First Ever Exhibition Exploring the Remarkable Career of Influential American Art Dealer Edith Halpert

Release Date: March 5, 2019

The Jewish Museum will present Edith Halpert and the Rise of American Art, the first exhibition to explore the remarkable career of Edith Halpert (1900-1970), the influential American art dealer and founder of the Downtown Gallery in New York City. A pioneer in the field and the first significant female gallerist in the United States, Halpert propelled American art to the fore at a time when the European avant-garde still enthralled the world. The artists she supported — Stuart Davis, Jacob Lawrence, Georgia O'Keeffe, Yasuo Kuniyoshi, Ben Shahn, and Charles Sheeler key among them — became icons of American modernism. Halpert also brought vital attention to overlooked nineteenth-century American artists, such as William Michael Harnett, Edward Hicks, and Raphaelle Peale, as well as little-known and anonymous folk artists. With her revolutionary program at the Downtown Gallery, Halpert inspired generations of Americans to value the art of their own country, in their own time.

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News

Carnival-Themed Purim Ball Raises a Record $3 Million for the Jewish Museum

Release Date: February 26, 2019

The Jewish Museum held its 33rd Annual Purim Ball at the Park Avenue Armory on Wednesday, February 20, 2019, honoring Robert and Tracey Pruzan and The Barnett and Annalee Newman Foundation. The Museum’s annual fundraising gala gathered over 1,000 notable members of New York’s corporate, social, and art and cultural communities for a festive dinner and lively after party in celebration of Purim. This year’s Purim Ball raised a record $3 million in support of the Museum.

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Programs

Public Programs in Conjunction with the 50th Anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising at the Jewish Museum

Release Date: February 13, 2019

To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising, one of the most important moments in gay civil rights history, the Jewish Museum is joining dozens of non-profit and cultural organizations as part of the Stonewall 50 Consortium, paying tribute through a year of programming, while highlighting works of art from the Jewish Museum's collection that explore themes of gender and identity.

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Programs

Winter/Spring 2019 Season of Public Programs at the Jewish Museum

Release Date: January 17, 2019

The Jewish Museum launches its winter/spring 2019 season of public programs in January with lectures, panel discussions, adult studio workshops, and more. Highlights include a panel discussion on art and politics with contemporary artists Zoe Strauss and Eric Gottesman on February 14; a conversation with artists Ross Bleckner and Deb Kass on March 7; and concerts featuring ETHEL on February 28, Daniel Gortler and Daniel Guerdes on May 16, and Meredith Monk on May 30.

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Programs

The Jewish Museum and Bang on a Can Present ETHEL Performing the String Quartets of Julia Wolfe

Release Date: January 15, 2019

Bang on a Can and the Jewish Museum’s 2018-2019 concert season, pairing innovative music with the Museum’s exhibitions and showcasing leading female performers and composers, continues on Thursday, February 28, 2019 at 7:30pm. The acclaimed string quartet ETHEL performs the complete string quartets of Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Julia Wolfe: Dig Deep, Early that Summer, Four Marys, and Blue Dress. This is the first performance of all of Wolfe's string quartets at one time, on one stage. 

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Programs

Winter/Spring 2019 Season of Family Programs at the Jewish Museum

Release Date: January 3, 2019

The Jewish Museum launches its winter/spring 2019 season of family programs in January with performances, art workshops, and more. The Museum welcomes two new acts to its slate of family performances, with Lucy Kalantari & the Jazz Cats and  Michael & The Rockness Monsters joining long-time favorites The Pop Ups, Hot Peas ‘N Butter, and The Paper Bag Players. Other programs on the schedule are the annual Freedom Art Jam Art & Dance Party for Passover on April 7; drop-in art workshops every Sunday and on selected holiday weekdays; and family art activities. See below for details about each program.

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Exhibitions

The Jewish Museum and the Film Society Of Lincoln Center Present the 28th Annual New York Jewish Film Festival, January 9–22, 2019

Release Date: December 12, 2018

The Jewish Museum and the Film Society of Lincoln Center will present the 28th annual New York Jewish Film Festival (NYJFF), January 9–22, 2019. Among the oldest and most influential Jewish film festivals worldwide, the NYJFF each year presents the finest documentary, narrative, and short films from around the world that explore the diverse Jewish experience. Featuring new work by fresh voices in international cinema as well as restored classics, the festival’s 2019 lineup includes 32 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. Screenings are held at the Walter Reade Theater, 165 West 65th Street, NYC.

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Programs

Celebrate Hanukkah with the Jewish Museum

Release Date: November 26, 2018

The Jewish Museum offers many ways to mark the holiday of Hanukkah, which begins at sundown on Sunday, December 2. 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 Features Over 80 Hanukkah Lamps from the Jewish Museum

Release Date: November 26, 2018

The Jewish Museum is presenting Accumulations: Hanukkah Lamps featuring over 80 Hanukkah lamps representing four continents and six centuries of artistic production.  The eight-night holiday takes place this year from sundown on December 2 through sundown on December 10, 2018. One of seven sections that make up the Jewish Museum’s third floor collection exhibition, Scenes from the Collection, “Accumulations” spotlights an aspect of museum collecting: the accumulation of multiple examples of a given work or similar works. The Jewish Museum’s collection of Hanukkah lamps is the largest in the world at nearly 1,050 pieces, and was amassed over the 114 years of the Museum’s existence.  The Hanukkah lamps on view reflect a wide variety of stylistic influences and decorative techniques

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Exhibitions

The Jewish Museum and the Film Society of Lincoln Center Announce the 28th Annual New York Jewish Film Festival, January 9-22, 2019

Release Date: November 15, 2018

The Jewish Museum and the Film Society of Lincoln Center will present the 28th annual New York Jewish Film Festival (NYJFF), January 9-22, 2019. Among the oldest and most influential Jewish film festivals worldwide, the NYJFF each year presents the finest documentary, narrative, and short films from around the world that explore the diverse Jewish experience. Featuring new work by fresh voices in international cinema as well as restored classics, the festival’s 2019 lineup includes over 30 wide-ranging and exciting features and shorts from the iconic to the iconoclastic, of which many will be screening in their world, U.S., and New York premieres. Screenings are held at the Walter Reade Theater, 165 West 65th Street, NYC.

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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.

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  • Anne Scher

    Senior Director of Communications

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    Director of Communications

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    Senior Coordinator of Communications

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