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

The Jewish Museum and Bang on a Can Present Iva Bittová

Release Date: January 9, 2018

Bang on a Can and the Jewish Museum’s 2017-18 concert season, which focuses on pioneering female artists, continues on Thursday, February 22, 2018 at 7:30pm with a performance by Iva Bittová. Bittová is known foremost as a violinist-vocalist whose distinct music blends styles from many global music cultures – eastern European folk, western classical, Indian, Middle Eastern, and American rock ‘n roll. Her solo performance at the Jewish Museum will reflect the central themes of cultural exchange and influence present in the exhibition Veiled Meanings: Fashioning Jewish Dress, from the Collection of the Israel Museum, Jerusalem.

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Family

Winter/Spring 2018 Season of Family Programs Begins at the Jewish Museum in January

Release Date: January 3, 2018

The Jewish Museum launches its winter/spring 2018 season of family programs in January with an array of concerts, art workshops, and more. The concert line-up for the year kicks off with David Weinstone and the Music for Aardvarks Band on January 21.  Among other programs on the schedule are The Paper Bag Players on March 11, the annual Freedom Art Jam Art & Dance Party on March 25; drop-in art workshops; and family art activities.

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Exhibitions

The Film Society Of Lincoln Center and the Jewish Museum Announce the Complete Lineup for the 27th Annual New York Jewish Film Festival, January 10-23, 2018

Release Date: December 15, 2017

The Jewish Museum and the Film Society of Lincoln Center announce the complete lineup for the 27th annual New York Jewish Film Festival (NYJFF), January 10-23, 2018. 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 2018 lineup includes 37 wide-ranging and exciting features and shorts from the iconic to the iconoclastic, of which 25 are screening in their world, U.S., and New York premieres.

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News

THE JEWISH MUSEUM APPOINTS DARSIE ALEXANDER CHIEF CURATOR

Release Date: November 14, 2017

Claudia Gould, Helen Goldsmith Menschel Director, The Jewish Museum, announced today that Darsie Alexander will become the Jewish Museum’s Susan and Elihu Rose Chief Curator. Ms. Alexander has previously held curator roles at the Walker Art Museum, Baltimore Museum of Art, and The Museum of Modern Art, and is currently Executive Director of the Katonah Museum of Art. The accomplished curator and museum director will begin her new role on March 20, 2018.

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Exhibitions

Installation by Artist Math Bass on View in Jewish Museum’s Lobby

Release Date: October 24, 2017

The Jewish Museum presents Math Bass: Crowd Rehearsal, on view in the Museum’s Skirball Lobby from November 2, 2017 through April 22, 2018. Los Angeles-based artist Math Bass (b. 1981) works across video and performance as well as painting and sculpture, which she executes in a distinctly graphic style. In her installation Crowd Rehearsal, a svelte, ladderlike sculpture draped with a coatlike painting is set against two canvases with nearly identical imagery. The title and forms suggest but do not show human bodies and actions.  

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Family

Platinum-Selling Musician Lisa Loeb Performs Two Concerts for Families at the Jewish Museum October 22

Release Date: October 17, 2017

Singer-songwriter Lisa Loeb will perform two concerts for families on Sunday, October 22 at the Jewish Museum, at 11:30 am and at 2:00 pm. The Los Angeles-based mother of two is making her debut at the Jewish Museum, and will play songs from her kids’ albums Catch the Moon, Nursery Rhyme Parade!, and Parents’ Choice Gold Award winner Feel What U Feel, and other catchy pop melodies.

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Programs

The Jewish Museum and Bang on a Can Present La Mar Enfortuna

Release Date: October 9, 2017

Bang on a Can and the Jewish Museum’s 2017-18 concert season, which focuses on pioneering female artists, continues on November 9 with a performance by La Mar Enfortuna. Sensuous and lyrical, La Mar Enfortuna is a modern exploration of lost and forgotten Sephardic melodies, creatively arranged and performed in various languages including Arabic and Spanish. Long-time collaborators Jennifer Charles and Oren Bloedow, known also as the core of the acclaimed NY-based band Elysian Fields, lead an all-star cast on modern and ancient instruments, incorporating the sounds of jazz, folk, Middle Eastern, and Latin music. The performance is presented in conjunction with Modigliani Unmasked, the Jewish Museum’s current exhibition of early drawings by Amedeo Modigliani (1884-1920)—many of which are being shown for the first time in the United States.

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Exhibitions

Richly Decorated Garments from Over 20 Countries On View at the Jewish Museum Beginning November 3, 2017

Release Date: September 25, 2017

A sumptuous array of apparel from over 20 countries on four continents will be on display at the Jewish Museum from November 3, 2017 through March 18, 2018, offering an exceptional opportunity for American audiences to view many facets of Jewish identity and culture through rarely seen garments. Veiled Meanings: Fashioning Jewish Dress, from the Collection of The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, the first comprehensive U.S. exhibition drawn from The Israel Museum’s world-renowned collection of Jewish costumes, showcases over 100 articles of clothing from the eighteenth to twentieth centuries, presented as complete ensembles or as stand-alone items. The exhibition is organized by The Israel Museum, Jerusalem.

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Platinum-Selling Musician Lisa Loeb Performs for Families at the Jewish Museum October 22

Release Date: September 19, 2017

Singer-songwriter Lisa Loeb will perform a concert for families on Sunday, October 22 at 11:30 am at the Jewish Museum. The Los Angeles-based mother of two makes her debut at the Jewish Museum, and will play songs from her albums kids’ albums Catch the Moon, Nursery Rhyme Parade!, and Parents’ Choice Gold Award winner Feel What U Feel, and other catchy pop melodies.

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Author Francine Klagsbrun Speaks about Golda Meir October 19 at the Jewish Museum

Release Date: September 6, 2017

Author Francine Klagsbrun will speak about her new book, Lioness: Golda Meir and the Nation of Israel (Schocken Books, 2017), at the Jewish Museum on October 19 at 6:30 pm in a program co-presented with The Jewish Week. Klagsbrun's superbly researched and masterly recounted story of Israel's founding mother is the definitive biography of Golda Meir, the iron-willed leader and political operative who became the fourth prime minister of Israel and one of the most notable women of the 20th century. Copies of Lioness will be available for purchase and signing after the event. The program will be introduced by Gary Rosenblatt, Editor and Publisher of The Jewish Week.

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Advance Schedule of Exhibitions at the Jewish Museum Fall 2017-Spring 2018

Release Date: August 16, 2017

The Jewish Museum’s upcoming schedule includes a diverse array of exhibitions. This fall the Museum will present an exhibition that focuses on Amedeo Modigliani’s early work, as well as the first comprehensive exhibition in the United States drawn from The Israel Museum’s world-renowned collection of Jewish costumes. In January, for the first time in 25 years, the Museum will open its new, major collection exhibition that will feature more than 650 works from antiquities to contemporary art. Finally, the spring sees the first survey in the United States of the work of Marc Camille Chaimowicz, one of the first artists to merge performance and installation art.

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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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