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

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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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

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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Programs

Programs in Conjunction with Martha Rosler: Irrespective at the Jewish Museum

Release Date: October 29, 2018

In conjunction with the exhibition Martha Rosler: Irrespective, the Jewish Museum will present a series of public programs, featuring a discussion between artist Martha Rosler and Darsie Alexander, Susan and Elihu Rose Chief Curator, The Jewish Museum, on November 8, and a concert by the avant-garde string quartet ETHEL on February 28.

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Programs

The Jewish Museum and Bang on a Can Present Jenny Lin Performing music by Galina Ustvolskaya and Philip Glass, including the New York Premiere of Philip Glass’ Passacaglia

Release Date: October 3, 2018

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, November 15, 2018 at 7:30 pm. Mystical Soviet-era Russian composer Galina Ustvolskaya meets American minimalist master composer Philip Glass in a brilliant contrast of works for solo piano, featuring the New York premiere of Glass’ Passacaglia, performed by the remarkable Jenny Lin. Set alongside the Jewish Museum’s exhibition Chagall, Lissitzky, Malevich: The Russian Avant-Garde in Vitebsk, 1918-1922, this concert features a collision of recently re-discovered music from early 20th century Russia with some of the most acclaimed piano works by contemporary legend Philip Glass. Jenny Lin is a New York-based pianist by way of Taiwan and Austria. Celebrated for her performances of classical and contemporary music, she has joined Philip Glass over the last five years in his ongoing world tour of his complete Piano Etudes.

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Programs

Fall 2018 Season of Public Programs at the Jewish Museum

Release Date: September 18, 2018

Highlights include fashion designer Isaac Mizrahi in conversation with author Caroline Weber on October 11; an author talk with artist Maira Kalman and her son Alex Kalman on November 7; and appearances by Marc Chagall’s granddaughter Bella Meyer on December 6 and noted architect Daniel Libeskind on December 13 in conjunction with the exhibition Chagall, Lissitzky, Malevich: The Russian Avant-Garde in Vitebsk, 1918-1922.

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Programs

Programs in Conjunction with Chagall, Lissitzky, Malevich: The Russian Avant-Garde in Vitebsk, 1918-1922 at the Jewish Museum

Release Date: August 30, 2018

In conjunction with the exhibition Chagall, Lissitzky, Malevich: The Russian Avant-Garde in Vitebsk, 1918-1922, the Jewish Museum will present a series of public and family programs featuring speakers such as Marc Chagall’s granddaughter Bella Meyer on December 6 and noted architect Daniel Libeskind on December 13, and a family day on October 21.

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Programs

The Jewish Museum and Bang on a Can Present Judith Berkson

Release Date: June 19, 2018

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, begins on Thursday, July 19, 2018 at 7:30pm. Brooklyn-based composer, pianist, and vocalist Judith Berkson performs a dynamic set featuring her unique blend of cantorial music, Hebrew liturgy, and her innovative indie-contemporary composed songs, in conjunction with the exhibition Chaim Soutine: Flesh.

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Programs

Comedy Night at the Jewish Museum Hosted by Josh Gondelman, Featuring Roy Wood Jr., Emmy Blotnick, and Alison Leiby, and Musical Performance by Laura Stevenson

Release Date: June 5, 2018

Josh Gondelman, comedian and writer for Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, returns to the Jewish Museum to host a night of comedy and music on Thursday, June 21, 2018, beginning at 8 pm. The lineup features comedians Roy Wood Jr., Emmy Blotnick, and Alison Leiby, with a musical performance by singer-songwriter Laura Stevenson.

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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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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

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    212.423.3271 212.423.3232
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