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

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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Programs

The Jewish Museum and Bang on a Can Present Tomeka Reid Quartet

Release Date: March 28, 2018

Bang on a Can and the Jewish Museum’s 2017-18 concert season, which focuses on pioneering female artists, concludes on Thursday, April 26, 2018 at 7:30pm with a performance by cellist, composer, and improviser Tomeka Reid. Reid will perform with the Tomeka Reid Quartet, her own collection of leading Chicago and New York-based musicians, including Jason Roebke, bass; Mary Halvorson, guitar; and Tomas Fujiwara, drums. The ensemble will perform new compositions, combining her love of groove along with freer concepts, inspired by the themes in Scenes from the Collection, a new, major exhibition of the Jewish Museum's unparalleled collection featuring nearly 600 works from antiquities to contemporary art.

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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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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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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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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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