Release Date: April 24, 2017

May 2017 Programs at the Jewish Museum

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New York, NY, April 26, 2017 - The Jewish Museum’s 2017 slate of lectures, discussions, and events continues in April with contemporary artists Cecily Brown, Nick Mauss, and Jutta Koether and scholar Emmelyn Butterfield-Rosen, discussing the work of Florine Stettheimer; a concert by Israeli pianist Daniel Gortler; and a talk with artist Adam Pendleton, among other programs.

Further program and ticket information is available by calling 212.423.3337 or online at All programs are at the Jewish Museum, Fifth Avenue and 92nd Street, Manhattan, unless otherwise indicated.


The Jewish Book Council Presents Unpacking the Book: Jewish Writers in Conversation
2017 Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature FinalistsWednesday, May 3, 6:30pm
Advance RSVP is required; early arrival is suggested as space is limited. Entry is not guaranteed. Reservations can be made at
Rabbi David Wolpe leads a discussion with the emerging authors nominated for the 2017 Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature in Fiction: Paul Goldberg, Idra Novey, Adam Sachs, Rebecca Schiff, and Daniel Torday.

The Jewish Book Council, the Jewish Museum, and Tablet Magazine are presenting the third season of Unpacking the Book: Jewish Writers in Conversation, bringing together some of the finest writers of the day for conversations around contemporary Jewish life and identity. Each program in the series is free and includes refreshments, a book sale and signing, and the opportunity to visit a featured exhibition in the Jewish Museum galleries.

In Response: The Arcades
Sunday, May 7, 6:30 pm
Free with RSVP

Columbia University Visual Arts MFA candidates and recent alumni present new video, performance, and installation-based artworks in response to the exhibition The Arcades: Contemporary Art and Walter Benjamin. The exhibition explores the ongoing relevance of Benjamin’s magnum opus The Arcades Project, a sprawling meditation on modern life and 19th-century Paris, through works of contemporary art representing the subjects of each of the book's thirty-six chapters.

Participating artists: Ivan Forde, Davey Hawkins, Cary Hulbert, Daria Irincheeva, Emily Kloppenburg, Leah Moskowitz, Ana Rivera, Rocio Olivares, Emily Shaffer, Jacqueline Silberbush, and Sara Stern.

AM at the JM: Adam Pendleton
Tuesday, May 9, 8 am at Think Coffee, Union Square, 123 Fourth Ave, NYC

Artist Adam Pendleton will discuss his recent projects with Jens Hoffmann, Director of Special Exhibitions and Public Programs, The Jewish Museum. Pendleton’s work is included in The Arcades: Contemporary Art and Walter Benjamin.

Dialogue and Discourse: Perspectives on Florine Stettheimer
The Mildred and George Weissman Program
Thursday, May 11, 6:30 pm
Free with Pay-What-You-Wish Admission; RSVP Recommended

Featuring Cecily Brown, Emmelyn Butterfield-Rosen, and Nick Mauss, and moderated by Jutta Koether, this panel of contemporary artists considers different methods to read the work of Florine Stettheimer: through the lens of social and cultural history or as an alternative example of modernism.

Concert: Brahms Between Past and Future
Thursday, May 18, 7:30 pm
Tickets: $24 General; $18 Students and Seniors; $14 Members

Pianist Daniel Gortler performs Brahms’s Piano Sonata No. 3 in F minor, Op. 5, Alban Berg’s Piano Sonata, Op. 1, and Johan Sebastian Bach’s Partita No.6 in E minor, BWV 830.

Gallery Talks
Fridays, May 5, 12, and 19, 2pm
Free with Museum Admission – RSVP Recommended

Thematic explorations of select works of art in current exhibitions, led by members of the Education Department:

The Arcades: Contemporary Art and Walter Benjamin – The Flâneur Past and Present
Friday, May 5, 2 pm
A discussion of the 19th century concept of the “Flâneur” or city wanderer, considering the culture and transformation of modern city life.

Florine Stettheimer: Painting Poetry
A Closer Look: Florine Stettheimer
Fridays, May 12 and 19, 2 pm
An exploration of Florine Stettheimer’s singular role in the development of American modern art through consideration of her evocative paintings incorporating unusual choices of color, material, and composition.

Public programs are made possible by endowment support from the William Petschek Family, the Trustees of the Salo W. and Jeannette M. Baron Foundation, Barbara and Benjamin Zucker, the late William W. Hallo, the late Susanne Hallo Kalem, the late Ruth Hallo Landman, the Marshall M. Weinberg Fund, with additional support from Marshall M. Weinberg, the Rita J. and Stanley H. Kaplan Foundation, the Saul and Harriet M. Rothkopf Family Foundation, and Ellen Liman. Additional support is provided by Lorraine and Martin Beitler and through public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.

About the Jewish Museum

Located on New York City’s famed Museum Mile, the Jewish Museum is a distinctive hub for art and Jewish culture for people of all backgrounds. Founded in 1904, the Museum was the first institution of its kind in the United States and is one of the oldest Jewish museums in the world. Devoted to exploring art and Jewish culture from ancient to contemporary, the Museum offers diverse exhibitions and programs, and maintains a unique collection of nearly 30,000 works of art, ceremonial objects, and media reflecting the global Jewish experience over more than 4,000 years.

Location: 1109 Fifth Avenue at 92nd Street, New York City

Hours: Saturday, Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday, 11am to 5:45pm; Thursday, 11am to 8pm; and Friday, 11am to 4pm.

Admission: $15.00 for adults, $12.00 for senior citizens, $7.50 for students, free for visitors 18 and under and Jewish Museum members. Pay What You Wish on Thursdays from 5pm to 8pm. Free on Saturdays.

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