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Talks, Performances & Workshops

Thought-provoking gallery talks bring our exhibitions into sharper focus. Incisive discussions with artists, scholars, and curators engage with contemporary theory and culture. Through exhibition-inspired performances, concerts, and artist-led workshops, visitors experience art as it happens.

Installation view of Chagall: Love, War and Exile. Artwork © 2014 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris. Photo: David Andrako.

Bang on a Can. Photo: Will Ragozzino/SocialShutterbug.com.

​Dialogues and Discourse: Mel Bochner: Strong Language.

​Exhibition Walkthrough: Other Primary Structures.

In Response: Yujin Lee and Nicole Maloof, The Story, 2015.

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Talks and Screenings

A variety of daytime and evening programs featuring celebrated authors, prominent critics and scholars engaging in rigorous discussion.

  • Gallery Programs

    Gallery Programs

    In-depth explorations of select works of art in the exhibition galleries, led by artist, curators, and educators.

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  • Lectures & Conversations

    Lectures & Conversations

    Evening conversations inspired by current exhibitions exploring artistic practice, global perspectives, and cultural issues.

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  • Author Talks

    Author Talks

    Readings and lectures by writers on their recently published books or works in progress.

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  • Screenings

    Screenings

    Film screenings inspired by the exhibitions on view.

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Performances

Live music and performances inspired by the exhibitions on view

Photos from Past Performances:

In Response, Peter Labier.

In Response, Ivan Forde, "1000 Elements," 2017.

In Response, Tracy Molis.

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Past Events

Past Events:

Co-Presented with Bang on a Can

Thursday, February 27, 2020

Nicole Mitchell's trio Matape, with Val Jeanty and Chad Taylor, creates ancient future soundscapes informed by the African diaspora through flute, Afro-Electronica, and percussion.

Family Concert

Nefesh Mountain 

Family Concert

Wednesday, December 25, 2019

Enjoy the toe-tapping sounds of Nefesh Mountain as they perform a vibrant blend of Bluegrass and Appalachian tunes with a Jewish soul for all ages in time for Hanukkah.

Family Concert

Nefesh Mountain 

Family Concert

Wednesday, December 25, 2019

Enjoy the toe-tapping sounds of Nefesh Mountain as they perform a vibrant blend of Bluegrass and Appalachian tunes with a Jewish soul for all ages in time for Hanukkah.

Artist-Led Studio Programs

Studio programs provide the opportunity to make artwork in response to a diverse range of exhibitions, and are taught by leading contemporary artists whose studio practices share connections with work on view.

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Photo: Martin Seck

Sketching the City

Wednesday, October 27 | 1:00 pm

This program is at capacity. If you have questions or would like to receive advance notification about future programs, please email info@thejm.org.

During this virtual drawing class led over Zoom, get inspired by representations of city scenes on view in the Jewish Museum’s past exhibition Edith Halpert and the Rise of American Art. Participants will explore perspective, abstraction, and narrative in paintings by Charles Sheeler, Stuart Davis, Jacob Lawrence, and others.

$15 General; $10 Members

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Peter Shire, Menorah # 7, California, United States, 1986. Purchase: Judaica Acquisitions Endowment Fund

Representing Ritual

Wednesday, November 10 | 1:00 pm

Drawing inspiration from a variety of Hanukkah lamps in the Jewish Museum collection, participants will reflect on the role of ritual in their own lives to create poetic painted collages.

$35 General; $30 Members

Material cost: up to $50

Please note that this is a two-session class. Ticket purchase is required and includes both sessions on November 10 & 17.

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Peter Shire, Menorah # 7, California, United States, 1986. Purchase: Judaica Acquisitions Endowment Fund

Representing Ritual

Wednesday, November 17 | 1:00 pm

Drawing inspiration from a variety of Hanukkah lamps in the Jewish Museum collection, participants will reflect on the role of ritual in their own lives to create poetic painted collages.

$35 General; $30 Members

Material cost: up to $50

Please note that this is a two-session class. Ticket purchase is required and includes both sessions on November 10 & 17.

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Past Events

Past Events:

Sketching, Sculpture, and the Mind

Louise Bourgeois, The Destruction of the Father, 1974. Latex, plaster, wood, fabric, and red light. © The Easton Foundation/Licensed by VAGA at Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY, Photo: Ron Amstutz.

Sketching, Sculpture, and the Mind

Wednesday, October 20, 2021

This program is at capacity. If you have questions or would like to receive advance notification about future programs, please email info@thejm.org.

In this two-part virtual workshop, explore the work of sculptor Louise Bourgeois and her relationship to Freudian psychoanalysis. Participants will experiment with materials and respond to images in the exhibition Louise Bourgeois, Freud’s Daughter through a combination of drawing, sculpture, and writing exercises. This class will take place on Zoom and includes live instruction.

Sketching, Sculpture, and the Mind

Louise Bourgeois, The Destruction of the Father, 1974. Latex, plaster, wood, fabric, and red light. © The Easton Foundation/Licensed by VAGA at Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY, Photo: Ron Amstutz.

Sketching, Sculpture, and the Mind

Wednesday, October 13, 2021

This program is at capacity. If you have questions or would like to receive advance notification about future programs, please email info@thejm.org.

In this two-part virtual workshop, explore the work of sculptor Louise Bourgeois and her relationship to Freudian psychoanalysis. Participants will experiment with materials and respond to images in the exhibition Louise Bourgeois, Freud’s Daughter through a combination of drawing, sculpture, and writing exercises. This class will take place on Zoom and includes live instruction.

Sketching, Sculpture, and the Mind

Louise Bourgeois, The Destruction of the Father, 1974, Latex, plaster, wood, fabric, and red light

Sketching, Sculpture, and the Mind

Wednesday, May 26, 2021

his program is at capacity. If you have questions or would like to receive advance notification about future programs, please email info@thejm.org. 

In this virtual workshop, explore the work of sculptor Louise Bourgeois and her relationship to Freudian psychoanalysis.

Drawing Connections: Pattern and Design

Photo: Martin Seck

Drawing Connections: Pattern and Design

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

In this remote-learning workshop, create a portfolio of drawings inspired by meaningful patterns and designs observed in artwork from the Jewish Museum’s collection.

Drawing Connections: Portraits at Home

Photo: Martin Seck 

Drawing Connections: Portraits at Home

Wednesday, February 10, 2021

In this two-part remote learning workshop, create a series of self-portrait and portrait drawings at home using a variety of techniques inspired by works of art in the Jewish Museum’s collection. 

Drawing Connections: Portraits at Home

Photo: Martin Seck

Drawing Connections: Portraits at Home

Wednesday, February 3, 2021

In this two-part remote learning workshop, create a series of self-portrait and portrait drawings at home using a variety of techniques inspired by works of art in the Jewish Museum’s collection. 

Printmaking with a Message

Installation view of "We Fight to Build a Free World: An Exhibition by Jonathan Horowitz" October 1, 2020 - January 24, 2021, at the Jewish Museum, NY. Photo: Kris Graves

Printmaking with a Message

Wednesday, January 20, 2021

In this two-session virtual workshop, learn stencil and pochoir techniques to create posters with a meaningful message, using materials at home that you will order online.

Printmaking with a Message

Installation view of "We Fight to Build a Free World: An Exhibition by Jonathan Horowitz" October 1, 2020 - January 24, 2021, at the Jewish Museum, NY. Photo: Kris Graves.

Printmaking with a Message

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

In this virtual workshop, learn stencil and pochoir techniques to create a poster with a meaningful message.

Tracing Modigliani

Installation view of the exhibition Modigliani Unmasked. September 15, 2017 – February 4, 2018. The Jewish Museum, NY. Photo by: Jason Mandella

Tracing Modigliani

Wednesday, December 16, 2020

Revisit the Jewish Museum’s past exhibition, Modigliani Unmasked, and trace the evolution of a prolific modern artist’s hand. Explore a variety of drawing techniques, such as line, contour, and shading, to create a portfolio of sketches inspired by work from the exhibition.

Tracing Modigliani

Installation view of the exhibition Modigliani Unmasked. September 15, 2017 – February 4, 2018. The Jewish Museum, NY. Photo by: Jason Mandella

Tracing Modigliani

Wednesday, December 9, 2020

Revisit the Jewish Museum’s past exhibition, Modigliani Unmasked, and trace the evolution of a prolific modern artist’s hand. Explore a variety of drawing techniques, such as line, contour, and shading, to create a portfolio of sketches inspired by work from the exhibition.

Drawing Connections: Pattern and Design

Photo: Martin Seck

Drawing Connections: Pattern and Design

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

In this remote-learning workshop, create a portfolio of drawings inspired by meaningful patterns and designs observed in artwork from the Jewish Museum’s collection, ranging from the sacred to the conceptual.

Printmaking with a Message

Installation views of We Fight to Build a Free World: An Exhibition by Jonathan Horowitz, October 1, 2020 - January 24, 2021, at the Jewish Museum, NY. Photo: Kris Graves

Printmaking with a Message

Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Learn stencil printmaking techniques to create a poster with a meaningful message. Participants will draw inspiration from politically engaged artwork on view in the exhibition We Fight to Build a Free World: An Exhibition by Jonathan Horowitz

Printmaking with a Message

Installation views of We Fight to Build a Free World: An Exhibition by Jonathan Horowitz, October 1, 2020 - January 24, 2021, at the Jewish Museum, NY. Photo: Kris Graves

Printmaking with a Message

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Learn stencil printmaking techniques to create a poster with a meaningful message. Participants will draw inspiration from politically engaged artwork on view in the exhibition We Fight to Build a Free World: An Exhibition by Jonathan Horowitz.

Drawing Connections: Sketching at Home

Photo: Martin Seck

Drawing Connections: Sketching at Home

Wednesday, October 7, 2020

Drawing Connections: Portraits at Home

Photo: Martin Seck 

Drawing Connections: Portraits at Home

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

In this two-part remote learning workshop, create a series of self-portrait and portrait drawings at home using a variety of techniques inspired by works of art in the Jewish Museum’s collection. 

Drawing Connections: Portraits at Home

Photo: Martin Seck

Drawing Connections: Portraits at Home

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

In this two-part remote learning workshop, create a series of self-portrait and portrait drawings at home using a variety of techniques inspired by works of art in the Jewish Museum’s collection.

Drawing Connections: Portraits at Home

Photo: Martin Seck

Drawing Connections: Portraits at Home

Wednesday, August 5, 2020

In this two-part remote learning workshop, create a series of self-portrait and portrait drawings at home inspired by works of art in the Jewish Museum’s collection.

Drawing Connections: Portraits at Home

Photo: Martin Seck

Drawing Connections: Portraits at Home

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

In this two-part remote learning workshop, create a series of self-portrait and portrait drawings at home inspired by works of art in the Jewish Museum’s collection.

Drawing Connections: Sketching at Home

Photo: Martin Seck

Drawing Connections: Sketching at Home

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

In this remote-learning workshop and discussion led by Jewish Museum educators, create a portfolio of drawings at home. 

Drawing Connections: Sketching at Home

Photo: Martin Seck

Drawing Connections: Sketching at Home

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

In this remote-learning workshop and discussion led by Jewish Museum educators, create a portfolio of drawings at home. 

Drawing Connections: Sketching at Home

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

In this remote-learning workshop and discussion led by Jewish Museum educators, create a portfolio of drawings at home. 

Drawing Connections: Sketching at Home

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

In this remote-learning workshop and discussion led by Jewish Museum educators, create a portfolio of drawings at home. 

Political Prints

Ben Shahn, We Fight For A Free World!, c. 1942, gouache and tempera on board.

Political Prints

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Learn relief printmaking techniques and use a professional press to create multiple copies of your own poster inspired by politically engaged artwork on view in We Fight to Build a Free World: An Exhibition by Jonathan Horowitz.

Sculpting the Abstracted Figure

Rachel Feinstein, Model, 2000. Mirror, wood, plaster, and enamel paint. Artwork © Rachel Feinstein; courtesy of the artist

Sculpting the Abstracted Figure

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Experiment with sculptural materials in this three-session workshop led by artist Kristen Jensen and inspired by the distinctively abstracted human figures in the exhibition Rachel Feinstein: Maiden Mother Crone.

Sculpting the Abstracted Figure

Rachel Feinstein, Model, 2000. Mirror, wood, plaster, and enamel paint. Artwork © Rachel Feinstein; courtesy of the artist.

Sculpting the Abstracted Figure

Thursday, February 13, 2020

Experiment with sculptural materials in this three-session workshop led by artist Kristen Jensen and inspired by the distinctively abstracted human figures in the exhibition Rachel Feinstein: Maiden Mother Crone.

Sculpting the Abstracted Figure

Rachel Feinstein, Model, 2000. Mirror, wood, plaster, and enamel paint. Artwork © Rachel Feinstein; courtesy of the artist.

Sculpting the Abstracted Figure

Thursday, February 6, 2020

Experiment with sculptural materials in this three-session workshop led by artist Kristen Jensen and inspired by the distinctively abstracted human figures in the exhibition Rachel Feinstein: Maiden Mother Crone.

Drawing Connections: Sketching the City

Jacob Lawrence, This is Harlem, 1943. Gouache and pencil on paper. Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Gift of Joseph H. Hirshhorn, 1966

Drawing Connections: Sketching the City

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Get inspired by representations of city scenes on view in the exhibition Edith Halpert and the Rise of American Art during this drawing class taking place while the galleries are closed to the public. Participants explore perspective, abstraction, and narrative in paintings by Charles Sheeler, Stuart Davis, Jacob Lawrence, and others.

Modern Strategies for Storytelling in Paint

Stuart Davis, Egg Beater No. 1, 1927. Oil on linen, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, gift of Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, 31.169. Artwork © Estate of Stuart Davis / Licensed by VAGA at Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Modern Strategies for Storytelling in Paint

Sunday, November 17, 2019

In this afternoon painting workshop taught by artist Jaqueline Cedar, combine abstract and figurative methods of telling a story in acrylic paint on canvas inspired by work on view in the exhibition Edith Halpert and the Rise of American Art.

Drawing Connections: Fantasy and the Figure

Rachel Feinstein, Mr Time, 2015. Powder-coated aluminum and automatic clock

Drawing Connections: Fantasy and the Figure

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Take an intimate journey through drawing in the survey exhibition Rachel Feinstein: Maiden, Mother, Crone while the galleries are closed to the public.

Drawing Connections: Allegory, Symbol, and Meaning

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Explore the meaning of works of art on view in the Jewish Museum’s collection during this study and sketching session that takes place while the galleries are closed to the public.

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