The Jewish Museum - Past Events

Below is a list of all past events for The Jewish Museum. Current and upcoming events, as well as other details, are available on the venue's page.

  • poster for “Charlemagne Palestine’s Bear Mitzvah in Meshugahland” Exhibition

    “Charlemagne Palestine’s Bear Mitzvah in Meshugahland” Exhibition

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    • Media: Installation
    • 2017-03-17 - 2017-08-06

    Charlemagne Palestine (b. 1947, Brooklyn, New York), best known for his avant-garde and experimental music compositions beginning in the 1960s, has been incorporating bears and other plush toys into his...More »

  • poster for “The Arcades: Contemporary Art and Walter Benjamin” Exhibition

    “The Arcades: Contemporary Art and Walter Benjamin” Exhibition

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    • Media: Painting - Drawing - Photography - Sculpture - Installation
    • 2017-03-17 - 2017-08-06

    The German Jewish writer Walter Benjamin (1892–1940), one of the most important philosophers and cultural critics of the twentieth century, began The Arcades Project in 1927 as a short piece about Paris’s...More »

  • poster for Pierre Chareau “Modern Architecture and Design”

    Pierre Chareau “Modern Architecture and Design”

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    • Media: Furniture
    • 2016-11-04 - 2017-03-26

    The Jewish Museum will present the first U.S. exhibition focused on French designer and architect Pierre Chareau (1883–1950) from November 4, 2016 through March 26, 2017. Showcasing rare furniture, lighting...More »

  • poster for Alex Israel “Using Walls, Floors, and Ceilings”

    Alex Israel “Using Walls, Floors, and Ceilings”

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    • Media: Painting - Installation
    • 2016-11-04 - 2017-04-23

    For this edition of the ongoing series Using Walls, Floors, and Ceilings, artist Alex Israel presents a new painting in his Self-Portrait series. Alex Israel (b. 1982) was born, raised, and now lives...More »

  • poster for John Singer Sargent “Mrs. Carl Meyer and Her Children”

    John Singer Sargent “Mrs. Carl Meyer and Her Children”

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    • Media: Painting - Drawing
    • 2016-09-16 - 2017-02-05

    John Singer Sargent’s magisterial painting, Mrs. Carl Meyer and her Children of 1896, depicts Adèle Meyer with her children Elsie Charlotte and Frank Cecil. This remarkable work of art is one of Sargent’s...More »

  • poster for “Take Me (I’m Yours)” Exhibition

    “Take Me (I’m Yours)” Exhibition

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    • Media: Painting - Sculpture - Installation - Digital - Media Arts
    • 2016-09-16 - 2017-02-05

    This fall, the Jewish Museum is upending museum conventions with Take Me (I’m Yours), an exhibition featuring artworks that visitors are asked to touch, participate in, and even take home. Take Me (I’m...More »

  • poster for “Masterpieces & Curiosities: Memphis Does Hanukkah” Exhibition

    “Masterpieces & Curiosities: Memphis Does Hanukkah” Exhibition

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    • Media: Sculpture - Installation - Furniture
    • 2016-09-16 - 2017-02-12

    This edition of the Masterpieces & Curiosities series focuses on designer and artist Peter Shire’s Menorah #7 (1986), and presents an opportunity to visually sketch the connection between the Los Angeles...More »

  • poster for “The Television Project: You Don’t Have to Be Jewish” Exhibition

    “The Television Project: You Don’t Have to Be Jewish” Exhibition

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    • Media: Installation - Film - Other
    • 2016-09-16 - 2017-02-12

    The third installment in The Television Project exhibition series, You Don’t Have to Be Jewish, explores advertising produced for Jewish audiences or with Jewish content, and examines the way religion,...More »

  • poster for Roberto Burle Marx “Brazilian Modernist”

    Roberto Burle Marx “Brazilian Modernist”

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    • Media: Architecture - Installation
    • 2016-05-06 - 2016-09-18

    From Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro to Biscayne Boulevard in Miami Beach, throughout Brazil and around the world, the innovative and prolific work of Roberto Burle Marx (1909-1994) has made him one...More »

  • poster for Beatriz Milhazes “Using Walls, Floors, and Ceilings”

    Beatriz Milhazes “Using Walls, Floors, and Ceilings”

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    • Media: Installation
    • 2016-05-06 - 2016-09-18

    Milhazes’ new works are inspired by the annual celebration of Carnival in her native Brazil. Each object is composed of the ephemeral, brightly colored, and reflective materials used to decorate carnival...More »

  • poster for Isaac Mizrahi “An Unruly History”

    Isaac Mizrahi “An Unruly History”

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    • Media: Fashion
    • 2016-03-18 - 2016-08-07

    Isaac Mizrahi: An Unruly History is the first museum exhibition to focus on the influential American fashion designer, artist, and entrepreneur. On view through August 7, the exhibition explores Isaac...More »

  • poster for “Masterpieces & Curiosities: The Fictional Portrait” Exhibition

    “Masterpieces & Curiosities: The Fictional Portrait” Exhibition

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    • Media: Painting - Installation
    • 2016-03-18 - 2016-08-14

    The latest iteration of the essay-style exhibition series studies two companion portraits in the Jewish Museum’s collection, revealing a tale far different from what has been assumed for almost a century....More »

  • poster for “Sights and Sounds: Japan” Exhibition

    “Sights and Sounds: Japan” Exhibition

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    • Media: Video installation
    • 2016-01-02 - 2016-02-04

    In 2011 Japan was shaken to its core when an immense earthquake and the tsunami caused a nuclear accident in Fukushima. We realized that, despite having experienced the devastation of nuclear bombs at...More »

  • poster for “Sights and Sounds: Japan” Exhibition

    “Sights and Sounds: Japan” Exhibition

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    • Media: Installation - Video installation
    • 2016-01-02 - 2016-02-04

    In 2011 Japan was shaken to its core when an immense earthquake and the tsunami caused a nuclear accident in Fukushima. We realized that, despite having experienced the devastation of nuclear bombs at...More »

  • poster for Valeska Soares “Using Walls, Floors, and Ceilings”

    Valeska Soares “Using Walls, Floors, and Ceilings”

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    • Media: Sculpture
    • 2015-11-06 - 2016-04-24

    The Jewish Museum’s exhibition series bringing site-specific works of art to the Museum’s main lobby continues this fall with artist Valeska Soares’ Time Has No Shadows (2015), a work that attempts to...More »

  • poster for “Unorthodox” Exhibition

    “Unorthodox” Exhibition

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    • Media: Installation
    • 2015-11-06 - 2016-03-27

    The Jewish Museum presents Unorthodox, a large-scale group exhibition featuring over 50 contemporary artists from around the world whose practices mix forms and genres without concern for artistic conventions....More »

  • poster for “Sights and Sounds: South Africa” Exhibition

    “Sights and Sounds: South Africa” Exhibition

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    • Media: Film - Video installation
    • 2015-10-30 - 2015-11-24

    The nonhierarchical interplay of action, feedback, and reflection underpins much of what attracts me to experiments in art. I am drawn to artistic practices that are highly iterative and improvisational,...More »

  • poster for “Sights and Sounds: Argentina” Exhibition

    “Sights and Sounds: Argentina” Exhibition

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    • Media: Installation - Video installation
    • 2015-09-25 - 2015-10-29

    Sights and Sounds: Argentina features new work by Fabio Kacero, Leticia Obeid, Sebastian Diaz Morales, and Juan Renau, selected by Inés Katzenstein. These four works explore some of the themes and obsessions...More »

  • poster for “The Power of Pictures: Early Soviet Photography, Early Soviet Film” Exhibition

    “The Power of Pictures: Early Soviet Photography, Early Soviet Film” Exhibition

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    • Media: Photography - Film
    • 2015-09-25 - 2016-02-07

    From early vanguard constructivist works by Alexander Rodchenko and El Lissitzky, to the modernist images of Arkady Shaikhet and Max Penson, Soviet photographers played a pivotal role in the history of...More »

  • poster for “Masterpieces & Curiosities: Alfred Stieglitz’s The Steerage” Exhibition

    “Masterpieces & Curiosities: Alfred Stieglitz’s The Steerage” Exhibition

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    • Media: Photography - Installation
    • 2015-09-25 - 2016-02-14

    Masterpieces & Curiosities: Alfred Stieglitz’s The Steerage focuses on Stieglitz’s enduring 1907 picture of steerage-class passengers aboard the ocean liner Kaiser Wilhelm II. This image has often...More »

  • poster for “Becoming Jewish: Warhol’s Liz and Marilyn” Exhibition

    “Becoming Jewish: Warhol’s Liz and Marilyn” Exhibition

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    • Media: Photography - Prints - Other
    • 2015-09-25 - 2016-02-07

    The public personas of Elizabeth Taylor and Marilyn Monroe were constructed, but when they converted to Judaism, the change for both women was personal and profound. Becoming Jewish: Warhol’s Liz and Marilyn...More »

  • poster for “The Television Project: Picturing a People” Exhibition

    “The Television Project: Picturing a People” Exhibition

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    • Media: Installation - Video installation
    • 2015-09-25 - 2016-02-14

    Picturing a People, the first exhibition in the long term series The Television Project, considers how Jews have been portrayed and have portrayed themselves on American television from the 1950s to the...More »

  • poster for “Sights and Sounds: New Zealand” Exhibition

    “Sights and Sounds: New Zealand” Exhibition

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    • Media: Video installation
    • 2015-07-31 - 2015-08-27

    The four works selected for this program come from a remarkably broad set of artistic interests, reflecting the diversity of New Zealand video art since the 1970s. Together, they present an intertwined...More »

  • poster for “Revolution of the Eye: Modern Art and the Birth of American Television” Exhibition

    “Revolution of the Eye: Modern Art and the Birth of American Television” Exhibition

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    • Media: Installation - Video installation
    • 2015-05-01 - 2015-09-27

    Revolution of the Eye: Modern Art and the Birth of American Television is the first exhibition to explore how avant-garde art influenced and shaped the look and content of network television in its formative...More »

  • poster for Chantal Joffe “Using Walls, Floors, and Ceilings”

    Chantal Joffe “Using Walls, Floors, and Ceilings”

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    • Media: Painting
    • 2015-05-01 - 2015-10-25

    In 1970, the Jewish Museum presented Using Walls, an exhibition of commissioned artworks installed both within and beyond the gallery space of the museum’s Warburg Mansion. Forty-four years later,...More »

  • poster for “Repetition and Difference” Exhibition

    “Repetition and Difference” Exhibition

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    • Media: Sculpture - Crafts
    • 2015-03-13 - 2015-08-16

    The notions of difference and repetition have been part of philosophy and art practices for thousands of years. Artists have commonly employed repetition – the creation of artworks in series or the making...More »

  • poster for Nicole Eisenman “Seder”

    Nicole Eisenman “Seder”

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    • Media: Painting
    • 2015-03-13 - 2015-08-23

    In the latest installment of the Masterpieces & Curiosities exhibition series, Nicole Eisenman’s Seder (2010), a painting commissioned by the Jewish Museum as part of Shifting the Gaze: Painting and...More »

  • poster for Laurie Simmons “How We See”

    Laurie Simmons “How We See”

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    • Media: Photography
    • 2015-03-13 - 2015-08-16

    In How We See, Laurie Simmons draws on the “Doll Girls” subculture of people who alter themselves with makeup, dress, and even cosmetic surgery to look like Barbie, baby dolls, and anime characters. Evoking...More »

  • poster for “Sights and Sounds: Mexico” Exhibition

    “Sights and Sounds: Mexico” Exhibition

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    • Media: Installation - Video installation
    • 2015-02-27 - 2015-03-26

    The artist is a witness of his or her time — bystander and critic, and above all analyst. The artist questions the cultural construction of history through art. Over the past few decades, shifts in the...More »

  • poster for Willem de Rooij “Using Walls, Floors, and Ceilings”

    Willem de Rooij “Using Walls, Floors, and Ceilings”

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    • Media: Sculpture - Installation
    • 2014-10-31 - 2015-04-19

    The Jewish Museum’s exhibition series bringing site-specific works of art to the Museum’s main lobby continues this fall with artist Willem de Rooij’s Bouquet XI (2014), a monumental floral sculpture....More »

  • poster for Helena Rubinstein “Beauty Is Power”

    Helena Rubinstein “Beauty Is Power”

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    • Media: Painting - Sculpture - Installation
    • 2014-10-31 - 2015-03-22

    The Jewish Museum presents Helena Rubinstein: Beauty Is Power, the first museum exhibition to explore the ideas, innovations, and enduring influence of the legendary cosmetics entrepreneur Helena Rubinstein...More »

  • poster for Dani Gal “As from Afar

    Dani Gal “As from Afar

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    • Media: Video installation
    • 2014-09-12 - 2015-02-01

    The Jewish Museum presents the United States premiere of As from Afar, a short video installation by Israeli-born artist Dani Gal. As from Afar explores the relationship between Simon Wiesenthal, the Jewish...More »

  • poster for Lee Krasner and Norman Lewis “From the Margins Lee Krasner and Norman Lewis, 1945 – 1952”

    Lee Krasner and Norman Lewis “From the Margins Lee Krasner and Norman Lewis, 1945 – 1952”

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    • Media: Painting
    • 2014-09-12 - 2015-02-01

    Through select paintings by both artists, this exhibition offers a revealing parallel view of two key Abstract Expressionists. Lee Krasner and Norman Lewis, a woman and an African American, each experimented...More »

  • poster for “Masterpieces & Curiosities: A Russian-American Quilt” Exhibition

    “Masterpieces & Curiosities: A Russian-American Quilt” Exhibition

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    • Media: Crafts
    • 2014-08-22 - 2015-02-15

    Russian folk dancers and a balalaika player mingle with strutting roosters; Admiral Dewey and a Russian peasant guard a pair of American flags; tennis racquets fan out, a hot-air balloon takes flight,...More »

  • poster for Mel Bochner “Using Walls, Floors, and Ceilings”

    Mel Bochner “Using Walls, Floors, and Ceilings”

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    • Media: Drawing
    • 2014-05-02 - 2014-10-12

    In 1970, Mel Bochner created Theory of Boundaries on a wall in The Jewish Museum for the exhibition Using Walls (Indoors). It comprised four red squares: one rendered with precise lines, the other three...More »

  • poster for Mel Bochner “Strong Language”

    Mel Bochner “Strong Language”

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    • Media: Painting - Drawing
    • 2014-05-02 - 2014-09-21

    The Jewish Museum presents Mel Bochner: Strong Language, a survey of Bochner’s career-long fascination with the cerebral and visual associations of words. The exhibition will include over 70 text-based...More »

  • poster for “Masterpieces & Curiosities: Diane Arbus’s Jewish Giant” Exhibition

    “Masterpieces & Curiosities: Diane Arbus’s Jewish Giant” Exhibition

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    • Media: Photography
    • 2014-04-11 - 2014-08-03

    In 1959 the photographer Diane Arbus (1923–71) visited Hubert’s Dime Museum and Flea Circus, a Times Square basement phantasmagoria. One of its main attractions was Eddie Carmel, a man who supposedly stood...More »

  • poster for “Other Primary Structures” Exhibition

    “Other Primary Structures” Exhibition

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    • Media: Sculpture
    • 2014-03-14 - 2014-08-03

    Others 1: March 14 - May 18, 2014 Others 2: May 25 - August 3, 2014 The Jewish Museum presents a major exhibition of sculpture from the 1960s featuring the work of artists from Latin America, Asia,...More »

  • poster for “Other Primary Structures” Exhibition

    “Other Primary Structures” Exhibition

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    • Media: Sculpture
    • 2014-03-14 - 2014-05-18

    The Jewish presents a major exhibition of sculpture from the 1960s featuring the work of artists from Latin America, Asia, Africa, the Middle East, and Eastern Europe, much of which has rarely been seen...More »

  • poster for “Art Spiegelman’s Co-Mix: A Retrospective” Exhibition

    “Art Spiegelman’s Co-Mix: A Retrospective” Exhibition

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    • Media: Illustration - Painting
    • 2013-11-08 - 2014-03-23

    Art Spiegelman’s Co-Mix: A Retrospective celebrates the career of one of the most influential living comic artists. Best known for Maus, his Pulitzer prize-winning graphic novel about his parents’ survival...More »

  • poster for “Sights and Sounds: Global Film and Video” Exhibition

    “Sights and Sounds: Global Film and Video” Exhibition

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    • Media: Film - Video installation
    • 2013-11-08 - 2014-03-27

    Sights and Sounds: Global Film and Video is a longterm presentation of new film and video works made in the sphere of the visual arts. The series offers a rotating selection of vigorous works by contemporary...More »

  • poster for “Sights and Sounds: Global Film and Video” Exhibition

    “Sights and Sounds: Global Film and Video” Exhibition

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    • Media: Film - Video installation
    • 2013-11-08 - 2015-02-05

    Sights and Sounds: Global Film and Video is a longterm presentation of new film and video works made in the sphere of the visual arts. The series offers a rotating selection of vigorous works by contemporary...More »

  • poster for “Using Walls, Floors, and Ceilings: Claire Fontaine” Exhibition

    “Using Walls, Floors, and Ceilings: Claire Fontaine” Exhibition

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    • Media: Installation
    • 2013-11-08 - 2014-04-20

    Claire Fontaine’s art work addresses the ethical crises affecting society. It explores ideas and representations of power, freedom, and identity, often undermining or destabilizing these concepts. She...More »

  • poster for “Masterpieces & Curiosities: A Medieval Aquamanile” Exhibition

    “Masterpieces & Curiosities: A Medieval Aquamanile” Exhibition

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    • Media: Sculpture - Crafts - Other
    • 2013-11-08 - 2014-03-23

    The first in the new series Masterpieces & Curiosities that focuses on a single work in The Jewish Museum collection, this exhibition will feature a rare Jewish lion aquamanile (handwashing pitcher)...More »

  • poster for threeASFOUR “MER KA BA”

    threeASFOUR “MER KA BA”

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    • Media: Architecture - Fashion - Video installation
    • 2013-09-15 - 2014-02-02

    The New York-based fashion collective threeASFOUR presents its latest project, MER KA BA, an otherworldly installation that fuses avant-garde couture, architecture, and video projections. Inspired by sacred...More »

  • poster for Chagall “Love, War, and Exile”

    Chagall “Love, War, and Exile”

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    • Media: Painting
    • 2013-09-15 - 2014-02-02

    Chagall: Love, War, and Exile, for the first time in the U.S., explores a significant but neglected period in the artist’s career from the rise of fascism in the 1930s through 1948, years spent in Paris...More »

  • poster for Elaine Reichek “A Postcolonial Kinderhood Revisited”

    Elaine Reichek “A Postcolonial Kinderhood Revisited”

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    • Media: Installation - Video installation
    • 2013-08-23 - 2013-10-20

    In 1993 the Jewish Museum commissioned Elaine Reichek to create an installation that explored her personal identity. She was a natural for the project: her work at the time was preoccupied with marginalized...More »

  • poster for Jack Goldstein “× 10,000”

    Jack Goldstein “× 10,000”

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    • Media: Painting - Installation - Film - Media Arts
    • 2013-05-10 - 2013-09-29

    The first American retrospective of the Canadian-born artist Jack Goldstein (1945 - 2003) brings to light his important legacy. This comprehensive exhibition frames Goldstein as a central figure of the...More »

  • poster for R. B. Kitaj “Personal Library”

    R. B. Kitaj “Personal Library”

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    • Media: Prints
    • 2013-04-05 - 2013-08-11

    The figurative painter R. B. Kitaj (1932–2007) frequently took a literary approach to his subject matter, portraying friends and heroes—political, artistic, and philosophical—in intimate scenes both real...More »

  • poster for Barbara Bloom "As it were … So to speak"

    Barbara Bloom "As it were … So to speak"

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    • Media: Installation - Other
    • 2013-03-15 - 2013-08-04

    Barbara Bloom has devoted her career to questioning the ways we perceive and value objects. With a light touch and subtle wit, she divines the meanings encoded in the things with which we surround ourselves....More »

  • poster for “Six Things: Sagmeister & Walsh” Exhibition

    “Six Things: Sagmeister & Walsh” Exhibition

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    • Media: Sculpture - Installation - Video installation - Media Arts
    • 2013-03-15 - 2013-08-04

    The designers Stefan Sagmeister and Jessica Walsh are known for their experimental typography and striking visual imagery. Their work is by turns playful and unsettling, humanist and existential, and often...More »

  • poster for "Word Symbol Space" Exhibition

    "Word Symbol Space" Exhibition

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    • Media: Painting
    • 2012-08-11 - 2012-10-07

    In this exhibition, six post-1970 works from the Museum’s collection respond to mid-twentieth-century modernism. Each uses the language of abstraction – areas of pure color, geometric shapes, and gestural...More »

  • poster for Joseph Kosuth "À Propos (Réflecteur de Réflecteur) #58"

    Joseph Kosuth "À Propos (Réflecteur de Réflecteur) #58"

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    • Media: Installation
    • 2012-07-05 - 2012-10-31

    One of the founders of Conceptual art, Joseph Kosuth is best known for his pioneering text-based works. Like a number of Conceptual artists, Kosuth has written many theoretical treatises on art. His seminal...More »

  • poster for Edouard Vuillard "A Painter and His Muses, 1890-1940"

    Edouard Vuillard "A Painter and His Muses, 1890-1940"

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    • Media: Painting
    • 2012-05-04 - 2012-09-23

    This exhibition offers a fresh view of the French artist Edouard Vuillard’s career, from the vanguard 1890s to the urbane domesticity of the lesser-known late portraits. The presentation focuses on the...More »

  • poster for Sanford Biggers and Jennifer Zackin "a small world..."

    Sanford Biggers and Jennifer Zackin "a small world..."

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    • Media: Video installation
    • 2012-03-30 - 2012-10-14

    In the collaborative video a small world..., artists Sanford Biggers and Jennifer Zackin juxtapose home movies of their families—one African American and one Jewish American—to explore the intersections...More »

  • poster for Kehinde Wiley "The World Stage: Israel"

    Kehinde Wiley "The World Stage: Israel"

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    • Media: Painting
    • 2012-03-09 - 2012-07-29

    One of the most significant young artists today, Kehinde Wiley is known for vibrant, large-scale paintings of young urban men, rendered in the self-confident, empowered poses typical of classical European...More »

  • poster for "Composed: Identity, Politics, Sex" Exhibition

    "Composed: Identity, Politics, Sex" Exhibition

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    • Media: Photography
    • 2011-12-22 - 2012-06-30

    Composed presents a selection of photo-based works by seven contemporary artists in the final gallery of the museum's permanent exhibition. Using conventional forms of photography—including traditional...More »

  • poster for "The Radical Camera: New York's Photo League, 1936-1951" Exhibition

    "The Radical Camera: New York's Photo League, 1936-1951" Exhibition

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    • Media: Photography
    • 2011-11-04 - 2012-03-25

    In 1936 a group of young, idealistic photographers, most of them Jewish, first-generation Americans, formed an organization in Manhattan called the Photo League. Their solidarity centered on a belief in...More »

  • poster for Jem Cohen "NYC Weights and Measures"

    Jem Cohen "NYC Weights and Measures"

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    • Media: Film
    • 2011-11-04 - 2012-03-25

    In NYC Weights and Measures (2006), Jem Cohen chronicles a city that exudes noise and bustle, balanced with beauty and tranquility. A compendium of street footage, the video shows a ticker-tape parade,...More »

  • poster for "The Snowy Day and the Art of Ezra Jack Keats" Exhibition

    "The Snowy Day and the Art of Ezra Jack Keats" Exhibition

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    • Media: Illustration - Drawing - Prints
    • 2011-09-09 - 2012-01-29

    "The Snowy Day and the Art of Ezra Jack Keats" is the first major exhibition in this country to pay tribute to award-winning author and illustrator Ezra Jack Keats (1916–1983), whose beloved children’s...More »

  • poster for Maya Zack "Living Room"

    Maya Zack "Living Room"

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    • Media: Architecture - Installation - Media Arts
    • 2011-07-31 - 2011-10-23

    In the installation, "Living Room", artist and filmmaker Maya Zack uses large-scale computer-generated 3D images accompanied by sound to evoke a Jewish family’s apartment from 1930s Berlin. While listening...More »

  • poster for "Collecting Matisse and Modern Masters: The Cone Sisters of Baltimore" Exhibition

    "Collecting Matisse and Modern Masters: The Cone Sisters of Baltimore" Exhibition

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    • Media: Painting - Drawing - Sculpture
    • 2011-05-06 - 2011-09-25

    In the early 1900s Baltimore sisters Claribel and Etta Cone visited the Paris studios of Henri Matisse and Pablo Picasso and began assembling one of the world’s most important art collections. Supported...More »

  • poster for "The Art of Matrimony: Thirty Splendid Marriage Contracts from The Jewish Theological Seminary Library" Exhibition

    "The Art of Matrimony: Thirty Splendid Marriage Contracts from The Jewish Theological Seminary Library" Exhibition

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    • Media: Graphics - Illustration - Drawing
    • 2011-03-11 - 2011-06-26

    For over two millennia the ketubbah (marriage contract) has been an integral part of Jewish marriages. Ever since the second century, rabbinic authorities have attributed extreme importance to this marriage...More »

  • poster for Maira Kalman "Various Illuminations (of a Crazy World)"

    Maira Kalman "Various Illuminations (of a Crazy World)"

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    • Media: Illustration - Drawing
    • 2011-03-11 - 2011-07-31

    Welcome to the first museum survey of Maira Kalman’s narrative art. Working as an illustrator, author, and designer, Kalman illuminates contemporary life with a profound sense of joy and a unique sense...More »

  • poster for Sharone Lifschitz "The Line and the Circle"

    Sharone Lifschitz "The Line and the Circle"

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    • Media: Video installation
    • 2011-02-11 - 2011-08-21

    London based artist Sharone Lifschitz was born in Israel and grew up on Kibbutz Nir Oz. She is the daughter of two founding members of this kibbutz. In her video, the artist and her mother returned together...More »

  • Daniel Libeskind "A Hanukkah Project: Daniel Libeskind's Line of Fire"

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    • Media: Installation - Furniture
    • 2010-11-21 - 2011-01-30

    Daniel Libeskind, an international figure in architecture and urban design, creates a bold and stunning installation with a selection of Hanukkah lamps from the Museum’s renowned collection. Each lamp...More »

  • poster for "Seven Artists Inspired by Hanukkah" Exhibition

    "Seven Artists Inspired by Hanukkah" Exhibition

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    • Media: Sculpture - Crafts
    • 2010-11-19 - 2011-01-30

    The exhibition features works by seven artists, including three major sculptural installations relating to Hanukkah. Alice Aycock’s Greased Lightning (1984), is a motorized kinetic sculpture featuring...More »

  • poster for Harry Houdini "Art and Magic"

    Harry Houdini "Art and Magic"

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    • Media: Photography
    • 2010-10-29 - 2011-03-27

    Through impossibly daring feats Harry Houdini (1874-1926) captivated audiences worldwide, and his legendary escapes instill awe to this day. In this first exhibition in a major American art museum on the...More »

  • poster for Elisabeth Subrin "Shulie: Film and Stills"

    Elisabeth Subrin "Shulie: Film and Stills"

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    • Media: Photography - Film
    • 2010-09-12 - 2011-01-30

    Slipping between past and present as well as fact and fiction, Shulie (1997) is a shot-by-shot remake of an obscure documentary about radical '60s feminist Shulamith Firestone. Author of the treatise The...More »

  • poster for "Shifting the Gaze: Painting and Feminism" Exhibition

    "Shifting the Gaze: Painting and Feminism" Exhibition

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    • Media: Painting - Drawing
    • 2010-09-12 - 2011-01-30

    Over the past fifty years, feminists have defied an art world dominated by men, deploying direct action and theory while making fundamental changes in their everyday lives. Shifting the Gaze: Painting...More »

  • poster for Frank Gehry "Fish Forms: Lamps"

    Frank Gehry "Fish Forms: Lamps"

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    • Media: Architecture - Sculpture - Furniture
    • 2010-08-29 - 2010-10-31

    Fish forms have been an indelible and vibrant element in Frank Gehry’s architecture since the 1980s. Fish embodied his desire to create motion in architecture and represented a perfection that he could...More »

  • poster for William Kentridge "South African Projections"

    William Kentridge "South African Projections"

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    • Media: Film
    • 2010-05-02 - 2010-09-19

    Acclaimed for the dramatic quality of his work, South African artist William Kentridge transforms the traditional medium of drawing by filming drawn, erased and redrawn images thereby creating a visual...More »

  • poster for David Goldblatt " South African Photographs"

    David Goldblatt " South African Photographs"

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    • Media: Photography
    • 2010-05-02 - 2010-09-19

    David Goldblatt (b. 1930) is one of South Africa’s most highly regarded photographers. As both citizen and photographer, he was witness to apartheid’s infiltration into every aspect of South African life....More »

  • poster for Margret and H.A. Rey "Curious George Saves the Day"

    Margret and H.A. Rey "Curious George Saves the Day"

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    • Media: Drawing
    • 2010-03-14 - 2010-08-01

    America’s favorite monkey, the irrepressible Curious George, is always in trouble! In a great turn of fate, he helped his creators get out of life-threatening danger. Nearly 80 original drawings for Margret...More »

  • poster for "Modern Art, Sacred Space" Exhibition

    "Modern Art, Sacred Space" Exhibition

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    • Media: Painting
    • 2010-03-14 - 2010-08-01

    After World War II, American Jewish populations began a mass movement from city to suburb. Without the close-knit neighborhoods of the city, the synagogue became a center not only for worship, but for...More »

  • poster for Dor Guez "The Monayer Family"

    Dor Guez "The Monayer Family"

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    • Media: Video installation
    • 2010-03-14 - 2010-09-07

    Visual artist Dor Guez offers perspectives from different generations of a Christian Arab family. Counted among 125,000 Christian Arabs, the Monayers consider themselves a minority within a minority.More »

  • poster for "Alias Man Ray: The Art of Reinvention" Exhibition

    "Alias Man Ray: The Art of Reinvention" Exhibition

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    • Media: Photography
    • 2009-11-15 - 2010-03-14

    The constant motif of Man Ray’s life was liberation, change, and transgression: whether in name, medium, style, or content, he sought to free the object or subject of its limitations, just as he sought...More »

  • poster for "Reinventing Ritual: Contemporary Art and Design for Jewish Life" Exhibition

    "Reinventing Ritual: Contemporary Art and Design for Jewish Life" Exhibition

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    • Media: Graphics - Drawing - Sculpture - Crafts - Ceramics - Video installation
    • 2009-09-13 - 2010-02-07

    Reinventing Ritual: Contemporary Art and Design for Jewish Life surveys the explosion of new Jewish rituals, art, and objects that has occurred since the mid-1990s. This period is defined by the urge to...More »

  • poster for Mayer Kirshenblatt "They Called Me Mayer July: Painted Memories of a Jewish Childhood in Poland Before the Holocaust"

    Mayer Kirshenblatt "They Called Me Mayer July: Painted Memories of a Jewish Childhood in Poland Before the Holocaust"

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    • Media: Painting
    • 2009-05-10 - 2009-10-01

    Mayer Kirshenblatt has made it his mission to remember the world of his childhood in living color, lest future generations know more about how Jews died than how they lived. This unique project is a blend...More »

  • poster for "Reclaimed: Paintings from the Collection of Jacques Goudstikker" Exhibition

    "Reclaimed: Paintings from the Collection of Jacques Goudstikker" Exhibition

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    • Media: Painting - Other
    • 2009-03-15 - 2009-08-02

    Reclaimed reveals the remarkable legacy of Jacques Goudstikker, a preeminent Jewish art dealer in Amsterdam whose vast collection of masterpieces was almost lost forever to the Nazi practice of looting...More »

  • poster for "The Danube Exodus: The Rippling Currents of the River" Exhibition

    "The Danube Exodus: The Rippling Currents of the River" Exhibition

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    • Media: Installation
    • 2009-03-15 - 2009-08-02

    The Danube Exodus: The Rippling Currents of the River is an immersive installation about the displacement of ethnic minorities and the possible connections between them. The exhibition interweaves three...More »

  • poster for Yael Bartana "Mary Koszmary (Nightmares)"

    Yael Bartana "Mary Koszmary (Nightmares)"

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    • Media: Film
    • 2009-02-19 - 2009-06-28

    Mary Koszmary (Nightmares), a film by artist Yael Bartana, explores a complicated set of social and political relationships among Jews, Poles, and other Europeans in the age of globalization. Using the...More »

  • poster for Julianne Swartz "The Hanukkah Project: The Sound of Light"

    Julianne Swartz "The Hanukkah Project: The Sound of Light"

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    • Media: Installation
    • 2008-12-07 - 2009-03-15

    The Jewish Museum's biannual exhibition The Hanukkah Project celebrates Hanukkah with works of art by today's leading contemporary artists. The 2008 Hanukkah Project presents the Sound of Light, an interactive...More »

  • "Chagall and the Artists of the Russian Jewish Theater, 1919-1949" Exhibition

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    • Media: Painting - Prints - Other
    • 2008-11-09 - 2009-03-22

    The Jewish Museum is organizing the first exhibition devoted to the extraordinary artwork created for Russian Jewish theater productions in the 1920s and 1930s. The exhibition will bring to light a remarkable...More »

  • poster for Susan Hiller "The J. Street Project"

    Susan Hiller "The J. Street Project"

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    • Media: Photography
    • 2008-11-09 - 2009-02-01

    Artist Susan Hiller researched every German street that has the prefix "Juden" (Jews) in its name. The street signs she found mark the absence of Jewish communities that lived in Germany before the Holocaust....More »

  • "Theaters of Memory: Art and the Holocaust" Exhibition

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    • Media: Photography - Film
    • 2008-11-09 - 2009-02-01

    Theaters of Memory presents work by eight artists who have addressed the histories surrounding the Second World War, the atrocities of genocide and mass destruction, and their attendant moral devastation....More »

  • poster for Uriel Orlow "1942 (Poznan)"

    Uriel Orlow "1942 (Poznan)"

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    • Media: Video installation
    • 2008-11-09 - 2009-02-01

    1942 (Poznan) memorializes a place, a people, and one of the darkest periods in European history. The video begins with a close-up of a tiled floor. The camera then rises to reveal an indoor pool with...More »

  • poster for Leola Bermanzohn "Otiyot"

    Leola Bermanzohn "Otiyot"

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    • Media: Installation
    • 2008-10-30 - 2009-01-04

    Leola Bermanzohn will produce a temporary, site-specific mural in the basement lobby of The Jewish Museum. Otiyot (Letters) responds to the script of the Dead Sea Scrolls as well as the spiritual and sacred...More »

  • "The Dead Sea Scrolls: Mysteries of the Ancient World" Exhibition

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    • Media: Painting - Calligraphy
    • 2008-09-21 - 2009-01-04

    In 1947, a significant discovery of ancient Jewish texts written on parchment was made in a cave in the Judean Desert, east of Jerusalem and near the Dead Sea. These first scrolls turned out to contain...More »

  • poster for Maya Zack "Mother Economy"

    Maya Zack "Mother Economy"

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    • Media: Film
    • 2008-07-01 - 2008-10-23

    Mother Economy, a film by Israeli artist Maya Zack, is a meditation on Holocaust remembrance and an homage to resourceful women during violent periods of political upheaval. Wearing glasses, a lace-collared...More »

  • "The Mildred and George Weissman Program" Art Talk

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    • Media: Art Talk
    • 2008-06-05 - 2008-06-05

    American painter Lee Krasner (1908-1984), a student of Hans Hofmann and one of the most influential Abstract Expressionist artists, produced a distinguished and ambitious body of work. Discover Krasner's...More »

  • "But is it Jewish? Contemplating Contemporary Israeli Cinema" Panel Discussion

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    • Media: Art Talk
    • 2008-06-03 - 2008-06-03

    Noted panelists consider Israeli and Jewish filmmaking: Are all Israeli movies Jewish films? What are the similarities and differences? These provocative questions frame a discussion about Israeli cinema....More »

  • poster for "Action/Abstraction: Pollock, de Kooning, and American Art, 1940-1976" Exhibition

    "Action/Abstraction: Pollock, de Kooning, and American Art, 1940-1976" Exhibition

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    • Media: Painting - Sculpture
    • 2008-05-04 - 2008-09-21

    In Action/Abstraction: Pollock, de Kooning, and American Art, 1940-1976, the first major U.S. exhibition in 20 years to rethink Abstract Expressionism and the movements that followed, over fifty key works...More »

  • "Andy Warhol's Ten Portraits of Jews of the Twentieth Century Reconsidered" Lecture

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    • Media: Art Talk
    • 2008-04-03 - 2008-04-03

    Presented in conjunction with the exhibition, Warhol’s Jews: Ten Portraits Reconsidered, this lecture will examine the significance of Warhol’s series, Ten Portraits of Jews of the Twentieth Century. Tom...More »

  • poster for "Warhol's Jews: Ten Portraits Reconsidered" Exhibition

    "Warhol's Jews: Ten Portraits Reconsidered" Exhibition

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    • Media: Painting - Drawing - Prints
    • 2008-03-16 - 2008-08-03

    Andy Warhol's Ten Portraits of Jews of the Twentieth Century (1980) depict renowned luminaries of Jewish culture: Sarah Bernhardt, Louis Brandeis, Martin Buber, Albert Einstein, Sigmund Freud, George Gershwin,...More »

  • poster for Ori Gersht "Pomegranate"

    Ori Gersht "Pomegranate"

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    • Media: Video installation
    • 2008-03-09 - 2008-06-22

    Referencing a still life by 16th century Spanish artist Juan Sánchez Cotán, Ori Gersht’s eerie and painterly video features a ripe pomegranate dangling from a string and framed with other freshly harvested...More »

  • poster for Ori Gersht "Pomegranate"

    Ori Gersht "Pomegranate"

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    • Media: Video installation
    • 2008-03-09 - 2008-08-21

    Referencing a still life by 16th century Spanish artist Juan Sánchez Cotán, Ori Gersht’s eerie and painterly video features a ripe pomegranate dangling from a string and framed with other freshly harvested...More »

  • poster for Mor Arkadir "Oil/Water—Mother/Daughter"

    Mor Arkadir "Oil/Water—Mother/Daughter"

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    • Media: Photography - Video installation
    • 2008-03-09 - 2008-06-22

    The documentary film Oil, Water (2005) and photograph Overlap (2004) by Mor Arkadir, winner of the 2005 Adi Prize for Jewish Expression in Art and Design, explore the intersection between the artist’s...More »

  • poster for "Archaeology Zone: Discovering Treasures from Playgrounds to Palaces" Exhibition

    "Archaeology Zone: Discovering Treasures from Playgrounds to Palaces" Exhibition

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    • Media: Crafts
    • 2007-10-14 - 2009-06-15

    Archaeology Zone: Discovering Treasures from Playgrounds to Palaces is inspired by the Museum's renowned collection of extraordinary art and artifacts. Children will be invited to discover the world of...More »

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