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Exhibitions

New Paintings by Artist Eliza Douglas on View at the Jewish Museum Beginning May 4

Release Date: April 20, 2018

The Jewish Museum presents new paintings by artist Eliza Douglas on view in the Museum’s Lobby from May 4 through October 21, 2018. Douglas creates precariously balanced compositions that teeter between realism and abstraction, balletic grace and slapstick humor. The new works created for the Jewish Museum lobby, Shadow and Light and Blood and Bones (both 2018, oil on canvas), are part of a series begun in 2016, and titled with lines from the poems of Dorothea Lasky.

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Chagall, Lissitzky, Malevich: The Russian Avant-Garde in Vitebsk, 1918-1922 Opens at the Jewish Museum on September 14, 2018

Release Date: April 18, 2018

The Jewish Museum will offer museum visitors a rare opportunity to explore a little-known chapter in the history of modernity and the Russian avant-garde. On view from September 14, 2018 through January 6, 2019, Chagall, Lissitzky, Malevich: The Russian Avant-Garde in Vitebsk, 1918-1922 will focus on the People’s Art School (1918-1922), founded by Marc Chagall in his native city of Vitebsk (in present day Belarus).  Through some 120 works and documents loaned by museums in Vitebsk and Minsk and major American and European collections, the exhibition will present the artistic output of three iconic figures – Marc Chagall, El Lissitzky and Kazimir Malevich – as well as works by students and teachers of the Vitebsk school, such as Lazar Khidekel, Nikolai Suetin, Il’ia Chashnik, David Yakerson, Vera Ermolaeva, and Yehuda (Yury) Pen, among others. Chagall, Lissitzky, Malevich: The Russian Avant-Garde in Vitebsk, 1918-1922 is organized by the Centre Pompidou, Paris, in collaboration with the Jewish Museum, New York.

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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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Exhibitions

First Survey in the United States of the Work of Marc Camille Chaimowicz

Release Date: March 12, 2018

The Jewish Museum presents Marc Camille Chaimowicz: Your Place or Mine…, the London-based artist’s first solo museum exhibition in the United States. This large-scale survey presents Chaimowicz’s work in painting, drawing, collage, sculpture, installation, furniture, lighting, ceramics, textiles, and wallpaper made between 1978 and 2018, including never before exhibited pieces and three new commissions. The exhibition is on view from March 16 through August 5, 2018.

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Exhibition Focuses on Chaim Soutine’s Intense Paintings of Slaughtered Animals

Release Date: February 20, 2018

The Jewish Museum will present an exhibition of 32 paintings by the artist Chaim Soutine (1893-1943), the Expressionist known for his gestural and densely painted canvases. Chaim Soutine: Flesh highlights the unique visual conceptions and painterly energy that the artist brought to the tradition of still-life. Soutine’s remarkable paintings depicting hanging fowl, beef carcasses, and rayfish are now considered among his greatest artistic achievements. These works epitomize his fusion of Old Master influences with the tenets of painterly modernism. Virtuoso technique, expressive color, and disorienting and unexpected compositions endow Soutine’s depictions of slaughtered animals with a striking visual power and emotional impact.

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The Jewish Museum Presents New, Major Collection Exhibition Featuring Nearly 600 Works from Antiquities to Contemporary Art

Release Date: January 17, 2018

For the first time in 25 years, the Jewish Museum has organized a major new exhibition of its unparalleled collection. Scenes from the Collection transforms the entire third floor with nearly 600 works from antiquities to contemporary art, many of which are on view for the first time at the Museum. Art and Jewish objects are shown together, affirming universal values that are shared among people of all faiths and backgrounds.

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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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Family

Winter/Spring 2018 Season of Family Programs Begins at the Jewish Museum in January

Release Date: January 3, 2018

The Jewish Museum launches its winter/spring 2018 season of family programs in January with an array of concerts, art workshops, and more. The concert line-up for the year kicks off with David Weinstone and the Music for Aardvarks Band on January 21.  Among other programs on the schedule are The Paper Bag Players on March 11, the annual Freedom Art Jam Art & Dance Party on March 25; drop-in art workshops; and family art activities.

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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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News

THE JEWISH MUSEUM APPOINTS DARSIE ALEXANDER CHIEF CURATOR

Release Date: November 14, 2017

Claudia Gould, Helen Goldsmith Menschel Director, The Jewish Museum, announced today that Darsie Alexander will become the Jewish Museum’s Susan and Elihu Rose Chief Curator. Ms. Alexander has previously held curator roles at the Walker Art Museum, Baltimore Museum of Art, and The Museum of Modern Art, and is currently Executive Director of the Katonah Museum of Art. The accomplished curator and museum director will begin her new role on March 20, 2018.

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