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

Exhibitions

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

Release Date: April 24, 2018

The Jewish Museum presents an exhibition of 32 paintings by Chaim Soutine (1893-1943), the Expressionist artist known for his gestural and densely painted canvases, from May 4 through September 16, 2018. 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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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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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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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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Installation by Artist Math Bass on View in Jewish Museum’s Lobby

Release Date: October 24, 2017

The Jewish Museum presents Math Bass: Crowd Rehearsal, on view in the Museum’s Skirball Lobby from November 2, 2017 through April 22, 2018. Los Angeles-based artist Math Bass (b. 1981) works across video and performance as well as painting and sculpture, which she executes in a distinctly graphic style. In her installation Crowd Rehearsal, a svelte, ladderlike sculpture draped with a coatlike painting is set against two canvases with nearly identical imagery. The title and forms suggest but do not show human bodies and actions.  

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Richly Decorated Garments from Over 20 Countries On View at the Jewish Museum Beginning November 3, 2017

Release Date: September 25, 2017

A sumptuous array of apparel from over 20 countries on four continents will be on display at the Jewish Museum from November 3, 2017 through March 18, 2018, offering an exceptional opportunity for American audiences to view many facets of Jewish identity and culture through rarely seen garments. Veiled Meanings: Fashioning Jewish Dress, from the Collection of The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, the first comprehensive U.S. exhibition drawn from The Israel Museum’s world-renowned collection of Jewish costumes, showcases over 100 articles of clothing from the eighteenth to twentieth centuries, presented as complete ensembles or as stand-alone items. The exhibition is organized by The Israel Museum, Jerusalem.

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First Major U.S. Exhibition in Over 20 Years Devoted to Artist Florine Stettheimer Opens at the Jewish Museum on May 5, 2017

Release Date: April 25, 2017

The first major U.S. exhibition in over 20 years focused on Florine Stettheimer (1871-1944) opens at the Jewish Museum on May 5, 2017, and will remain on view through September 24, 2017. Florine Stettheimer: Painting Poetry showcases over 50 paintings and drawings in addition to costume and theater designs, photographs, and ephemera, offering a timely reconsideration of this influential American artist with a sharp satirical wit, placing her centrally in the modern dialogue of high and mass culture. The exhibition is organized by the Jewish Museum, New York, and the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto. After its New York City presentation, the exhibition will be on view in Toronto from October 21, 2017 to January 28, 2018.

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First U.S. Presentation of Work by Vivian Suter Opens in May as Part of the Series Using Walls, Floors, and Ceilings

Release Date: April 13, 2017

The Jewish Museum will present the first museum exhibition in the United States of work by Vivian Suter (b. 1949, Argentina) from May 5 through October 22, 2017. This project is part of the series Using Walls, Floors, and Ceilings, which brings contemporary art to the Museum's Skirball Lobby. The work on view mimics the simple, rack-like structures Suter builds to dry, store, stretch, and un-stretch her paintings, bringing an echo of her improvisatory style to New York.

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EARLY DRAWINGS BY AMEDEO MODIGLIANI ON VIEW FOR THE FIRST TIME IN THE U.S. AT THE JEWISH MUSEUM

Release Date: March 28, 2017

The Jewish Museum will present Modigliani Unmasked, an exhibition featuring early drawings by Amedeo Modigliani (Italian, 1884-1920) that were acquired directly from the artist by Dr. Paul Alexandre, his close friend and first patron. These works—many of which are being shown for the first time in the U.S.— will illuminate how Modigliani’s heritage as an Italian Sephardic Jew is pivotal to understanding his artistic output. The exhibition will be on view at the Jewish Museum from September 15, 2017 through February 4, 2018.

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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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