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EXHIBITION AND PROGRAM LISTINGS
May, June 2009


EDITORS PLEASE NOTE: This release contains information covering the two month period of May and June 2009. You can view current and past press releases on our online press room at www.thejewishmuseum.org/pressroom. For images and additional press materials, please contact the Communications Office at 212.423.3271 or pressoffice@thejm.org. The Jewish Museum's galleries, shops and café will be closed on May 29 and 30 in observance of Shavuot. The 31st annual Museum Mile Festival takes place on Tuesday, June 9 from 6 to 9 pm.


NEW EXHIBITION

THEY CALLED ME MAYER JULY: PAINTED MEMORIES OF A JEWISH CHILDHOOD IN POLAND BEFORE THE HOLOCAUST

May 10 through October 1, 2009

PRESS PREVIEW
Tuesday, May 5
10 am – 1 pm


In this lively exhibition, visitors will discover a lost world captured in astonishing detail in more than 80 vibrant paintings and drawings by Mayer Kirshenblatt. Born in 1916, Kirshenblatt left Poland for Canada in 1934. Now 92 years old, he first began to paint at the age of 73. To his amazement, the town of his childhood emerged in living color in scenes of birth and death, and images of kitchens and farms, inhabited by a lively cast of shoemakers, butchers, prostitutes, street performers, thieves, chimney sweeps, and musicians. Intimate, humorous, and refreshingly candid, the exhibition is a remarkable record of Jewish life in a Polish town, Opatów (Apt in Yiddish), before World War II, as seen through the eyes of an inquisitive boy fascinated by the world in which he lived. This exhibition was organized by the Judah L. Magnes Museum, Berkeley, California. Following its New York City showing, They Called Me Mayer July: Painted Memories of a Jewish Childhood in Poland Before the Holocaust travels to museums in Amsterdam and Warsaw.


CONTINUING EXHIBITIONS

RECLAIMED: PAINTINGS FROM THE COLLECTION OF JACQUES GOUDSTIKKER

Through August 2, 2009

The Jewish Museum presents an exhibition of rarely-seen Old Master paintings, Reclaimed: Paintings from the Collection of Jacques Goudstikker, through August 2, 2009. Reclaimed reveals the extraordinary legacy of Jacques Goudstikker, a preeminent art dealer in Amsterdam, whose vast collection of masterpieces fell victim, and was almost lost forever, to the Nazi practice of looting cultural properties. In 2006, after years of working with a team of art historians and legal experts, Goudstikker’s family successfully reclaimed 200 of his paintings from the Dutch government – one of the largest claims to Nazi-looted art ever resolved. Featuring nearly 50 of the finest examples of the recovered art, along with original documents and photographs, the exhibition reveals Goudstikker’s influence as a collector, art dealer, tastemaker and impresario; and celebrates the historic restitution of the artworks to the rightful heir. Twelve of the paintings on view have never been exhibited in North America before. Also included are 20 original documents and photographs relating to Goudstikker’s life – most significantly, Goudstikker’s own notebook inventorying the bulk of his gallery’s holdings at the time he fled the Netherlands. In addition, using digital photographs, The Jewish Museum has created a new, interactive touch-screen computer version of Goudstikker's notebook that allows visitors to view each page. Following its New York showing, the exhibition will travel to the McNay Art Museum, San Antonio, TX (October 7, 2009 - January 10, 2010); the Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach, FL (February 13 - May 2, 2010); and the Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco, CA (October 30, 2010 - March 8, 2011).


THE DANUBE EXODUS: THE RIPPLING CURRENTS OF THE RIVER, BY PÉTER FORGÁCS AND THE LABYRINTH PROJECT
Through August 2, 2009

The Danube Exodus: The Rippling Currents of the River, by Peter Forgács and The Labyrinth Project is a video installation - a collaboration between one of Europe's best-known filmmakers and The Labyrinth Project at the University of Southern California's School of Cinematic Arts - built around original 8-mm film shot by Captain Nándor Andrásovits, an amateur filmmaker who ferried fleeing refugees to safety along the Danube River during World War II. The installation, which grew out of a film by Forgács, immerses visitors in three interwoven historical narratives which they access with a touch screen computer and see on five large screens. One narrative tells of Jews trying to escape Nazi persecution in 1939 by reaching a ship on the Black Sea bound for Palestine. The second story focuses on émigré German farmers after the 1940 Soviet re-annexation of Bessarabia. They abandoned their adopted homes to return to the "safety" of the Third Reich, but instead were relocated to occupied Poland. Captain Andrásovits and the river are the subjects of the third story. This exhibition is presented in conjunction with Extremely Hungary, a yearlong festival showcasing contemporary Hungarian visual, performing, and literary arts.


MEDIA CENTER EXHIBITION

MARY KOSZMARY (NIGHTMARES): A FILM BY YAEL BARTANA

Through August 27, 2009

Yael Bartana’s 10 minute, 50 second film Mary Koszmary (Nightmares) explores a complicated set of social and political relationships among Jews, Poles, and other Europeans in the age of globalization. Using the structure and sensibility of a World War II propaganda film, Mary Koszmary addresses contemporary anti-Semitism and xenophobia in Poland, a longing for the Jewish past among liberal Polish intellectuals, a desire among a new generation of Poles to be fully accepted as Europeans, and questions the Zionist dream of return to Israel. In the film, a clean-cut young man delivers a speech in Warsaw’s dilapidated Olympic Stadium to a small troop of young, patriotic scouts bearing Polish flags. He provocatively states, “Let the three million Jews that Poland has missed…chase away the demons. Return to Poland, to your country!” Bartana, an Israeli artist living in Tel Aviv and Amsterdam, stresses the commonalities between contemporary Israel and Poland. She states that in both countries “…there are a small percentage of intellectuals, and a small Left. Both we and they are nations living with the trauma of the past and constantly struggling with the search for identity and definition.”


CHILDREN'S EXHIBITION

ARCHAEOLOGY ZONE: DISCOVERING TREASURES FROM PLAYGROUNDS TO PALACES


In Archaeology Zone: Discovering Treasures from Playgrounds to Palaces, an engaging and thoroughly interactive experience, children become archaeologists as they search for clues about ancient and modern objects. Visitors can discover what happens after archaeologists unearth artifacts and bring them back to their labs for in-depth analysis. Children ages 3 through 10 magnify, sketch and weigh objects from the past and the present, piece together clay fragments, interpret symbols, and dress in costumes. By examining these artifacts and imagining how people used these objects in their daily lives, children learn how forms have changed and evolved over time, and how these objects relate to their own lives.


MEDIA CENTER

THE BARBARA AND E. ROBERT GOODKIND MEDIA CENTER


The Barbara and E. Robert Goodkind Media Center features an exhibition space dedicated to video and new media, and houses a digital library of 100 radio and television programs from The Jewish Museum’s National Jewish Archive of Broadcasting (NJAB). Selections include such comedy favorites as “How to Be a Jewish Son,” a panel discussion from a 1970 David Susskind Show featuring the incomparable Mel Brooks; a 1947 radio drama entitled “Operation Nightmare” starring John Garfield and Al Jolson, produced by the United Jewish Appeal to call attention to displaced persons in postwar Europe; contemporary television documentaries on black-Jewish relations, Latino Jews, Jewish feminism, and klezmer music; interviews with artists such as Marc Chagall, Jacques Lipchitz, Larry Rivers, George Segal and Ben Shahn; and Manischewitz wine commercials produced between 1963 and 1981 featuring Sammy Davis, Jr. and Peter Lawford.


PERMANENT EXHIBITION

CULTURE AND CONTINUITY: THE JEWISH JOURNEY


A focused installation, “Theaters of Memory: Art and the Holocaust,” including George Segal's monumental sculpture The Holocaust, 1982, is on view in the contemporary gallery of Culture and Continuity: The Jewish Journey. Segal's full-scale study for the monument (located in San Francisco's Lincoln Park) is in the collection of The Jewish Museum. The artist's work has become an icon not only of art about the Holocaust but also a work of art intimately associated with the Museum. Also on display are a group of works drawn from the collection – painting, sculpture and video – by Eleanor Antin, Christian Boltanski, Tadeusz Kantor, Anselm Kiefer, Fabio Mauri and Frederic Matys Thursz, with one loan: Naomie Kremer’s 2008 Dictionary.

This vibrant, two-floor exhibition examines the Jewish experience as it has evolved from antiquity to the present over 4,000 years. Visitors to the 4th floor see the Ancient World galleries, featuring archaeological objects representing Jewish life in Israel and the Mediterranean region from 1200 BCE to 640 CE, and a dazzling installation of selections from the Museum’s renowned collection of Hanukkah lamps. On the 3rd floor alone close to 400 works from the 16th century to the present are now on view in this dramatic and evocative experience.

Other highlights of Culture and Continuity include: a pair of silver Torah finials from Breslau, Germany (1792-93) reunited at The Jewish Museum after sixty years of separation; paintings by such artists as Max Weber, Moritz Daniel Oppenheim, Isidor Kaufmann, Morris Louis, and Ken Aptekar; prints by Marc Chagall and El Lissitzky; and sculpture by Elie Nadelman. A display of 38 Torah ornaments allows the viewer to compare artistic styles from different parts of the world. It features lavishly decorated Torah crowns, pointers, finials and shields from Afghanistan, Algeria, Austria, England, France, Germany, Holland, Hungary, Ottoman Empire (Greece and Turkey), Georgia (of the former Soviet Union), Morocco, Israel, Italy, early 20th century Palestine, Persia, Poland, Russia, Tunisia, the United States, and Yemen. Television excerpts from the Museum’s National Jewish Archive of Broadcasting are also included. The entire exhibition is comprised of close to 800 works and is accompanied by a series of thematic, random access audio guides using MP3 technology, including a Director’s Highlights Tour with The Jewish Museum’s Director Joan Rosenbaum and WNYC Radio’s Brian Lehrer.

The portraits of the Levy-Franks family, attributed to Gerardus Duyckinck and dating from the 1720s to 1735, are the most extensive surviving group of Colonial American portraiture. The Jewish Museum is exhibiting six of them consecutively in pairs through June 2009 in Culture and Continuity. The final and third pair is currently on view. These six paintings are from the collection of the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas, a new museum scheduled to open in 2010. Spanning three generations, the works depict the German-born patriarch Moses Raphael Levy, his wife Grace Mears Levy, his daughter Abigaill Franks and her husband Jacob Franks, and five of their children. These paintings also hold a noteworthy place in American art as one of the oldest surviving family portrait series.

A recently acquired suite of classic post-World War II works originally designed by renowned architect Philip Johnson and the prominent Abstract Expressionist sculptor Ibram Lassaw for Congregation Kneses Tifereth Israel in Port Chester, New York, is also on view in Culture and Continuity. Included are sections of a large wall sculpture/bimah screen, the eternal lamp, the Torah ark, and two of the four bimah chairs.


PUBLIC PROGRAMS


Books in Focus
Thursday, May 7
6:30 pm
ALL OTHER NIGHTS
Dara Horn
Free with Museum admission


Lecture
Thursday, May 14
6:30 pm
PAINTED MEMORIES: A CONVERSATION WITH ARTIST MAYER KIRSHENBLATT
Mayer Kirshenblatt, Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett, and Dave Isay
Tickets: $15 general public; $12 students/over 65; $10 Jewish Museum members



Conversation/Screening
Thursday, May 21
6:30 pm
IMAGINING THE SHTETL
Eleanor Antin, Jeffrey Shandler and Alisa Solomon
Tickets: $15 general public; $12 students/over 65; $10 Jewish Museum members




FAMILY PROGRAMS



Monday, April 27
3:30 pm
STORYBOOK MONDAY – EARTH AND SKY
Ages 3 to 5

Free with Museum admission


Sunday, May 10
2 pm
CONCERT: REBECCA FREZZA & BIG TRUCK
Ages 3 to 9

Tickets: $15 per adult; $10 per child; $12 adult Jewish Museum family level member; $8 child Jewish Museum family level member


Sunday, May 10
11:15 am
FAMILY GALLERY TOUR – PAINTED MEMORIES
Ages 5 to 12

Free with Museum admission


Monday, May 11
3:30 pm
STORYBOOK MONDAY – PAINTING MEMORIES
Ages 3 to 5

Free with Museum admission


Sunday, May 17
12 noon - 4 pm
PAINTED MEMORIES: A MULTIGENERATIONAL FAMILY DAY
Ages 3 and up

Free with Museum admission


Sundays through June 14
1 to 4 pm
DROP IN ART WORKSHOP
Ages 3 and up

Free with Museum admission


Sundays through June 14
1:30 pm
STORYBOOK READINGS
Ages 2 to 6

Free with Museum admission


Sundays through June 14
3:30 pm
DRAW AND DISCOVER
Ages 5 to 12

Free with Museum admission


SPECIAL NEEDS PROGRAMS


Monday, May 4
1:15 pm
VERBAL IMAGING TOUR FOR VISITORS WHO ARE BLIND OR PARTIALLY SIGHTED
Tour of Reclaimed: Paintings from the Collection of Jacques Goudstikker.
Free with Museum admission


Wednesday, May 13
1:15 pm
TOUCH TOUR FOR VISITORS WHO ARE BLIND OR PARTIALLY SIGHTED
Tour of Culture and Continuity: The Jewish Journey.
Free with Museum admission


Monday, June 1
1:15 pm
VERBAL IMAGING TOUR FOR VISITORS WHO ARE BLIND OR PARTIALLY SIGHTED
Tour of They Called Me Mayer July: Painted Memories of a Jewish Childhood in Poland Before the Holocaust.
Free with Museum admission


Wednesday, June 3
2 pm
SIGN LANGUAGE TEA TIME TOUR FOR VISITORS WHO ARE DEAF OR HARD OF HEARING
Tea Time Tour of They Called Me Mayer July: Painted Memories of a Jewish Childhood in Poland Before the Holocaust, followed by a light reception.
Free with Museum admission



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MUSEUM AND CAFÉ WEISSMAN HOURS
Saturday, Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday 11:00 am to 5:45 pm
Thursday 11:00 am to 8:00 pm
Friday CLOSED
CLOSED major legal and Jewish holidays
CAFÉ closes at 5:30 pm on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and at 7:30 pm Thursday. Café Weissman is closed on Friday and Saturday.


THE COOPER SHOP AND JEWISH MUSEUM DESIGN SHOP HOURS
Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday 11:00 am to 5:45 pm
Thursday 11:00 am to 8:00 pm
(Design Shop closes at 5:45 pm)
Friday 11:00 am to 3:00 pm
CLOSED Saturday and major legal and Jewish holidays


ADMISSION
Adults $12.00
Senior Citizens $10.00
Students $7.50
Children under 12 FREE
Jewish Museum Members FREE
Saturdays FREE


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