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Exhibition & Program Listings - January, February, March 2012Share

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EXHIBITION AND PROGRAM LISTINGS
January, February, March 2012


EDITORS PLEASE NOTE: This release contains information covering January, February and March 2012. You can view current and past press releases online at 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 Monday, January 16 for Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

NEW EXHIBITIONS

KEHINDE WILEY/THE WORLD STAGE: ISRAEL

March 9 through July 29, 2012

A new acquisition by the contemporary American painter Kehinde Wiley served as impetus for the upcoming exhibition, Kehinde Wiley/The World Stage: Israel, opening March 9, 2012 at The Jewish Museum. The painting, Alios Itzhak (2011), is a nine-foot tall portrait of a young Jewish Ethiopian-Israeli man surrounded by an intricate decorative background inspired by a traditional Jewish papercut in the Museum's collection. The work was acquired in honor of The Jewish Museum's recently retired director Joan Rosenbaum. The exhibition will feature 14 large-scale paintings from Kehinde Wiley's new World Stage: Israel series. These vibrant portraits of Israeli youths from diverse ethnic and religious affiliations are each embedded in a unique background influenced by Jewish ritual art. Also included are 10 works of Jewish ceremonial papercuts and large textiles chosen by the artist from the Museum's collection. All of the 14 paintings on view are being displayed in New York for the first time. Wiley says his appropriated decorative backgrounds serve as catalysts for his paintings. The paintings represent a unique fusion of the orthodox with the secular and European traditions with those of North Africa and the Middle East. Roughly two-thirds of the portraits in the Israel series are of Ethiopian Jews, others are of Ashkenazi Jews and Arab Israelis. The artist is driven by an ongoing exploration of globalization, diasporas, cultural hybridity, and power. Saying he knows what it feels like to exist on the periphery, Wiley likes to catapult often powerless, anonymous young men of color onto enormous canvases and into the visual language of the powerful. The large size of the paintings reflects Wiley's observation that scale has been used as a measure of historical importance throughout art history. One of the most significant young artists working today, Kehinde Wiley is originally from Los Angeles and currently lives and works in Beijing, Dakar and New York.

PRESS PREVIEW
Tuesday, March 6
10 am – 1 pm


CONTINUING EXHIBITIONS

THE SNOWY DAY AND THE ART OF EZRA JACK KEATS

Through January 29, 2012

The first major United States exhibition to pay tribute to award-winning author and illustrator Ezra Jack Keats (1916-1983), whose beloved children’s books include Whistle for Willie (1964), Peter’s Chair (1967), and The Snowy Day (1962). Published at the height of the American civil-rights movement and winner of the prestigious Caldecott Medal, The Snowy Day became a milestone, featuring the first African-American protagonist in a full-color picture book. The exhibition features over 80 original works by the artist, from preliminary sketches and dummy books, to final paintings and collages.


AN ARTIST REMEMBERS: HANUKKAH LAMPS SELECTED BY MAURICE SENDAK
Through January 29, 2012

An Artist Remembers features thirty-three Hanukkah lamps of varied eras and styles, chosen by renowned author and illustrator Maurice Sendak from The Jewish Museum’s extensive collection. This highly personal selection of lamps, many never before exhibited, echoes the quality of line and depth of emotion that define Sendak’s work. This exhibition also includes two original drawings for Zlateh the Goat and Other Stories (1966) and In Grandpa’s House (1985), and audio excerpts of a conversation between Maurice Sendak and Jewish Museum curators Susan Braunstein and Claudia Nahson recorded as he picked out the works for the exhibition. The lamps Sendak found most compelling and poignant are those that “go right to the heart,” whose “beauty is contained.” Yet his sense of humor was never far from the surface: as he made his choices he often free-associated, whimsically recalling old movies and Catskills family vacations. Above all, he was guided by his sensibility as an artist and author. The lamps on view reflect the diversity of the Museum’s collection ranging from an early 20th century lamp, created in the well-known Hagenauer Workshops, with spiral elements and flower buds characteristic of the Viennese Art Nouveau, to an 18th century piece from Frankfurt am Main, Germany, decorated with two smiling lions supporting a heart and topped by a large stork. Lamps from Austria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Galicia, Germany, Israel, Italy, Netherlands, Poland, Russia, Ukraine, and the United States are included.


THE RADICAL CAMERA: NEW YORK’S PHOTO LEAGUE, 1936 – 1951
Through March 25, 2012

Drawing on the depth of two great Photo League museum collections, The Jewish Museum in New York City and the Columbus Museum of Art in Ohio are collaborating on an exhibition of nearly 150 vintage photographs. The Radical Camera: New York’s Photo League, 1936 – 1951 is a formidable survey of the group’s history, its artistic significance, and its cultural, social and political milieu, Artists in the Photo League were known for capturing sharply revealing, compelling moments from everyday life. Their focus centered on New York City and its vibrant streets – a shoeshine boy, a brass band on a bustling corner, a crowded beach at Coney Island. Many of the images are beautiful, yet harbor strong social commentary on issues of class, child labor, and opportunity. The Radical Camera exhibition explores the fascinating blend of aesthetics and social activism at the heart of the Photo League. The first museum exhibition in three decades to comprehensively look at the Photo League, The Radical Camera reveals that the League encouraged a surprisingly broad spectrum of work throughout extraordinarily turbulent times. The organization’s members included some of the most noted photographers of the mid-20th century—W. Eugene Smith, Weegee, Lisette Model, Berenice Abbott and Aaron Siskind, to name a few. The Photo League helped validate photography as a fine art, presenting student work and guest exhibitions by established photographers like Eugène Atget, Henri Cartier-Bresson, and Edward Weston, among others. Following its New York City showing, The Radical Camera exhibition will travel to the Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, OH (April 19 – September 9, 2012); the Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco, CA (October 11, 2012 – January 21, 2013); and Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach, FL (February 9 – April 21, 2013).


CONTINUING MEDIA CENTER EXHIBITION

JEM COHEN: NYC WEIGHTS AND MEASURES

Through March 25, 2012

In NYC Weights and Measures (2006; 6 min. 15 sec.), Jem Cohen chronicles a city that exudes noise and bustle, balanced with beauty and tranquility. A ticker-tape parade, subway riders’ daily commute, and a man pausing for a cigarette all become moments of observation and reflection. Overlaid with an intricate soundscape that includes fragments of street music, the film evokes the city’s fast-paced rhythms juxtaposed with quieter, more contemplative moments. Cohen writes, “Sometimes I just wander around with my camera -- I like to see what comes around the corner, and sometimes I just like the corner itself.”


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 art 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 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, 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.

Episodes of such classic and contemporary television series such as Bridget Loves Bernie, Northern Exposure, The O.C., Seventh Heaven and Sports Night, as well as clips from The Colbert Report, feature interpretations of Jewish life-cycle events and holidays. A selection of musical performances includes a Hanukkah-themed video from the Latino-Jewish urban band Hip Hop Hoodios, an appearance by the Hasidic reggae star Matisyahu on The Late Show with David Letterman, a radio broadcast of liturgy composed by modern Zionist composer Marc Lavry, and a documentary on contemporary music featuring Frank London of The Klezmatics, Debbie Friedman, and Pharaoh's Daughter.


PERMANENT EXHIBITION

CULTURE AND CONTINUITY: THE JEWISH JOURNEY –
NEW INSTALLATION OF CONTEMPORARY WORKS


Composed: Identity, Politics, Sex, a selection of photo-based works by seven contemporary artists, is on view at The Jewish Museum in the final gallery of Culture and Continuity: The Jewish Journey through June 30, 2012. Using conventional forms of photography – including traditional portraiture, photojournalism, and online profile pictures – the artists explore overlapping national, ethnic, and sexual identities. The selected artworks engage and play with conventions of art history and forms of popular culture to focus attention on contradictions of identity and desire. Artists represented include: Marc Adelman, Gloria Bornstein, AA Bronson, Debbie Grossman, Adi Nes, Collier Schorr, and Rona Yefman.

Comprised of close to 800 works, 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 on view in this dramatic and evocative experience.

Portrait of Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel, 1842, by 19th century German artist Moritz Daniel Oppenheim, has been added to the "Modernity" section of Culture and Continuity. The subject of this portrait was the sister of famous composer Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, a talented composer and musician in her own right. Fanny Hensel was the wife of a fellow painter, Wilhelm Hensel, whom Oppenheim met in Rome with the Nazarenes. Oppenheim, widely recognized as a portraitist, is known as the first Jewish artist to have benefited from the Emancipation, when new civil rights permitted Jews entry into academies of art for the first time in Europe. Extensively patronized by the Frankfurt branch of the Rothschild family, Oppenheim characterized himself (immodestly) as "a painter to the Rothschilds and the Rothschild of painters."

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 Marc Chagall, Max Weber, Moritz Daniel Oppenheim, Isidor Kaufmann, Morris Louis, and Ken Aptekar; prints by El Lissitzky; and a 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.

A 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.

Television excerpts from the Museum’s National Jewish Archive of Broadcasting are also included. The entire exhibition is accompanied by a series of thematic, random access audio guides using MP3 technology.


21ST ANNUAL NEW YORK JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL


The Jewish Museum and the Film Society of Lincoln Center will present the 21st annual New York Jewish Film Festival at the Film Society’s Walter Reade Theater and Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center, Jan. 11-26, 2012. The festival’s 34 features and shorts from 11 countries - 28 screening in their world, U.S. or New York premieres - provide a diverse global perspective on the Jewish experience. Many film screenings will be followed by filmmakers and special guests in onstage discussions. A complete schedule of films is available at TheJewishMuseum.org or The Film Society of Lincoln Center’s Web site, FilmLinc.com.


PUBLIC PROGRAMS


ALIBIS: ESSAYS ON ELSEWHERE WITH ANDRÉ ACIMAN

Lecture
Thursday, February 2
6:30 pm

Tickets: $15 general public; $12 students/over 65; $10 Jewish Museum members


THE ARROGANT YEARS: ONE GIRL’S SEARCH FOR HER LOST YOUTH, FROM CAIRO TO BROOKLYN WITH LUCETTE LAGNADO

Lecture
Monday, March 5
11:30 am

Tickets: $15 general public; $12 students/over 65; $10 Jewish Museum members


KEHINDE WILEY IN CONVERSATION WITH THELMA GOLDEN

Lecture
Thursday, March 15
11:30 am

Tickets: $15 general public; $12 students/over 65; $10 Jewish Museum members


FAMILY PROGRAMS


CONCERT: RANDY KAPLAN

Sunday, January 22
2 pm
Ages 2 to 7

Tickets: $16 per adult; $11 per child; $13 adult Jewish Museum family level member; $9 child Jewish Museum family level member


MUSIC CLASSES: DIRTY SOCKS MUSIC ROMPS

Tuesdays, January 31 – April 3
10 am – 10:45 am
Ages 1 to 4

Registration fee: $375.00 per child; $345.00 Jewish Museum family member
Class size is limited – early registration is recommended.


ART WORKSHOP AND GALLERY TOUR FOR KIDS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS

Sunday, February 5
10:30 am – Noon
Ages 5 to 17

Free with Museum admission. Space is limited - the public may call 212.423.3256 to register.


CONCERT: DAVID WEINSTONE AND THE MUSIC FOR AARDVARKS BAND
TWO SHOWS!

Sunday, February 12
11:30 am AND 2 pm
Ages 2 to 5

Tickets: $16 per adult; $11 per child; $13 adult Jewish Museum family level member; $9 child Jewish Museum family level member


VACATION WEEK ART WORKSHOP:
I ♥ NEW YORK: CAPTURING YOUR WORLD

February, 20, 21 and 23
1 – 4 pm
Ages 4 and up

Free with Museum admission


ART WORKSHOP AND GALLERY TOUR:
WILD ANIMAL MASKS FOR PURIM

Sunday, March 4
10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Ages 5 to 8

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


CONCERT: THE DIRTY SOCK FUNTIME BAND

Sunday, March 4
2 pm
Ages 3 to 8

Tickets: $16 per adult; $11 per child; $13 adult Jewish Museum family level
member; $9 child Jewish Museum family level member


ART WORKSHOP AND GALLERY TOUR:
STRIKE A POSE – THE ART OF KEHINDE WILEY

Sunday, March 18
10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Ages 8 to 12

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


THEATER PERFORMANCE: LAUGH! LAUGH! LAUGH!
The Paper Bag Players

Sunday, March 18
2 pm
Ages 3 to 8

Tickets: $20 per adult; $15 per child; $17 adult Jewish Museum family level
member; $13 child Jewish Museum family level member


DROP-IN ART WORKSHOP

Sundays through June 10
Noon – 4 pm
Age 3 and up

Free with Museum admission


STORYBOOKS AND ART

Sundays through June 10
1:15 pm
Ages 3 to 7
Storytelling and gallery activities

Free with Museum admission


SPECIAL NEEDS PROGRAMS


VERBAL IMAGING TEA TIME TOUR FOR VISITORS WHO ARE BLIND OR PARTIALLY SIGHTED

Monday, March 12
2 pm

Tea Time Tour of The Radical Camera: New York’s Photo League, 1936-1951, followed by a light reception.

Free with Museum admission


SIGN LANGUAGE INTERPRETED TEA TIME TOUR FOR VISITORS WHO ARE DEAF OR HARD OF HEARING

Monday, March 12
2 pm

Tea Time Tour of The Radical Camera: New York’s Photo League, 1936-1951, followed by a light reception.

Free with Museum admission


TOUCH TOUR FOR VISITORS WHO ARE BLIND OR PARTIALLY SIGHTED

Monday, March 26
3 pm

Tour in celebration of Passover.

Free with Museum admission


GENERAL INFORMATION

INFORMATION HOTLINE:

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Celebrations - The Jewish Museum Design Shop - 212.423.3260


MUSEUM HOURS:
Saturday, Sunday, Monday, Tuesday - 11:00 am to 5:45 pm
Thursday - 11:00 am to 8:00 pm
Friday - 11:00 am to 4:00 pm
Wednesday – CLOSED
CLOSED major legal and Jewish holidays
NOTE: The children’s exhibition, Archaeology Zone: Discovering Treasures from Playgrounds to Palaces, is open Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday (not on Saturday).


COOPER SHOP AND JEWISH MUSEUM DESIGN SHOP HOURS:

Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday - 11:00 am to 5:45 pm
Wednesday - 11:00 am to 3:00 pm
Thursday - 11:00 am to 8:00 pm
Friday - 11:00 am to 4:00 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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