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Past Exhibitions - 2009

Alias Man Ray: The Art of Reinvention

November 15, 2009 - March 14, 2010

Alias Man Ray presents a fresh look at the diversity of Man Ray's body of work, examining it in the context of his lifelong cover-up of his Russian-Jewish immigrant past and his suppression of his background. The project marks the first time that his willful construction of an artistic persona is explored and demonstrates how this personal agenda informs his work and methods.


Reinventing Ritual: Contemporary Art and Design for Jewish Life

September 13, 2009 - February 7, 2010

Reinventing Ritual is the first international exhibition to survey Jewish ritual as a vital site of experimentation in contemporary art and design since the 1990s. Nearly sixty groundbreaking works in diverse media, from jewelry to video to architecture, by 58 leading artists reveal the intersections of creative freedom and ethical practice.

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Rite Now

Rite Now: Sacred and Secular in Video

September 13, 2009 - February 7, 2010

This grouping of videos produced between 2001 and 2009 focuses on explorations of secular and sacred ceremonies in a new framework. Some document inventive spiritual practice, some refocus old stories using a contemporary lens, and other works function independently as new rituals.


They Called Me Mayer July

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

May 10, 2009 - October 1, 2009

They Called Me Mayer July presents over 80 paintings and drawings by Mayer Kirshenblatt vividly chronicling life in Opatów, Poland (Apt in Yiddish) in the 1920s and early 30s. Kirshenblatt left for Canada in 1934 and taught himself to paint at age 73 so he could share his memories of the vibrant Jewish world found in the Poland of his youth.

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Reclaimed: Paintings from the Collection of Jacques Goudstikker

March 15, 2009 - August 2, 2009

This exhibition presents rarely-seen Old Master paintings collected by Jacques Goudstikker, a prominent Jewish art dealer in Amsterdam prior to World War II. In 1940, Goudstikker was forced to flee war-torn Europe. His gallery, which contained approximately 1,400 works of art, was looted by the Nazis. Recently his family reclaimed 200 paintings from the Dutch government; the finest of these works will be on view in this exhibition.


The Danube Exodus: The Rippling Currents of the River—by Péter Forgács and The Labyrinth Project

March 15, 2009 - August 2, 2009

This immersive installation interweaves the historical narratives of Eastern European Jews and Germans fleeing in opposite directions along the Danube River, in an effort to escape the horrors of World War II. This interactive exhibition forces us to compare what Hungarian filmmaker and scholar Péter Forgács calls "the incomparable duet of the German-Jewish exodus."


Mary Koszmary (Nightmares): A Film by Yael Bartana

February 19, 2009 - August 27, 2009

Using the structure and sensibility of a WWII propaganda film, artist Yael Bartana explores a complicated set of social and political relationships among Jews, Poles, and other Europeans in the age of globalization in her 2007 film Mary Koszmary.


The New York Jewish Film Festival 2009

The 2009 New York Jewish Film Festival

January 14, 2009 - January 29, 2009

An extraordinary international film showcase since 1992, this collaboration between The Jewish Museum and the Film Society of Lincoln Center celebrates the Jewish experience through dramas and comedies, documentaries, and short films.


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1109 5th Ave at 92nd St
New York NY 10128