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Past Exhibitions - 2011

Composed: Identity, Politics, Sex

December 22, 2011 - June 30, 2012

Composed features the artwork of seven contemporary artists using conventional forms of photography—including traditional portraiture, photojournalism, and online profile pictures—to focus on the highly mediated politics of sex and desire. As a group they build an emotional portrait of the national, ethnic, and sexual identities that make up our public and private lives.


An Artist Remembers: Hanukkah Lamps Selected by Maurice Sendak

December 2, 2011 - January 29, 2012

Renowned author and illustrator Maurice Sendak selects a group of Hanukkah lamps from the museum’s spectacular collection. As the son of Polish immigrants, Sendak could feel at home among the many Eastern European lamps that feature elaborate Torah arks, exuberant floral ornament, and fantastic animals. Yet Sendak surprised himself with his choices.


The Radical Camera: New York's Photo League, 1936-1951.  Image by Jack Manning

The Radical Camera: New York's Photo League, 1936-1951

November 4, 2011 - March 25, 2012

The Radical Camera offers a comprehensive look at the Photo League, a group of politically engaged street photographers who captured city life from the end of the Great Depression to the start of the Cold War. Featuring more than 140 works by some of the most noted 20th-century photographers, including Berenice Abbott, Sid Grossman, Lisette Model, Aaron Siskind, Paul Strand, and Weegee.

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Jem Cohen: NYC Weights and Measures

Jem Cohen: NYC Weights and Measures

November 4, 2011 - March 25, 2012

In NYC Weights and Measures, Jem Cohen chronicles a city that exudes noise and bustle, but balanced with beauty and tranquility. A compendium of street footage, the video shows a ticker-tape parade, street musicians, the above and under ground.


The Snowy Day and the Art of Ezra Jack Keats

September 9, 2011 - January 29, 2012

This exhibition features over 80 original works by the award-winning author and illustrator Ezra Jack Keats, creator of The Snowy Day, the first modern full-color picture book to feature an African-American protagonist.

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Maya Zack: Living Room

July 31, 2011 - October 30, 2011

Maya Zack’s installation invokes a Jewish family’s apartment in 1930s Berlin via computer-generated images viewed through 3D glasses. A sound component based on the artist’s interviews with the man who fled that home accompanies the piece.


Collecting Matisse and Modern Masters: The Cone Sisters of Baltimore

May 6, 2011 - September 25, 2011

Featuring over 50 works of art—by Matisse, Picasso, Gauguin, Renoir, van Gogh and more—from The Baltimore Museum of Art’s world-renowned Cone Collection, this exhibition focuses on the remarkable vision of two Jewish sisters and collectors, Dr. Claribel and Miss Etta Cone of Baltimore, and the personal relationships they formed with artists such as Matisse and Picasso, as they shaped their extraordinary collection.

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Maira Kalman: Various Illuminations (of a Crazy World)

March 11, 2011 - July 31, 2011

This exhibition presents 30 years of whimsical drawings and paintings by Maira Kalman. The author of several books including The Principles of Uncertainty and Ooh-la-la (Max in Love), Kalman is known for her lush illustrations and witty observations of the world around her.

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The Art of Matrimony: Thirty Splendid Marriage Contracts from The Jewish Theological Seminary Library

March 11, 2011 - June 26, 2011

Featuring 30 marriage contracts (ketubbot) from around the globe and dating from the medieval period through the present, this exhibition illuminates the artistic relationship between Jewish communities and the countries in which they lived as well as marriage customs and patterns of patronage.

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The Line and the Circle: Video by Sharone Lifschitz

February 11, 2011 - October 23, 2011

In the darkness of a photographic darkroom, a conversation unfolds between a daughter and her mother. As they print 14 images taken between l959 and l982 at their kibbutz in the Western Negev, the images shape a conversation about family, history, and the demise of a socialist utopia.


New York Jewish Film Festival 2011

January 12, 2011 - January 27, 2011

The New York Jewish Film Festival turns 20! Celebrate the diversity of the worldwide Jewish experience through an unrivaled selection of cinematic work, presented by The Jewish Museum and The Film Society of Lincoln Center.


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