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Past Exhibitions - 2013

Art Spiegelman, Self-Portrait with Maus Mask

Art Spiegelman's Co-Mix: A Retrospective

November 8, 2013 - March 23, 2014

This first U.S. retrospective celebrates the career of one of the most influential living comic artists. The exhibition spans Spiegelman’s career from his early days in underground comix to provocative New Yorker covers and artistic collaborations in new media. Included are over three hundred preparatory sketches, preliminary and final drawings, plus prints and other ephemeral and documentary material.



Masterpieces & Curiosities: A Medieval Aquamanile

November 8, 2013 - March 23, 2014

This first Masterpieces & Curiosities installment centers around a rare Jewish aquamanile, a lion-shaped handwashing pitcher made of bronze and created in Germany in the twelfth century.


Claire Fontaine: Tears

Using Walls, Floors, and Ceilings: Claire Fontaine

November 8, 2013 - April 20, 2014

The first Using Walls, Floors, and Ceilings lobby commission, Tears, by French artist Claire Fontaine, consists of nine neon signs suspended from the ceiling. Each reads “isle of tears” in a different language, a reference to the experience of immigrants passing through Ellis Island.


Marc Chagall, Self-Portrait with Clock, 1947, oil on canvas

Chagall: Love, War, and Exile 

September 15, 2013 - February 2, 2014

For the first time in the United States, artwork by Chagall from the 1930s and 1940s is gathered to reveal a lesser-known side of the artist. Beginning with the richly evocative paintings of his years in France, the exhibition illuminates an artist deeply responsive to the suffering inflicted by war and to his own exile and personal losses. By the late 1940s, Chagall returns to colorful, joy-filled work celebrating love. The exhibition includes approximately 31 paintings and 22 works on paper, as well as selected letters, poems, photos, and ephemera.



September 15, 2013 - February 2, 2014

The New York-based fashion collective threeASFOUR presents its latest project, MER KA BA, an otherworldly installation that fuses avant-garde couture, architecture, and video projections. Inspired by sacred geometry and tile patterns found in synagogues, churches, and mosques around the world, the exhibition brings together ancient motifs and contemporary design aesthetics to reflect the group’s hybrid identity and utopian vision.


Elaine Reichek

Elaine Reichek: A Postcolonial Kinderhood Revisited

August 23, 2013 - October 20, 2013

In 1993 the Jewish Museum commissioned Elaine Reichek to create an installation that explored her personal identity. Reimagining her childhood bedroom, Reichek displayed her parents’ acquisition of the American dream through colonial-style furnishings. A Postcolonial Kinderhood, installed in 1994, probed the fears and embarrassments—real or imagined—that still prevailed among many American Jews and is one of the earliest major works to confront the paradoxes of American Jewish identity.


Jack Goldstein


May 10, 2013 - September 29, 2013

The first American retrospective of the Canadian-born artist Jack Goldstein (1945 - 2003) brings to light his important legacy. This comprehensive exhibition frames Goldstein as a central figure of the Pictures Generation of the 1970s and 1980s.


R.B. Kitaj

R. B. Kitaj: Personal Library

April 5, 2013 - August 11, 2013

This exhibition features 33 screenprints from a suite of 50, created by the internationally celebrated painter and graphic artist, R. B. Kitaj in 1969. The portfolio, In Our Time, was acquired by the Museum in 2010. For this series, Kitaj reproduced from his personal library the covers of books that had a profound meaning for him.


Barbara Bloom

As it were ... So to speak: A Museum Collection in Dialogue with Barbara Bloom

March 15, 2013 - August 4, 2013

Inspired by Talmudic discourse that takes place across time and space, artist Barbara Bloom mines the collections to create tableaux that evoke dialogues between imagined historical guests.


Sagmeister and Walsh

Six Things: Sagmeister & Walsh

March 15, 2013 - August 4, 2013

The design firm Sagmeister & Walsh is known for its experimental typography and striking visual imagery. In five short films and a sculpture, their studio examines six of Stefan Sagmeister’s personal keys to happiness, alongside social data detailing the relationship between religion and well-being.


New York Jewish Film Festival 2013

January 9, 2013 - January 24, 2013

Presented by The Jewish Museum and the Film Society of Lincoln Center, the 22nd annual New York Jewish Film Festival will showcase World, US and New York premieres of dramatic feature films, fascinating documentaries, enjoyable comedies and a wide variety of shorts exploring the Jewish experience.


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1109 5th Ave at 92nd St
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