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New York, NY – The Jewish Museum will present American painter Kehinde Wiley in conversation with Today Show contributor Lola Ogunnaike on Thursday, March 15 at 6:30 pm. One of the most significant young artists working today, Kehinde Wiley will discuss his latest series, The World Stage: Israel. On view at The Jewish Museum beginning March 9, this exhibition showcases vibrant large-scale portraits of Israeli youths, each embedded in a unique background inspired by Jewish ceremonial art, as well as works selected by Wiley from the Museum’s collection.

Tickets for this program are $15 for the general public; $12 for students and seniors; and $10 for Jewish Museum members and can be ordered from or by calling 212.423.3337.

Kehinde Wiley/The World Stage: Israel features 14 large-scale paintings from The World Stage: Israel. The vibrant portraits of Israeli youths from diverse ethnic and religious affiliations are each embedded in a unique background influenced by Jewish ceremonial art. Also included are 11 works - papercuts and large textiles – chosen by the artist from The Jewish Museum's collection. All of the 14 paintings on view are being displayed in New York for the first time.

Kehinde Wiley (born 1977) is originally from Los Angeles and currently lives and works in Beijing, Dakar and New York. A gifted painter, he takes everyday people and paints them often larger than life-size in the grand poses of nobles, saints and colonial rulers from classical European portraiture. While the body language is borrowed from the past, the clothes are current and often hip-hop in style. His paintings are in the collections of over forty museums including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Hammer Museum; High Museum; Walker Art Center; Brooklyn Museum; and The Jewish Museum, New York.

Journalist Lola Ogunnaike is one of the leading pop culture authorities in the country and is currently a contributor to The Today Show. She served as culture reporter for CNN and The New York Times and her articles have appeared in Elle, Harper’s Bazaar and New York Magazine.

An infrared assistive listening system for the hearing impaired is available for programs in the Museum's S. H. and Helen R. Scheuer Auditorium.

Public Programs at The Jewish Museum are supported, in part, by public funds from by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs. Major annual support is provided by public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, a State Agency. The stage lighting has been funded by the Office of Manhattan Borough President Scott M. Stringer. The audio-visual system has been funded by former New York State Assembly Member Jonathan Bing.

About The Jewish Museum

Widely admired for its exhibitions and collections that inspire people of all backgrounds, The Jewish Museum is one of the world’s preeminent institutions devoted to exploring the intersection of art and Jewish culture from ancient to modern times. The Jewish Museum organizes a diverse schedule of internationally acclaimed and award-winning temporary exhibitions as well as dynamic and engaging programs for families, adults, and school groups. The Museum was established in 1904, when Judge Mayer Sulzberger donated 26 ceremonial art objects to The Jewish Theological Seminary of America as the core of a museum collection. Today, a collection of 26,000 objects is maintained – paintings, sculpture, works on paper, photographs, archaeological artifacts, ceremonial objects, and broadcast media. The collection is among the three largest of its kind in the world and is distinguished by its breadth and quality. It is showcased in the vibrant, two-floor permanent exhibition, Culture and Continuity: The Jewish Journey, examining the Jewish experience as it has evolved from antiquity to the present.

General Information

Museum hours are Saturday, Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday, 11am to 5:45pm; Thursday, 11am to 8pm; and Friday, 11am to 4pm. Museum admission is $12.00 for adults, $10.00 for senior citizens, $7.50 for students, free for children under 12 and Jewish Museum members. Admission is free on Saturdays. For general information on The Jewish Museum, the public may visit the Museum’s website at or call 212.423.3200. The Jewish Museum is located at 1109 Fifth Avenue at 92nd Street, Manhattan.

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