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Past Exhibitions

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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threeASFOUR: MER KA BA

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.

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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.

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Jack Goldstein

JACK GOLDSTEIN × 10,000

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Collection Tableaux

November 23, 2012 - February 3, 2013


Contemporary artists Beth Lipman, Izhar Patkin, and Studio Armadillo, complemented by early twentieth-century painter Isidor Kaufmann, inspire contemplation on the role of tables as gathering places for ritual, ideas and memories.

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Sharon Lockhart | Noa Eshkol

Sharon Lockhart | Noa Eshkol

November 2, 2012 - March 24, 2013


Internationally acclaimed artist Sharon Lockhart explores the work of Israeli dance composer and textile artist Noa Eshkol in a large-scale film installation and series of photographs. A selection of Eshkol's wall carpets and materials from her archive are also on view.

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Ori Gersht: Two Videos

Ori Gersht: Two Videos

October 19, 2012 - March 24, 2013


Two video works from artist Ori Gersht's desert series explore borders, thresholds, and transitions in time and place.

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Bodleian Manuscripts

Crossing Borders: Manuscripts from the Bodleian Libraries

September 14, 2012 - February 3, 2013


Over fifty manuscripts, many of them illuminated, from the renowned Bodleian Libraries at Oxford, highlight the role of Hebrew books as a meeting place of cultures in the Middle Ages. Many of these works are on view in the United States for the first time.

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Izhar Patkin

Izhar Patkin: The Messiah’s glAss

September 14, 2012 - November 11, 2012


Patkin's ephemeral images, drawn from foundational events and myths of the creation of modern Israel, are suspended between materiality and immateriality.

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Word Symbol Space

August 11, 2012 - October 7, 2012


Using modernist abstraction as a jumping off point, six contemporary artists infuse personal, historical and cultural meaning into otherwise abstract works of art through words and symbols.

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Joseph Kosuth

Joseph Kosuth: 'À Propos (Réflecteur de Réflecteur) #58'

July 5, 2012 - April 28, 2013


Originally part of a monumental, labyrinthine installation, 'À Propos' draws from the writings of the social anthropologist Claude Levi-Strauss.

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Edouard Vuillard: A Painter and His Muses, 1890-1940

May 4, 2012 - September 23, 2012


This exhibition features key works in various media by Edouard Vuillard, the twentieth-century master whose unique blend of tradition and modernity evokes the refined and sophisticated society of his patrons, many of whom were Jewish.

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Sanford Biggers and Jennifer Zackin: a small world...

March 30, 2012 - October 14, 2012


Juxtaposing home movies from each of the two artists’ families—one African American and one Jewish American—this video focuses on the intersections of middle-class life across ethnic lines.

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Kehinde Wiley / The World Stage: Israel

March 9, 2012 - July 29, 2012


Contemporary American painter Kehinde Wiley’s new series The World Stage: Israel—vibrant large-scale portraits of Israeli youths from diverse ethnic and religious affiliations, each embedded in a unique background influenced by Jewish ritual objects—is featured along with the artist’s selection of traditional Jewish papercuts and textiles from The Jewish Museum’s collection.

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Lawrence Weiner: NO TREE NO BRANCH

March 1, 2012 - June 30, 2012


This work started with an old, inherently isolationist Yiddish saying, and through altering and transforming the text, this renowned conceptual artist Lawrence Weiner creates a humanist statement.

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New York Jewish Film Festival 2012

January 11, 2012 - January 26, 2012


Presented by The Jewish Museum and the Film Society of Lincoln Center, the 21st annual New York Jewish Film Festival will showcase World, US and New York premieres of dramatic feature films, fascinating documentaries, and engaging shorts exploring the Jewish experience around the globe.

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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.

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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.

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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 subways...life above and under ground.

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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.

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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.

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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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A Hanukkah Project: Daniel Libeskind's Line of Fire

November 19, 2010 - January 30, 2011


Daniel Libeskind, an international figure in architecture and urban design, creates a bold and stunning installation with a selection of 40 Hanukkah lamps from the Museum’s renowned collection.

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Seven Artists Inspired by Hanukkah

November 19, 2010 - January 30, 2011


Featuring contemporary works of art from the museum’s collection, this exhibition reminds us that miracles are the stuff of powerful inspiration and they can make for good fun too.

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Houdini: Art and Magic

October 29, 2010 - March 27, 2011


Escape artist and showman extraordinaire, Harry Houdini captivated the world with his astonishing feats. Stunning period posters, unusual theater ephemera, and dramatic historic photographs of Houdini’s performances are complemented by contemporary art works by artists inspired by Houdini such as Matthew Barney.

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Shifting the Gaze: Painting and Feminism

September 12, 2010 - January 30, 2011


This exhibition explores the origins and impact of feminism on contemporary painting from the 1960s to now. Eva Hesse, Joan Snyder, Deborah Kass, and many other artists forged new avenues for painting by expanding its subjects and inventing new techniques in abstraction, collage, and realism.

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Shulie: Film and Stills by Elisabeth Subrin

September 12, 2010 - January 30, 2011


By remaking an obscure documentary about radical '60s activist Shulamith Firestone, artist Elisabeth Subrin offers a nostalgic and somewhat cynical reflection on the legacy of second-wave feminism.

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Fish Forms: Lamps by Frank Gehry

August 29, 2010 - October 31, 2010


As part of a design competition sponsored by the Formica Company, internationally renowned architect Frank Gehry created a series of lamps based on the form of a fish which had become something of a personal icon for him. A selection of Gehry’s colorful and luminous lamps will be on view in this exhibition that will also explore the significance of fish imagery in the architect’s work.

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David Goldblatt Exhibition

South African Photographs: David Goldblatt

May 2, 2010 - September 19, 2010


David Goldblatt, one of South Africa’s most highly regarded photographers, was witness to apartheid’s infiltration into every aspect of South African life. His photos do not look at the large events or the public face of violence; rather they focus on the world of ordinary people and the minutiae of everyday life, illuminating the depth of injustice and the character of the people who imposed it and who struggled against it.

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South African Projections: Films by William Kentridge

May 2, 2010 - September 19, 2010


South African William Kentridge’s art is internationally acclaimed for its dramatic narrative invention and for its extraordinary technique. Grounded in recent South African history, Kentridge's complex narratives address personal and universal concerns of love, greed, jealousy, and memory.

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Curious George Saves the Day: The Art of Margret and H.A. Rey

March 14, 2010 - August 1, 2010


America’s favorite monkey, the irrepressible Curious George, is always in trouble! In a great turn of fate, he helped his creators get out of life-threatening danger. Nearly 80 original drawings for Margret and H. A. Rey's children’s books and documentation related to their escape from Nazi-occupied Europe are on view.

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Modern Art, Sacred Space: Motherwell, Ferber and Gottlieb

March 14, 2010 - August 1, 2010


In 1951, renowned architect Percival Goodman commissioned Abstract Expressionist artists Robert Motherwell, Adolph Gottlieb, and Herbert Ferber to create contemporary works of art for the modern synagogue in Millburn, New Jersey, that he designed. The exhibition features the three site-specific works by these artists, as well as studies, in-progress photographs, and an architectural model.

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The Monayer Family: Three Videos by Dor Guez

March 14, 2010 - September 7, 2010


Visual artist Dor Guez offers perspectives from different generations of a Christian Arab family. Counted among 125,000 Christian Arabs, the Monayers consider themselves a minority within a minority.

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New York Jewish Film Festival 2010

January 13, 2010 - January 28, 2010


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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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."

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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.

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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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The Hanukkah Project: The Sound of Light by Julianne Swartz

The Hanukkah Project: The Sound of Light by Julianne Swartz

December 21, 2008 - March 15, 2009


The Jewish Museum's biennial exhibition The Hanukkah Project celebrates Hanukkah with works of art by leading contemporary artists. The Sound of Light is an interactive installation by Julianne Swartz that guides visitors with sound through the museum's permanent exhibition Culture and Continuity: The Jewish Journey. This site-specific work on the third and fourth floors is inspired by the Hanukkah story and the miracle of light.

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Chagall and the Artists of the Russian Jewish Theater, 1919-1949

November 9, 2008 - March 22, 2009


Through paintings, costume and set designs, posters, photographs, film clips and theater ephemera this exhibition brings to light an exhilarating but fleeting moment in the cultural history of the Soviet Union when innovative visual artists joined forces with avant-garde playwrights, actors, and theatrical producers.

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Susan Hiller: The J. Street Project

November 9, 2008 - February 1, 2009


Artist Susan Hiller researched every German street that has the prefix "Juden" (Jews) in its name. The street signs she found mark the absence of Jewish communities that lived in Germany before the Holocaust. Hiller has created a grid of 303 photographs arranged alphabetically by location, along with a map of Germany, a list of sites, and a video documenting the hundreds of locations she identified throughout the country.

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Theaters of Memory: Art and the Holocaust

November 9, 2008 - February 1, 2009


Theaters of Memory presents work by eight artists who have addressed the histories surrounding the Second World War, the atrocities of genocide and mass destruction, and their attendant moral devastation. From the self-consciously dramatic to the intensely self-contained, the works respond to the drama of incomprehensibility and traumatic historical memories. The eight artists are presented in three galleries and include works by George Segal, Tadeusz Kantor, and Matthew Buckingham.

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1942 (Poznan): A Video by Uriel Orlow

November 9, 2008 - February 1, 2009


1942 (Poznan) memorializes a place, a people, and one of the darkest periods in European history. The video begins with a close-up of a tiled floor. The camera then rises to reveal an indoor pool with a lone swimmer in slow motion. As a cantor chants a memorial prayer in Hebrew, the camera exposes the building's vaulted ceiling and seating area above the main entrance, revealing the building's history. Orlow's video is a provocative reflection on the uses of former synagogues in once-vibrant Jewish communities decimated by Nazism and forgotten under Communism

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Otiyot

Otiyot

October 30, 2008 - January 4, 2009


Leola Bermanzohn will produce a temporary, site-specific mural in the basement lobby of The Jewish Museum. Otiyot (Letters) responds to the script of the Dead Sea Scrolls as well as the spiritual and sacred significance of the letters themselves. Bermanzohn reinvents the Hebrew alphabet in a colorful manner inspired by ancient calligraphy and contemporary street art. Bermanzohn may be observed working on the mural Thursday nights for six weeks starting October 30.

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The Dead Sea Scrolls: Mysteries of the Ancient World

September 21, 2008 - January 4, 2009


In 1947, a significant discovery of ancient Jewish texts was made in a cave near the Dead Sea. These and other Dead Sea Scrolls found later have shed light on the major transformations and debates that occurred in ancient worship during the first centuries BCE and CE, that contributed to the development of early Judaism and Christianity. This exhibition will present six Dead Sea Scrolls complemented by objects excavated from the site near where they were found. Three of the scrolls have never been exhibited, including a portion of one of the three earliest copies of the Hebrew Bibles in existence, and three others have never been shown in New York.

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Mother Economy: A Film by Maya Zack

July 1, 2008 - October 23, 2008


Mother Economy, a 20-minute film by Israeli artist Maya Zack, is a meditation on Holocaust remembrance and loss. In Zack’s video, a frugal, industrious woman locates objects belonging to absent family members and proceeds to inventory, catalog, and assign them numerical values. Using the data in equations and formulas, she meticulously transforms kugel (noodle pudding) into an economic pie chart. With reports of World War II broadcast over the radio, the lonely protagonist maintains order and composure through domestic rituals. Sketched portraits of relatives, as well as personal artifacts traced on paper, serve as memorials to the dead.

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Action Abstraction

Action/Abstraction: Pollock, de Kooning, and American Art, 1940-1976

May 4, 2008 - September 21, 2008


A fresh look at the painting and sculpture that transformed the art world in the years after World War II. Action/Abstraction: Pollock, de Kooning, and American Art, 1940-1976 features over fifty key works of postwar art, revealing the cultural and intellectual framework of Abstract Expressionism, the movements that followed it, and popular culture's fascination with the art and artists of the period.

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Warhol's Jews: Ten Portraits Reconsidered

Warhol's Jews: Ten Portraits Reconsidered

March 16, 2008 - August 3, 2008


This exhibition of Andy Warhol's ten "Jewish genius" paintings from 1980, presented 28 years after their initial showing at The Jewish Museum, depicts renowned luminaries of Jewish culture: Sarah Bernhardt, Louis Brandeis, Martin Buber, Albert Einstein, Sigmund Freud, George Gershwin, Franz Kafka, the Marx Brothers, Golda Meir, and Gertrude Stein. Warhol's iconic portraits attest to the lasting achievements and fame of these singular figures.

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Off the Wall: Artists at Work

March 16, 2008 - March 27, 2008


Off the Wall: Artists at Work is a two-week open studio project featuring 11 artists working and performing in the galleries. Representing a new generation with strong Jewish social networks or a familiarity with Jewish rituals and symbols, artists will create a work-in-progress and exhibit other work in various media including fashion, music, performance art, video and new technologies. Events include concerts, salons, a runway show, and a Purim party.

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Art, Image, and Warhol Connections

March 16, 2008 - August 3, 2008


Art, Image, and Warhol Connections presents works by seven artists who directly respond to Andy Warhol or employ techniques often associated with Warhol’s oeuvre. This exhibition is on view in the contemporary gallery of the Museum’s permanent exhibition Culture and Continuity: The Jewish Journey.

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Oil/Water—Mother/Daughter: Video and Photography by Mor Arkadir

March 9, 2008 - June 22, 2008


The documentary film Oil, Water (2005) and photograph Overlap (2004) by Mor Arkadir, winner of the 2005 Adi Prize for Jewish Expression in Art and Design, explore the intersection between the artist’s secular world and her mother’s religious observance. Oil, Water is a 14-minute film depicting a 24-hour road trip in which mother and daughter confront generational differences, conflicting belief systems, and engine troubles. Arkadir's portrait Overlap depicts a microcosm of Israeli society that is at once diverse and contradictory.

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Pomegranate: A Video by Ori Gersht

March 9, 2008 - August 21, 2008


Referencing a still life by 16th century Spanish artist Juan Sánchez Cotán, Ori Gersht’s eerie and painterly video features a ripe pomegranate dangling from a string and framed with other freshly harvested produce in a window. In slow motion a bullet slices through the fruit—a food symbolic of Bible, Jewish law, and Near Eastern culture—spraying blood-red seeds and flesh in the air.

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From The New Yorker to Shrek: The Art of William Steig

November 4, 2007 - March 16, 2008


William Steig was a brilliant cartoonist for The New Yorker and an award-winning, beloved author of children's books, including Shrek! and Sylvester and the Magic Pebble. This exhibition delves into every phase of Steig's prolific career, which spanned eight decades.

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Repairing the World: Contemporary Ritual Art

November 4, 2007 - March 16, 2008


This exhibition highlights a group of contemporary ceremonial artworks from The Jewish Museum's collection. These works, innovative in design and message, explore a wide range of contemporary issues facing both modern Jewish life and broader society.

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Object of Desire: Yael Kanarek's World of Awe

October 30, 2007 - February 24, 2008


Yael Kanarek presents digital prints and online art from the third chapter of her World of Awe integrated media project. Focusing on languages, alphabets, and Near Eastern themes, she weaves English, Arabic, and Hebrew into rich narratives and dazzling visuals.

Please note, this exhibition is open Sunday through Thursday.

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Archaeology Zone: Discovering Treasures from Playgrounds to Palaces

Permanent Exhibition


This interactive exhibition will reveal to children what happens after archaeologists unearth artifacts, and bring them back to their labs for in-depth analysis. Children will take on the role of archaeologists as they search for clues about objects dating from ancient times to the present day.

Closed on Saturdays

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Camille Pissarro: Impressions of City and Country

September 16, 2007 - February 3, 2008


Camille Pissarro was among the preeminent French Impressionists. Nearly 50 paintings and works on paper--including rarely-seen masterworks--explore his interest in the urban environment and rural countryside outside Paris where he lived and worked.

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Isaac Bashevis Singer and the Lower East Side: Photographs by Bruce Davidson

September 16, 2007 - February 3, 2008


Acclaimed photographer Bruce Davidson's intimate and moving images of writer Isaac Bashevis Singer and residents of New York City's Lower East Side -- taken from 1957 to 1990 -- reveal Singer's literary world of Holocaust survivors and East European Jewish immigrants.

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Love and Loss: A Video Trilogy by Neil Goldberg

August 18, 2007 - October 14, 2007


Neil Goldberg's videos--at once personal and detached, humorous and poignant--are anxious reflections on aging, mourning, and death. Goldberg uses family members as willing subjects and agents in his conceptual art.

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The Sculpture of Louise Nevelson: Constructing a Legend

May 5, 2007 - September 16, 2007


Louise Nevelson, a towering figure in 20th century American art, continues to inspire artists today through her pioneering installations and sculptures made of found wood. This exhibition, the first major survey of Nevelson's work since 1980, includes 66 sculptures, works on paper, and two room-size masterworks.

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Dateline Israel: New Photography and Video Art

March 10, 2007 - August 5, 2007


Life in Israel provides inspiration for 23 artists in this wide-ranging exhibition.

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Landslide:
A New Media Installation by Shirley Shor

March 10, 2007 - August 5, 2007


Combining custom software, video projection, and a sculptural element, Landslide addresses geography, contested borders, and political power.

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Light x Eight: The Hanukkah Project

November 25, 2006 - February 4, 2007


In celebration of Hanukkah, this exhibition will explore how eight contemporary artists use the transformative properties of light to create luminous, magnificent visual objects and spaces.

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Food for Thought: A Video Art Sampler

October 31, 2006 - February 28, 2007


In these four videos from two generations of artists, food is a resource for memory, a way of connecting or disconnecting with family, and above all, a means of digesting one's own identity. Works include Martha Rosler's Semiotics of the Kitchen (1975), Jessica Shokrian's Ameh Jhan (2001), Boaz Arad's Gefilte Fish (2005), and Laura Kronenberg's 1973 video of Abbie Hoffman making gefilte fish in the Chelsea Hotel.

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Alex Katz Paints Ada

October 27, 2006 - March 18, 2007


For almost fifty years, the American painter Alex Katz has painted a series of portraits of his wife, Ada. These portraits raise fascinating questions, piquing us with how much they reveal and how much they conceal about their subject.

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Masters of American Comics

September 15, 2006 - January 28, 2007


Throughout the twentieth century and into the twenty-first, comic strips and comic books have been a tremendously influential form of mass media. Masters of American Comics brings together the work of fourteen artists, from Winsor McCay to Chris Ware, who have defined and expanded the possibilities of a vastly popular art form.

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Superheroes: Good and Evil in American Comics

September 15, 2006 - January 28, 2007


Comic book superheroes created from 1938 to 1950, such as Superman and Batman, are presented in this exhibition. The show includes art by 15 Jewish comic book artists and writers--among them, Joe Shuster and Jerry Siegel, and Bob Kane and Bill Finger--and illuminates how the comic characters these artists created explored the battles of good and evil before, during, and after World War II.

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Idol Worship: Video by Ariela Plotkin and Benny Nemerofsky Ramsay

July 3, 2006 - October 26, 2006


Casting themselves in star roles, artists Benny Nemerofsky Ramsay, and Ariela Plotkin use music video and celebrity pop culture as a means to transgress conventions and to resist the allurements of contemporary society.

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Eva Hesse: Sculpture

May 12, 2006 - September 17, 2006


The first major New York museum exhibit of Eva Hesse's sculpture since 1972 will focus on large-scale works she created in the years 1965-70. Also featured: never-before-exhibited family diaries, photos, and letters.

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Counting Omer

April 18, 2006 - October 22, 2006


Count the omer with this interactive version of Saphyr, the omer calendar by Tobi Kahn.

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Max Liebermann: From Realism to Impressionism

March 10, 2006 - July 30, 2006


Approximately 45 paintings by Max Liebermann (1847-1935)--the majority of which have never been seen by an American audience--will highlight stylistic changes in Liebermann's art, as he introduced modernism to Germany, and became one of his country's most renowned cultural figures.

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Sarah Bernhardt: The Art of High Drama

December 2, 2005 - April 2, 2006


The first major museum show ever devoted to the great French actress will illuminate her life and art through painting, sculpture, photography, costumes, jewelry, stage designs, her furniture and personal effects, as well as selected films and recordings.

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Mix and Match: Love, Religion, and Cultural Diversity on TV

November 1, 2005 - February 28, 2006


This 30-minute compilation of video clips from the Museum's broadcast archive examines portrayals of interfaith and intercultural love on television.

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The Jewish Identity Project: New American Photography

September 23, 2005 - January 29, 2006


Through works by distinguished contemporary photographers and video artists, this exhibition will explore the remarkably diverse face of Jewish life in the United States today.

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Inner Realities: Self-Taught Artists from The Jewish Museum Collection

September 2, 2005 - October 23, 2005


Drawn from the collection of The Jewish Museum, paintings by self-taught Israeli and American artists encompass Jewish holidays, scenes of daily life, and biblical themes running the gamut from the joyous to the tragic. Memory and vivid imagination act as catalysts in the creation of astonishing pictorial worlds.

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Joan Snyder: A Painting Survey, 1969-2005

August 12, 2005 - October 23, 2005


Over 30 of Joan Snyder's major works are presented in the most comprehensive museum survey of this influential artist's paintings to date. This exhibition incorporates groundbreaking 1970s "stroke paintings" and subsequent works expressing Snyder's political and social concerns and personal associations.

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Old Country

July 1, 2005 - October 31, 2005


This film, adapted from a stage work by a Toronto-based dance company, offers a contemporary perspective on a European community confronted with the Holocaust.

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Wild Things: The Art of Maurice Sendak

April 15, 2005 - August 14, 2005


Through original drawings, sketches, costumes, and sets, this exhibition will examine Sendak's art, his Jewish identity, and his latest work, Brundibar -- a picture book and opera created in collaboration with Tony Kushner.

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Body Politic: Recent Video by Israeli Artists

March 9, 2005 - June 30, 2005


In this exhibition of recent videos, Alona Friedberg, Limor Orenstein, Sharon Glazberg, and Hilla Lulu Lin use the human body and stunning imagery to examine nationhood, landscape, and personal history.

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The Power of Conversation: Jewish Women and Their Salons

March 4, 2005 - July 10, 2005


The exhibition will examine representative salons from Berlin, Vienna, Paris, London, New York, and Milan, their hosts, participants, and the art that flourished as a result of the contacts and conversations that took place there.

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Aleph: A Film by Wallace Berman

January 4, 2005 - March 6, 2005


Aleph is an artist's meditation on life, death, mysticism, politics, and pop culture. Berman uses Hebrew letters to frame a hypnotic, rapid-fire montage that captures the energy of the 1960s.

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Collective Perspectives: New Acquisitions Celebrate the Centennial

November 5, 2004 - March 6, 2005


Featuring highlights from among new acquisitions, this exhibition includes major works by Christian Boltanski, Adolph Gottlieb, Anselm Kiefer, Adi Nes, Chana Orloff, Jules Pascin, and Man Ray. Newly commissioned works of Judaica by contemporary artists and designers including Lyn Godley, Chunghi Choo, and Karim Rashid will also be shown.

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December Dilemma: Jews, Television, and the Holiday Season

November 2, 2004 - January 2, 2005


A compilation of video clips from educational and entertainment programs provides an overview of conflicted emotions surrounding the December holidays.

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Arnold Newman

October 3, 2004 - January 16, 2005


Training his lens on the most illustrious cultural and intellectual figures of the twentieth century, Arnold Newman forged a new tradition of portrait photography. This exhibition of 21 portraits includes Alfred Stieglitz and Georgia O'Keefe, Marc Chagall, Louise Nevelson, Leonard Bernstein, and David Ben-Gurion.

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Our Great Garden: Nurturing Planet Earth

September 26, 2004 - July 31, 2007


The Jewish concept of Tikkun Olam translates from Hebrew to 'Repairing the World.' This new exhibition for families and children explores ways in which we can fulfill this value in our daily lives, through appreciation and protection of the natural environment.

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Innovator, Activist, Healer: The Art of Friedl Dicker-Brandeis

September 10, 2004 - January 16, 2005


This is the first full-scale exhibition celebrating the art, teaching methods and spirit of Friedl Dicker-Brandeis (1898-1944), the remarkable Bauhaus artist and art teacher who taught children in the Terezín ghetto and concentration camp.

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Urban Eden: Three Videos by New York Artists

July 1, 2004 - October 31, 2004


In this collection of videos, three artists examine the pleasures and pains of city life. Works by Jem Cohen, Neil Goldberg, and Shalom Gorewitz.

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Re/collecting: A Centennial Installation by Shimon Attie with Norman Ballard

June 25, 2004 - January 16, 2005


On the occasion of The Jewish Museum's centennial, artist Shimon Attie, in collaboration with Norman Ballard, presents a year-long, multimedia installation that illuminates the shifting conversations that have shaped the museum's mission over the last century.

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Modigliani: Beyond the Myth

May 21, 2004 - September 19, 2004


The Jewish Museum will present the first major exhibition of Italian painter and sculptor Amedeo Modigliani (1884-1920) in New York since his 1951 retrospective at The Museum of Modern Art.

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Gate of Death

April 18, 2004 - June 30, 2004


Ghosts and memories linger in Gate of Death, a melancholy and haunting video meditation on the Holocaust, presented in conjunction with Yom Hashoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day) on April 18.

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My America: Art from The Jewish Museum Collection, 1900-1955

March 26, 2004 - July 25, 2004


Works by such prominent artists as Ilse Bing, Morris Louis, Elie Nadelman, Ben Shahn, and Alfred Stieglitz, among others, illuminate the intersection of American art and Jewish-American history in the first half of the 20th century.

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Focus on the Soul: The Photographs of Lotte Jacobi

February 6, 2004 - April 11, 2004


Jacobi learned the principles of photography from her father, and, in 1927, took over the family portrait studio in Berlin.

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Elijah Chair: Art, Ritual, and Social Action

February 6, 2004 - April 11, 2004


Elijah Chair, a video sculpture on view in the new Goodkind Media Center, was created for the Times Square Seder, a public art and social action project which took place in New York in 2002.

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Schoenberg, Kandinsky, and the Blue Rider

October 24, 2003 - February 12, 2004


More than sixty artworks by Kandinsky, Schoenberg, and other German expressionists in the Blaue Reiter group.

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Bel Canto(r):
Jewish Superstars of Song

October 24, 2003 - January 30, 2004


This 30-minute video, on view in the new Goodkind Media Center, celebrates the careers of mid-20th century Metropolitan Opera superstars Robert Merrill, Jan Peerce and Richard Tucker and critically examines the media's role in the creation of music heroes.

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Signs from Berlin: A Project by Stih and Schnock

September 5, 2003 - January 4, 2004


Installed throughout the Bayerisches Viertel neighborhood in 1993 the project consists of eighty signs. On one side is printed a Nazi ordinance restricting the rights of Jews, and on the other is a color pictogram created by the artists that corresponds to the restriction.

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Frida Kahlo's Intimate Family Portrait

September 5, 2003 - January 4, 2004


Based on a schematic family tree, My Grandparents, My Parents and I provides a direct visual expression of Kahlo's genealogical identity.

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Erwartung/Expectancy: A Video Installation by Dara Birnbaum

September 5, 2003 - January 4, 2004


Contemporary artist Dara Birnbaum reflects on Arnold Schoenberg's opera, Erwartung.

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Contemporary Art/Recent Acquisitions

April 11, 2003 - July 27, 2003


Featuring works acquired within the past two years and created since 1970, the exhibition highlights video, installation art and photography, and also includes drawing, painting, and sculpture.

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Entertaining America: Jews, Movies, and Broadcasting

February 21, 2003 - September 14, 2003


Over the past century, the various connections between American Jews and the nation's entertainment media have generated a discussion that has been extensive, passionate, and, at times, contentious.

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Light x Eight: The Hanukkah Project 2002

November 22, 2002 - February 2, 2003


An interactive, multimedia exhibition of eight works of contemporary art displayed in unexpected locations throughout the Museum.

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Adolph Gottlieb: A Survey Exhibition

October 11, 2002 - March 2, 2003


Gottlieb, like most Abstract Expressionists, endeavored to make his paintings a reflection of his unconscious.

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To Commemorate September 11

September 11, 2002 - September 18, 2002


Photograph by Jeff Mermelstein
Untitled, September 11, 2001

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New York: Capital of Photography

April 28, 2002 - September 2, 2002


Taken between 1900 and the 1990s, these photographs embody a critique of social conditions while conveying the exhilaration of New York.

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The City of K: Franz Kafka and Prague

April 11, 2002 - January 5, 2003


This exhibition uses space, sound, light, and image to explore the complex universe of Franz Kafka, what his native city of Prague did with him, and the city's subsequent metamorphosis in his remarkable and profound literary achievements.

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Mirroring Evil: Nazi Imagery/Recent Art

March 17, 2002 - June 30, 2002


A selection of works by thirteen internationally recognized artists, all of whom make new and daring use of imagery taken from the Nazi era.

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An Artist's Response to Evil: We Are Not the Last by Zoran Music

March 17, 2002 - June 30, 2002


This series reinterprets drawings of the dead that Music originally made during his two-year internment at Dachau.

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The Emergence of Jewish Artists in 19th Century Europe

November 18, 2001 - March 17, 2002


In post-Enlightenment Europe, opportunities arose for Jews to establish themselves as professional artists for the first time. The paintings shown here highlight the complexities faced by minority artists in a dynamic European art world.

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Camels and Caravans: Daily Life in Ancient Israel

September 9, 2001 - June 20, 2004


An exhibition for children offering hands-on interaction in a simulation home and marketplace. Visitors will learn about daily life in 1st century CE Jerusalem.

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Ben Katchor: Picture Stories

September 9, 2001 - February 10, 2002


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Doug and Mike Starn: Ramparts Café

September 9, 2001 - February 10, 2002


Created to commemorate the three-thousandth anniversary of Jerusalem in 1995, Ramparts Café is a meditation on the ancient and modern aspects of the city.

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Arnold Dreyblatt: The Re-Collection Mechanism

September 9, 2001 - February 10, 2002


This installation is a container of a vast and mysterious series of spoken and projected words that recall Central and Eastern European lives in 1933.

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Marc Chagall: Early Works from Russian Collections

April 29, 2001 - October 14, 2001


These early years in Russia - from 1907 to 1922 - provide the key to Chagall's long and prolific career.

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Voice, Image, Gesture: Selections from the Jewish Museum's Collection, 1945 - 2000

March 25, 2001 - August 5, 2001


Selections from the Museum's broadcast media, fine arts, and ceremonial arts collections reflect a diversity of perspectives on Jewish history and contemporary culture.

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Charlotte Salomon: Life? or Theatre?

December 10, 2000 - March 25, 2001


Salomon combines painting with text and musical cues to tell a compelling autobiographical coming-of-age story set during World War II amid increasing Nazi oppression.

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Morocco: Jews and Art in a Muslim Land

September 24, 2000 - February 11, 2001


Many strands of history and culture have gone into the making of Morocco's people during the past three thousand years. Together, Muslims and Jews forged a common spiritual culture and an artistic culture that reflects the dominant aesthetics of Islamic art.

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Drink and Be Merry: Wine and Beer in Ancient Times

July 30, 2000 - November 5, 2000


Drink and Be Merry examines the subject of wine and beer in antiquity - their production and trade to their central role in ritual, festive celebrations and everyday life.

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Anni Albers

May 28, 2000 - August 20, 2000


Anni Albers is considered the foremost textile artist of the twentieth century. She bravely broke from the tradition in which textiles reproduced naturalistic imagery or decorative ornament.

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Paris in New York: French Jewish Artists in Private Collections

March 5, 2000 - June 25, 2000


From about 1907 to shortly after World War I, these Jewish painters and sculptors, predominantly from Eastern Europe, experimented with the stylistic innovations of the key avant-garde figures of the period, Henri Matisse and Pablo Picasso.

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Berlin Metropolis: Jews and the New Culture, 1890 - 1918

November 14, 1999 - April 23, 2000


The city dweller confronted the vitality and diversity of urban life in the form of crowds, new modes of transportation, and a barrage of images and texts from store displays, kiosks, newspapers, and posters. The art and literature of Berlin during these years reflect this dynamism.

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John Singer Sargent: Portraits of the Wertheimer Family

October 17, 1999 - February 6, 2000


All twelve formal portraits displayed here have been reunited for the first time in more than sixty years. They tell the story of a friendship between artist and client, and offer a glimpse into the world of a privileged family of English Jews who lived nearly a century ago.

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The Changing Face of Family: Photographs from the Collection of the Jewish Museum

October 17, 1999 - February 6, 2000


This exhibition assembles images of the Jewish family from the second half of the nineteenth century to the present. Its chronological breadth reveals a significant theme: time.

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Sigmund Freud:Conflict and Culture

April 18, 1999 - September 9, 1999


Our notions of identity, memory, childhood, sexuality, and, most generally, of meaning have been shaped in relation to—and often in opposition to—Freud's work. This exhibition examines Freud's life and his key ideas and their effect upon the twentieth century.

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Ikat: Splendid Silks of Central Asia

February 7, 1999 - May 16, 1999


In the barren landscape of Central Asia, ikat hangings and robes lent vibrant color to daily life and ceremonies, creating the atmosphere of a garden, an enduring metaphor of Paradise in both Jewish and Islamic lore.

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After Rabin: New Art from Israel

September 13, 1998 - January 3, 1999


Created during the three years since the assassination of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin in 1995, the art on view in this exhibition communicates the flavor of a turbulent, splintered, dynamic time in Israeli society.

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Soutine Page Boy

An Expressionist in Paris: The Paintings of Chaim Soutine

April 26, 1998 - August 16, 1998


Known as a "painter's painter," Soutine's work is characterized by his energetic, lively brushwork and bold use of color. This exhibition, the first major presentation of the artist in New York in nearly fifty years, brings together some of Soutine's most extraordinary works.

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Assignment: Rescue, The Story of Varian Fry and the Emergency Rescue Committee

November 23, 1997 - March 29, 1998


A dramatic installation recounts the daring mission of Varian Fry, who was responsible for rescuing some 2,500 Jews and opponents of the Nazis, including such great figures as Marc Chagall, Hannah Arendt, Max Ernst, and Jacques Lipchitz.

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