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A celebration of Black American freedom and achievement, Juneteenth marks the anniversary of the end of the enslavement ...
06/19/2020

A celebration of Black American freedom and achievement, Juneteenth marks the anniversary of the end of the enslavement of Black and African American women, men, and children in the United States—155 years ago on this day.

Artist Romare Bearden’s 1977 collage, “Joshua at Jericho,” named for the gospel hymn, “Joshua Fought the Battle of Jericho,” acknowledges similarities between the Biblical story and African American life, capturing the spirit of strength and resilience; the breaking down of the walls of exclusion; and the reclamation of heritage and culture—all themes that play a role in the holiday today. thejm.net/2AQzV2N

Tonight at 7 pm EDT, join LGBTQ activist Adam Eli for an online conversation hosted by Keshet on the occasion of his new...
06/16/2020

Tonight at 7 pm EDT, join LGBTQ activist Adam Eli for an online conversation hosted by Keshet on the occasion of his new book "The New Queer Conscience." Calling on his Jewish tradition to underline how kindness and support within the queer community can lead to a stronger global consciousness, Eli offers a candid and compassionate introduction to queer responsibility: thejm.net/2N8RwFD

Today 3 – 9 pm, enjoy 6 hours of live streaming music presented by our partners Bang on a Can. Hear performances by Tome...
06/14/2020

Today 3 – 9 pm, enjoy 6 hours of live streaming music presented by our partners Bang on a Can. Hear performances by Tomeka Reid, Vicky Chow, Carla Kihlstedt, and many more at marathon2020.bangonacan.org/

"Nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world."On what would have been her 91st birthday, we re...
06/12/2020

"Nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world."

On what would have been her 91st birthday, we remember Anne Frank, whose life and story continues to inspire empathy worldwide. In 1989, artists Doug and Mike Starn framed a page excerpted from her diary, titled “The Diary of Anne Frank (Kristallnacht)." Frank’s diary remains one of the most widely read and most inspiring books in the world, acknowledging historical events and serving as a textual witness of the Holocaust. https://thejm.net/3cTLHqk

Today we join seven other New York City museums along 5th Avenue for the first-ever Virtual Museum Mile Festival! Establ...
06/09/2020

Today we join seven other New York City museums along 5th Avenue for the first-ever Virtual Museum Mile Festival! Established in 1978 to promote public support of the arts, the Museum Mile Festival began in the midst of a crisis as a way to keep New Yorkers connected through the power of art and culture. Follow #VirtualMuseumMile throughout the day on social media to celebrate bringing our communities together: https://thejm.net/37cErof

06/08/2020
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This summer, the Jewish Museum welcomes interns from all backgrounds to apply to our new Virtual Summer Institute, a five-week online internship for current or recently graduated university students. Applications due June 15. Details & how to apply at TheJewishMuseum.org/SummerInstitute

The Jewish Museum stands with the Black community and denounces the longstanding systemic racial injustice that continue...
06/04/2020
The Jewish Museum stands with the Black community.

The Jewish Museum stands with the Black community and denounces the longstanding systemic racial injustice that continues to persecute people of color across our country. The senseless killings of George Floyd and so many others are a stark reminder of the continued pervasiveness of racism in America. We join the many voices that are demanding social change.

The Jewish Museum stands with the Black community and denounces the longstanding systemic racial injustice that continues to persecute…

Black lives matter. The Jewish Museum stands against bigotry, injustice, and denounces all forms of racism. #BlackOutTue...
06/02/2020

Black lives matter. The Jewish Museum stands against bigotry, injustice, and denounces all forms of racism. #BlackOutTuesday

June is celebrated as LGBTQ+ Pride Month to commemorate the Stonewall riots that occurred in June 1969. Stonewall was a ...
06/01/2020

June is celebrated as LGBTQ+ Pride Month to commemorate the Stonewall riots that occurred in June 1969. Stonewall was a historic moment of rebellion against police oppression, and a key turning point that’s become a symbol of the creativity and urgency that came to characterize the LGBTQ movement in the decades that followed.

Listen to a conversation with Ross Bleckner and Deborah Kass, two pioneering queer and Jewish artists with work in the Jewish Museum collection: https://thejm.net/36NJpHC

In the early 1940s, artist Ben Shahn created a painting from a series of World War II propaganda posters for the United ...
05/31/2020

In the early 1940s, artist Ben Shahn created a painting from a series of World War II propaganda posters for the United States Office of War Information, with images depicting suppression, starvation, slavery, torture and murder, titled “We Fight for a Free World!” Like much of Shahn’s work for the Office of War Information, most of the posters were never produced, but the painting, along with newly commissioned political posters by contemporary artists, will be on view in our upcoming exhibition "We Fight to Build a Free World: An Exhibition by Jonathan Horowitz." https://thejm.net/2ZPU2Zf

Jewish-American photographer Marion Palfi’s portrait of the wife of a lynching victim shows the devastating effects of r...
05/31/2020

Jewish-American photographer Marion Palfi’s portrait of the wife of a lynching victim shows the devastating effects of racially-motivated violence in America. In 1949, Caleb Hill, Jr. was taken from his jail cell and murdered by two white men in Irwinton, Georgia. Both were acquitted of all charges after a one-day trial. Palfi traveled to the town to take pictures of the racially divided community, from Ku Klux Klan members to the victim’s wife, seen in this image titled "Wife of the Lynch Victim" https://thejm.net/3ewUcss

Shavuot—also known as the Feast of Weeks—begins at sundown. The Jewish holiday is connected to the harvest season, marri...
05/28/2020
Shavuot: Revelation at Mount Sinai, a Mystical Wedding, Greenery, and Cheesecake

Shavuot—also known as the Feast of Weeks—begins at sundown. The Jewish holiday is connected to the harvest season, marriage, and the Israelites acceptance of the Torah at Mount Sinai. Discover the many wonderful spiritual and agricultural traditions associated with Shavuot through works in the Jewish Museum’s collection.

This year, Shavuot— also referred to as the Feast of Weeks — begins at sundown on May 28 and ends on the evening of May 30.

Families—Join us this Sunday for a virtual family tour and art-making experience inspired by our popular series Picture ...
05/27/2020

Families—Join us this Sunday for a virtual family tour and art-making experience inspired by our popular series Picture This! Explore your creativity through engaging works of art, storybook readings, and art-making at home. Register: https://thejm.net/2zsZ5Eh

During Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, we're exploring works in the Jewish Museum collection that celebrate the i...
05/27/2020

During Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, we're exploring works in the Jewish Museum collection that celebrate the intersection of Asian and Jewish experiences. Korean-born designer Chunghi Choo is known for her craftsmanship and innovative forms. Her graceful vessel-like shapes, such as this spice container used at the end of the Sabbath ceremony, have exquisite surface finishes that are both sculptural and functional in nature: https://thejm.net/3grl3bh

Lois Lowry's award-winning book "Number the Stars" tells the escape of a Jewish family in Denmark during World War II. T...
05/26/2020

Lois Lowry's award-winning book "Number the Stars" tells the escape of a Jewish family in Denmark during World War II. Tomorrow at 4 pm, teachers are invited to register for an online workshop with the author, followed by a virtual tour exploring works of art in the Jewish Museum collection: https://thejm.net/3d3oW4b

Happy birthday to our maiden, mother, crone—artist Rachel Feinstein! At the Jewish Museum's Purim Ball gala this year, w...
05/25/2020

Happy birthday to our maiden, mother, crone—artist Rachel Feinstein! At the Jewish Museum's Purim Ball gala this year, we honored Feinstein for her artistic achievements, including the career-spanning exhibition “Maiden, Mother, Crone.” Feinstein created her own masks for the occasion, arriving in costume as the three consequential stages in a woman’s life: https://thejm.net/2yAoF9Q

05/24/2020
The Paper Bag Players at Home with the Jewish Museum

Families—looking for a long weekend activity? Watch THE PAPER BAG PLAYERS in a uniquely crafted art and musical experience, featuring hands-on art projects for the entire family.

Watch the beloved theater group The Paper Bag Players in a uniquely crafted experience for families! Create with The Paper Bag Players using materials such a...

"Masks are the locus of a lot of political strife right now." In case you missed it, watch our conversation last night w...
05/22/2020

"Masks are the locus of a lot of political strife right now."

In case you missed it, watch our conversation last night with Jewish Museum collection artist Laurie Simmons, as she discusses the history of masking in her work in the context of our current moment, and shares new work from her studio: https://thejm.net/36the0z

#TBT 🍞 Between 1961 to 1970, Levy's Bread ran a series of iconic ads in New York City featuring photographs of non-Jewis...
05/21/2020

#TBT 🍞 Between 1961 to 1970, Levy's Bread ran a series of iconic ads in New York City featuring photographs of non-Jewish New Yorkers, all blissfully contemplating a slice of Levy's rye. Today, these ads are still esteemed for their warmth, wit, and genial inclusiveness: ⁣https://thejm.net/3bSh6ZE⁣ #APAHM #JewishAmericanHeritageMonth

L'Chaim! Today at 5 pm EDT, join us on Instagram Live to watch a conversation with Jewish Museum curator Kelly Taxter an...
05/21/2020

L'Chaim! Today at 5 pm EDT, join us on Instagram Live to watch a conversation with Jewish Museum curator Kelly Taxter and artist Laurie Simmons from her studio: https://thejm.net/2WQga3G

"If you do it right, it will last forever. It’s as simple as that."Italian designer Lella Vignelli’s signature style—ele...
05/20/2020
Greater Goods: Lella Vignelli Judaica

"If you do it right, it will last forever. It’s as simple as that."

Italian designer Lella Vignelli’s signature style—elegant, clean, timeless—was influenced by the pure lines of Modernism. Inspired to develop her own line of Judaica in 2007, she designed a kiddush cup, a set of candlesticks, and a Seder plate for the Jewish Museum collection, now also available at the Jewish Museum Shop.

In this series, explore the artists and artisan-made products that set the Jewish Museum Shop apart.

This Thursday at 5 pm EDT, join us on Instagram Live for our final L'Chaim! conversation with collection artist Laurie S...
05/19/2020

This Thursday at 5 pm EDT, join us on Instagram Live for our final L'Chaim! conversation with collection artist Laurie Simmons, revisiting our 2015 exhibition "Laurie Simmons: How We See" and discovering new work from her studio: https://thejm.net/2zcBVle

Why do we collect? On International Museum Day, delve into the history of the Jewish Museum with this audio tour on how ...
05/18/2020

Why do we collect? On International Museum Day, delve into the history of the Jewish Museum with this audio tour on how the Jewish Museum collection evolved from a gift of Jewish ceremonial objects in 1904, to an expanded global collection that is inclusive of diverse peoples and ideas: https://thejm.net/2WKAZ0x

During Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, we're exploring works in the Jewish Museum collection that celebrate the i...
05/18/2020

During Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, we're exploring works in the Jewish Museum collection that celebrate the intersection of Asian and Jewish experiences. This woven alms container, used to collect money for charities, was made by Japanese-American fiber artist Kay Sekimachi. She titled the work "Tzedakabako," a combination of the Hebrew word for righteousness (tzedakah) and the Japanese word for box (bako): https://thejm.net/2LFQ7WB

We're closing out #MuseumWeek with William Steig's "A Dream of Chicken Soup" for today's final theme #DreamsMW. Known fo...
05/17/2020

We're closing out #MuseumWeek with William Steig's "A Dream of Chicken Soup" for today's final theme #DreamsMW. Known for his brilliant cartoons for The New Yorker, Steig created illustrations that drew upon his experiences as the son of Jewish immigrants. In this cartoon, the artist's father Joseph Steig dreams of being visited by his mother who brings him chicken soup, an Ashkenazi staple and the ultimate panacea, according to many Jewish mothers: https://thejm.net/2Tf98TP

This silver cup, intended for a Jewish wedding, was created using Apple 2E software to design and manufacture a plastic ...
05/17/2020

This silver cup, intended for a Jewish wedding, was created using Apple 2E software to design and manufacture a plastic model with a small CNC (computer numerical control) machine. Designed by Stanley Lechtzin, an important innovator in American metalsmithing, the cup uniquely tells the story of the emergence of CAD (computer-aided design) in Judaica in the 1980s: https://thejm.net/2y7MLbC

#MuseumWeek #TechnologyMW

Families 👪 This Sunday at 11 am, join us on Zoom for a virtual performance by THE PAPER BAG PLAYERS. Sing songs and hear...
05/15/2020

Families 👪 This Sunday at 11 am, join us on Zoom for a virtual performance by THE PAPER BAG PLAYERS. Sing songs and hear stories that will delight kids of all ages, then join in on a hands-on art activity you can do at home with the whole family. Free with registration: https://thejm.net/2TcJCPg

"We have to think of the earth as a relative, not a resource.” 🌎 In case you missed it, watch artist Andrea Bowers discu...
05/15/2020

"We have to think of the earth as a relative, not a resource.” 🌎

In case you missed it, watch artist Andrea Bowers discuss her work as an artist and activist with Jewish Museum curator Kelly Taxter, part of L’Chaim! our Instagram Live conversation series: https://youtu.be/VtqcVklhggY #MuseumWeek #ClimateMW

05/14/2020

#TBT In 1969, NBC News correspondent Elie Abel asked Karl Katz, then director of the Jewish Museum, "How Jewish should the art be? Is there such a thing as Jewish art?" Katz responded, "Where do you get a culture that spans 3,500 years of history? That’s the excitement." #MuseumWeek #MuseumMomentsMW

L'Chaim! Today at 5 pm EDT, join us on Instagram Live for a drink and a conversation with artist and activist Andrea Bow...
05/14/2020

L'Chaim! Today at 5 pm EDT, join us on Instagram Live for a drink and a conversation with artist and activist Andrea Bowers. For our 2016 exhibition "Take Me (I’m Yours)," Bowers created these ribbons with political messages such as "deport hate" and "trans-inclusive feminism always" https://thejm.net/2WTp8Mh

In the final installment of our series revisiting films from the New York Jewish Film Festival presented by the Jewish M...
05/13/2020
Stream Favorites from the New York Jewish Film Festival (Part 3)

In the final installment of our series revisiting films from the New York Jewish Film Festival presented by the Jewish Museum and Film at Lincoln Center, discover a love story, a drama, and documentaries you can stream online from your own home 🍿

For nearly 30 years, the Jewish Museum has partnered with Film at Lincoln Center to present the New York Jewish Film Festival — films from…

05/13/2020
Cantors Gideon Zelermyer and Daniel Singer Perform Leonard Cohen's "Come Healing"

Come healing of the body
Come healing of the mind
— Leonard Cohen

From the late singer/songwriter Leonard Cohen's synagogue's Congregation Shaar Hashomayim in Montreal, Cantor Gideon Zelermyer performs "Come Healing," with Cantor Daniel Singer, Stephen Wise Free Synagogue, on guitar from his home in New York.

Zelermyer last performed covers of Cohen songs at the Jewish Museum in conjunction with the exhibition "Leonard Cohen: A Crack in Everything” in 2019. During this extraordinary moment, the Museum invited the cantors to revisit Cohen’s music to bring our communities together.

#MuseumWeek #TogetherMW

James Tissot’s illustrations of the Hebrew Bible are some of the most beloved and sought-after images in the Jewish Muse...
05/12/2020
James Tissot’s Journey to the Jewish Museum

James Tissot’s illustrations of the Hebrew Bible are some of the most beloved and sought-after images in the Jewish Museum’s collection. The artist’s original suite of 368 works has been digitized for the first time and now available online on the Jewish Museum website.

Discover how James Tissot’s beloved watercolor illustrations entered the Jewish Museum collection. The artist’s original suite of 368…

On Lag B’Omer, the Jewish holiday celebrated on the 33rd day of the counting of the omer, our curators reflect on two ph...
05/12/2020
Thinking of Lag B’Omer in a Time of Few Haircuts, and Fewer Weddings

On Lag B’Omer, the Jewish holiday celebrated on the 33rd day of the counting of the omer, our curators reflect on two photographs that take on new meaning in a time of few haircuts, and fewer weddings.

On Lag B’Omer, the Jewish holiday celebrated on the 33rd day of the Counting of Omer, curators reflect on two photographs from the Jewish…

American Jazz Age painter and poet Florine Stettheimer died on this day in 1944. Recently acquired for the Jewish Museum...
05/11/2020

American Jazz Age painter and poet Florine Stettheimer died on this day in 1944. Recently acquired for the Jewish Museum collection, this collaged image of Stettheimer by artist Andrea Geyer is from a series focusing on women who ran salons, gatherings, or created community spaces. By cutting and fragmenting images into kaleidoscopic patterns, Geyer explains, "I wanted to show the erasure that is already part of their history" https://thejm.net/2Lhwxj1

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