The Press Room

Welcome to the Jewish Museum’s online Press Room, designed for use by the working press. Members of the media may view and download information on current and upcoming exhibitions and programs, access the press release archive, and request high-resolution images for publication. We look forward to working with you and thank you for your interest in the Jewish Museum.

Press Releases

Exhibitions

Exhibition Tells the Story of the Ephrussi Family, Celebrated in the Bestselling Memoir “The Hare with Amber Eyes” by Edmund de Waal

Release Date: November 15, 2021

New York NY, November 15, 2021—The Jewish Museum presents The Hare with Amber Eyes, an exhibition that tells the story of the Ephrussi family—celebrated in the 2010 memoir and The New York Times bestseller of the same name by Edmund de Waal—and showcases the breadth and depth of their history and illustrious collections. The exhibition, on view at the Jewish Museum from November 19, 2021, through May 15, 2022, explores the family’s rise to prominence and splendor in the first half of the nineteenth century, followed by a focus on the prolific collector and historian of art, Charles Ephrussi, to the inter-war years, and finally World War II, when the family lost its fortune and collection to Nazi looting. 

 
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Exhibitions

Celebrate Hanukkah with the Jewish Museum, In Person or Virtually

Release Date: November 1, 2021

New York, NY, November 1, 2021 – Celebrate Hanukkah with the Jewish Museum! Highlights include an exhibition of the Museum’s renowned collection of Hanukkah lamps; special family programs, including an in-person Hanukkah hunt; and unique menorahs, dreidels, and gift items available for sale in the Jewish Museum Shop. Hanukkah begins on the evening of Sunday, November 28, and runs through Monday, December 6. Plan for a safe and enjoyable visit—purchase timed tickets and review visitor protocols of the museum, including proof of vaccination requirements here

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Exhibitions

First US Museum Survey of the Work of Jonas Mekas Opens in Feb 2022

Release Date: October 20, 2021

New York, NY, October 21, 2021--The Jewish Museum will present Jonas Mekas: The Camera Was Always Running, the first U.S. museum survey of the Lithuanian-born filmmaker, poet, critic, and institution-builder who helped shape the avant-garde in New York City and beyond. The exhibition coincides with the centennial of Mekas’s birth and surveys his 70-year career. It includes 11 films, photography, and previously unseen archival materials that explore the breadth and import of Mekas’s life, art, and legacy in the field of the moving image. During the final moments of World War II in 1944, Mekas was forced to flee his native Lithuania and unable to return until 1971. The relationship between exile and creativity is always at the heart of his work and will be the exhibition’s central theme. Jonas Mekas: The Camera Was Always Running will be on view at the Jewish Museum from February 18 through June 5, 2022, and is organized by guest curator Kelly Taxter, Director of the Parrish Art Museum. 

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Exhibitions

Exhibition Reveals Lost Stories of Works of Nazi Looted Art

Release Date: August 16, 2021

New York, NY, August 16, 2021 — The Jewish Museum will present Afterlives: Recovering the Lost Stories of Looted Art, an exhibition that will situate the subject of art looting during World War II within a unique thematic premise, focusing on the seizure and movement of works as they traveled through distribution centers, sites of recovery, and networks of collectors, before, during, and after the war. The exhibition includes paintings, drawings, and Judaica that survived this traumatic period of violence and upheaval against tremendous odds. By tracing the fascinating timelines of individual objects as they passed through hands and sites, their myriad stories will be brought forward, often in dialogue with archival documents and photographs that connect them to history. The exhibition will be on view from August 20, 2021 through January 9, 2022. 

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Exhibitions

Exhibition Tells the Story of the Ephrussi Family, Celebrated in the Bestselling Memoir "The Hare with Amber Eyes" by Edmund de Waal

Release Date: August 5, 2021

New York NY, August 5, 2021—The Jewish Museum will present The Hare with Amber Eyes, an exhibition that tells the story of the Ephrussi family—celebrated in the 2010 memoir and The New York Times bestseller of the same name by Edmund de Waal—and showcases the breadth and depth of their illustrious collection. The exhibition, on view at the Jewish Museum from November 19, 2021 through May 15, 2022, explores the family’s rise to prominence and splendor in the first half of the nineteenth century, followed by a focus on the prolific collector and historian of art, Charles Ephrussi, to the inter-war years, and finally World War II, when the family lost its fortune and collection to Nazi looting. 

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Exhibitions

Exhibition Features Selection of Television Clips Depicting Bar and Bat Mitzvahs

Release Date: June 17, 2021

New York, NY, June 17, 2021—American television frequently depicts bar and bat mitzvahs, its portrayals ranging from the sincere to the playful to the irreverent. The exhibition Mazel Tov! Bar and Bat Mitzvahs on Television, on view at the Jewish Museum from June 17 through November 8, 2021, brings together excerpts from television and streaming programs from 1966 to 2017, including shows such as The Wonder Years, Bob’s Burgers, BoJack Horseman, The Dick Van Dyke Show, 30 Rock, Younger, and Black-ish, among others.

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Programs

Virtual Museum Mile Festival, June 8, 2021, 9 am to 9 pm

Release Date: May 26, 2021

New York, NY, May 26, 2021 – Eight New York City museums are coming together, once again, to present the 43rd annual Museum Mile Festival (Virtual) on Tuesday, June 8, 2021, from 9 am to 9 pm. The day-long celebration of art and culture will feature live and pre-recorded programs, virtual exhibition tours, online activities for all ages, and more. The content will be streamed across their respective websites and social media platforms. Culture enthusiasts from around the world will be able to continue joining New Yorkers for this one-of-a-kind celebration. Audiences can follow the hashtag #MMF2021 on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook for cultural happenings throughout the day.

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Exhibitions

Exhibition Reveals Lost Stories of Works of Nazi Looted Art

Release Date: May 25, 2021

New York, NY, May 25, 2021 — The Jewish Museum will present Afterlives: Recovering the Lost Stories of Looted Art, an exhibition that will situate the subject of art looting during World War II within a unique thematic premise, focusing on the seizure and movement of works as they traveled through distribution centers, sites of recovery, and networks of collectors, before, during, and after the war. The exhibition includes paintings, drawings, and Judaica that survived this traumatic period of violence and upheaval against tremendous odds. By tracing the fascinating timelines of individual objects as they passed through hands and sites, their myriad stories will be brought forward, often in dialogue with archival documents and photographs that connect them to history. The exhibition will be on view from August 20, 2021 through January 9, 2022.

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Exhibitions

Exhibition of Louise Bourgeois’s Art and Writings Explores Her Complex Relationship with Freudian Psychoanalysis

Release Date: May 18, 2021

New York, NY, May 19, 2021—The Jewish Museum presents Louise Bourgeois, Freud’s Daughter, an exhibition that explores Bourgeois’s complex and ambivalent relationship with Freudian psychoanalysis. Curated by Philip Larratt-Smith, the exhibition showcases a selection of Bourgeois’s psychoanalytic writings — many of them presented to the public for the first time — along with nearly 50 works from throughout her career, including the Personages of the late 1940s; the organic forms in plaster and latex of the 1960s; the pivotal installation The Destruction of the Father (1974); Passage Dangereux (1997), the largest of the artist’s Cell installations; and the fabric sculptures from the last 15 years of her life. The exhibition will be on view at the Jewish Museum from May 21 through September 12, 2021.  

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Exhibitions

Exhibition Explores How Photography, Graphic Design, and Magazines Transformed Mid-Century American Visual Culture

Release Date: March 31, 2021

New York, NY, April 2, 2021 — The Jewish Museum will present Modern Look: Photography and the American Magazine, an exhibition exploring how photography, graphic design, and popular magazines converged to transform American visual culture from the 1930s to the 1950s. The exhibition will be on view from April 3 through July 11, 2021.

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News

The Jewish Museum Statement Regarding Anti-Semitic Attack on the Museum of Jewish Heritage

Release Date: January 8, 2021

The Jewish Museum condemns the acts of hate and violence committed when a mob stormed and desecrated the U.S. Capitol; this intolerable event continues to reverberate. We are horrified by the anti-Semitic attack on the Museum of Jewish Heritage - A Living Memorial to the Holocaust and stand in solidarity with our peers.  

As an art museum rooted in Jewish culture and identity, the Jewish Museum strives to unify people of all faiths and backgrounds. We continue to fight bigotry and anti-Semitism. 

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Mission Statement

Mission Statement

The Jewish Museum is dedicated to the enjoyment, understanding, and preservation of the artistic and cultural heritage of the Jewish people through its unparalleled collections, distinguished exhibitions, and related education programs. Using art and artifacts that embody the diversity of the Jewish experience from ancient to present times, throughout the world, the Museum strives to be a source of inspiration and shared human values for people of all religious and cultural backgrounds while serving as a special touchstone of identity for Jewish people. As a vital cultural resource for New York residents and visitors of all ages, the Museum also reaches out to national and international communities as it interprets and preserves art and Jewish culture for current and future generations.

Approved by the Museum’s Board of Trustees on November 15, 2000.

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