May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month (#APAHM) and we're exploring works in the #JewishMuseumCollection that celebrate the intersection of Asian and Jewish experiences. These photographs by American photographer #ArthurRothstein document Jewish life in the Shanghai Hongkou Ghetto during World War II, when Jews from Iraq, Russia, Germany, Austria, and Poland fled to China—one of the few remaining countries at the time that did not limit immigration or require visas or passports for entry. From 1943 to 1945, the city of Shanghai saved the lives of more than 18,000 Jewish refugees fleeing Nazi persecution. Images: 1. Refugees Looking at List of Survivors, 1946 2. Hongkou Refugee Camp, Shanghai, 1946 3. Refugees from Nazi Germany, Shanghai, 1946 4. Refugee Doctors Practice in Shanghai, 1946
Who will sit on the Iron Throne? Get ready for tonight's @gameofthrones series finale as told through these works in the #JewishMuseumCollection 👉 1. 🏆 Hanukkah Lamp (19th to early 20th century) 2. Dragon egg 🐉 Etrog Container (1903) 3. Littlefinger ☝️ Torah Pointer (19th century) 4. The Mountain ⛰ Helmet (8th-5th century BCE) 5. The Greyjoys ⛵️ Ship Model (1972) 6. Tormund 👨🏻🦰 James Jacques Joseph Tissot "Samson Slays a Thousand Men" (1896-1902) 7. Hand of the King 👑 Engagement Pin (1912) 8. White Walkers 🧟♂️ Gil Yefman Skullcap (2009) 9. Dragonglass 🗡 Blade (6-5th millennium BCE) 10. Arya Stark 🔪 Hanukkah Lamp (19th century) #GameofThrones #GameofThronesFinale
Artists #BarnettNewman and #AdolphGottlieb, both born in New York City to Jewish parents from Eastern Europe, met in the early 1920s through their studies at the Art Students League in New York, where they became lifelong friends. On view now in "The Gift," this watercolor of Barnett Newman and his wife Annalee on the beach with a friend was a wedding gift from Gottlieb in 1936 🏖 #MuseumWeek #FriendsMW
“As we go into space, we carry our civilization and culture with us. Being a Jew is part of that,” said Astronaut Jeff Hoffman, a mission specialist aboard the Space Shuttle Discovery in 1985. During his time on the shuttle, Hoffman brought with him this #mezuzah, which he velcroed to his sleeping bunk. The mezuzah would go on to orbit the Earth 109 times before eventually being gifted by Hoffman to the #JewishMuseumCollection 🚀#MuseumWeek #ExploreMW
"The problems of painting which interest me have been latent within my graphic and interior design," said #ElaineLustigCohen in 1968 about her hard-edge paintings, which draw on the compositional strategies and distinctively bold color palette of her radical design work. Today at 2 pm, explore modern design—both sacred and secular—in the #JewishMuseumCollection at our gallery talk. Free with Museum Admission and RSVP at TheJewishMuseum.org/Calendar 🔶
Opening this fall, the Jewish Museum presents "#RachelFeinstein: Maiden, Mother, Crone," the first survey of the New York-based artist @rachelfeinsteinstudio featuring three decades of sculpture, installation, painting, drawing, and video. From Feinstein’s earliest to her most recent works, female figures probe how notions of “the feminine” manifest in the popular imagination, drawing from religion and fairy tales, high European craft and American kitsch, or her experience of motherhood and feminist ideologies.
🌈 Celebrate today's #MuseumWeek theme #RainbowMW with #RossBleckner's "Double Portrait (Gay Flag)" on view now, a self-portrait of the artist's gay and Jewish identity. The stripes form the gay pride flag 🏳️🌈 while his Jewishness is symbolized by the Star of David ✡️ in subtle low relief at upper center of the painting. "AIDS and fear made me make the images more personal and more political," the artist recalled. "It was oddly liberating. You identify yourself more as a gay man, or whoever you are, and it helps you to realize who you are as an artist." #JewishMuseumCollection
American painter #JasperJohns turns 89 today. Although most well known for his flag paintings, this untitled work from 1991 signaled a change in subject matter, including objects and images from his own life. Johns first gifted the painting to Annalee Newman, the wife of fellow artist Barnett Newman, in exchange for the two original Newman drawings depicted. The work recently entered the #JewishMuseumCollection through a gift from the Barnett and Annalee Newman Foundation, now part of the exhibition titled "The Gift." 🎁
Hidden behind the walls of our Museum, a pair of wall drawings by artist #SolLeWitt have been rarely seen since they were first installed in 1999. LeWitt chose this site in our second floor galleries for its historical references—a space that still retains architectural details of our French Chateau-style Warburg mansion. Born in Hartford, CT to Russian Jewish immigrant parents, LeWitt pioneered the Conceptual Art movement at a time when art was reacting against the subjectiveness of 1950s Abstract Expressionism. LeWitt's objective methodology employs grids, serials, and sets of instructions, enabling one idea to generate multiple works. #MuseumWeek #SecretsMW
This week, the Jewish Museum joins museums worldwide to celebrate #MuseumWeek: 7 days, 7 themes, 7 hashtags. For today’s theme #WomenInCulture, meet #EdithHalpert, the first significant female gallerist in the United States, and the subject of our upcoming exhibition "Edith Halpert and the Rise of American Art" opening this fall at the Jewish Museum. Halpert's trailblazing career paved the way for the next generation of women leaders in the art world, and her inclusive vision continues to inform our understanding of American art today. Image: Bernard Karfiol, Portrait of Edith Gregor Halpert and Adam, 1935. Oil on canvas. 🐶
On this day in 1939, more than 900 Jews fled Nazi Germany aboard the SS St. Louis from Hamburg, Germany to Havana, Cuba, including Fred Hofman (born Siegfried Hofmann). Carrying his Torah binder—one of his sole possessions—Hofman reached Havana only to be forced back across the Atlantic. Hofman was sent to a refugee camp in the Netherlands but, through the efforts of his family, ultimately reached the United States in April 1940, where he served in the U.S. army from 1942 to 1946. Although Hofman and his Torah binder ultimately survived, more than 250 aboard the steamship were killed by the Nazis. #JewishMuseumCollection
Happy #MothersDay to mommies and bubbies everywhere! Enjoy these photographs of mothers in the #JewishMuseumCollection 👉 1. Gay Block, Mother's Rings on My Hands on Mother's Fur, 1994 2. Arlene Gottfried, Mommie kissing Bubbie goodbye on East 14 Street, 1991 3. Larry Sultan, Untitled (Mom Posing in Front of a Green Wall), 1984-89 4. Vardi Kahana, Cousin Yonina and her daughter Neta, 2003 5. Lauren Greenfield, Ashleigh, 13, practices on the day of her Bat Mitzvah as her mother looks on, 1993
How does text, repetition, and artifact come together in contemporary sculpture? Today at 2 pm, join us for a gallery talk featuring three different takes on sculpture by women artists #JewishMuseumCollection— @debkass, Hannah Wilke, and @arleneshechet. Free with Admission and RSVP at TheJewishMuseum.org/Calendar
The Jewish Museum remembers Ben Heller (1925-2019), the influential art collector and dealer known for his early embrace of Abstract Expressionism, and author of the lead essay in the catalogue for our 1963 exhibition "Toward a New Abstraction." Swipe 👉 to see the original catalogue designed by #ElaineLustigCohen on view now in "Masterpieces and Curiosities."
📣 This week we invited @columbiaschoolofthearts MFA students and recent alumni to present new video, sound, performance, and installation-based artworks in response to "#LeonardCohen: A Crack in Everything." See the full list of artists at TheJewishMuseum.org/InResponse
The Jewish Museum mourns the loss of Dr. Vivian B. Mann, Curator Emerita, who passed away yesterday. Vivian served as the Morris and Eva Feld Chair of Judaica at the Jewish Museum (1979–2008), where she organized many notable exhibitions, including "Gardens and Ghettos: The Art of Jewish Life in Italy"; "Convivencia: Jews, Christians, and Muslims in Medieval Spain"; and "Morocco: Jews and Art in a Muslim Land." Vivian was also a Professor Emerita of Jewish Art and Visual Culture at The Jewish Theological Seminary. She was a preeminent scholar of Judaica, publishing and lecturing extensively throughout the world. Vivian’s memory will live on through her inspiring mentorship to staff at the Museum. Her legacy is profound, and we will continue to learn from her groundbreaking research and exhibitions. We extend our condolences to her beloved family.
This photomontage by #MarthaRosler "Vacuuming Pop Art, or Woman with Vacuum," from the series "Body Beautiful, or Beauty Knows No Pain," (c. 1966–72) extracts depictions of women from popular-media sources to present various ways women are targeted and required to perform according to contradictory gender expectations. Inspired by Rosler’s socially-engaged work on view now in "Martha Rosler: Irrespective," learn to screen print an image of your own creation at a two-part workshop "Screen Printing with Purpose" taught by contemporary artist @kristenschiele at the Jewish Museum, February 21 and 28. Register at TheJewishMuseum.org/Classes 🎨
#PolarVortex mood ❄️ #Weegee "Winter" 1944 from the #JewishMuseumCollection
"The Jews are gone, but the street names remain as ghosts of the past, haunting the present." We remember artist #SusanHiller, who has died at age 78. In 2008, her exhibition of 303 photographs at the Jewish Museum "Susan Hiller: The J. Street Project" tracked every German street with the prefix "Juden" (Jews) in its name, marking the absence of Jewish communities that lived in Germany before the Holocaust.
"The representation of alterity is one of our culture’s biggest knots right now, and self-representation is often the key, providing the wider context in which photographs are viewed and narratives told" says artist #MarthaRosler in @photographmag. "Martha Rosler: Irrespective" is on view at the Jewish Museum through March 3. — Image: Martha Rosler, Frankfurt, 2004, from "In the Place of the Public: Airport Series"
Today is International #HolocaustRemembranceDay, marking the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau on January 27, 1945. On view now in "Scenes from the Collection," the remnants of a performative work by Italian artist #FabioMauri “Small Closet with Shirt” displays cut hair, the Star of David, and a shirt reminiscent of a concentration-camp uniform, reminding the viewer of the horrors suffered by Jews during the Holocaust. Beyond the need to reenact the horror of the past, what informs and pervades Mauri's work is the continuing presence of ethnic intolerance throughout the world and the universally alarming tendency to forget how easily such behavior can become endemic. #JewishMuseumCollection
It’s a wrap! 📽 Thank you to the 10,000+ moviegoers who joined us over 14 days at this year’s New York Jewish Film Festival presented by the Jewish Museum and @filmlinc. Swipe for highlights including our Opening Night film "Promise at Dawn" introduced by @charlottegainsbourg.official
We are deeply saddened to hear about the passing of poet, filmmaker, critic, curator, and community organizer #JonasMekas. Born in Lithuania in 1922, Mekas fled the Nazi regime and settled in New York in 1949. He later became widely recognized as the preeminent maker and promoter of American avant-garde and expanded cinema. His contributions were vast: Mekas made nearly 100 films and videos, as well as photographic series and works on paper, co-founded the venerable @anthologyfilmarchives, and in 1968, Mekas hosted his “Avantgarde Film Series” of the Film-Makers’ Cinemateque on Tuesday nights in the Jewish Museum’s auditorium. For three years, Mekas was the Museum’s ad-hoc film curator, where he premiered and screened the work of the most celebrated practitioners in avant-garde cinema. Mekas will be remembered for his visionary films about the beauty, sadness, and magic of being human. — Image: Jonas Mekas at the opening for #TakeMeImYoursNYC at the Jewish Museum, 2016
“I became an artist against all odds and nobody was going to tell me what imagery is good for me,” said #PatSteir, painter, feminist, and the subject of a new documentary which premiered last weekend at the New York Jewish Film Festival. The festival closes today—schedule for final screenings and tickets at NYJFF.org. #NYJFF 🎨
Today we honor the life and legacy of Dr. #MartinLutherKing, Jr. "I pray with my feet," by artist #MarceloBrodsky, depicts Dr. King, Ralph Bunche, and Rabbi Abraham Heschel during the 1965 Selma march for voting rights. Inscribed on the photograph, Brodsky writes, "Abraham Joshua Heschel prayed with his feet. He was a Rabbi and a teacher. He combined the session on the Bible with the news and the need for local action." #JewishMuseumCollection #MLKDay
#TuBShevat, the birthday of the trees, begins tonight at sundown. Tomorrow on #MartinLutherKing Jr. Day, bring the entire family to celebrate at our Dream Tree Collages drop-in art workshop for kids ages 4 & up. Create a visual poem collaging words from King’s speeches with images from nature to form a tree design of inspired ideas. Included with Museum Admission. RSVP at TheJewishMuseum.org/Calendar 🌿
On January 20, 1904, the Jewish Museum was founded with a gift of ceremonial art from Judge Mayer Sulzberger to the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, establishing the first institution dedicated to the exploration of art and Jewish culture in the United States, and one of the first in the world. In 1947, the Museum moved into the Warburg mansion where the collection is housed today. Now 115 years later, the Jewish Museum collection spans 4,000 years of art and Jewish culture through nearly 30,000 objects from around the world. #JewishMuseumCollection
"If today America’s military manoeuvres remain largely out of sight, #MarthaRosler has continued to insist on the violent costs of our domestic comforts," writes @frieze_magazine in their review of "Martha Rosler: Irrespective" on view now through March 3. On Wednesday, January 30, join our friends at the @92ndstreety for a talk and tour of exhibition led by the Jewish Museum's Leon Levy Assistant Curator Shira Backer. Tickets at 92Y.org.
#SusanSontag, famed American writer, filmmaker, philosopher, teacher, and political activist, was born on this day in 1933. Chantal Joffe painted this portrait of Sontag in 2004, based on a 1975 photograph by Peter Hujar. Swipe to compare these works from the #JewishMuseumCollection 👉
On #MuseumSelfieDay, discover self-portraits in the #JewishMuseumCollection that offer remarkable insights into into the core question of identity and Jewishness across time and place. Swipe for highlights on view now 👉 • Louise Nevelson (1935) • Joan Semmel (1978) • Lee Krasner (1930) • Theresa Bernstein (1914) • Moritz Daniel Oppenheim (1814-16)
Today we remember #MartinLutherKingJr, born on this day in 1929. James Karales photographed Dr. King, Ralph Bunche, and Rabbi Abraham Heschel walking side by side, leading the civil rights march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama in 1965. #JewishMuseumCollection #MLK90
On June 28, 1969, one of the most impactful moments for the modern-day gay rights movement occurred—the Stonewall uprising. 50 years later, the Jewish Museum joins the #Stonewall50 Consortium to present a series of programs that highlight works of art from the #JewishMuseumCollection exploring gender and identity, such as #RossBleckner's "Double Portrait (Gay Flag)" on view now. Our year of programming kicks off this Thursday with a workshop for educators led by Eric Marcus, host of @makinggayhistorypodcast. Tap the link in bio to learn more and register for programs online.
🎥 This week at the New York Jewish Film Festival presented by the Jewish Museum and @filmlinc, join us for an exciting lineup of documentary, narrative, and short films that explore the diversity of Jewish experience. Swipe for week two highlights 👉 January 15, 1 & 6 pm: Black Honey January 15, 3:30 & 8:30 pm: Camera Obscura January 16, 3:30 pm, Etgar Keret January 17, 1 & 6 pm: The Light of Hope January 19, 9:15 pm: Life According to Agfa The film festival continues through January 22. Schedule and tickets at NYJFF.org #NYJFF
#ChaimSoutine, the Expressionist known for his gestural and densely painted canvases, was born Haïm Sutin on this day in 1893. A Jew raised in a Yiddish-speaking village (or shtetl) in eastern Europe, Soutine emigrated to Paris to pursue his passion as a painter, where he lived as a double outsider—an immigrant Jew and a modernist. Last year, the Jewish Museum examined the artist's fascination with ritual slaughter through still-life paintings of hanging fowl, beef carcasses, and rayfish, in the exhibition "Chaim Soutine: Flesh." 🐙
"Don’t ask what the work is. Rather, see what the work does," said #EvaHesse. Born on this day in 1936, Hesse was one of the great artists of the 1960s, known for her pioneering work in sculpture. On view now, swipe 👉 to see one of her final paintings before making the switch to sculpture. #JewishMuseumCollection
"When I first saw #MarthaRosler’s 'Objects With No Titles,' I laughed," writes Digital Intern Eden Chinn. "My laughter was a result of the simultaneous relief and pleasure I found in the work’s transformation of a private, shameful inner feeling into a public, communal experience." Tap the link in bio to read about Rosler's ‘soft sculptures’ made of polyester batting comically forced into women’s lingerie, suspended from floor to ceiling in a sculptural installation on view in "Martha Rosler: Irrespective." Today at 2 pm, learn more about Rosler's contributions to feminist art at our gallery talk exploring five decades of her pioneering work.
Last night we kicked off the 28th New York Jewish Film Festival at @filmlinc with our opening night film "Promise at Dawn," featuring a special guest appearance by actress @charlottegainsbourg.official. The festival continues through January 22. Schedule and tickets at NYJFF.org 🎥 #NYJFF 📸: Sean DiSerio
Thank you to our Instagram community and everyone who visited the Jewish Museum in 2018—see you in 2019! ✡️🕎 #best9
The Jewish Museum remembers renowned Israeli author #AmosOz, who has died at age 79. Based on Oz's best-selling memoir, "A Tale of Love and Darkness" directed by and staring Natalie Portman, was presented at the 2016 New York Jewish Film Festival. #NYJFF
These were the 10 most viewed objects in the #JewishMuseumCollection of 2018. Can you guess why? Tap the link in bio to read about our (now annual) list of most popular works in the online collection based on Google Analytics data: - 1. Alfred Stieglitz, The Steerage, 1907 2. Christian Boltanski, Monument (Odessa), 1989–2003 3. George Segal, The Holocaust, 1982 4. Arnold Newman, Marc Chagall, New York City, 1941 5. Torah Finials, Mantua (Mantova, Italy), early 18th century 6. Kehinde Wiley, Alios Itzhak (The World Stage: Israel), 2011 7. John Vachon, Chicago, Illinois, 1941 8. Anni Albers, Six Prayers, 1965–66 9. Marc Chagall, Untitled (Old Man with Beard), c. 1931 10. Lee Krasner, Self-Portrait, c. 1930
When philanthropist Frieda Warburg gifted the building the Jewish Museum calls home, she did so to ensure our important role as a “specialized center of culture to which many of all creeds and races will come for increased knowledge and mental refreshment.” For more than a century, the Jewish Museum has stayed true to its mission, and Frieda’s words continue to resonate. As 2018 comes to a close, we hope you will consider making a donation to support the mission of the Jewish Museum at The JewishMuseum.org/Donate. Your generosity ensures the continuity of our mission and allows us to share the richness and diversity of Jewish culture through art with people of all backgrounds. #WarburgWednesday
The Jewish Museum is open today 11 am – 5 pm! Bring the entire family for a full day of programming and don't miss your chance to see #ChagallLissitzkyMalevich, closing soon. • Exhibitions on View: Chagall, Lissitzky, Malevich: The Russian Avant-Garde in Vitebsk, 1918-1922 Martha Rosler: Irrespective Scenes from the Collection Eva LeWitt - For Families 11:30 am & 2 pm: @nefeshmountain all ages concert 12:30 – 4 pm: Chagall Drop-In Art Workshop - @russanddaughters at the Jewish Museum Take-out Counter: 9 am – 4 pm Restaurant: 11 am – 4 pm - @thejewishmuseumshop Open 12 – 5 pm
Families: drop-in all week long (Dec 23–25, 27–28 & 30, 1 - 4 pm) at our vacation week art workshops to turn a character from your imagination into a hand puppet inspired by paintings in the exhibition #ChagallLissitzkyMalevich: The Russian Avant Garde in Vitebsk, 1918-1922. Make your puppet dance and soar like the figures in Marc Chagall’s paintings 💐🎨 Included with Admission and RSVP at TheJewishMuseum.org/Calendar
The Jewish Museum is open on December 25! Bring the entire family to see the final weeks of #ChagallLissitzkyMalevich, enjoy a concert by @nefeshmountain for all ages, and Chagall-inspired art workshops for kids. Reserve your tickets online at TheJewishMuseum.org/December25
This January 9–22, the Jewish Museum and @filmlinc present the 28th New York Jewish Film Festival, featuring films from around the world that explore the diversity of Jewish experience. Priority tickets for Jewish Museum members go on sale today at NYJFF.org 🎟 Become a member at TheJewishMuseum.org/Join. #NYJFF Images: 1. Mack the Knife—Brecht’s Threepenny Film (January 20) 2. Promise at Dawn (January 9 & 10) 3. Fig Tree (January 21 & 22) 4. Autonomies (January 16) 5. Dear Fredy (January 20) 6. A Fortunate Man (January 22)
The Jewish Museum’s Warburg mansion is one of the iconic buildings made of bark and leaves at the New York Botanical Garden Holiday Train Show @nybg, on view through January 21. #HTSNYBG #WarburgWednesday 🌿
👁 Brooklyn-based artist #MarthaRosler graces the cover of @brooklynrail’s winter double issue: "Entering Rosler’s survey show, Irrespective, the vast, provocative, and deeply analytical ways in which she sees the world are immediately visible. What emerges is a singular ideological method of looking." Tap the link in bio to read her full interview. "Martha Rosler: Irrespective" is on view at the Jewish Museum through March 3.
🎥 The Jewish Museum and @filmlinc present the 28th Annual New York Jewish Film Festival, January 9–22, 2019. View the full lineup at NYJFF.org, kicking off with our Opening Night film #PromiseAtDawn, starring #CharlotteGainsbourg. Jewish Museum member presale begins on Thursday, December 20. Public tickets on sale on Thursday, December 27. #NYJFF
For artist #WilliamAnastasi, who painted "Untitled (jew)" on view now, the term "jew" is the most charged word in the English language. On the one hand, its plain, assertive presence, black on white, is an affirmation of Jewish existence, Jewish history, the great intellectual lineage embedded in Jewish culture. On the other hand, the lowercase spelling evokes its use as a slur, an expression of bigotry. Given its associations with antisemitism, the term reeks of ideas that are accusatory and denigrating, even violent. #JewishMuseumCollection
“#MarthaRosler believes that art should teach, provoke, and motivate,” says @darsiealexander, Susan and Elihu Rose Chief Curator at The Jewish Museum. “From her early photomontages to her pioneering feminist videos and her current work interrogating gentrification and income inequality, Rosler’s art is a call to action.” Opening this Friday, the Jewish Museum presents "Martha Rosler: Irrespective," a survey exhibition showcasing five decades of the influential American artist's work. Image: Martha Rosler, "First Lady (Pat Nixon)," from the series "House Beautiful: Bringing the War Home," c. 1967-72, photomontage