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Watch now! Virtual lecture with Monika Bincsik. She contextualizes the netsuke collected by Charles Ephrussi, central to “The Hare with Amber Eyes,” within the larger context of Japanese Decorative Arts of the 18th & 19th centuries.
We are proud to be a part of #NewYorkArtWeek! Taking place from May 5th-12th, join us and our partners as we celebrate culture and art. Learn more:
Join us for “Virtual Unpacking the Book: Jewish Writers in Conversation” on 5/12 at 7 pm. Gary Shteyngart and Claire Stanford (@clairemiye) will discuss “Happiness in the Time of Technology.” Co-presented by @JewishBook and @tabletmag. Free with RSVP:
#Onthisday in 1970, National Guardsmen were ordered to control an anti-Vietnam protest at #KentState, shooting & killing 4 students, & wounding 9 others. Artist #GeorgeSegal was commissioned in 1978 to create a memorial for this event. Learn more:
This Friday, 5/6 at 7 PM, the Jewish Museum will host a Young Patron Shabbat dinner at the Museum for individuals ages 21-40. This gathering will begin with a private viewing of the Museum’s exhibitions, followed by blessings and dinner. Purchase tickets:
“The Hare With Amber Eyes” is included on this @Forbes list of must see exhibitions in NYC!…
We are thrilled to be a part of “Stand By Me,” hosted by @SweetReaders, whose mission empowers youth to engage older adults living with dementia. This event is on 5/3 from 11 am-3 pm at the Naumburg Bandshell + Mall in Central Park. Learn more & register:
May is Jewish American Heritage Month (JAHM), which celebrates the many contributions Jewish Americans have made in our country. This is a photo of the Warburg family, whose house became the Jewish Museum in 1947! #OurSharedHeritage #JewishAmericanHeritageMonth
On May 1 from 4-6 pm in-person at the Jewish Museum, celebrate the centennial of Paul Celan, the Romanian Jewish Holocaust survivor and poet. Join us for a performance by @BarbezMusic, and Celan poetry readings by Pierre Joris. Free with Museum admission:
Participants in the ASL community are invited to virtually explore the exhibition “Jonas Mekas: The Camera Was Always Running” through a guided tour on Monday, May 2 from 5:30 - 6:30 pm EDT. Learn more and register for free:
#Onthisday in 1945, the #Dachau concentration camp was liberated. This #RicoLebrun painting from 1958, titled “Dachau,” was inspired by photographs of the camps made available after the liberation. #NeverForget
Our friends at @TheJewishMuseum are celebrating renowned poet Paul Celan's centennial with a concert & reading this Sunday, May 1! Advance program ticket reservations are required (includes museum admission):…
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The film “The Will to See,” which was featured in this year’s New York Jewish Film Festival #NYJFF, will open @QuadCinema on Fri 4/29, and include a Q&A with the film’s director Bernard–Henri Lévy. For info and tickets visit:
Today is #HolocaustRemembranceDay or #YomHaShoah honoring the approximately 6 million Jews who perished as a result of Nazi Germany. The Nazis forced Jews to wear these identifying badges. The lettering seen here translates to “Jew” from German (“Jude”) and French (“Juif”).
Join us on 5/5 at 6:30 pm for a virtual lecture with Monika Bincsik. She will contextualize the netsuke collected by Charles Ephrussi, central to “The Hare with Amber Eyes,” within the larger context of Japanese Decorative Arts. RSVP for free:
Join us for our 3rd Virtual Unpacking the Book Event of the season! @Shteyngart and @clairemiye will be in conversation on 5/12 at 7 PM EST on happiness and tech, mod­er­at­ed by Stephanie But­nick. Free tickets Cop­re­sent­ed @TheJewishMuseum @tabletmag
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In conjunction with “Jonas Mekas: The Camera Was Always Running,” @AnthologyFilm will present screenings throughout May that recreate programs that took place on Tuesdays at the Jewish Museum from 1968 to 1970 organized by Mekas. Purchase tickets:
We are proud to be partnering with @MuseumsForAll! Through this initiative we offer free general museum admission to EBT cardholders receiving food assistance (SNAP benefits). Find other participating museums and more information:
We’re keeping an eye out for your next trip to the Museum! 👁 Photographer Bill Witt began his career by studying in New York. Eventually, he joined & collaborated with the Photo League to participate in shows & teach technique classes. Plan your
“My father was a refugee, the only reason that we exist as a family is because he was allowed to come to Britain in 1939. The status of refugees now is hugely significant to us as a family. So we thought, actually, this collection is a symbol of migration…”
In 2018, 79 of the family’s netsuke were auctioned for the benefit of the @refugeecouncil charity. De Waal explained to @TheArtNewspaper what prompted his decision to sell the netsuke and donate the proceeds to a charity working with refugees and people seeking asylum in the UK:
"Visit “The Hare with Amber Eyes,” on view until May 15, for your chance to see 168 Japanese netsuke from the Ephrussi family’s collection. The most recent person to inherit the collection, Edmund de Waal, drew inspiration from them for his memoir “The Hare with Amber Eyes.”
Happy belated birthday to Joseph Mallord William (JMW) Turner! Born not #onthisday but on April 23, 1775, Turner was one of Britain's most prolific painters who also worked in watercolor and printmaking. This print is one in a series and depicts the episode from the Hebrew Bible.
Happy #EarthDay! In 1969, the Jewish Museum commissioned earthwork artist #RobertSmithson to create a graphic for the Jewish new year 5750, featuring a series of mirrors implanted in a snow-crusted NJ field.
Watch now! Celebrate #EarthDay with @HeyJazzyAsh in a virtual performance premiering on YouTube. Dance to Jazzy Ash's swinging stylings, powerful vocals, and soulful jazz beats offering a New Orleans-inspired mix of sound for all ages.
Thank you to @BBCTalkMovies for featuring “Jonas Mekas: The Camera Was Always Running!” Check out the full video:
In a recent @TheJewishMuseum #exhibition, art and artifacts like #netsuke—carved Japanese figurines—showcase both the history of the once-powerful Jewish family they once belonged to and simple objects' incredible power to capture the human imagination.…
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Godfather of American avant-garde cinema...This week we look at the work and legacy of #JonasMekas, the experimental #independentfilm artist who is front and centre in a @TheJewishMuseum exhibit
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Join us on 4/24 at 10 am for “Picture This: Nature Treasure Mobiles,” a virtual tour & workshop. In celebration of #Passover & #EarthDay, see works of art from the #JewishMuseumCollection & design a sculptural mobile for the spring season. Free with RSVP:
Sheep have figured prominently in the work of #MenasheKadishman. His interest stems from his early experience as a shepherd on a Kibbutz . The first major appearance of sheep was at the 1978 #VeniceBiennale, where he presented a flock of colored live sheep as living art.
Families! #ICYMI enjoy a recording of a special #Passover concert with ShirLaLa at the Museum last week! See projected illustrations by Charrow Illustration along with guest musicians Alex Nolan and Shirazette Tinnin. Available through May 19 on YouTube:
The Warsaw Ghetto Uprising began #onthisday in 1943 when German troops & police entered the ghetto to deport its inhabitants. This year we are joining in the #WarsawGhettoUprising Campaign, led by @polinmuseum. Learn more: #RememberingTogether #NeverForget
#ICYMI Last Monday we had our Virtual Unpacking the Book event with @lisabarr18 and @jameskmcauley in conversation on art, assimilation, & reclaiming a stolen legacy, moderated by Stephanie Butnick. Copresented by @TheJewishMuseum @tabletmag Watch it here
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Hear from culinary historian and author Michael W. Twitty (⁦@KosherSoul⁩) and Jewish Museum Curator Abigail Rapoport as they reflect on the layers of meaning embodied in the #Seder plate. #Passover.
Every Passover when the Cohens set their table for the traditional Seder meal, they took out something reserved for their table alone—a matzah cover woven for them by experimental textile artist Anni Albers. @TheJewishMuseum
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On May 1st, @TheJewishMuseum will celebrate the centennial of Paul Celan, the Romanian Jewish Holocaust survivor who is widely regarded as one of the greatest poets of the 20th century. Register at:
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Listen to architect and designer Amy Reichert & Jewish Museum curator emerita Susan Braunstein discuss Ludwig Wolpert’s "Passover Set.” Hear more on our digital guide available @bbgconnects, the free arts & culture app. Download the app: #BloombergConnects
Celebrate #EarthDay with a YouTube Video Premiere with @HeyJazzyAsh on 4/21 at 4 pm ET! Dance to the award-winning sounds of Jazzy Ash, performing family-friendly jazz tunes including "Be Outside" and "Little Bird Fly Through My Window." RSVP for free:
Learn more about the Passover Seder, and this unique Seder plate, from culinary historian Michael W. Twitty (@KosherSoul) and the Jewish Museum’s Curator of Judaica Abigail Rapoport in the @TheJewishMuseum’s digital guide on the #BloombergConnects app:
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Tonight is the first night of #Passover which lasts until sunset on Sat, April 23. Learn about the holiday and Passover related objects currently on view:
To create the 31 paintings in her series “Little Image,” #LeeKrasner laid her canvas flat. She organized each work in a grid format, applying paint in dabs & pours, exploring the painterly possibilities between order & chance. © The Pollock-Krasner Foundation/ARS, New York.
The German Impressionist #LesserUry was one of the few Jewish artists working in Germany in the late 19th century. Although he sometimes explored Jewish themes, he excelled at cityscapes - street, park, and cafe scenes - expressing the loneliness of the modern urban dweller.
On May 1 from 4-6 pm in-person at the Jewish Museum, celebrate the centennial of Paul Celan, the Romanian Jewish Holocaust survivor and poet. Join us for a performance by @BarbezMusic, and Celan poetry readings by Pierre Joris. Free with Museum admission:
Reserve your tickets to see “Jonas Mekas: The Camera Was Always Running”
To learn about and join this emerging justice ritual, visit @TzedekBox.
This tzedek box, titled ZAHRYZ, was created by artist Tobi Kahn in 2021 and it is now in the #JewishMuseumCollection. The box is the first of its kind to enter any museum’s collection throughout the world!
Once a year on Pesach Sheini (Second Passover)–a biblical holiday about second chances– there is now a custom to review the tzedek box’s contents as a form of sacred accountability. Yom Hatzedek, or “Justice Day," is a means of observing Pesach Sheni and coincides with it.
At first glance, this box looks like a tzedakah (charity) box. But in fact, it’s a tzedek (justice) box. Instead of coins for charity, the slot is intended for slips of paper documenting an individual's acts of justice and righteousness.
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