Congratulations, “Ida”!


Just before taking her vows, Anna, an orphan brought up in a convent in Poland, visits her only living relative and discovers a haunting family secret, and her true name — Ida. Acclaimed director Pawel Pawlikowski probes Poland’s Nazi past in his intimate black-and-white film that the 2014 New York Jewish Film Festival presented on Closing Night. We congratulate Pawlikowski and Music Box Films on last Sunday’s Academy Award win for Best Foreign Language Film and Ida‘s nomination for Best Cinematography. We are excited to have hosted the film’s New York Premiere, with Pawlikowski in person for a Q&A, and wish him and his crew much continued success!

The New York Jewish Film Festival is co-presented annually by the Jewish Museum and the Film Society of Lincoln Center. If you missed it, catch Ida on the big screen now at Cinema Village.

- Jaron Gandelman, Curatorial Assistant for Media & Film Festival Coordinator

In Conversation: Willem de Rooij

Installation view of the exhibition Using Walls, Floors, and Ceilings: Willem de Rooij, October 31, 2014 – April 19, 2015. © The Jewish Museum, NY.

In 2002, Dutch-born, Berlin-based artist Willem de Rooij began a series of projects in which he collaborates with florists to realize floral sculptures. Some of de Rooij’s Bouquets have been visually elaborate, incorporating numerous species of flowers and plants; others have been highly regimented, for instance juxtaposing bunches of black and white tulips — two varieties whose seasons only overlap for a short time in February.

His latest in the series, Bouquet XI (2014), is the subject of Using Walls, Floors, and Ceilings: Willem de Rooij, part of the exhibition series taking place in the Museum’s Skirball Lobby. On view through April 19, 2015, the installation resulted from a collaboration between de Rooij and Bella Meyer, founder and creative director of the New York-based floral studio FleursBELLA. Bouquet XI is made of flowers and plants that originate from Israel and its neighbors, and that have strong allergenic qualities.

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Vacation Week Spotlight

Early twentieth-century Montmartre artist’s studio, Miniature room, Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Israel

Join us for fun family activities this vacation week! Today and Tuesday, and on Thursday, kids age 4 and older can channel their inner artists by participating in our Vacation Week Art Workshops. Build your own Imaginative Miniature inspired by Helena Rubinstein: Beauty Is Power. Don’t miss the chance to fill your child’s vacation week with creativity inside our art studio.

Art Workshops: Imaginative Miniatures
February 15 – 17 & 19, 1 – 4 pm

From an artist’s studio to a curiosity shop, create a magical diorama inspired by the miniature rooms featured in Helena Rubinstein: Beauty Is Power. Use your imagination to build your own miniature room with found and hand-crafted objects. (Ages 4 & up; Free with Museum admission).