The Jewish Museum will be closed on Thursday, November 27, in observance of Thanksgiving, but we resume our regular operating hours on Friday. What better way to visit with friends and family than by taking in some art?
Over the course of her life Helena Rubinstein collected objects of every sort in untold quantities. She had a lifelong love of miniature rooms and commissioned numerous doll-size dioramas, decorated in period styles. They ranged from a Spanish Baroque dining room to a mid-eighteenth-century French Rococo salon with Louis XV furniture to a mid-Victorian English chamber, and even included an artist’s garret in turn-of-the-century Montmartre. It was as if Rubinstein were representing her encyclopedic experimentation with playful decor in her homes and beauty salons through these tiny period rooms. The myriad displays seemed at once to define her past and justify Madame’s penchant for unceasing transformation.
Installation of Helena Rubinstein’s miniature rooms at the Jewish Museum, executed by the Tel Aviv Museum of Art’s Senior Curator Doron Lurie and Conservator Noga Schusterman. Continue reading
Last December, the Jewish Museum released our first “JM26” – a list of 26 events, ideas, and people that helped define the year’s Jewish cultural zeitgeist. We learned about Pope Francis and his love of Chagall, Justin Bieber’s declaration that Anne Frank would have been a “Belieber,” and that Thanksgiving and Hanukkah could form a wonderfully delicious merger known as “Thanksgivukkah.”