The Jewish Museum’s New Online Presence

Notice anything different about the Jewish Museum blog? It’s gotten a major facelift, as part of the comprehensive redesign of TheJewishMuseum.org that recently launched. The new site design represents a huge leap for the Museum toward a deeper, more resonant connection with visitors online and onsite. Flexibility is at the core of the new site’s functionality. It promises to grow and develop as the Jewish Museum expands the exploration of art and Jewish culture beyond the walls of the Warburg mansion.

The Jewish Museum's new website

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Helena Rubinstein: Constructing an Image, Building an Empire

For the upcoming exhibition Helena Rubinstein: Beauty Is Power (October 31, 2014 – March 22, 2015), Alex Kelly, the spring Shoshanna and David Wingate Curatorial Intern, assisted the Jewish Museum curatorial staff in gathering research on Helena Rubinstein’s life, collection, and cosmetics business. Here, Alex reflects on the experience of getting to know this charismatic art lover, entrepreneur, and self-made woman.

Helena Rubinstein devoted her life to the pursuit of youth and beauty. Her cosmetics company began at the turn of the 20th century as a humble one-woman operation. For more than six decades she grew the Helena Rubinstein brand into a global empire. One of the things I’ve found most impressive about Madame (as she was ubiquitously known) is how she carefully crafted her public image throughout her career, using her own name, face, voice, and life story to successfully sell her beauty brand. Continue reading

Wind Up Performer High Water on Loving Music, Mixing Genres, and Playing the Jewish Museum

On Thursday, July 24, The Wind Up returns to celebrate the cerebral and colorful Thesaurus paintings of Mel Bochner at Alphabet Party. The evening will feature a genre-blending live performance by artist Will Epstein‘s latest musical project, High Water. The Jewish Museum spoke with Epstein about High Water and what to look forward to at this Thursday’s show. Continue reading