Relevant Language: Speaking about Mel Bochner

Liz Kotz, Scott Rothkopf, James Meyer, and Norman Kleeblatt. Photo by Roger Kamholz, the Jewish Museum

September 18′s Dialogue and Discourse program, Relevant Language: Speaking about Mel Bochner, was held in conjunction with the exhibition Mel Bochner: Strong Language, which closes on Sunday, September 21.

Panelists Liz Kotz, Associate Professor, University of California Riverside; James Meyer, Associate Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, National Gallery of Art; and Scott Rothkopf, Nancy and Steve Crown Family Curator and Associate Director of Programs, Whitney Museum of American Art, have all worked with Mel Bochner at various points in his career. The panel discussion of different facets of the artist’s work was moderated by Susan and Elihu Rose Chief Curator Norman Kleeblatt.

Video from last night’s event will be posted here as soon as it becomes available! Sign up to get updates about future programs in your inbox!

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What Will YOU Ask? #AskACurator Day 2014

Get ready – on Wednesday, September 17, hundreds of museums around the world are participating in the fifth annual #AskACurator Day on Twitter, and we are looking forward to taking your questions! To participate, be sure to use the hashtag #AskACurator and tag the Jewish Museum by using our handle, @TheJewishMuseum.

This year, four members of our Curatorial and Collections team will be on standby to answer your questions from noon – 3 pm on Wednesday, September 17. Read more about them here:

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Don’t Miss the Final Week of Mel Bochner: Strong Language

Mel Bochner with some of the current Jewish Museum guards outside the Museum in 2014. Photo by Nikolai de Vera

Mel Bochner: Strong Language, which is in its final week on view at the Museum, marked a kind of homecoming for the artist. Nearly 50 years ago, when he was fresh out of art school and new to New York City, Bochner worked as a guard at the Jewish Museum – that is, until he was let go for snoozing on the job. Continue reading