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

A New Vision, Visualized

Designers Stefan Sagmeister and Jessica Walsh operate one of New York’s most creative design firms, with clients spanning the corporate world, publishing, and the arts. Here they answer questions about how they envisioned, in graphical form, the Jewish Museum’s dynamic vision for its future. Among the key elements in this close collaboration to reimagine the Museum’s graphic identity are a completely redesigned website and blog, both of which will premiere in June. Continue reading