For Tu B’Shevat: Seeing Jewish farming

The first almond tree blossoms in Israel are a sign that Jewish Earth Day is just around the corner. Environmental awareness and responsibility is the major theme in celebrating Tu B’Shevat, the holiday also known as the New Year for the trees, on February 8. Originally observed as a harvest festival, in ancient Israel Jews [...]

Saying Goodbye in 2011

All of us at The Jewish Museum are sad to have said goodbye to many prominent artists with works in the museum’s collection who died last year. Among them are a painter, a printmaker, two photographers and a paper cutter who broke from tradition. All led remarkable lives and added unquestionably to the culture at large as well as to the richness of the museum’s [...]

Eva Hesse: Abstract Expressionist Painter

Earlier this month we marked the anniversary of the birth of Eva Hesse (January 11, 1936 – May 29, 1970). One of the great artists of the 1960s, Hesse’s major sculptural works stand out as singular achievements of that era. At once drawing on Minimalist strategies of repetition and seriality, and pushing nontraditional materials toward [...]