Reassembling Madame Rubinstein’s Miniature Rooms

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 [...]

A Kaleidoscopic Perspective on the Jewish Immigrant Experience

At the center of Masterpieces & Curiosities: A Russian-American Quilt, on view at the Jewish Museum through February 15, 2015, hangs one of the most intriguing, charming, and visually intricate objects in our collection. It’s a colorful quilt, originally owned by a Russian Jewish immigrant family. The quilt was assembled in America, incorporating panels probably embroidered in [...]