The Press Room

Welcome to the Jewish Museum’s online Press Room, designed for use by the working press. Members of the media may view and download information on current and upcoming exhibitions and programs, access the press release archive, and request high-resolution images for publication. We look forward to working with you and thank you for your interest in the Jewish Museum.

Press Releases


The Jewish Museum Appoints Liz Munsell As The Barnett & Annalee Newman Curator of Contemporary Art

Release Date: June 15, 2022

New York, NY, June 15, 2022—The Jewish Museum announced today that Liz Munsell will become the Jewish Museum’s Barnett & Annalee Newman Curator of Contemporary Art. Ms. Munsell is currently the Lorraine and Alan Bressler Curator of Contemporary Art at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. She will begin her new role at the Jewish Museum on August 8, 2022.

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Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and The Jewish Museum, New York, Announce New Judaica Initiative

Release Date: June 8, 2022

Houston, TX and New York, NY – June 8, 2022 --The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and The Jewish Museum, New York today announced a partnership to establish an ongoing presence for Judaica at the MFAH: In July 2022, the MFAH will open the exhibition Beauty and Ritual: Judaica from The Jewish Museum, New York, the first step in the ongoing partnership, which will bring exceptional objects from the Jewish Museum to Houston over a period of years. In early 2023, ongoing presentations centered on objects on loan from the Jewish Museum will begin when The Albert and Ethel Herzstein Gallery for Judaica opens at the MFAH. The Herzstein Gallery is a centerpiece of the World Faiths Initiative at the MFAH, a program of interfaith projects based on the museum’s collections and exhibitions and funded by the Lilly Endowment Inc.

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Installation of Photographs Depicting the Famed Amusement Park Coney Island Also Includes Two Carousel Horses by Master Carvers Charles Carmel and Marcus Charles Illions

Release Date: April 25, 2022

New York, NY, April 1, 2022–The Jewish Museum presents Coney Island, an installation showcasing photographs of the famed amusement park from the late 1930s through the late 1950s by Martin Elkort, Morris Engel, Sid Grossman, Sidney Kerner, Arthur Leipzig, and Leon Levinstein, along with two “Coney Island” style carousel horses created by master carvers Charles Carmel and Marcus Charles Illions. It will be on view in the Jewish Museum’s collection exhibition Scenes from the Collection beginning April 1, 2022.

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36th Annual Purim Ball Raises $2.7 Million for the Jewish Museum

Release Date: April 8, 2022

New York, NY, April 8, 2022— The Jewish Museum held its 36th Annual Purim Ball at the Park Avenue Armory on Wednesday, April 6, 2022. Over 1,000 distinguished guests were in attendance for the festive dinner and the After Party that was hosted by the Jewish Museum’s Young Patrons group. This year’s Purim Ball raised $2.7 million in support of the Museum.

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Program Celebrating the Centennial of Poet Paul Celan Features Celan-Inspired Works By John Zorn, A Song-Cycle Performed By Barbez, and Reflections on Celan’s Life and Legacy By Pierre Joris

Release Date: March 31, 2022

New York, NY, March 31, 2022-- Reaching Across a Thousand Darknesses: Paul Celan Centennial Concert and Reading will be held in the Scheuer Auditorium at the Jewish Museum on Sunday, May 1, from 4 to 6 pm. The program, which celebrates the centennial of Paul Celan, the Romanian Jewish Holocaust survivor who is widely regarded as one of the greatest poets of the 20th century, was originally scheduled for 2020 but was delayed due to the pandemic. This is the first in-person public program to be held at the Jewish Museum in two years.

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The Jewish Museum Receives a Grant Supporting Arts Programming for People with Dementia and Their Caregivers from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

Release Date: March 17, 2022

New York, NY, March 16, 2022— The Jewish Museum has been awarded a grant of $150,000 from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation in support of a wide range of arts programs, virtual and in-person, serving people with memory loss throughout the five boroughs of New York City, and beyond.

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The Jewish Museum Launches New Digital Guide to Enrich Both Onsite and Offsite Visits

Release Date: February 28, 2022

Monday, February 28, 2022—The Jewish Museum has launched a new, digital guide on Bloomberg Connects, the free arts and culture app created by Bloomberg Philanthropies. The Bloomberg Connects app, available for download from Google Play or the App Store, makes the Jewish Museum accessible for either onsite or offsite visits through photo, audio, and video features offering insights into the Museum’s exhibitions, programs, and collection.

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Exhibition Examines Pivotal Three-Year Period in the History of Art And Culture in New York City

Release Date: February 22, 2022

New York NY, February 24, 2022—The Jewish Museum will present New York: 1962-1964, an exhibition that explores a pivotal three-year period in the history of art and culture in New York City, examining how artists living and working in New York responded to their rapidly changing world. Installed across two floors, this immersive exhibition will present more than 150 works of art—all made or seen in New York between 1962-1964—including painting, sculpture, photography, and film, alongside fashion, design, dance, poetry, and ephemera. The exhibition will be on view at the Jewish Museum from July 22, 2022, through January 8, 2023. 

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First U.S. Museum Survey of the Work of Jonas Mekas

Release Date: February 14, 2022

New York, NY, February 14, 2022—The Jewish Museum presents Jonas Mekas: The Camera Was Always Running, the first U.S. museum survey of the Lithuanian-born filmmaker, poet, critic, and institution-builder who helped shape the avant-garde in New York City and beyond. The exhibition coincides with the centennial of Mekas’s birth and surveys his 70-year career. It includes 11 films, photography, and previously unseen archival materials that explore the breadth and import of Mekas’s life, art, and legacy in the field of the moving image. During the final moments of World War II in 1944, Mekas was forced to flee his native Lithuania and unable to return until 1971. The relationship between exile and creativity is always at the heart of his work and is the exhibition’s central theme. Jonas Mekas: The Camera Was Always Running will be on view at the Jewish Museum from February 18 through June 5, 2022, and is organized by guest curator Kelly Taxter, with Kristina Parsons, Leon Levy Curatorial Assistant, the Jewish Museum.

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The Jewish Museum and Film at Lincoln Center Announce the 31st Annual New York Jewish Film Festival (NYJFF), Presented in Person and Virtually, January 12-25, 2022

Release Date: December 13, 2021

NEW YORK, NY (December 13, 2021) – The Jewish Museum and Film at Lincoln Center will present the 31st annual New York Jewish Film Festival (NYJFF) in person and virtually from January 12 through 25, 2022. Among the oldest and most influential Jewish film festivals worldwide, NYJFF presents the finest documentary, narrative, and short films from around the world that explore the Jewish experience. 

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Exhibition Tells the Story of the Ephrussi Family, Celebrated in the Bestselling Memoir “The Hare with Amber Eyes” by Edmund de Waal

Release Date: November 15, 2021

New York NY, November 15, 2021—The Jewish Museum presents The Hare with Amber Eyes, an exhibition that tells the story of the Ephrussi family—celebrated in the 2010 memoir and The New York Times bestseller of the same name by Edmund de Waal—and showcases the breadth and depth of their history and illustrious collections. The exhibition, on view at the Jewish Museum from November 19, 2021, through May 15, 2022, explores the family’s rise to prominence and splendor in the first half of the nineteenth century, followed by a focus on the prolific collector and historian of art, Charles Ephrussi, to the inter-war years, and finally World War II, when the family lost its fortune and collection to Nazi looting. 

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