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Thought-provoking gallery talks bring our exhibitions into sharper focus. Incisive discussions with artists, scholars, and curators engage with contemporary theory and culture. Through exhibition-inspired performances, concerts, and artist-led workshops, visitors experience art as it happens.

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Installation view of Chagall: Love, War and Exile. © 2014 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris. Photo by David Andrako.

Bang on a Can. Photo by Will Ragozzino/SocialShutterbug.com.

​Dialogues and Discourse: Mel Bochner: Strong Language.

​Exhibition Walkthrough: Other Primary Structures.

In Response, Yujin Lee and Nicole Maloof, "The Story," 2015.

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Talks and Screenings

A variety of daytime and evening programs featuring celebrated authors, prominent critics and scholars engaging in rigorous discussion.

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    In-depth explorations of select works of art in the exhibition galleries, led by artist, curators, and educators.

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  • Lectures & Conversations

    Lectures & Conversations

    Evening conversations inspired by current exhibitions exploring artistic practice, global perspectives, and cultural issues.

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    Author Talks

    Readings and lectures by writers on their recently published books or works in progress.

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    Film screenings inspired by the exhibitions on view.

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Performances

Live music and performances inspired by the exhibitions on view

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Concert

Daniel Gortler, Photo: Eitan Tal

Theme and Variations

Thursday, May 24 | 7:30 pm

Acclaimed Israeli pianist Daniel Gortler returns to the Jewish Museum for a special performance.

$24 General; $18 Students and Seniors; $14 Jewish Museum Members
Includes Museum Admission.

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Concert

Judith Berkson image – from Bang on a Can

Performance by Judith Berkson Presented with Bang on a Can

Thursday, July 19 | 7:30 pm

The William Petschek Family Music Program

Brooklyn based composer, pianist, and vocalist Judith Berkson performs a dynamic set inspired by Chaim Soutine: Flesh

Tickets: $20 General; $16 Students and Seniors; $12 Jewish Museum Members

Includes Museum Admission

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Photos from Past Performances:

In Response, Peter Labier.

In Response, Ivan Forde, "1000 Elements," 2017.

In Response, Tracy Molis.

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Theme and Variations

Daniel Gortler, Photo: Eitan Tal

Theme and Variations

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Acclaimed Israeli pianist Daniel Gortler returns to the Jewish Museum for a special performance.

Tomeka Reid Quartet Presented with Bang on a Can

Courtesy of Tomeka Reid

Tomeka Reid Quartet Presented with Bang on a Can

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Cellist, composer, and improviser Tomeka Reid combines her love of groove with freer concepts in a set inspired by Scenes from the Collection.

Iva Bittová presented by Bang on a Can

Courtesy of Iva Bittová

Iva Bittová presented by Bang on a Can

Thursday, February 22, 2018

This performance by violinist-vocalist Iva Bittová reflects the central themes of cultural exchange and influence present in the exhibition Veiled Meanings: Fashioning Jewish Dress from the Collection of the Israel Museum, Jerusalem.

Tamy Ben-Tor

Photograph by Miki Carmi

Tamy Ben-Tor

Thursday, February 1, 2018

A chaotic collection of contemporary social axioms is chewed up and vomited out in this new performance, part of a longtime collaboration between artists Tamy Ben-Tor and Miki Carmi.

La Mar Enfortuna presented by Bang On a Can

La Mar Enfortuna photo © Keith Sirchio

La Mar Enfortuna presented by Bang On a Can

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Long-time collaborators Jennifer Charles and Oren Bloedow lead an all-star cast on modern and ancient instruments, incorporating the sounds of jazz, folk, Middle Eastern, and Latin music, in an exploration of lost and forgotten Sephardic melodies.

Performance by Kaki King

Image by Simone Cecchetti

Performance by Kaki King

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Join us for a performance by the distinctive and exceptional indie-guitarist Kaki King. 

Brahms Between Past and Future

Daniel Gorter, Photo: Eitan Tal

Brahms Between Past and Future

Thursday, May 18, 2017

In this program, acclaimed pianist Daniel Gortler will perform Brahms monumental Piano Sonata No.3 Op.5 in F minor, proceeded by Bach’s Partita No.6  in E minor and by Alban Berg’s singular Piano Sonata Op.1. 

Performance by Vicky Chow

Image: Vicky Chow

Performance by Vicky Chow

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Pianist and Bang on a Can All Stars member Vicky Chow performs Tristan Perich’s Surface Image for solo piano in conjunction with the exhibition The Arcades: Contemporary Art and Walter Benjamin.

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Charlemagne Palestine. Photo: Will Ragozzino/SocialShutterbug.com

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Thursday, March 16, 2017

Charlemagne Palestine performs an organ concert at the Church of the Heavenly Rest in conjunction with the exhibition Charlemagne Palestine’s Bear Mitzvah in Meshugahland.

Performance by Bonjour

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Founded by bassist and composer Florent Ghys, Bonjour combines bass, cello, guitar, percussion, and vocals to create an unusual, edgy, and adventurous sound that pushes beyond the arena of “new classical” music.

Performance by Pauline Oliveros

Thursday, November 10, 2016

This concert, inspired by Take Me (I’m Yours), blurs the boundary between the performer and the audience by asking the listener to participate in the making of music.

Art & Music: The Genius of the Burle Marx Family

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Conducted by Thiago Tiberio, President of the Burle Marx Music Society, the concert explores the relationship between the landscape architecture and art of Roberto Burle Marx and the musical compositions of his brother Walter. 

Performance By Don Byron

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Don Bryon is renowned for his dedication to and innovation in quintessential American traditional music genres from klezmer to blues to bluegrass to gospel to jazz.

Performance by Arto Lindsay

Thursday, May 12, 2016

This concert featuring Arto Lindsay echoes the themes of cultural experimentation and artistic cross-pollination explored in the exhibition, breaking down the distinctions between American and Brazilian rock music, pop music, experimental music, and improvisation.

Bang on a Can: Unorthodox

Thursday, February 4, 2016

The Mivos Quartet performs the string quartets of Steve Reich, including the Holocaust-related masterpiece Different Trains, his intensely contrapuntal Triple Quartet, and the emotional and complex WTC 9/11.

 

The Word: Spoken, Sung, and Played

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Acclaimed Israeli pianist Daniel Gortler presents a unique chamber music concert featuring internationally renowned vocalists Lauren Flanigan and David Adam Moore.

Bang on a Can: The Power of Pictures

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Bassist and founding member of the Bang on a Can All-Stars Robert Black anchors a program of chamber music by experimental Soviet composers Galina Ustvolskaya, Arthur Lourie, and Sofia Gubaidulaina. 

Bang on a Can: Repetition and Difference

Thursday, July 9, 2015


A forerunner in the expansion of the violin beyond its classical and “wood-bound” tradition, Todd Reynolds electrifies in concert, weaving together composed and improvised segments, and making use of computer technology and digital loops to sculpt his sounds in real time, seamlessly integrating minimalist, pop, Jazz, Indian, African, Celtic and indigenous folk music into his own sonic blend.

Bang on a Can: Revolution of the Eye

Bang on a Can All-Stars

Bang on a Can: Revolution of the Eye

Thursday, May 14, 2015

This concert by the Bang on a Can All-Stars highlights the relationship between music and image.

Artist-Led Studio Programs

Studio programs provide the opportunity to make artwork in response to a diverse range of exhibitions, and are taught by leading contemporary artists whose studio practices share connections with work on view.

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Chaim Soutine, Still Life with Fruit, 1919, oil on canvas, private collection. Photograph by Reginart Collections

Strangeness in Still Life

Sunday, June 10 | 11:30 am

Learn oil painting techniques and compose an unconventional still life canvas inspired by the exhibition Chaim Soutine: Flesh.

$100 General; $85 Jewish Museum Members

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Installation view of Marc Camille Chaimowicz: Your Place or Mine… The Jewish Museum, New York. Photo by: Jason Mandella

Pattern Power

Sunday, July 15 | 1:00 pm

Taking inspiration from Marc Camille Chaimowicz: Your Place or Mine . . . participants will create their own unique patterns and learn block printing techniques to apply them to fabric.

All materials included; all skill levels welcome.
Course Fee: $80 General; $65 Jewish Museum Members

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Marbling and Conceptual Paper

Courtesy of Sheryl Oppenheim

Marbling and Conceptual Paper

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

In this two-session workshop taught by artist Sheryl Oppenheim, create authentic marbled paper and collaged sculptures inspired by the use of decorative paper as an art form in the exhibition Marc Camille Chaimowicz: Your Place or Mine…

Marbling and Conceptual Paper

Courtesy of Sheryl Oppenheim

Marbling and Conceptual Paper

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

In this two-session workshop taught by artist Sheryl Oppenheim, create authentic marbled paper and collaged sculptures inspired by the use of decorative paper as an art form in the exhibition Marc Camille Chaimowicz: Your Place or Mine…

 Drawing Connections: Portraiture

Kehinde Wiley, Alios Itzhak (The World Stage: Israel), 2011. The Jewish Museum, New York. Purchase: Gift of Lisa and Steven Tananbaum Family Foundation; Gift in honor of Joan Rosenbaum, Director of the Jewish Museum from 1981-2011, by the Contemporary Judaica, Fine Arts, Photography, and Traditional Judaica Acquisitions Committee Funds, 2011-31. Credit Line: © Kehinde Wiley

Drawing Connections: Portraiture

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Engage with compelling portraits collection during this drawing and study session that takes place in the galleries of the exhibition Scenes from the Collection. 

Decorative Fabric Dyeing

Photo by Anna Wolf 

Decorative Fabric Dyeing

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Learn traditional Shibori fabric dyeing techniques using a variety of all-natural materials during this afternoon workshop taught by artist and designer, Kalen Kaminski. - Sold Out. 

Art for Sharing

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Following discussion and close looking in the exhibition Modigliani Unmasked, learn printing and stamp-making techniques to create an edition of cards in this intensive one day workshop taught by contemporary artist Timothy Hull.

Tracing Modigliani

Amedeo Modigliani, Seated Female Nude, possibly Anna Akhmatova, c. 1911. Black crayon on paper. 16⅞ x 10⅜ in. Paul Alexandre Family, courtesy of Richard Nathanson, London. Image provided by Richard Nathanson, photographed by Prudence Cuming Associates, London

Tracing Modigliani

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Guided by Museum educators, participants will create a portfolio of sketches inspired by Modigliani’s drawings and original source material.

Provocative Portraits

Florine Stettheimer, Eurydice and her Snake, Orphée of the Quat-z-arts, 1912. Gift of Miss Ettie Stettheimer. Image provided by The Museum of Modern Art / SCALA / Art Resource, New York. 

Provocative Portraits

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Challenge conventions while making mixed-media portraits in this three-session class taught by artist Shellyne Rodriguez and inspired by the exhibition Florine Stettheimer: Painting Poetry.

Provocative Portraits

Florine Stettheimer, Eurydice and her Snake, Orphée of the Quat-z-arts, 1912. Gift of Miss Ettie Stettheimer. Image provided by The Museum of Modern Art / SCALA / Art Resource, New York. 

Provocative Portraits

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Challenge conventions while making mixed-media portraits in this three-session class taught by artist Shellyne Rodriguez and inspired by the exhibition Florine Stettheimer: Painting Poetry.

Provocative Portraits

Florine Stettheimer, Eurydice and her Snake, Orphée of the Quat-z-arts, 1912. Gift of Miss Ettie Stettheimer. Image provided by The Museum of Modern Art / SCALA / Art Resource, New York.

Provocative Portraits

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Challenge conventions while making mixed-media portraits in this three-session class taught by artist Shellyne Rodriguez and inspired by the exhibition Florine Stettheimer: Painting Poetry.

Design Impressions

Library and study of a proposed French embassy, created for the 1925 Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes, designed by Pierre Chareau (French, 1883-1950) Photograph by Luc Boegly, image provided by Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris

Design Impressions

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Taught by artist Allyson Vieira and inspired by the architecture and design in the exhibition Pierre Chareau: Modern Architecture and Design, translate Chareau’s modern vision of integrated spatial and decorative forms into mixed media works.

Art for Sharing

Golnar Adili, Installing Wallpaper, 2013. Courtesy of the artist. 

Art for Sharing

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Printmaking workshop taught by artist Golnar Adili in response to the exhibition Take Me (I’m Yours).

Fluid Observations and Figure Painting

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Painting workshop taught by artist Tryn Collins in response to the exhibition John Singer Sargent's Mrs. Carl Meyer and Her Children.

Nice Handles for Such an Old Vase: Drawing Antiquities

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Drawing workshop in the Jewish Museum’s collection led by artist Timothy Hull.

The Playful Landscape

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Explore key concepts that guided the work of landscape architect Roberto Burle Marx in this class taught by artist Mark Joshua Epstein. 

Photo Transformations

Carey Denniston, Untitled/Process Documentation, 2015 

Photo Transformations

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Experiment with photography techniques and processes inspired by The Power of Pictures: Early Soviet Photography, Early Soviet Film in this three-session workshop led by contemporary artist Carey Denniston.
 

Painting the Peculiar

Jacqueline Cedar, But rather merry-go-round, 2014, acrylic on canvas, 78 in x 72 in

Painting the Peculiar

Monday, November 9, 2015

Discover painting techniques and processes that explore your personal history and cultural inspirations in this three-session workshop, led by contemporary artist Jaqueline Cedar and inspired by the wild array of representational painting styles on view in the exhibition Unorthodox.

Making Multiples

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Artist Chris Domenick leads a two-session studio workshop for adults. Ticket purchase is required and includes both sessions.

Abstraction for Adults

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Journey from figuration to abstraction through a sequence of drawing, collage, stenciling, and painting in this afternoon studio workshop taught by contemporary artist Yevgeniya Baras. Following a guided tour and discussion of the exhibition From the Margins: Lee Krasner and Norman Lewis, 1945 – 1952, discover your own method of abstraction to create a painting inspired by the innovative techniques in the work of Krasner and Lewis.

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Talks

This conversation with artists Brendan Fernandes and Aliza Nisenbaum, moderated by Joshua Cohen, Assistant Professor, African Art History, The City College of New York, revisits the work of Amedeo Modigliani through the 21st-century lens of formal and cultural appropriation.
Melanie Elturk, Co-Founder and CEO of Haute Hijab and fashion journalist Michelle Honig in a conversation on modesty in fashion across different cultural backgrounds, moderated by Natalie Nudell, Fashion and Textile Historian and Adjunct Instructor, History of Art Department, Fashion Institute of Technology.
Senior Curator Mason Klein illuminates how Modigliani’s work cannot be fully understood without acknowledging the ways that he, as an Italian Sephardic Jew, responded to the social realities of his time.

Performances

Yujin Lee & Nicole Maloof's "The Story" performed as part of In Response: Repetition and Difference in 2015.
Bora Kim's "I’m Making a Boy Band (IMMABB)" performed as part of In Response: Repetition and Difference in 2015.
Ana Rivera's "Dog or Wolf,” an improvised musical performance performed as part of In Response: The Arcades in 2017.
Ivan Forde's "1000 Elements," a live technopoetic video and sound performance staged as an open rehearsal between visual artist Ivan Forde and musician Sydney Reynolds " performed as part of In Response: The Arcades in 2017.