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  • The Jewish Museum - Masterpieces & Curiosities
    on Pinterest Installation view of the exhibition Masterpieces Curiosities A Medieval Aquamanile Nov 8 2013 Mar 23 2014 The Jewish Museum NY Photo by David Heald Now Playing aquamanile Through March 23 2014 Upcoming aquamanile Starting November 8 2013 Now Playing jewishgiant Through August 3 2014 Upcoming jewishgiant Starting April 11 2014 Now Playing Quilt Through February 16 2015 Upcoming Quilt Starting August 22 2014 Now Playing Through August 23 2015 Upcoming Starting March 13 2015 Now Playing Through February 14 2016 Upcoming Starting September 25 2015 Now Playing Through August 14 2016 Upcoming Starting March 18 2016 Masterpieces Curiosities is a series of intimate essay exhibitions organized around single works from the permanent collection of the Jewish Museum Each exhibition examines and rethinks the piece on view by surrounding it with other artworks objects documents and source materials Unlike traditional museum exhibitions it does not offer a master narrative to reinforce an artistic canon or explain knowledge and experience but rather explores the stories that inform the individual artwork or cultural object Some of the works in focus are masterpieces recognized artworks of unmatched value great significance beauty and craftsmanship Others are oddities unexpected and eccentric creations that merit closer attention Even the most apparently traditional or peculiar work of art reveals complex histories and rich layers of meaning when it is seen freshly through a contemporary lens and in the larger context of cultural and social history The Jewish Museum s permanent collection is vast and heterogeneous Masterpieces Curiosities aims to invigorate our study and display of these objects in innovative ways thus celebrating their diversity and discovering some of the collection s many hidden treasures Jens Hoffmann Deputy Director Exhibitions and Public Programs In This Series Masterpieces Curiosities A Medieval Aquamanile November 8 2013 March 23 2014

    Original URL path: http://thejewishmuseum.org/exhibitions/masterpieces-curiosities (2016-02-14)
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  • The Jewish Museum - Masterpieces & Curiosities: A Medieval Aquamanile
    Judaica Acquisitions Fund 2013 Installation view of Masterpieces Curiosities A Medieval Aquamanile the Jewish Museum New York Photograph by David Heald 2013 The Jewish Museum Previous Slide Next Slide Aquamanile Handwashing Vessel Northern Germany late 12th century with later inscription copper alloy cast and engraved 9 1 2 10 7 8 4 1 4 in 24 1 27 6 10 8 cm The Jewish Museum New York Purchase The Kagan Katz Kivel Families Gift by exchange Traditional Judaica Acquisitions Committee and Endowment Interest Funds Henry and Lucy Moses Fund Henry Herzog Family and Friends Fund in memory of Ruth Herzog Helen and Jack Cytryn Fund and Traditional Judaica Acquisitions Fund 2013 About Masterpieces Curiosities Now Playing jewishgiant Through August 3 2014 Upcoming jewishgiant Starting April 11 2014 Now Playing Quilt Through February 16 2015 Upcoming Quilt Starting August 22 2014 Now Playing Through August 23 2015 Upcoming Starting March 13 2015 Now Playing Through February 14 2016 Upcoming Starting September 25 2015 Now Playing Through August 14 2016 Upcoming Starting March 18 2016 This first Masterpieces Curiosities installment centers around a rare Jewish aquamanile a lion shaped handwashing pitcher made of bronze and created in Germany in the twelfth century Installation view of Masterpieces Curiosities A Medieval Aquamanile the Jewish Museum New York Photograph by David Heald 2013 The Jewish Museum The first in the new series Masterpieces Curiosities that focuses on a single work in the Jewish Museum collection this exhibition will feature a rare Jewish lion aquamanile handwashing pitcher that was recently acquired It was created in Germany in the twelfth century probably for secular or church use but was transformed into a synagogue ritual object after the mid sixteenth century through the addition of a Hebrew dedication inscription Using additional works the exhibition will examine the contexts in which the aquamanile was created and converted and explore the issues that it raises about valuation sanctification and cultural borrowing Aquamanilia are bronze handwashing pitchers in the shape of animals mythical creatures or humans that began to appear in Europe beginning in the twelfth century They were used to cleanse the hands during meals or in the celebration of the Eucharist in churches This exhibition will focus on a recent museum acquisition a rare Jewish lion aquamanile that was created in Germany in the twelfth century While its original function is unknown several centuries later a man named Berekhiah Segal added a Hebrew dedicatory inscription probably on the occasion of its donation to a synagogue The aquamanile therefore represents an intriguing story of a centuries old object that was still valued enough to become an honored gift to a Jewish house of worship Although aquamanilia are not uncommon only four from Jewish contexts have been identified This example of preserving and repurposing an antique object is not unique in Jewish ceremonial art To explore this phenomenon the aquamanile will be displayed in the context of other collection works that were proudly inscribed by their new owners a century or

    Original URL path: http://thejewishmuseum.org/exhibitions/masterpieces-curiosities-a-medieval-aquamanile (2016-02-14)
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  • The Jewish Museum - Masterpieces & Curiosities: Diane Arbus’s Jewish Giant
    Jewish giant at home with his parents in the Bronx N Y 1970 gelatin silver print printed by Neil Selkirk 19 7 8 16 in 50 5 40 6 cm The Jewish Museum New York Purchase Photography Acquisition Committee Fund and the Horace W Goldsmith Foundation Fund 1999 3 Artwork The Estate of Diane Arbus Exhibition gallery photo by David Heald About Masterpieces Curiosities Now Playing aquamanile Through March 23 2014 Upcoming aquamanile Starting November 8 2013 Now Playing Quilt Through February 16 2015 Upcoming Quilt Starting August 22 2014 Now Playing Through August 23 2015 Upcoming Starting March 13 2015 Now Playing Through February 14 2016 Upcoming Starting September 25 2015 Now Playing Through August 14 2016 Upcoming Starting March 18 2016 In 1959 the photographer Diane Arbus 1923 71 visited Hubert s Dime Museum and Flea Circus a Times Square basement phantasmagoria One of its main attractions was Eddie Carmel a man who supposedly stood over nine feet tall billed as The World s Tallest Man In April 1970 a year before her death Arbus visited him at the home he shared with his parents and made this important photograph A Jewish giant at home with his parents in the Bronx N Y 1970 Installation view of Masterpieces Curiosities Diane Arbus s Jewish Giant Photo David Heald The Jewish Museum NY Eddie Carmel was the son of immigrants from Tel Aviv He had lived a normal life in mid century New York until age fifteen when he began to suffer from acromegaly a hormonal condition causing extreme growth He soon needed custom made clothing and was unable to finish college or pursue a typical career because he realized that people could not look beyond his physical appearance Feeling like a social outcast he embraced a life in show business celebrating and even exaggerating the feature that made him unique This iconic portrait shows an ailing Eddie age 34 struggling to stand upright just two years before his death Arbus s photographs often explore the tension between normalcy and aberrance Here she touches on our obsession with superhuman height a recurrent theme in folklore and popular culture from Goliath and the Golem to Andre the Giant and the Incredible Hulk Her image and its mesmerizing subject may thus be seen in both historical and metaphorical terms Artists and audiences have long marveled at any deviation from a supposed standard but the allure of the extraordinary is deeply intertwined with unease about the human body its unpredictable abnormalities and their attendant difficulties In this way gigantism and its mythology offer lessons about the infinite range of human experience poignantly emphasized by Arbus s photograph Masterpieces Curiosities Diane Arbus s Jewish Giant is organized by Daniel S Palmer Leon Levy Assistant Curator The series is organized by Jens Hoffmann Deputy Director Exhibitions and Public Programs and Daniel S Palmer Related Events article data cycle speed 1000 data cycle swipe true data cycle timeout 0 Thu Jun 12 Thursday June 12 2014

    Original URL path: http://thejewishmuseum.org/exhibitions/masterpieces-curiosities-diane-arbus-jewish-giant (2016-02-14)
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  • The Jewish Museum - Masterpieces & Curiosities: A Russian-American Quilt
    glass beads 81 1 2 65 in 207 165 1 cm The Jewish Museum New York Purchase Judaica Acquisitions Fund 1986 119 Photo Joseph Sachs About Masterpieces Curiosities Now Playing aquamanile Through March 23 2014 Upcoming aquamanile Starting November 8 2013 Now Playing jewishgiant Through August 3 2014 Upcoming jewishgiant Starting April 11 2014 Now Playing Through August 23 2015 Upcoming Starting March 13 2015 Now Playing Through February 14 2016 Upcoming Starting September 25 2015 Now Playing Through August 14 2016 Upcoming Starting March 18 2016 Russian folk dancers and a balalaika player mingle with strutting roosters Admiral Dewey and a Russian peasant guard a pair of American flags tennis racquets fan out a hot air balloon takes flight and a circus acrobat performs a horse act while a rocking chair and a Star of David appear side by side A veritable potpourri of Russian American and Jewish motifs this colorful quilt the subject of the third iteration of the Museum s Masterpieces Curiosities exhibition series tells multiple stories Installation view of the exhibition Masterpieces Curiosities A Russian American Quilt August 22 2014 February 15 2015 The Jewish Museum NY Photo by David Heald Originally owned by a Russian Jewish immigrant family the quilt was assembled in America incorporating panels probably embroidered in the Old Country Its triangular pieces are aligned in a typical half square pattern but their random colors create a visual effect similar to that of a crazy quilt The cross stitch technique in which some panels are embroidered was often used in late nineteenth century Jewish textiles from Eastern Europe while certain decorative motifs are identifiable as Russian That these are pieced together with distinctly patriotic American images tells its own vivid story In the border the American flag is combined with the Jewish Star of David References to popular American sports and pastimes suggest the enthusiasm of an immigrant for her or his adopted country The quilt thus bears testimony to the acculturation of Russian Jews in the United States A prominent figure in the textile is George Dewey the hero of the Spanish American War and later a candidate for president of the United States This helps to date the work although 1898 is seen at center it could not have been completed before March 1899 when Dewey was promoted to admiral The quilt is shown here with other works from the collection of the Jewish Museum that feature Russian motifs or reflect a conflation of Russian and Jewish traditions as well as with items of Americana that set the textile in context America around 1900 is seen through the lens of an immigrant whose interests range from politics to sports to entertainment This rich assemblage rewards close observation Hidden in its panels you may find a charming couple holding hands a number of eagles flowers galore a mysterious initial M or W and other motifs waiting to be discovered Claudia J Nahson Morris and Eva Feld Curator Masterpieces Curiosities A Russian American

    Original URL path: http://thejewishmuseum.org/exhibitions/masterpieces-curiosities-a-russian-american-quilt (2016-02-14)
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  • The Jewish Museum - Masterpieces & Curiosities: Nicole Eisenman’s Seder
    crowd has convened for Passover Wine glasses filled gefilte fish on their plates the diners turn to the head of the table where the seder leader is about to break the matzah during the ritual reading of the Haggadah At center the symbolic foods of the Exodus story sit on a seder plate A glance around suggests a range of emotions in the room typical of any family gathering Nicole Eisenman s 2010 painting Seder resonates in interesting ways with the Jewish Museum s rich collection of portraits These paintings detail the political and social history of Jewish identity over the past hundred years through their portrayal of individuals from the aristocrat to the anonymous burgher to the artist Installation view of the exhibition Masterpieces Curiosities Nicole Eisenman s Seder The Jewish Museum NY Photo by David Heald Installation view of the exhibition Masterpieces Curiosities Nicole Eisenman s Seder The Jewish Museum NY Photo by David Heald Eisenman works both within this portrait tradition and against it Seder captures an emotional as well as a physical likeness of her friends and family including some invented characters Most distinctively she places the viewer as a central figure in the Passover ritual a strategy not seen in more traditional depictions She illustrates universal emotions of love anxiety and loneliness with a touch of humor even irony Eisenman s paintings are known for their macabre themes dark humor and canny critiques of pop culture and art history Among her influences in Seder are the opulent Impressionist and Post Impressionist luncheon scenes of Pierre Auguste Renoir and Pierre Bonnard Perhaps a hint of Norman Rockwell s populist Thanksgiving tableau Freedom from Want may also be detected The Passover table bears a number of emblematic items glasses of wine that are drunk at specified points in the evening as the Exodus story is retold three pieces of matzah unleavened bread copies of the Haggadah for the participants and centrally a plate bearing certain foods that celebrate freedom and recall the bitterness of slavery The tradition of a special plate or basket for the seder foods originates in a reference in the Mishnah first second century CE recording older customs but there is no record of how it was decorated In Europe in the sixteenth century artisans began making seder plates with scenes of from the Passover story or showing the table and its guests In one tradition the decoration details the order and placement of the symbolic foods Some of these plates are explicitly intended to hold those foods others may have had a more general Passover use The museum s renowned Judaica collection includes numerous seder plates including two created by Eisenman for this exhibition The artist thus looks to the past as inspiration for her unique narratives of twenty first century life meditations on the human condition The museum s portrait collection comprises hundreds of works by Jewish artists or of Jewish sitters and covers the full breadth of the genre Moritz Daniel

    Original URL path: http://thejewishmuseum.org/exhibitions/masterpieces-curiosities-nicole-eisenmans-seder (2016-02-14)
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  • The Jewish Museum - Unorthodox - On Museums
    symposium Presented in collaboration with the Program in Museum Studies New York University Program and Participants 2 pm Introduction by Jens Hoffmann Deputy Director Exhibitions and Public Programs Jewish Museum 2 15 pm Presentation by Vasif Kortun Director of Research and Programs SALT Istanbul 3 pm Panel Discussion with Peter Eleey Associate Director of Exhibitions and Programs MoMA PS1 Massimiliano Gioni Artistic Director New Museum Jessica Morgan Director Dia Art Foundation Nancy Spector Deputy Director and Jennifer and David Stockman Chief Curator Solomon R Guggenheim Museum Moderated by Bruce Altshuler Director Program in Museum Studies New York University 4 pm Presentation by Carolyn Christov Bakargiev Director Castello di Rivoli 4 45 pm Panel Discussion with Thelma Golden Director and Chief Curator The Studio Museum in Harlem Kathy Halbreich Associate Director The Museum of Modern Art Ruba Katrib Curator SculptureCenter Scott Rothkopf Deputy Director for Programs and Nancy and Steve Crown Family Chief Curator Whitney Museum of American Art Moderated by Jens Hoffmann 5 30 pm Presentation by Adriano Pedrosa Artistic Director São Paulo Museum of Art This program is made possible in part by the Edmond de Rothschild Foundations Tickets 12 General 8 Students and Seniors and Members Keiichi Tanaami Sweet Friday 1975 16 mm film animation 3 min 21 sec Keiichi Tanaami courtesy of the artist and NANZUKA Tokyo Japan Purchase Tickets Add to Calendar Forward to Friends Print Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Ticket Information General Admission Tickets General Admission tickets are sold only at the Museum and valid for the day of visitation Program and Event Tickets By Phone Order by phone at 212 423 3337 on Monday through Thursday 10 am 5 pm and Friday 10 am 3 pm We accept Visa MasterCard and American Express Day of event phone sales close three 3 hours prior to the show If the show is sold out there will be a message on the box office line There is a 1 per ticket surcharge for credit card orders Online Orders are available through our online ticket vendor ACME Ticketing If you have technical difficulties please call 866 205 1322 Online ticket sales close four 4 hours prior to the event In Person Tickets can be purchased in person at the Museum s admission desk during regular Museum hours excluding Saturdays Ticket Policies Ticket purchase for events at the Museum includes admission to the galleries on the day of the program Tickets are available on a first come first served basis Please note that seating is limited we recommend purchasing tickets in advance Ticket holders are encouraged to arrive promptly as seating is not guaranteed once a program has begun Tickets cannot be exchanged or refunded Related Events article data cycle speed 1000 data cycle swipe true data cycle timeout 0 Sun Nov 8 Sunday November 8 2015 8 30 PM Unorthodox On Curating Learn More Tue Nov 10 Tuesday November 10 2015 10 AM Unorthodox On Exhibitions Learn More Thu Nov 12 Thursday November 12 2015 6

    Original URL path: http://thejewishmuseum.org/calendar/events/2016/02/28/unorthodox-on-museums-022816 (2016-02-14)
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  • The Jewish Museum - A Closer Look Gallery Talks - Unorthodox
    22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 1 2 3 4 5 Day View Week View Month View Tour Film Talk Event Member Corporate Access Family Teens Educators Exhibitions Special Hours Feb 14 What s on today Events 11 30 AM Sunday Art Discoveries 12 PM Dig Drop In 1 PM Found Objects Reimagined 1 30 PM Storybooks and Art Gallery Tours No tours today A Closer Look Gallery Talks Unorthodox Talk Monday February 29 1 30 2 pm Exhibition Galleries Explore select works of art on view in the exhibition Unorthodox Free with Museum Admission Keiichi Tanaami Commercial War 1971 16 mm film animation 4 min 30 sec Keiichi Tanaami courtesy of the artist and NANZUKA Tokyo Japan Add to Calendar Forward to Friends Print Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Ticket Information General Admission Tickets General Admission tickets are sold only at the Museum and valid for the day of visitation Program and Event Tickets By Phone Order by phone at 212 423 3337 on Monday through Thursday 10 am 5 pm and Friday 10 am 3 pm We accept Visa MasterCard and American Express Day of event phone sales close three 3 hours prior to the show If the show is sold out there will be a message on the box office line There is a 1 per ticket surcharge for credit card orders Online Orders are available through our online ticket vendor ACME Ticketing If you have technical difficulties please call 866 205 1322 Online ticket sales close four 4 hours prior to the event In Person Tickets can be purchased in person at the Museum s admission desk during regular Museum hours excluding Saturdays Ticket Policies Ticket purchase for events at the Museum includes admission to the galleries on the day of the program Tickets are available on a first come first served basis Please note that seating is limited we recommend purchasing tickets in advance Ticket holders are encouraged to arrive promptly as seating is not guaranteed once a program has begun Tickets cannot be exchanged or refunded Related Events article data cycle speed 1000 data cycle swipe true data cycle timeout 0 Sun Nov 8 Sunday November 8 2015 8 30 PM Unorthodox On Curating Learn More Tue Nov 10 Tuesday November 10 2015 10 AM Unorthodox On Exhibitions Learn More Thu Nov 12 Thursday November 12 2015 6 30 PM Unorthodox On Art History Learn More Mon Nov 16 Monday November 16 2015 1 30 PM A Closer Look Gallery Talks Unorthodox Learn More Tue Nov 17 Tuesday November 17 2015 6 30 PM Unorthodox On Art I Erna Rosenstein Learn More Thu Nov 19 Thursday November 19 2015 6 PM Unorthodox On Art II Learn More Mon Nov 23 Monday November 23 2015 1 30 PM A Closer Look Gallery Talks Unorthodox Learn More Mon Nov 30 Monday November 30 2015 1 30 PM A Closer Look Gallery Talks Unorthodox Learn More Mon Dec 7 Monday December 7 2015 1

    Original URL path: http://thejewishmuseum.org/calendar/events/2016/02/29/a-closer-look-gallery-talks-unorthodox-02 (2016-02-14)
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  • The Jewish Museum - Unorthodox - On Philosophy
    View Tour Film Talk Event Member Corporate Access Family Teens Educators Exhibitions Special Hours Feb 14 What s on today Events 11 30 AM Sunday Art Discoveries 12 PM Dig Drop In 1 PM Found Objects Reimagined 1 30 PM Storybooks and Art Gallery Tours No tours today Unorthodox On Philosophy Talk Tuesday March 22 7 8 30 pm 92Y 1395 Lexington Avenue New York NY 10128 A conversation between Mark Edmundson and Michael Roth on the legacy of Sigmund Freud s The Future of an Illusion the polemical text that cautions against disillusionment derived from putting too much faith in ideals often associated with monotheism Mark Edmundson is Professor in the Department of English University of Virginia and Michael Roth is President of Wesleyan University Tickets 32 General 22 Members 15 Ages 35 under Purchase Tickets Add to Calendar Forward to Friends Print Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Ticket Information General Admission Tickets General Admission tickets are sold only at the Museum and valid for the day of visitation Program and Event Tickets By Phone Order by phone at 212 423 3337 on Monday through Thursday 10 am 5 pm and Friday 10 am 3 pm We accept Visa MasterCard and American Express Day of event phone sales close three 3 hours prior to the show If the show is sold out there will be a message on the box office line There is a 1 per ticket surcharge for credit card orders Online Orders are available through our online ticket vendor ACME Ticketing If you have technical difficulties please call 866 205 1322 Online ticket sales close four 4 hours prior to the event In Person Tickets can be purchased in person at the Museum s admission desk during regular Museum hours excluding Saturdays Ticket Policies Ticket purchase for events at the Museum includes admission to the galleries on the day of the program Tickets are available on a first come first served basis Please note that seating is limited we recommend purchasing tickets in advance Ticket holders are encouraged to arrive promptly as seating is not guaranteed once a program has begun Tickets cannot be exchanged or refunded Related Events article data cycle speed 1000 data cycle swipe true data cycle timeout 0 Sun Nov 8 Sunday November 8 2015 8 30 PM Unorthodox On Curating Learn More Tue Nov 10 Tuesday November 10 2015 10 AM Unorthodox On Exhibitions Learn More Thu Nov 12 Thursday November 12 2015 6 30 PM Unorthodox On Art History Learn More Mon Nov 16 Monday November 16 2015 1 30 PM A Closer Look Gallery Talks Unorthodox Learn More Tue Nov 17 Tuesday November 17 2015 6 30 PM Unorthodox On Art I Erna Rosenstein Learn More Thu Nov 19 Thursday November 19 2015 6 PM Unorthodox On Art II Learn More Mon Nov 23 Monday November 23 2015 1 30 PM A Closer Look Gallery Talks Unorthodox Learn More Mon Nov 30 Monday November 30 2015 1 30

    Original URL path: http://thejewishmuseum.org/calendar/events/2016/03/22/unorthodox-on-philosophy-032216 (2016-02-14)
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