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Fall 2019 Season of Public Programs at the Jewish Museum

Jacob Lawrence, The Music Lesson, from the Harlem series, 1943. Gouache on paper. New Jersey State Museum, Trenton, FA1973.19 Artwork © The Jacob and Gwendolyn Knight Lawrence Foundation, Seattle / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

The Jewish Museum launches its fall 2019 season of public programs in October with lectures, panel discussions, performances, adult studio workshops, and more.

Highlights include a panel discussion on American art today and politics with contemporary artists Mike Cloud, Louis Fratino, and Tschabalala Self on November 7; and performances featuring Theo Bleckmann on November 14 and Dynasty Handbag on November 21.

Author Talk: Julie Orringer
Thursday, October 24, 6:30 pm
Co-presented with Jewish Book Council
Tickets: $18 General; $15 Students and Seniors; $12 Jewish Museum Members
Julie Orringer will discuss her new book, The Flight Portfolio. Set in occupied Europe during World War II, this historical novel is based on the true story of Varian Fry’s extraordinary attempt to save the work, and the lives, of Jewish artists fleeing the Holocaust.

Dialogue and Discourse: Abraham and Isaac Interpreted
Monday, October 28, 11:30 am
Tickets: $18 General; $15 Students and Seniors; $12 Jewish Museum Members
Rabbi Elliot Cosgrove, Park Avenue Synagogue, Rabbi David Ingber, Romemu Synagogue, and Dr. Amy Kalmanofsky, Jewish Theological Seminary, explore artist George Segal’s use of biblical allegory in his 1978 sculpture Abraham and Isaac, currently on view in Scenes from the Collection, the Jewish Museum’s collection exhibition.

Adult Studio Workshop: Drawing Connections: Fantasy and the Figure
Wednesday, November 6, 2 pm–5 pm
Course Fee: $30 General; $25 Jewish Museum Members; all materials included; all skill levels welcome
This workshop takes place in the exhibition Rachel Feinstein: Maiden, Mother, Crone while the galleries are closed to the public. Guided by Museum educators, participants will create sketches focusing on themes found in the exhibition such as figuration, identity, and cultural binaries.

Dialogue and Discourse: What is American Painting Now?
Thursday, November 7, 6:30 pm
Tickets: $10 General; $5 Students, Seniors, and Jewish Museum Members
Inspired by the exhibition Edith Halpert and the Rise of American Art, artists Mike Cloud, Louis Fratino, and Tschabalala Self contemplate contemporary American painting in a panel moderated by writer and critic Martha Schwendener.

This Is How We Do It: Edith Halpert and the Rise of American Art
Tuesday, November 12, 11:30 am
Tickets: $18 General; $15 Students and Seniors; $12 Jewish Museum Members
Rebecca Shaykin, Associate Curator at the Jewish Museum, shares her research on the life of pioneering art gallerist Edith Halpert, who helped launch the careers of many icons of American modernism including Stuart Davis, Jacob Lawrence, Georgia O’Keeffe, Ben Shahn, and Charles Sheeler.

Concert: Theo Bleckmann Performs Hello Earth! The Music of Kate Bush
Thursday, November 14, 7:30 pm
Co-presented with Bang on a Can
Tickets: $20 General; $16 Students and Seniors; $12 Jewish Museum Members
Grammy nominated composer and jazz singer Theo Bleckmann takes on the songbook of British pop icon Kate Bush. Joining him on stage are his long-time collaborator, percussionist Ben Wittman, bassist Chris Tarry, and keyboardist Henry Hey, along with Caleb Burhans on viola, guitar, and laptop. Presented in conjunction with the exhibitions Edith Halpert and the Rise of American Art and Rachel Feinstein: Maiden, Mother, Crone.

Adult Studio Workshop: Modern Strategies for Storytelling in Paint
Sunday, November 17, 1 pm–5 pm
Course Fee: $120 General; $100 Jewish Museum Members; all materials included; all skill levels welcome
In this painting workshop taught by artist Jaqueline Cedar, participants combine abstract and figurative methods of telling a story in acrylic paint. Following close study of works by Georgia O’Keeffe, Stuart Davis, and Jacob Lawrence on view in the exhibition Edith Halpert and the Rise of American Art, students will be guided towards their own modern visual vocabularies.

Dynasty Handbag presents Weirdo Night
Co-presented with the 2019 Performa Biennial
Thursday, November 21, 7:30 pm
Tickets: $15 Advance; $18 Day of Program
Dynasty Handbag (aka Jibz Cameron) returns to the Jewish Museum to host an evening of experimental performance featuring comedian Lorelei Ramirez, vocalist Like A Villain, drag performers CHRISTEENE and MINIVAN, performance artist and actor Sacha Yanow, and DANCE-Y-OKE (live dance karaoke). Presented in conjunction with the exhibitions Edith Halpert and the Rise of American Art and Rachel Feinstein: Maiden, Mother, Crone, which will be on view with extended gallery hours.

This Is How We Do It: Zodiac
Tuesday, December 10, 2 pm
Free with Museum Admission; RSVP Recommended
Senior Curator Claudia Nahson leads a behind-the-scenes gallery talk of the new exhibition Signs and Symbols: Zodiac, opening November 15 in Scenes from the Collection.

Gallery Talks
Select Fridays at 2 pm
Free with Museum Admission; RSVP Recommended
Thematic explorations of select works of art in Edith Halpert and the Rise of American Art.

Cubism Comes to America
Fridays, November 1 and 22

The American Landscape
Fridays, November 8 and December 6

America: Insiders and Outsiders
Fridays, November 15 and December 13

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