Friday, August 4, 2017

Scenes from the Collection opening in January at the Jewish Museum

Marriage Contract. Pisa (Italy), 1721. Ink and paint on parchment, 24 × 18 15/16 in. (61 × 48.1 cm). The Jewish Museum, New York, Gift of Dr. Harry G. Friedman, F 3547
NEW YORK---Opening early 2018, the Jewish Museum’s new collection display will feature more than 650 works from antiquities to contemporary art — many of which will be on view for the first time. The collection spans 4,000 years of Jewish culture through nearly 30,000 objects, including painting, sculpture, photography, decorative arts, ceremonial objects, antiquities, works on paper, and media. The exhibition will also be flexible, with four scenes changing annually, and one changing every six months, so that different subjects can be examined while more of the collection is on view. The stories the works of art tell will illuminate multiple perspectives on being Jewish in the past and present, how Jewish culture intersects with art and the art world, and how it is part of the larger world of global interconnections.

Nicole Eisenman, Seder, 2010. Oil on canvas, 39 1/16 × 48 in. (99.2 × 121.9 cm). The Jewish Museum, New York, Purchase: Lore Ross Bequest; Milton and Miriam Handler Endowment Fund; and Fine Arts Acquisitions Committee Fund, 2011-3. © Nicole Eisenman