Jacob and His Twelve Sons: Paintings from Auckland Castle
A majestic series of 13 paintings that depict life-size figures of the patriarch Jacob and his 12 sons by the Spanish Golden Age master Francisco de Zurbarán. Through April 22, Frick Collection, 1 E. 70th St., frick.org.
Herbert Ferber / Mark Rothko
An exhibition of the paintings of Mark Rothko and the sculpture of Herbert Ferber, both of whom were at the forefront of American Abstract Expressionism and were both Jewish. Feb. 20-April 14. David Zwirner, 34 E. 69th St., davidzwirner.com.
The 1938 Projekt: 80 Years Since 1938
A new website and exhibition explore the dramatic events of 1938 from the perspectives of ordinary people, through letters, diaries and photographs saved by German Jews and their families. Feb. 27-Nov. 8, Leo Baeck institute, 15 W. 16th St., lbi.org.
Before the Fall: German and Austrian Art of the 1930s
Nearly 150 paintings and works on paper show how artists foreshadowed, reflected and experienced the beginning of World War II. The works of several Jewish artists are featured, including Felix Nussbaum, represented here by his searing 1940 work, “Self-Portrait in the Camp.” March 8-May 28, Neue Galerie, 1048 Fifth Ave., Neue.galerie.org.
Redefining: 10 Fountain House Gallery Artists Living and Working with Mental Illness
Showcases works by artists exhibiting at Fountain House Gallery and Studio, a nonprofit art program that provides an environment in which artists living with mental illness can express their creative visions, exhibit their work and challenge the stigma that often surrounds mental illness. Opens March 8, Laurie M. Tisch Gallery at the Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan, 334 Amsterdam Ave. at 76th Street, jccmanhattan.org.
Marc Camille Chaimowicz: Your Place or Mine…
The French artist’s first solo museum exhibition in the U.S. will present Chaimowicz’s cross-disciplinary work in sculpture, painting, video, collage, installation and design made over his nearly 50-year career, including commissions newly created for the occasion. March 16-Aug. 5, The Jewish Museum, Fifth Avenue at 92nd Street, Jewishmuseum.org.
Leonard Bernstein at 100
In honor of the musician/conductor’s centennial, the exhibition includes more than 150 photographs, personal items, papers, scores, correspondence, costumes, furniture and films. Through March 24, New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, 40 Lincoln Center Plaza, nypl.org.
Romance and Reason: Islamic Transformations of the Classical Past
Organized in partnership with the National Library of Israel and featuring 24 illuminated manuscripts from its collection. Explores Islamic representations of classical historical figures and Islamic interpretations of Greek medicine, mathematics, astronomy, astrology and philosophy through manuscripts dating from the 11th through 18th centuries from Iran, Afghanistan, India and Turkey. Through May 13, Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, 15 E. 84th St., isaw.nyu.edu/exhibitions.
Chaim Soutine: Flesh
This Jewish Museum show features approximately 30 paintings by the early 20th-century Expressionist painter that highlight his interest in depicting slaughtered animals. May 4-Sept. 16, The Jewish Museum, 92nd Street and Fifth Avenue, thejewishmuseum.org.