Talks & Performances at the Jewish Museum Connect Audiences with Jewish Themes
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Talks & Performances at the Jewish Museum Connect Audiences with Jewish Themes

With its focused, thought-provoking art exhibitions, expansive collection of art and objects spanning 4,000 years, and historic home on Museum Mile, a visit to the Jewish Museum is always an enlightening experience. Talks & Performances, the Jewish Museum’s signature range of public programs, provides the opportunity for visitors to delve more deeply into exhibition themes—as well as topics related to the Jewish experience—through the perspectives of renowned artists, scholars, and performers.

Each season, the Museum offers a robust calendar of Talks & Performances, and the current one is no exception. Starting in February, a few of the season’s highlights are profiled below.

Thursday, February 13, 6:30 pm
Artist Talk and Book Signing
Rachel Feinstein
The Gertrude and David Fogelson Lecture

Contemporary artist Rachel Feinstein speaks on the occasion of her survey exhibition Maiden, Mother, Crone. This program will be followed by a book sale and signing of the companion monograph published by Rizzoli New York.

Tickets: $18 General, $15 Students and Seniors, $12 Jewish Museum Members

Thursday, February 27, 7:30 pm

Performance: Nicole Mitchell
Co-Presented with Bang on a Can

Nicole Mitchell’s trio Matape, with Val Jeanty and Chad Taylor, creates ancient future soundscapes informed by the African diaspora through flute, Afro-Electronica, and percussion.

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

Thursday, March 5, 6:30 pm

Lecture: Susannah Heschel
James L. Weinberg Distinguished Lecture

Susannah Heschel, Eli Black Professor of Jewish Studies, Dartmouth College, will examine Jewish understandings of diaspora versus exile and the internalization of exile as an existential experience.

The James L. Weinberg Distinguished Lecture is made possible by the Marshall M. Weinberg Fund, with additional support from Marshall M. Weinberg.

Tickets: $18 General; $15 Students and Seniors; $12 Jewish Museum Members

Thursday, March 26, 7 pm

Unpacking the Book: Jewish Writers in Conversation
Life—A Work in Progress
Co-presented with Jewish Book Council

Authors Josh Gondelman (Nice Try: Stories of Best Intentions and Mixed Results) and Rebecca Dinerstein Knight (Hex) speak with Stephanie Butnick, Tablet Magazine, on the funny, the unnerving, and the often quite serious business of being human today.

Tickets: Free; Advance RSVP Required

Thursday, April 2, 6:30 pm

Author Talk
James Young: The Stages of Memory

In conjunction with We Fight to Build A Free World: An Exhibition by Jonathan Horowitz, James Young discusses his most recent book, The Stages of Memory: Reflections on Memorial Art, Loss, and the Spaces Between, and reflects on his experiences as a juror for memorial competitions.

Tickets: $18 General; $15 Students and Seniors; $12 Jewish Museum Members

For a complete listing of Talks & Performances at the Jewish Museum, visit


Public Programs are made possible by endowment support from the William Petschek Family, the Trustees of the Salo W. and Jeannette M. Baron Foundation, Barbara and Benjamin Zucker, the late William W. Hallo, the late Susanne Hallo Kalem, the late Ruth Hallo Landman, the Marshall M. Weinberg Fund, with additional support from Marshall M. Weinberg, the Rita J. and Stanley H. Kaplan Family Foundation, Inc., the Saul and Harriet M. Rothkopf Family Foundation, and Ellen Liman. Additional support is provided from the estate of Gaby and Curtis Hereld, Dr. Kathryn T. Farley and Dr. Richard J. Lipton and through public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with City Council and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

About The Jewish Museum

Located on New York City’s famed Museum Mile, the Jewish Museum is a distinctive hub for art and Jewish culture for people of all backgrounds. Founded in 1904, the Museum was the first institution of its kind in the United States and is one of the oldest Jewish museums in the world. Devoted to exploring art and Jewish culture from ancient to contemporary, the Museum offers diverse exhibitions and programs, and maintains a unique collection of nearly 30,000 works of art, ceremonial objects, and media reflecting the global Jewish experience over more than 4,000 years.

Location: 1109 Fifth Avenue at 92nd Street, New York City

Hours: Saturday, Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday, 11 am to 5:45 pm; Thursday, 11 am to 8 pm; and Friday, 11 am to 4 pm.

Admission: $18.00 for adults, $12.00 for senior citizens, $8.00 for students, free for visitors 18 and under and Jewish Museum members. Free on Saturdays and select Jewish holidays.

Information: Call 212.423.3200 or visit