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The Jewish Museum is a distinctive hub for art as well as for Jewish culture for people from all backgrounds. Founded in 1904, the Museum was the first institution of its kind in the United States, and it is one of the oldest Jewish Museums in the world. Our founder was a member of The Jewish Museum Council and the Museum’s Fine Arts Acquisitions Committee, and looked for opportunities for the Museum to both further its reach and secure its’ future by solidifying the exhibition program. For many years, the Jerome L. Greene Foundation has been a mainstay for The Jewish Museum’s exhibition program, providing support for a number of signature projects that have forged the Museum’s reputation as a venue for distinctive exhibitions.

In addition to New York: 1962-1964, the endowment has funded Modigliani Unmasked (2017) Action/Abstraction: Pollock, de Kooning, and American Art, 1940-1976 (2008); Edouard Vuillard: A Painter and His Muses, 1890-1940 (2012); Chagall: Love, War, and Exile (2013); Modigliani: Beyond the Myth (2008) Helena Rubenstein: Beauty is Power (2014); Pierre Chareau: Modern Architecture and Design (2016); Camille Pissarro: Impressionist Innovator (1995); An Expressionist in Paris: The Paintings of Chaim Soutine (1998); Sarah Bernhardt: The Art of High Drama (2005); and Alias Man Ray: The Art of Reinvention (2009).

The Jewish Museum Examines Key Moment in the Cultural Life of NYC

Kenneth Noland Spread, 1958 Oil on canvas 117 x 117 in. (297.2 x 297.2 cm) Grey Art Gallery, New York University Art Collection, New York, NY.Gift of William S. Rubin (1964.20) © The Kenneth Noland Foundation / Licensed by VAGA at Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY

The Jewish Museum exhibitionNew York: 1962-1964 is open through January 8, 2023.


The Foundation is pleased to support this exhibition, which explores a pivotal three-year period in the history of art and culture in New York City, when an influential director of the Museum named Alan Solomon organized ambitious exhibitions that included the first-ever retrospective of Robert Rauschenberg as well as Jasper Johns. Solomon was asked to oversee the United States Pavilion of the Venice Biennale in 1964, and brought with him both Rauschenberg and Johns, as well as their peers John Chamberlain, Jim Dine, Morris Louis, Kenneth Noland, Claes Oldenburg, and Frank Stella. What resulted was Rauschenberg being awarded the Biennale’s International Grand Prize in painting, and the subsequent shift in emphasis from Europe to America, cementing New York’s position as the center of the art world for subsequent decades.

This important exhibition is the last project conceived and curated by the renowned curator and critic Germano Celant, who passed away in 2020. The exhibition and accompanying catalogue have been developed by Studio Celant according to his curatorial vision in close collaboration with The Jewish Museum. For more information, click here.

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