Mel Bochner, Amazing, 2011. Artwork © Mel Bochner

In 1964, the young artist Mel Bochner, who had just arrived in New York from Pittsburgh, visited the Jewish Museum to see Jasper Johns’s “White Flag.” At the museum, he ran into a former classmate from Carnegie Tech, who was working at the museum as a guard. Bochner was unemployed and looking for work, and he asked his friend whether there might there be a position for him, too. A guard had quit the day before, his friend said, so Bochner may as well inquire at the office on his way out. He did, and was hired that day. (Years later, Bochner learned that the guard he’d replaced was Brice Marden.)

Read more from The New Yorker’s discussion with artist Mel Bochner about the exhibition Strong Language, on view through September 21, here.
Mel Bochner, Amazing, 2011. Artwork © Mel Bochner

In 1964, the young artist Mel Bochner, who had just arrived in New York from Pittsburgh, visited the Jewish Museum to see Jasper Johns’s “White Flag.” At the museum, he ran into a former classmate from Carnegie Tech, who was working at the museum as a guard. Bochner was unemployed and looking for work, and he asked his friend whether there might there be a position for him, too. A guard had quit the day before, his friend said, so Bochner may as well inquire at the office on his way out. He did, and was hired that day. (Years later, Bochner learned that the guard he’d replaced was Brice Marden.)

Read more from The New Yorker’s discussion with artist Mel Bochner about the exhibition Strong Language, on view through September 21, here.

Mel Bochner, Amazing, 2011. Artwork © Mel Bochner

In 1964, the young artist Mel Bochner, who had just arrived in New York from Pittsburgh, visited the Jewish Museum to see Jasper Johns’s “White Flag.” At the museum, he ran into a former classmate from Carnegie Tech, who was working at the museum as a guard. Bochner was unemployed and looking for work, and he asked his friend whether there might there be a position for him, too. A guard had quit the day before, his friend said, so Bochner may as well inquire at the office on his way out. He did, and was hired that day. (Years later, Bochner learned that the guard he’d replaced was Brice Marden.)

Read more from The New Yorker’s discussion with artist Mel Bochner about the exhibition Strong Language, on view through September 21, here.

"The strokes in my paintings speak of my life and experiences." Happy Birthday to painter Joan Snyder, born April 16, 1940. She painted Hard Sweetness in 1971, the same year she launched the women’s exhibition series at Douglass College, Rutgers University.
"The strokes in my paintings speak of my life and experiences." Happy Birthday to painter Joan Snyder, born April 16, 1940. She painted Hard Sweetness in 1971, the same year she launched the women’s exhibition series at Douglass College, Rutgers University.
"The strokes in my paintings speak of my life and experiences." Happy Birthday to painter Joan Snyder, born April 16, 1940. She painted Hard Sweetness in 1971, the same year she launched the women’s exhibition series at Douglass College, Rutgers University.

"The strokes in my paintings speak of my life and experiences." Happy Birthday to painter Joan Snyder, born April 16, 1940. 

She painted Hard Sweetness in 1971, the same year she launched the women’s exhibition series at Douglass College, Rutgers University.

Painter Alice Neel was born today in 1900. Her depiction of art historian Meyer Schapiro (from our collection) stands at the end of a long line of psychologically penetrating portraits. By isolating her sitters in the comfortable setting of her studio and applying an expressive use of color, Neel sought to capture the individual characteristics of the public personalities that peopled her bohemia. http://ow.ly/h6STG
Painter Alice Neel was born today in 1900. Her depiction of art historian Meyer Schapiro (from our collection) stands at the end of a long line of psychologically penetrating portraits. By isolating her sitters in the comfortable setting of her studio and applying an expressive use of color, Neel sought to capture the individual characteristics of the public personalities that peopled her bohemia. http://ow.ly/h6STG

Painter Alice Neel was born today in 1900. Her depiction of art historian Meyer Schapiro (from our collection) stands at the end of a long line of psychologically penetrating portraits. By isolating her sitters in the comfortable setting of her studio and applying an expressive use of color, Neel sought to capture the individual characteristics of the public personalities that peopled her bohemia. http://ow.ly/h6STG

"Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better."-Albert Einstein #TuBShevat starts tonight. 

Samuel Halpert, Trees, 1917. Oil on canvas. The Jewish Museum, New York.
"Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better."-Albert Einstein #TuBShevat starts tonight. 

Samuel Halpert, Trees, 1917. Oil on canvas. The Jewish Museum, New York.

"Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better."-Albert Einstein #TuBShevat starts tonight. 


Samuel Halpert, Trees1917. Oil on canvas. The Jewish Museum, New York.


Argentinean artist Guillermo Kuitca was born today in 1961. This painting, Untitled, from our collection addresses Kuitca’s position as an artist of Jewish background in overwhelmingly Catholic country. The tensely juxtaposed symbols - the menorah and the cross - intensify the highly charged psychology of the vacant stage set, evoking feelings of angst, emptiness, and loss. 
Argentinean artist Guillermo Kuitca was born today in 1961. This painting, Untitled, from our collection addresses Kuitca’s position as an artist of Jewish background in overwhelmingly Catholic country. The tensely juxtaposed symbols - the menorah and the cross - intensify the highly charged psychology of the vacant stage set, evoking feelings of angst, emptiness, and loss. 

Argentinean artist Guillermo Kuitca was born today in 1961. This painting, Untitled, from our collection addresses Kuitca’s position as an artist of Jewish background in overwhelmingly Catholic country. The tensely juxtaposed symbols - the menorah and the cross - intensify the highly charged psychology of the vacant stage set, evoking feelings of angst, emptiness, and loss. 

"I must find something clear, stable and peaceful within myself." Eva Hesse was born today in 1936.

Eva Hesse, Untitled, 1963-64, oil on canvas. The Jewish Museum, New York
"I must find something clear, stable and peaceful within myself." Eva Hesse was born today in 1936.

Eva Hesse, Untitled, 1963-64, oil on canvas. The Jewish Museum, New York

"I must find something clear, stable and peaceful within myself." Eva Hesse was born today in 1936.


Eva Hesse, Untitled, 1963-64, oil on canvas. The Jewish Museum, New York

A colorful work from the collection for a dreary NYC morning… Menashe Kadishman, Untitled, 1981
A colorful work from the collection for a dreary NYC morning… Menashe Kadishman, Untitled, 1981

A colorful work from the collection for a dreary NYC morning… Menashe Kadishman, Untitled, 1981

Painter Morris Louis was born today, November 28, 1912. 
From the collection: Morris Louis, Marcella and Joe Went Walking, 1950. Oil on canvas. The Jewish Museum, New York. Gift of Ruth Bocour in memory of Leonard Bocour, 1994-637 © 1950 Morris Louis
Painter Morris Louis was born today, November 28, 1912. 
From the collection: Morris Louis, Marcella and Joe Went Walking, 1950. Oil on canvas. The Jewish Museum, New York. Gift of Ruth Bocour in memory of Leonard Bocour, 1994-637 © 1950 Morris Louis

Painter Morris Louis was born today, November 28, 1912. 

From the collection: Morris Louis, Marcella and Joe Went Walking, 1950. Oil on canvas. The Jewish Museum, New York. Gift of Ruth Bocour in memory of Leonard Bocour, 1994-637 © 1950 Morris Louis

In honor of artist Alex Katz’s birthday, enjoy "Untitiled", a summery landscape scene from our collection:
In honor of artist Alex Katz’s birthday, enjoy "Untitiled", a summery landscape scene from our collection:

In honor of artist Alex Katz’s birthday, enjoy "Untitiled", a summery landscape scene from our collection: