The Jewish Museum,
The Jewish Museum is presenting See the Light(s): Hanukkah 2011. This annual celebration features exhibitions of Hanukkah menorahs from the Museum's extensive collection, eclectic music, family festivities, and more. Highlights include an installation of Hanukkah lamps selected by the renowned author and illustrator Maurice Sendak; Frank London's Klezmer Brass Band Allstars in concert on December 27; a Hanukkah Family Day on December 18; and family concerts by The Macaroons on December 25. Other special exhibitions on view include: The Snowy Day and the Art of Ezra Jack Keats and The Radical Camera: New York's Photo League, 1936-1951. Hanukkah begins at sundown on Tuesday, December 20 and continues until sundown on Wednesday, December 28, 2011.
A guide to Hanukkah at The Jewish Museum can be found online at www.TheJewishMuseum.org/Hanukkah2011. Visitors to the site can take an online tour of the menorahs in An Artist Remembers: Hanukkah Lamps Selected by Maurice Sendak, buy tickets to Hanukkah concerts, plan a visit, learn about Hanukkah in an educator resource and fun holiday family feature, send a Hanukkah e-card to friends and family, shop for Hanukkah gifts, give a gift of a Jewish Museum membership, and more. The public can celebrate the holiday by signing up to receive eight daily Hanukkah e-mails by visiting TheJewishMuseum.org/Enews and selecting Hanukkah. Each e-mail will feature an image of a beautiful Hanukkah lamp from the Museum's collection, fun facts, special offers and other Unique Features.
In addition, Lox at Café Weissman will offer a special Hanukkah menu featuring classic paper thin potato latkes with sour cream and applesauce; sufganiyot (donuts) filled with apricot, hazelnut or mixed fruit jam; Napoleon-style layered latkes with house sour cream, dill sauce and lox; and homemade house cheesecake.
The Jewish Museum Shops sell Museum reproductions, distinctive Jewish ceremonial objects for every holiday, exhibition catalogues and related merchandise, jewelry, stationery, Jewish books and music, and gifts related to art and Jewish culture. The Jewish Museum Design Shop, Celebrations, also offers ketubbot (marriage contracts) and a gift registry. For Hanukkah, a large selection of menorahs, dreidels, holiday books, music and gifts, as well as Hanukkah candles, will be on sale. New this year is a limited edition adaptation of a Hanukkah lamp from the Museum's collection, designed in Vienna between 1919 and 1928 by Karl Hagenauer, available at an introductory price of $225 through December 31. The original Hagenauer menorah is on view in the exhibition, An Artist Remembers: Hanukkah Lamps Selected by Maurice Sendak.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
December 2, 2011 – January 29, 2012
An Artist Remembers: Hanukkah Lamps Selected by Maurice Sendak
An Artist Remembers features thirty-three Hanukkah lamps of varied eras and styles, chosen by renowned author and illustrator Maurice Sendak from The Jewish Museum's extensive collection. This highly personal selection of lamps, many never before exhibited, echoes the quality of line and depth of emotion that define Sendak's work. This exhibition also includes two original drawings for Zlateh the Goat and Other Stories (1966) and In Grandpa's House (1985), and audio excerpts of a conversation between Maurice Sendak and Jewish Museum curators Susan Braunstein and Claudia Nahson recorded as he picked out the works for the exhibition. The lamps Sendak found most compelling and poignant are those that "go right to the heart," whose "beauty is contained." Yet his sense of humor was never far from the surface: as he made his choices he often free-associated, whimsically recalling old movies and Catskills family vacations. Above all, he was guided by his sensibility as an artist and author. The lamps on view reflect the diversity of the Museum's collection ranging from an early 20th century lamp, created in the well-known Hagenauer Workshops, with spiral elements and flower buds characteristic of the Viennese Art Nouveau, to an 18th century piece from Frankfurt am Main, Germany, decorated with two smiling lions supporting a heart and topped by a large stork. Lamps from Austria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Galicia, Germany, Israel, Italy, Netherlands, Poland, Russia, Ukraine, and the United States are included.