If you have been following my blog then you know that I try to take walks in many neighborhoods. In previous articles, I have mentioned that there are times during the week when museums are either free or pay-as-you-wish. Also, there are some that are “donations”.
Today, I visited the Jewish Museum on East 90th Street and 5th Avenue during a Saturday afternoon.
It is a smallish museum that gets overlooked – but definitely visit if you enjoy history, art and culture. The first 2 floors usually display current exhibitions while the upper floors house the permanent exhibition which has more artifacts related to Jewish heritage and history. The exhibits are very informative and interesting even if you’re not Jewish. Since the exhibit is presented in chronological order, start at the beginning on the fourth floor and walk your way down through time.
Since I encourage you to find, on your own, interesting things – the following is but a glimpse of what is in the Museum.
Nicole Eisenman’s Seder
Masterpieces & Curiosities and Repetition and Difference
This is a small exhibition where each portrait is activated by kaleidoscopic lighting. The models have preternaturally large, sparkling eyes that are painted on their closed lids, a well-known Doll Girls technique, and stare out at the visitor with an uncanny, alien gaze.