The Visual Arts List


Bill Graham and the Rock & Roll Revolution

The life and times of Bill Graham, who came to America as a German-Jewish refugee at the age of 11 and as an adult transformed the American rock scene, opening the Fillmore East in 1968 and working with the Rolling Stones, the Grateful Dead, Jimi Hendrix and many others. Through Aug. 23, New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West,

City/Game: Basketball in New York

Like bagels and yellow cabs, basketball is woven tightly into the city’s fabric. This show traces the game’s impact on the city — from the early days (when the “city game” was Jewish) to Kareem and Clyde Frazier and beyond. Through Jan. 3, 2021, Museum of the City of New York, Fifth Avenue at 103rd Street,

Refuge in the Heights: The German Jews of Washington Heights

A portrait of the community of German-Jewish refugees in Washington Heights. Through July 31, Leo Baeck Institute, 15 W. 16th St.,

Madame D’Ora. Features the work and life of the Austrian Jewish fashion and portrait photographer Dora Kallmus (1881-1963), better known to her chic, glamorous clientele as Madame d’Ora. Opens Feb. 20 through June 8, Neue Galerie, 86 th Street and Fifth Avenue,

We Fight to Build a Free World:
An Exhibition by Jonathan Horowitz

Presents artists’ responses to social injustice from the early 20th century to now, featuring works by Horowitz as well as Huma Bhabha, Robert Colescott, Adrian Piper, Ben Shahn, Kara Walker, Andy Warhol, Max Weber and others. Opens March 20 through Aug. 2, The Jewish Museum, 92nd Street and Fifth Avenue,

Rendering Witness: Holocaust-Era Art as Testimony

An extraordinary selection of artwork by victims of the Holocaust, many of them created, in secret, while they were confined in the ghettoes or concentration camps. Although the works survived, many of the artists did not.  The Museum of Jewish Heritage collection was made during and immediately after the Holocaust in Czechoslovakia, Germany, Hungary and Poland. Through July 5, Museum of Jewish Heritage, 36 Battery Pl.,

Nosotros. Latino artists present work that reflects the shared roots of Jewish and Latino communities. Through May 31, American Sephardi Federation, 15 W. 16th St.,

From A(gam) to Z(aritsky): Highlights of Israeli
Art from YU Museum’s Collection Includes works by Moshe Tamir, Reuven Rubin, Michael Gross and Debbie Kampel. Through July 12, Yeshiva University Museum, 15 W. 16th St.,

Hello Gorgeous. A tribute to Barbra Streisand.

Through June 30, Bernard Museum of Judaica, Temple Emanu-El, 1 E. 65th St.,

Long-running Exhibitions:

Rachel Feinstein: Maiden, Mother, Crone

The sculptor, who grew up in Miami, creates fantastical and often highly sexualized pieces that probe notions of “the feminine” in pop culture. This show marks the first survey of her work in the U.S. Through March 1, The Jewish Museum, Fifth Avenue and 92nd Street,

Auschwitz. Not Long Ago. Not Far Away. The large-scale show explores the history of the death camp and its role in the Holocaust. Through Aug. 30, Museum of Jewish Heritage, 36 Battery Place,

Relative Relations. Seventy artists explore human connections shaped by genetics, proximity, interests and shared destiny. Through June 30, Dr. Bernard Heller Museum at HUC-JIR, 1 W. Fourth St.,

Russ & Daughters: An Appetizing Story

Chronicles the Jewish experience on the Lower East Side through the family appetizing business. Through July 1, American Jewish Historical Society, 15 W. 16th St.,