The Sassoons and After ‘The Wild’: Contemporary Art from The Barnett and Annalee Newman Foundation Collection – The Jewish Museum
The two latest shows from The Jewish Museum are an engaging mix of world history, family connections, and contemporary viewpoints that are a trademark of the institution. In The Sassoons (March 3 – August 13, 2023), visitors explore the stories from four generations of an internationally renowned family, starting with David Sassoon, an Iraqi Jew who resettled in India. His efforts, along with his adult children’s contributions, eventually created an internationally known business dealing in everything from the opium trade to textiles. The objects on display bring to life the interests of following generations as they balanced their faith with the outside world, while also pursuing a distinct vision of exceptional aesthetic standards in such areas as Asian art and Old Masters.
The selected works in After ‘The Wild’: Contemporary Art from The Barnett and Annalee Newman Foundation Collection (March 24 – October 1, 2023) are part of a larger 2018 gift and feature pieces from grant winners of the Foundation. A mix of familiar and unknown names are on display, creating an interesting dialog between the many points of view. In addition, the wall talkers do an excellent job of explaining each artist’s interests, technique, and background, giving viewers useful insights into the creative process behind the objects.
The Jewish Museum, 1109 Fifth Avenue (at 92nd Street), Hours: Thur: 11-8, Fri – Mon: 11-6, Admission: Adults: $18, Seniors over 65 years of age: $12, Students (with ID): $8, Children 18 years and younger: Free, Visitors with disabilities and their caregiver: Free, SNAP/EBT cardholders: Free, Members: Free. On Saturdays admission is free to all visitors.