15 Mar 2008 In: Artists, March 16-20

Shin shin Agam

Thank you to Rabbi Yehuda Sarna

Uncle Bob’s Variety Show

15 Mar 2008 In: Artists

I encourage you wholeheartedly to check out Uncle Bob’s Variety Show! The talk show that is all about endurance —- runs on & on Sunday, March 23 from 12pm-3pm. Inspired by the archival footage researched at the Jewish Museum’s Media Center (thanks to Andrew Ingall), our show is part Milton Berle’s Buick Hour / part David Susskind Show addressing “How to Be a Jewish Son” / part Seinfeld episode: Kramer finds the Merv Griffin set / part “Your Mama Don’t Dance”. Our line up includes a cast of EXTRAORDINARY GROUP of ECLECTIC EVERYBODYs. Folks who will display their talents, brilliance, and wares, and then sit down for a bagel, a schmear, and some real-time conversation. Our guests include:

  • Ethel Chen, President of American Chinese Women’s Association and TV Producer of the Ethel Chen Show.
  • Arthur Cohen, a NY painter with works at the Whitney Museum and the Dallas Musuem of Art
  • Dr. Neal Hoffman, the medical director of a network of school-based health centers in the Bronx that provides access to primary care and mental health services to Bronx school children.
  • Tarique Williams, who is 11 years old and wants to be a Pediatrician although his parents want him to be a banker.
  • Sterling Hudson, the director of the feature length documentary, Mulatto: Mixed Race in America
  • Steven Ben Israel, stand-up comedian, former member of The Living Theater, and winner of a 2007 Obie Award
  • Baba Israel, Steven Israel’s son, a Hip Hop artist, street performer, and art educator
  • Patricia Lewy, the multilingual proprietor of Gentle Souls: Loving & Reliable Animal Care
  • Ruth Beesch, the Deputy Director for Programs at the Jewish Museum and an amateur equestrian.
  • Pamela Sneed, award winning performance poet, actress, and author
  • Glenn Marla, winner of the Miss Lower East Side Title in 2006, and described by the NY Times as “an obese transvestite in tights”
  • Christine De La Rosa, a Southern, Latina techno-geek, queer, dyke, lesbian, Femme living in Texas who works to promote awareness in the queer community
  • Tommy Mintz, who has toured Manhattan Island with ulcerative colitis, and invented the NYC Public Toilet Map (which will be sold for the first time ever to our audience at the Uncle Bob Variety Show)
  • Sophie Mintz, flamenco dancer fabulosa and an ergocise specialist
  • Bobby Aduna, founder of Chrysalis Flower Essences and a frequent presenter on The Gary Null Show
  • Maureen Connor, a NY installation artist who has explored gender and its modes of representation since the 197os.
  • Erin Riley-Lopez, Assistant Curator at the Bronx Museum of the Arts and tap dancer extraordinaire.
  • Joanna Montoya, Curatorial Program Coordinator at The Jewish Museum and former classmate of Erin Riley-Lopez.
  • Nicole Caruth, Interpretive Materials Manager at The Brooklyn Museum and the founder of Contemporary Confections.blogspot.com. Former classmate of Erin and Joanna.
  • Stephanie Abrams, Bob’s daughter and Danielle and Lauren Abrams’ mother. She is a yoga instructor and part-time guidance counselor.
  • Eddie Abrams, a retiree from the US Postal Service and Teamsters Union. An up and coming painter with a flair for controversy.
  • Lauren Abrams, Uncle Bob’s sister loves reading, Central Park, the beach, snowboarding and bike riding.
  • Gary Belkin, Uncle Bob’s son, who is a professor and former psychotherapist.

…and anybody else who we meet before the show! Don’t miss out.

And come and have a one-on-one exchange with Bob at the Purim Party, Thursday, March 20 at 9pm. Bob’s personal paparazzo (Tommy Mintz) will be in tow taking snapshots and printing out YOUR PHOTO with Uncle BobUncle Bob and Erin Riley Lopez (photo taken by Tommy Mintz)

Exhibition Designed

12 Mar 2008 In: Exhibition Design

Display Canyon


Display Canyon

Display Canyon


Pedestal Mountains

Pedestal Mountains

Pedestal Mountains

Pedestal Mountains

Pedestal Mountains






Pixilated Mattress

Pixilated Mattress

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Alicia Jo Rabins and her acoustic ensemble will offer a live musical tour of the museum’s permanent exhibition Culture and Continuity: The Jewish Journey, highlighting objects that resonate with Girls in Trouble themes.

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3/16 Poetry Slam

9 Mar 2008 In: Event Descriptions, March 16-20


4-5:00 pm, Sunday, March 16

Curated by Matthue Roth in Offit Lounge featuring Alicia Jo Rabins, Steve Dalachinsky, Dan Sieradski, and Jake Marmer. Read the rest of this entry »

6:15 pm, Thursday, March 20

3/20 LoVid Performance

9 Mar 2008 In: Event Descriptions, March 16-20

picture1-small.jpg7:30 – 8 pm, Heller gallery (2nd floor)

Artist team LoVid performs live in Heller gallery, followed by a discussion with the artists.

LoVid is Tali Hinkis and Kyle Lapidus, who live in New York and work in live video installations, sculptures, digital prints, patchworks, performances, and other media projects. They have performed and exhibited their work at the Art Institute of Chicago, Eyebeam, Exit Art, The Kitchen, PS1, Neuberger Museum of Art, and New Museum of Contemporary Art.

8 – 10 pm,
Thursday, March 20, Offit Lounge

Beat the crowds and prepare for Pink Hamentashen with some fun pre-party activities, including mask decorating and make-up station with drag queen Jacqueline Jonee.

The Pink Hamentashen Purim party starts at 9 pm. Open vodka bar (21+) generously sponsored by Christiania Vodka.

9 pm – Midnight, Thursday, March 20

Pink Hamentashen queer-themed Purim party and concert featuring Socalled and his Band of Misfits, Bindlestiff Family Circus, and Dazzle Dancers. Special appearance by Danielle Abrams as Uncle Bob. Open vodka bar (21+) generously sponsored by Christiania Vodka. logo_christiania-vodka-small-4.jpg

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Danielle Abrams will perform the character “Uncle Bob” in a variety/talk show in the Museum’s Scheuer Auditorium.  Uncle Bob is based on Abrams’s grandfather, a social director (”tummler”) at a Jewish community in the Catskills and also reflects the artist’s multiple identities: a black, Jewish, butch lesbian granddaughter.  Guests on “The Uncle Bob Show” may include an opera singer, a flower essence specialist, a challah baker, and Museum staff with special talents or skills.

Danielle Abrams is a performance artist of Jewish and African-American descent who has presented her work at the Bronx Museum of Art, the Queens Museum of Art, Brooklyn Arts Exchange, WOW Cafe, Dixon Place, The Kitchen, Galapagos, and at Ladyfest East. Abrams is a New York Foundation of the Arts Fellow and has been awarded by the Urban Artist Initiative. Lisa Bloom wrote about her work in Jewish Identities in U.S. Feminist Art: Ghosts of Ethnicity (Routledge 2006).

This 2-week open studio project features 11 artists in fashion, music, performance art and video. One regular admission ticket gets you in Sunday - Thursday to watch works-in-progress, meet artists, and attend concerts, salons, runway show, poetry slam, and parties.

March 16-27, 2008
Sun-Wed 11am-5:45pm, Thu 11am-Midnight

Buy tickets
Week 1: March 16 - 20
Week 2: March 23 - 27
One regular admission gets you in all week to watch works in progress, meet artists, attend parties, and more.

The Jewish Museum
1109 Fifth Avenue at 92nd Street
New York, NY 10128

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