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Richard Avedon: Family Affairs  
From the Collection of the Israel Museum, Jerusalem.
April 1 - August 2, 2015
 Avedon Ginsberg

Avedon’s striking fashion photography and minimalist, emotion-filled portraiture broke boundaries and, for nearly a half century, helped define Americans’ perceptions of beauty, politics, and power. This exhibition, for which NMAJH will be the only U.S. venue, unites two seminal bodies of work by the influential American Jewish photographer: a series of four portrait murals inspired by the revolutionary atmosphere of the 1960s and early 1970s, and a series of 69 portraits entitled The Family, originally published in Rolling Stone magazine on the eve of the 1976 election.

Get some insight into the exhibition before your visit by watching the video below and a story from 6 ABC News.

Sponsors (in formation)

Major Support for this exhibition has been provided by:
The David Berg Foundation
The Director's Fund

Lynne and Harold Honickman

Additional Support:
The Abstraction Fund
Gagosian Gallery
150 px macys
The Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation
Annette Y. and Jack M. Friedland
Consulate General of Israel to the Mid-Atlantic Region
Gwen and Alan Goodman
Marsha and Stephen Silberstein

Exhibition organized by the Israel Museum, Jerusalem.

Pictured above: Allen Ginsberg's family: Hannah (Honey) Litzky, aunt; Leo Litzky, uncle; Abe Ginsberg, uncle; Anna Ginsberg, aunt; Louis Ginsberg, father; Eugene Brooks, brother; Allen Ginsberg, poet; Anne Brooks, niece; Peter Brooks, nephew; Connie Brooks, sister-in-law; Lyle Brooks, nephew; Eugene Brooks; Neal Brooks,nephew; Edith Ginsberg, stepmother; Louis Ginsberg, Paterson, New Jersey, May 3, 1970; Photograph by Richard Avedon;© The Richard Avedon Foundation; From the Collection of The Israel Museum, Jerusalem; Gift of the American Contemporary Art Foundation, Leonard A. Lauder, President, to American Friends of the Israel Museum.

Liat Segal: Scattered Light  liat confession machine
Now Open

Israeli artist Liat Segal makes her US debut at the Museum with Scattered Light, an innovative work of new media art. The piece weaves together key phrases from George Washington’s 1790 letter to the Hebrew Congregation of Newport, Rhode Island affirming his commitment to religious liberty (on view at the Museum) with the reflections of Museum visitors collected from our It’s Your Story recording booths. Both Washington’s words and the contemporary commentary speak to the significance of religious freedom and to the continuing role we all play in its preservation.

Scattered Light pairs the old with the new through the use of a wand embedded with LED lights that move over a photosensitive surface, “printing” Washington’s words along with those of Museum visitors. The texts fade away over time, allowing new content to appear, creating an ever-evolving dialogue between history and the present.

Segal, who recently exhibited at the Venice Biennale, drew from her multidisciplinary background, including her past work as a researcher at Microsoft Innovation Labs and as a teacher at Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, to create this installation.

Liat Segal and her Confession Machine, photo by Arnon Fisher.

Generous support provided by:
Shirley and Albert H. Small

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Consulate General of Israel to the Mid-Atlantic Region

Jane and Stuart Weitzman

Related programming: 
Opening Event for Liat Segal: Scattered Light  (January 28) 
Young Friends Curated Cocktails with Liat Segal  (January 29)