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Leonard Bernstein: The Power of Music

March 16 – September 2, 2018

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Leonard Bernstein: The Power of Music, organized by NMAJH, celebrates the centennial birthday of one of the 20th century’s most influential cultural figures, who personified classical music and produced a rich repertoire of original compositions for orchestra and the theater. Audiences may be familiar with many of Bernstein’s works, notably West Side Story, but not necessarily how he grappled with his own religious, political, and sexual identity, or how he responded to the political and social crises of his day. Visitors will find an individual who expressed the restlessness, anxiety, fear, and hope of an American Jew living through World War II and the Holocaust, Vietnam, and turbulent social change – what Bernstein referred to as his “search for a solution to the 20th‐century crisis of faith.” The exhibition will feature one‐of‐a‐kind historic artifacts, all brought to life through immersive film, sound installations, and interactive media.

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Leonard Bernstein: The Power of Music has been made possible in part by major grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the human endeavor. Key support provided by The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation. Major support provided by: Cheryl and Philip Milstein; The Leslie Miller and Richard Worley Family Foundation; and Lindy Communities; Additional support provided by Judith Creed and Robert Schwartz; Robert and Marjie Kargman; David G. and Sandra G. Marshall; Robin and Mark Rubenstein; The Savitz Family Foundation; Norma z”l and Abe z”l Shanzer; and the Arronson Foundation. Special thanks to The Leonard Bernstein Office, the Bernstein Family, Jacobs Music, and the Milken Archive of Jewish Music. https://www.nmajh.org/Bernstein



The Art of Rube Goldberg
October 11, 2018 through January 21, 2019
More information coming soon...

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The Art of Rube Goldberg 
was conceived by Creighton Michael; developed in cooperation with Heirs of Rube Goldberg, LLC, NY, NY; and curated by Max Weintraub. Tour organized by International Arts & Artists, Washington, DC.