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Freud, Kushner and Spiegelman to Headline WISH YOU WERE HERE at The Jewish Museum, Dec 2013

In December The Jewish Museum will launch a new program series, Wish You Were Here. The first offering is a discussion between Jens Hoffmann, The Jewish Museum's Deputy Director, Exhibitions and Public Programs, and Dr. Sigmund Freud, as presented by noted Freud scholar Michael S. Roth. Over the next two years, Hoffmann will interview the subjects of Andy Warhol's Ten Portraits of Jews of the Twentieth Century (1980), interpreted by prominent experts, as if each were coming to the Museum to have a conversation in the present day.

Continuing The Jewish Museum's expanded slate of lectures, conversations and events, the December program schedule also includes comics artist Art Spiegelman in conversation with playwright Tony Kushner, and Curatorial Assistant Emily Casden leading a walkthrough of Art Spiegelman's Co-Mix: A Retrospective.

Further program and ticket information is available at or by calling 212.423.3200.


Dialogue and Discourse: Art Spiegelman and Tony Kushner in Conversation


Thursday, December 5, 7:00pm

Two Pulitzer Prize winners, comics artist and author Art Spiegelman and playwright Tony Kushner, discuss issues of authorship and identity through the lens of Art Spiegelman's Co-Mix: A Retrospective. This program is offered as part of Dialogue and Discourse, a series of evening conversations inspired by current exhibitions, exploring artistic practice, global perspectives, and cultural issues.

Art Spiegelman was the first comics artist to win the Pulitzer Prize, which he received for the groundbreaking bestseller Maus. He co-edited Raw, and his comics have appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, Playboy, and Harper's. Tony Kushner is best known for his two-part Pulitzer Prize-winning epic, Angels In America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes. He wrote the screenplay for Steven Spielberg's Lincoln, which was nominated for an Academy Award.

Tickets: (SOLD OUT) $15 adults; $12 students/seniors; $10 Jewish Museum members

This is How We Do It: Art Spiegelman's Co-Mix: A Retrospective

Tuesday, December 10, 11:30am

Curatorial Assistant Emily Casden discusses the process of developing and organizing Art Spiegelman's Co-Mix: A Retrospective. This talk will take place in the café followed by a brief exhibition walkthrough.

The Jewish Museum is presenting Art Spiegelman's Co-Mix: A Retrospective, celebrating the career of one of the most influential living comics artists and showing the full range of five decades of relentless experimentation. Art Spiegelman (b. 1948) has produced a diverse body of work that has blurred the boundaries between "high" and "low" art. This first U.S. retrospective spans Spiegelman's career: from his early days in underground comix to the thirteen-year genesis of Maus, to more recent work including provocative covers for The New Yorker, and artistic collaborations in new and unexpected media. The exhibition includes over three hundred preparatory sketches, preliminary and final drawings, as well as prints and other ephemeral and documentary material.

Free with Museum Admission

Wish You Were Here: Sigmund Freud

Thursday, December 12, 6:30pm

Jens Hoffmann, Deputy Director, Exhibitions and Public Programs, will interview Dr. Sigmund Freud, as represented by Michael S. Roth, President of Wesleyan University. The evening will offer an interactive component to integrate questions and comments from Twitter and other social media platforms received in advance of each talk. Upcoming events will focus on Franz Kafka and Albert Einstein.

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