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Jewish Museum to Host CHAGALL FAMILY DAY, 10/6


The Jewish Museum is presenting Chagall Family Day, a fun-filled multi-generational event celebrating the exhibition Chagall: Love, War, and Exile on Sunday, October 6 from 12 noon to 4 pm. Activities include two performances by imaginative kids' rock band The Pop Ups, a huge drop-in art workshop, original puppets and costumes with the Puppeteers' Cooperative, painting sessions, and family tours. This event is free with Museum admission.

The October 6 program is for children ages 3 and up. Adults are asked to accompany their children. For further information regarding family programs, the public may call 212.423.3200, or visit the Museum's website at The Jewish Museum is located at 1109 Fifth Avenue at 92nd Street, New York City.

12:30 pm and 2:30 pm

Kids will dance and sing with The Pop Ups in an imaginative stage show mixing music, puppets, and more. This unique duo fuses musical genres such as pop, klezmer and world music, and will showcase playful tunes inspired by the vibrant world of Marc Chagall.

The Pop Ups (Jason Rabinowitz and Jacob Stein) are a Brooklyn-based musical duo who The Wall Street Journal says "reflect the creativity percolating on the independent children's music scene." Zooglobble says, "nobody makes better modern pop for preschoolers than The Pop Ups." Not your typical band, The Pop Ups perform using cardboard props, hand-painted sets, and a colorful cast of original puppets, crafting a world of magic that engages, educates and delights all ages. The Pop Ups perform regularly at NYC venues, tour regionally, and are about to do their second national tour with Yo Gabba Gabba Live. The Pop Ups received a Grammy nomination for their second family music CD, Radio Jungle. This self-produced, self-released collection of wildly imaginative and catchy tunes debuted last spring, and has since won accolades from Parents' Choice, the Fids and Kamily Awards, as well as heavy rotation on SiriusXM's Kids Place Live and other national acclaim.

12:30 pm to 2:30 pm

Kids can become creatures in original larger-than-life pieces created by the Puppeteers Cooperative. These beautifully designed puppet costumes, drawn from figures in Marc Chagall's paintings, include a bride and groom, fish flags, ponies, birds, cats, and a cow.

The Puppeteers' Cooperative is a group of artists and puppeteers working in cities around the nation to create giant puppet parades, pageants, and ceremonies of celebration, using simple materials and movements to build cardboard extravaganzas. They have worked with groups around the United States and Canada, and with festivals including the Atlanta Arts Festival and the Bumbershoot Festival of Seattle. Puppeteers from the Cooperative have appeared at First Night of Boston, First Night International and First Night celebrations around the country since their inception, creating both experimental commissioned parade works and sections, and spirited, colorful community group parade pieces.

12:00 noon to 4:00 pm

Puppet characters
Using fabric, wood dowels, and buttons, children can create whimsical puppets using the people and animals in Marc Chagall's works as inspiration.

Dream mural
Families will collaborate on a large-scale collage incorporating dream-like images of floating figures and creatures in a magical scene created with colorful papers and markers.

12:30pm to 3:00pm

Kids will explore drawing and watercolor techniques, and then design scenes in nature or in the city that tell stories from their lives.

1:30 pm and 3:00 pm

A Jewish Museum educator will lead a brief interactive tour spotlighting two works of art inChagall: Love, War, and Exile.

All day

Specialized printed family gallery hunts for Chagall: Love, War, and Exile will be available.

The Jewish Museum is presenting Chagall: Love, War, and Exile, from September 15, 2013 to February 2, 2014,which, for the first time in the U.S., explores a significant but neglected period in the artist's career, from the rise of fascism in the 1930s through 1948, years spent in Paris and then in exile in New York. Marc Chagall (1887-1985), one of the foremost modernists of the 20th century, created his unique style by drawing on elements from richly colored folk art motifs, the Russian Christian icon tradition, Cubism, and Surrealism. Beginning with the evocative paintings from his years in France, Chagall: Love, War, and Exile illuminates an artist deeply responsive to the suffering inflicted by war and to his own personal losses and concerns. Although he never abandoned a poetic sensibility, his art of the 1930s and 1940s reflects the political reality of the time. Most unexpected is the recurring appearance of the figure of the crucified Jesus as a metaphor for war, Jewish suffering and persecution. By the mid-1940s, Chagall returns to joyful, colorful compositions expressing the power of love. The exhibition includes 31 paintings and 22 works on paper, as well as selected letters, poems, photos, and ephemera.

The Edgar M. Bronfman Center for Education's School and Family programs are made possible with endowment support from the Bronfman Family, the Muriel and William Rand Fund, the William Randolph Hearst Foundation, the Helena Rubinstein Foundation, Rosalie Klein Adolf, the Kekst Family Fund, and Mrs. Ida C. Schwartz in memory of Mr. Bernard S. Schwartz. Generous support is provided by the J.E. and Z.B. Butler Foundation, The Jewish Museum Volunteer Organization, and other donors. Family programs are supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council.

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