New BLESS Gallery Exhibit and More Early Fall Art and Ideas Events Announced at JCC Manhattan

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The Lambert Center for Arts + Ideas at Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan (MMJCCM) has announced the early fall lineup of performances, conversations and events taking place in person in the renovated Goldman-Sonnenfeldt Auditorium and on the rooftop of the MMJCCM.

Early fall programming will include a conversation with clinical psychologist and parenting expert Becky Kennedy, known as Dr. Becky, about her new book, Good Inside, with the New York Times bestselling author and host of the podcast Dear Gabby, Gabby Bernstein; Oy Gevalt, a special back-to-school rooftop comedy show; the return of the MMJCCM dance program with Tom Gold Dance; a projection on the roof of Steven Spielbergthe adaptation of West Side Story; and a new gallery installation in the Laurie M. Tisch gallery in the lobby of the MMJCCM: Bless, an exhibition of contemporary graphic design. Additional fall programming will be announced at a later date.

Bless: Design for Good, a contemporary exhibition featuring the work of more than 25 graphic designers, will open at the Laurie M. Tisch Gallery on September 8 and will be on view through December 31. The exhibition will feature graphic design works by contemporary Israeli designers, selected by the Shenkar Research Center for Israeli Design in collaboration with 3X3 Active Gallery. Bless is a collection of graphic works, made by various Israeli designers and artists, featuring both new and iconic pieces from the past decades. Through this collage of messages, addressing topical issues, the public is invited to reflect on the world and seek opportunities to improve our society. Bless is free and open to the public during MMJCCM construction hours. For more details, please visit mmjccm.org/exhibition-to-come.

“With all that happening in the headlines and current events, I hope Bless allows visitors to reflect on the state of our world and take a moment to hope, heal and reconnect with the community,” shares Udi Urman, Curator and MMJCCM Director of the Lambert Center for Arts + Ideas. “Pieces by more than 25 incredible Israeli artists will address themes ranging from human rights and global warming to unity, justice and peace, and much more. The power of art as a healing tool will be on full display.”

Artists exhibited at Bless include Adam Yekutieli, Arik Weiss, Ashger Zamana, Avihai Mizrahi, Danielle Weinberg, David Tartakover, Dede Bandaid & Nitzan Mintz, Eli Khromov, Faina Feigin, Anat Meshulam & Dor Chen, Jennifer Abessira, Kobi Franco, Lahav Halevy , Liron Lavi Turkenich, Matan Iontef, Naama Nechushtai, Neil Cohen, Noam Benatar, Oded Ben Yehuda, Omri Goldzak, Otte Wallish, Rotem Cohen-Soaye, Yaacov Shavit and Zvi Narkis. Bless is curated by Michal Shapira and Tom Kohen.

Studio Arts classes, which reopened this summer, will continue to expand in the fall. The MMJCCM studios welcome beginners in a practical and supportive environment and offer intermediate to advanced level students the opportunity to master new and more complex techniques. This fall, ceramics classes will return to the MMJCCM for the first time since pre-pandemic, and other visual arts classes have since reopened, including oil painting, watercolor, and drawing. For more details and to register: mmjccm.org/studio-art.

Conversations are sponsored by Zabar’s and Zabars.com. Virtual programming at the Lambert Center is made possible by the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund.

Gallery exhibitions and programs are made possible through the generous support of the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund. Additional support is provided by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and the generosity of individual donors.

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