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“Fabulous Chagall Exhibit”
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Full Day Ultimate Manhattan Guided Sightseeing Tour
Ranked #144 of 1,131 things to do in New York City
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: The Jewish Museum of New York offers acclaimed art exhibitions that explore art and culture from ancient to modern times. The Museum is located on New York's famed Museum Mile.
Reviewed November 27, 2013

The Chagall Exhibit at the Jewiash museum is a must see. It is both beautiful and interesting . The theme is Love, War and Redemption. It is very poignant many of the paintings were done while he was in exile in the USA. Cleary he suffered emotionall a great deal which is dramatically evident in his work.

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Reviewed November 25, 2013

Wow - I don't consider myself to be at all competent to rate this experience but I'll try in my best prose of an electrical engineer from California.

The Jewish Museum has a retrospective (through January 2014) of the life of graphic artist/avant garde cartoonist Art Speigelman. The focus of the exhibit is the "Maus" series, documenting in a graphic novel form the experiences of his parents during WWII. His style and the underlying angst in his own life (and his resulting artistic style) was shaped by the experience of growing up in a home with holocaust survivors as parents...further influenced by the untimely deaths of both his brother and mother. Many other efforts by Speigelman are shown, including his work with "Raw" and "In the shadow of no towers" following his personal experiences of 9/11 from his home in Manhattan.

Speigelman has experienced events that most Americans know only from a cautious distance. And he has written them down in a way that forces you to look.

The result of his life's work is the modern graphic novel, a form that took shape with enormous influence by Speigelman over the last 30 years.

Be prepared to laugh out loud, to be shocked at his early stuff from the 1970s' and to be horrified with the stories he drew out of his parents....finally in the end you will give thanks that such an incisive mind could emerge from the noise of our own culture.

The Jewish Museum in on the Upper east side, 2 blocks north of the Guggenheim just astride the west border of Central Park. Parking is available about 2 blocks away on 89th, you will receive a discount with a museum stamp.


Thank John K
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Reviewed November 14, 2013

We were in NYC for the weekend with friends who had selected the Spiegelman exhibit as one of the things they wanted to do. We arrived at the Museum on Sunday at about 12:30 pm. There was a waiting line outside, so we decided to go to lunch and come back. We came back about 1:30 and there was still a line, so we got in line. There was a museum person at the head of the line, but no one else. The line stretched around the corner and blocked the sidewalk. Once we entered, security was chaos. Getting tickets was even worse. There were no line guides, such as at other attractions, so there was a clump of people waiting to get to the desk and blocking the entrance to the gift shop and the exit door. Staff was overwhelmed and had no time to be helpful or friendly. Once we jostled through this mess, we got to the exhibit.
The Spiegelman exhibit was very moving and interesting. There was a lot to read and look at. The Chagall exhibit was a great exhibit, but was another exercise in mass confusion. It was way too packed for people to really be able to see the works well. One time a docent had to ask people to keep their voices down. Another docent had to ask some young children to stop touching things because the mother was not containing them. This crowd really took away from our ability to enjoy the exhibits.
We have been there before when it was not crowded and have enjoyed the exhibits much more. Generally, it is a good place to go with very good exhibits. We must have hit it on a bad day.

Thank herbowitz
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TJMNY, Guest Relations Manager at The Jewish Museum, responded to this reviewResponded November 19, 2013

Thank you for sharing your thoughts regarding your recent visit to The Jewish Museum. We are sorry that your experience was impacted by the large number of visitors, but glad to know that you enjoyed the exhibitions. We are working to improve line management and the overall visitor experience. Your feedback is greatly appreciated.

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Reviewed November 14, 2013

What a wonderful musuem! We were fortunate enough to visit and see both the Chagall and Spiegelman exhibits and the only drawback was we didn't have enough time to linger. Bonus was coffee and pastry in the cafe. Would definitely return for another visit.

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Reviewed November 13, 2013

Had planned to see the art spiegelman exhibit today but closed on Wednesday s. It is a beautiful building on the corner of 92 and 5th

Thank Michelle D
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