Jewish Museum Media Center Exhibitions for Radio & TV, Music

The Barbara and E. Robert Goodkind Media
Center features an exhibition space
dedicated to video art and new media, and houses a digital library of 100 radio and
television programs from The Jewish Museum’s National Jewish Archive of Broadcasting
. Selections include such comedy favorites as “How to Be a Jewish Son,” a
panel discussion from a 1970 David Susskind Show featuring Mel Brooks; a 1947 radio
drama entitled “Operation Nightmare” starring John Garfield and Al Jolson, produced
by the United Jewish Appeal to call attention to displaced persons in postwar
Europe; contemporary television documentaries on black-Jewish relations, Latino
Jews, and klezmer music; interviews with artists such as Marc Chagall, Jacques
Lipchitz, Larry Rivers, George Segal and Ben Shahn; and Manischewitz wine
commercials produced between 1963 and 1981 featuring Sammy Davis, Jr. and Peter

Episodes of such classic and contemporary television series such as Bridget Loves
Bernie, Northern Exposure, The O.C., Seventh Heaven and Sports Night, as well as
clips from The Colbert Report, feature interpretations of Jewish life-cycle events
and holidays.

A selection of musical performances includes a Hanukkah-themed video
from the Latino-Jewish urban band Hip Hop Hoodios, an appearance by the Hasidic
reggae star Matisyahu on The Late Show with David Letterman, a radio broadcast of
liturgy composed by modern Zionist composer Marc Lavry, and a documentary on
contemporary music featuring Frank London of The Klezmatics, Debbie Friedman, and
Pharaoh’s Daughter.