Two walls of the Jewish Museum’s lobby have been filled with over 30 new portraits by the London-based painter Chantal Joffe. This body of work explores Jewish women of the twentieth century, focusing on those who made major contributions to art, literature, philosophy, and politics – including Diane Arbus, Nancy Spero, Gertrude Stein, Alice B. Toklas, Susan Sontag, and Hannah Arendt. Portraits of these women and others have been hung salon-style across two walls of the lobby. Using Walls, Floors, and Ceilings: Chantal Joffe is on view from May 1 through October 18, 2015. Chantal Joffe has long focused on portraiture, and this new series, titled Hannah, Gertrude, Alice, Betty, Nadine, Golda, Susan, Claude, Nancy, Grace, Diane . . ., continues her direct and gestural style of painting. The portraits are not exact depictions, but are charged with the

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