Jenny Holzer

Portrait of Jenny Holzer
Photo: Nanda Lanfranco


Dear Friends,

I hope by now you've heard our exciting news that the JCC is now the Marlene Meyerson JCC Manahttan, thanks to a generous gift from the Meyerson Family Foundation.

To mark this tremendous occasion, the Meyerson family has commissioned world-renowned artist Jenny Holzer to collaborate with our community on the creation of artworks to be placed throughout our building. Marlene and her husband, Mort, were early supporters and collectors of Holzer's work, and we know that her art will be an incredible addition to our building.

For more than 35 years, Holzer has presented her astringent ideas, arguments, and sorrows in public places and international exhibitions, including 7 World Trade Center, the Venice Biennale, the Guggenheim Museums in New York and Bilbao, and the Whitney Museum of American Art. Her medium, whether formulated as a stone engraving, a plaque, or an LED sign, is writing, and the public dimension is integral to the delivery of her work. Starting in the 1970s with the New York City posters, and continuing through her light projections on landscape and architecture, her practice has rivaled ignorance and violence with humor, kindness, and courage. Holzer received the Leone d'Oro at the Venice Biennale in 1990, the World Economic Forum's Crystal Award in 1996, and the Barnard Medal of Distinction in 2011. She holds honorary degrees from Williams College, the Rhode Island School of Design, The New School, and Smith College. She lives and works in New York.

To help make this installation a reality, we need YOU. Is there a poem, prose, a song lyric, a quote, a maxim, a letter, a bit of history, astounding facts or an expression that captures what our JCC community means to you and which you feel articulates the JCC's values? What brings you into this building? What keeps you here? Feel free to send original writing. If you quote a third party, please include the author/source. Send as many submissions as you like. Invite friends and family that know the JCC to join us. Your submission can be as short as a single word or as long as a few sentences.

Ultimately, Holzer will incorporate a selection of submissions into artworks installed throughout the building.

To make your submission, click here. If you have any questions, please feel free to email

We look forward to being with you this spring to unveil the new art pieces in our building. In the meantime, please send us your ideas, and join me in thanking the Meyerson and Hooper families for this incredible gift.

Many thanks.

Rabbi Joy Levitt
Executive Director

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