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Thursday July 12, 2012

In collaboration with the Jerusalem Season of Culture

Imagine a visit to the Museum; now imagine something entirely different. This nightly event hosts artists in a wide range of media - dance, music, spoken word, and performance - who engage with artworks throughout the Museum campus and offer original creative responses. The audience is invited to experience these singular "contact points," presented this one night only. Participants include Eyal Shani, Beni Bashan, Rona Kenan, Shahar Segal, Yoav Kutner, Uri Kinrot, Noam Inbar, Rafik, DJ Sabbo and Rob (Soulico), Alex Epstein, Noa Shadur, Itzik Weingarten, Yonatan Zur, and Masha Zur Glozman.

Thurs 12.7 | 9 pm – 3 am
Gates open at 8 pm
Art Garden and throughout the Museum campus
No extra charge
For reservations, call

Download printable program (Pdf)

Sleep Inducement: A Meditative Nighttime Concert

Musician and artist Noam Enbar and partners lull audience members with a dream-inducing sequence of lullabies from around the world. Tonight we invite you to take off your shoes, recline on mattresses, and immerse yourself in a musical creation that will both soothe and disturb the soul. No vertical listening allowed!

Musicians: Noam Enbar – vocals, accordion, and harpsichord; Adam Sheplan – electric guitar; Ariel Armoni – percussion; Yoni Silver – violin and bass clarinet

When: 9:45 pm; 12:15 am
Where: The Good Night exhibition, Ruth Youth Wing for Art Education



Author Alex Epstein enters Mark Dion's Antiquarian Bookshop in the Billy Rose Art Garden and turns it into his personal writing space, marking the first time an artist has ever entered the sculpture. Epstein's writing will be projected in real time on Sol LeWitt’s adjacent Block: short stories, Facebook updates, a glimpse into the room, and Epstein's correspondence with the audience, which may affect his creative process.

Scan this code and you, too, can chat with Alex!

When: 8:30 pm
Where: Mark Dion's Antiquarian Bookshop, Billy Rose Art Garden


Nightly Sketch: A Monkey's Paw

James Turrell's Space That Sees is a room whose skylight frames a segment of sky. In this unique space, Itzik Weingarten and Or Moran, the "Sound Man," revive the radio play using text and voiceover. The audience will be treated to a unique adaptation of W. W. Jacobs's horror story, The Monkey's Paw, accompanied by a rich soundtrack.

Sit down, lean back, raise your eyes to the night sky, and get ready to shiver…
Translation: Ofer Amram

When: 10:15 pm; 11:30 pm; 12:45 am
Where: James Turrell's Space That Sees, Billy Rose Art Garden


Almost Vertebrae

With Henry Moore's Three-Piece Sculpture: Vertebrae behind him, Avi Hazamar performs his latest hits, such as "Anemone" and "Mother," while sharing some of the issues that weigh heavily on his heart. Avi will trill you into uncontrollable laughter and send you home with a smile and songs that will not leave you for days to come.

Avi Dangor – creator and performer; Nadav Hollander – co-producer and musical director; Itay Weiser – partner, creator, and director; Michael Guy – bass; Daniel Feingold – drums;
Yochai Blum – keyboard

When: 9:00 pm
Where:  Henry Moore's Three-Piece Sculpture: Vertebrae, Billy Rose Art Garden


Songs to the Divine

A synagogue, a church, and a mosque are juxtaposed in the Holy Land Gallery – symbolizing the three religions sharing a common denominator: monotheism. From the middle of the gallery, Rona Kenan sings to and about God – songs of love and heresy, dispute and grievance, despair and faith, all dedicated to the one God.

Yehu Yaron – guitar 
When: 10:00 pm, 11:00 pm, midnight
Where: Holy Land Gallery, Archaeology Wing


Re-Wording History

A youthful, colorful tour for the whole family – no skeletons in the closet!
Yonatan Kunda and Netta Weiner, the hottest couple on the local SPOKEN WORD scene, take up temporary residence in the earliest gallery of all, offering an original interpretation of ancient artifacts. Let yourself be swept up in a whirlpool of myths and legends in the company of expert guides well-versed in all aspects of the supernatural, as well as actors specially trained by the Philistia Heritage Foundation – all this while seizing the horns of the altar.

Director: Raz Weiner

When: 10:30 pm, 11:30 pm, 12:30 am
Where: Tour departs from the "Under Roman Rule" Gallery, Archaeology Wing


Blues and Hasidism

At the heart of the exhibition A World Apart Next Door: Glimpses into the Life of Hasidic Jews, Yaron Ben-Ami, a musician and sometime poet, lecturer in Jewish history, and translator, plays music and tells stories about the covert and overt connections between the blues and Hasidism. Like the blues, Hasidism finds its expression in music; like Hasidism, the blues represent a way of life developed by a persecuted minority. Have the blues, but also some fun.

When: 9:30 pm, 11:30 pm, 12:30 am
Where: In the exhibition A World Apart Next Door: Glimpses into the Life of Hasidic Jews, Bella and Harry Wexner Gallery


Who Knows Five?

Five experts – Noya Sagiv, Dr. Shoshana Zimmerman, Rabbi Mira Raz, Dr. Aliza Lavie, and Sara Bek – will be waiting for you in one of the Museum's most fascinating galleries, offering a five-minute private lesson on any of the manuscripts on display in the Mandel Wing for Jewish Art and Life.

A rare opportunity to engage with the words under the glass, with the help of five brilliant women who will illuminate, each in her own way, the meaning behind the text.

When: 9:15 pm, 10:30 pm, midnight
Where: Illuminating the Script Gallery, Mandel Wing for Jewish Art and Life


"Mom, You Won't Believe It – I'm Exhibiting at the Israel Museum!"

This year, for the first time, you can release your creativity on the walls of the Museum. Artist Eli Petel and students from the Bezalel Academy's art department have carved out a route which you may follow, leaving your mark on the Museum's walls.
The Museum, which has hosted the world's finest artists, will, for one night only, host your work as well.

When: All night
Where: Bella and Harry Wexner Gallery, The Cardo, across from the Information Desk


Eyes Wide Shut

Spiritual teacher Rafik invites you on a blindfolded tour. As you sit in front of the painting with covered eyes, he'll describe the work in detail, leading you through various spiritual and emotional realms. At the end of the tour you will be asked to remove the blindfold and observe the artwork.

When: 9:30 pm, 11:00 pm, midnight
Where: Tour departs from the staircase to the European Art galleries


The Unmasking

Partake in a mysterious ritual amid sculptures and figurines from the Americas, with artist Shai Id Aloni, adorned with a legendary mask and armor.

When: 10:00 pm, 11:30 pm
Where: Entrance to the Art of the Americas galleries


The Children's Channel

Yonathan and Masha Tzur recorded children's reactions to artworks in the Modern Art galleries. The results, like music to your ears, will be broadcast on the audio guide awaiting you in the galleries. Pick one up and embark on a once-in-a-lifetime tour of the Museum, replete with funny, bright, surprising, and thought-provoking insights.

Participating children: Daniel Ofir (10), Hodiya Elimelech (10), Lia Bavarski (7), Elias Briller (8), Nimrod Briller (10), Ella Gover (7), Romia Meoded (11), Tidhar Meoded (11), Talia Zur (6), Avigail Korin (11), Roni Reider (11), Gal Streicher (7).

When: All night
Where: The Modern Art galleries


The Wandering Jew

Three speakers, each addressing Jean-Léon Gérôme's A Jew at the Wall of the Temple of Solomon in Jerusalem from his or her own unique perspective, share their thoughts on the Jew's role in the world. Does a primal instinct motivate his ceaseless wandering? What happens when he stops wandering and finally reaches the Western Wall? How are British and French painters connected to this subject and what did the Arabs think about it?

When: 10:00 pm – Eshkol Nevo, author; 11:00 pm – Dr. Hillel Cohen, historian specializing in Jewish-Arab relations, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem; midnight – Shlomit Steinberg, Curator of European Art, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem
Where: The Bezalel Gallery (1906–1929)



Across from the exhibition Crossplay: Male Actors, Female Roles in Kabuki Theatre, Ofer Amram has created a performance that blurs and conjoins sexual identities. The performance challenges boundaries of gender and draws a line between Japan's Onnagata  and the drag kings and queens of Western culture.

Participating artists: Tal Kallai and Yaara Shaham

When: 10:00 pm, 11:15 pm, 12:30 am
Where: Spertus Gallery


Questions on Wheels

The Museum’s golf cart, taking visitors through the Route of Passage, has turned into the “Money Cab.” Climb in and answer art-related questions posed by your driver, the actor and stand-up comedian Shmuel Vilojni; he'll take you on a ride full of surprises and laughter. You may stop, ask questions, phone a friend, and win great prizes.

Car design: Telma

When: 9:00 pm, 10:30 pm
Where: The Route of Passage


A Friend from Another Planet

Alan, a computer with artificial intelligence, awaits you at the entrance to the Archaeology Wing. For over eight years, Alan has interfaced with 500 people on a daily basis, accumulating knowledge. Tonight you can converse with him about the past, the future, art, and time. Is Alan a direct descendent of the anthropoids next to which he stands? A new form of existence? Or a virtual artwork?  

Alan was developed by Yaki Donitz, founder of the A1 Company.

When: All night
Where: Archaeology Wing Entrance


Benny at the Museum

Benny Bashan, a man of radio and letters, will momentarily disrupt our universal consciousness through a public-personal reading of The Little Prince, just before the silent Wi Party on Crown Plaza. Together with him, we will send our voices on an untraveled road, share our experiences, and, if all goes according to plan, attain peace.

Animator: Arik Nahum
When: 10:15 pm
Where: Crown Plaza


Silent Wii Party

There is nothing quite like a party of over 1,000 people wearing earphones on Crown Plaza, right next to Anish Kapoor's stunning sculpture Turning the World Upside Down, Jerusalem.  Following its success in previous years, the Silent Wii Party returns with a wild addition: two frequencies or, in other words, two simultaneous parties in total silence!

Leading the party: DJs Rob and Sabbo (Soulico) versus Laissez-Passer – DJ Balkadan and Ofir Touboul
Artist Guy Yitzhaki will cover the Plaza wall with a specially-created video work inspired by Damien Hirst's monumental L-Leucine-15-N, on display in the Upper Gallery Entrance, and in dialogue with the wall's architecture.

Anat Lerman contributed to the development of the project. 

When: 11:00 pm
Where: Crown Plaza


Panda Porn: Spinning Shrine Secret Society

This year, for the first time, Contact Point comes to the Shrine of the Book. At 2 am, as the Museum goes to sleep, the Shrine opens its doors to an electronic after-party. The Jerusalemite Panda Porn ensemble, featuring Alma Ben-Yossef and Tomer Rosenthal, produces strange, amazing sounds, offering the audience a futuristic glimpse of the Shrine that houses the ancient scrolls.

When: 2:00 am
Where: The Shrine of the Book


The Museum Soundtrack

Who said you have to keep quiet in the Museum? Tonight, a few wonderful people will fill the Museum entrance with their favorite sounds. Artists will play the music they listen to at home right next to Danish painter Olafur Eliasson's Whenever the rainbow appears.

When: 9:45 pm – Yoav Kutner; 11:15 pm – Eyal Shani and Shahar Segal, 12:15 am – Dan Toren
Where: The Route of Passage


Personal Soundtrack 

If you are lucky enough to register in advance with the hostess, you will be given the unique opportunity to explore the Museum along with a musician who offers that which he does best. The idea is simple: equipped with earphones, the two of you tour the Museum together, while the musician produces a special soundtrack in response to the vibes you give off and his own feelings at that moment. A bold new relationship develops in just 10 minutes. Make the best of it – it will be over before you know it!

When: 9:15–11:00 pm – Dan Toren, Uri Brauner Kinrot, and Ilan Green
Where: The exhibition Beuys│Kantor: Remembering, Nathan Cummings Building for Modern and Contemporary Art

When: 11:15 pm – 1:00 am – Uzi Feinerman, Gershon Veiserfirrer, and Eitan Radoshinski
Where: The Modern Art galleries




Four dancers perform by the pool near the Entrance Pavilion, next to Menashe Kadishman's sculpture Suspense, skipping from era to era and jumping from one cultural space to another, taking you back in time to the days of glory. A splash is guaranteed. 

Directed by Noa Shadur
Dancers: Rosalind Noktor, Inbar Nemirovsky, Einat Betzalel, Uri Jospin Lenkinsky

When: 8:30 pm, 10:00 pm
Where: Entrance Pavilion



"Niggun" – A Musical Installation

A one-time-only musical passageway created by Art. Espionage, a large group of musicians who follow the crowd as it moves from the Apple Core to the Nimrod sculpture. You are invited to take an active part in the performance.

Musicians:  Daniel Shoshan, Keren Mor, Sharon Yavo-Ayalon, Menashe Noy, Amit Matalon, Lola Ben-Alon

When: 9:00 pm, 10:45 pm
Where: The Cardo


Saints in Jerusalem

At the entrance to the Museum, under the cornice of the Galilean Synagogue, you will find Yochai Matos’s work, You Are a Saint, a florescent light installation resembling a halo. The ancient arch and neon lights merge into a single, multilayered frame. Come have your picture taken and take home a magnet for the refrigerator – your own personal souvenir.

Photographer: Roy Sayag for Magna Tile
When: All night – first come, first served!
Where: Archaeological Garden courtyard


Hora for a Refugee

Renowned dancer Eitan Harari comes to Contact Point to lead you in a dance. At the feet of Ohad Meromi's Boy from South Tel Aviv, Harari recalls his experiences with refugees and translates his insights into a new folkdance. You are invited to join the circle.

Creators: Yoav Bartel and Abigail Rubin

When: 9:30 pm, 10:15 pm, 11:45 pm
Where: Upper Gallery Entrance



The Contact Point Team

Renana Raz – Artistic Director
Itay Mautner – Artistic Director, The Jerusalem Season of Culture
Yael Maimoni – Producer, The Jerusalem Season of Culture
Neta Cohen – Head of Special Events, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem
Liron Alkolombra, Keren Arnon, Ina Miller – Producers, Special Events Department, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem 
Shuli Oded – Technical Producer
Roy Avidan – Production Coordinator
Sima Sayag – Advertising, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem
Roy Regev –  Communications
Rachel Schechter and Lisa Oren – Local and International Media Relations, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem
Kim Weiss, Eila Eitan – Public Relations and Communications, The Jerusalem Season of Culture
Magenta – Sound and Lighting

Steering Committee:

Yigal Zalmona, Former Chief Curator-at-Large; Suzanne Landau, Former Chief Curator of Fine Arts; Tali Gavish, Head of the Ruth Youth Wing for Art Education; Neta Cohen, Head of Special Events, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem; Renana Raz, Artistic Director, Contact Point; Itay Mautner, Artistic Director, Jerusalem Season of Culture 


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