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Please be advised: the Museum will be open on Wednesday, June 19, 12:00–6:00 p.m. for the Juneteenth holiday.


Danny Kaye Centennial Celebration


With Dena Kaye in person

Danny Kaye (1913–1987) was one of the most versatile, charismatic, and beloved entertainers of the 20th century. He starred in eighteen movies, had an Emmy-winning variety show, and was equally brilliant as a comedian, singer, dancer, and dramatic actor—and best known for his shock of red hair, infectious smile, and ceaseless energy. He received two Academy Awards for his humanitarian activities. Danny Kaye’s daughter, Dena Kaye, will host this centennial tribute, which will begin with a jam-packed, breathtaking 28-minute compilation “The Genius of Danny Kaye,” with highlights from his remarkable career. Following the compilation will be a rare screening of Knock on Wood, which may be the best screen showcase for Kaye’s many talents.

Knock on Wood

Dir. Melvin Frank, Norman Panama. 1953, 103 mins. With Danny Kaye, Mai Zetterling. In one of his most entertaining films, Danny Kaye is at his best as a neurotic American ventriloquist performing in Europe, who is unable to control the words coming out of his dummy. He goes to see a psychiatrist, but instead winds up on a crazy adventure involving international espionage, secret weapons—and a beautiful woman played by Mai Zetterling.

Free with Museum admission on a first-come, first-served basis. Museum members may reserve tickets in advance by calling 718 777 6800. For more information about becoming a Museum member and to join online, please click here.