Monthly Archives: January 2014

Compromised — Jobs, Jewish Studies, & Academic Integrity at NYU & YU

Does anyone know anything about the recent appointments of Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, the ex-chief rabbi of Great Britain, to the Ingeborg and Ira Rennert Global Distinguished Professor of Judaic Thought at New York University and to the Kressel and … Continue reading

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Mordecai Kaplan — Religion of Human Techno-Genesis and Emergent Evolution

[Note to readers: This longer than usual post represents the center of gravity to my current thinking here at JPP re: Mordecai Kaplan. Preparing a conference presentation on Kaplan and technology, I didn’t think there was going to be too … Continue reading

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Event Writing Calligraphic Abstraction (Wang Dongling)

I like these big calligraphic abstractions, the way they look, the nestling of saturated black ink and white space, the gestural writing brought into the elegantly paneled Chinese galleries at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the way the paintings … Continue reading

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Crescent Moon & Morning Star Over Harlem (6 AM)

Woke up to this Tuesday morning outside the window, getting up to go to Syracuse. Astronomical bodies suspended over the city.

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Big Inky Grid Art (Li Huasheng)

(Li Huasheng, 0669) On the surface, a very simple grid. Only it’s not simple. Consider the massive size of the 4 scrolls, practically 12 feet in height, and that the artist, Li Huasheng, drew each line freehand, described in terms … Continue reading

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Pete Seeger & Shulamith Aloni (The Historical Time of the Old Left and Leftwing Zionism )

This week marks the death of two twentieth century giants, Pete Seeger and Shulamith Aloni. In the United States and in Israel, both fought tirelessly for civil rights and human rights, human dignity and social justice. Who remembers these things? The … Continue reading

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You Can’t Read the (Bimo) Ink Art (Contemporary Chinese Art at the Met)

Ink Art is the first big show of contemporary art from China at the Met. The idea is conservative. What new things can you do with an old medium? In this case “bimo,” or traditional Chinese brush and ink, on … Continue reading

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