Monthly Archives: April 2016

POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews (Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett)

On her recent visit to Syracuse in her capacity as Program Director of the Core Exhibition, Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett walked us virtually through POLIN Museum of the History. There’s not much that I can add that has not already been said about … Continue reading

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Philosophical Art Jokes (Peter Fischli & David Weiss)

By Peter Fischli (b. 1952) and David Weiss, the philosophical art joke works upon the juxtaposition between the sublime and ridiculous, between the high-concept and cheap material means. With its obsessive multiplication of cheap little clay figures, Suddenly This Overview is Hegelian … Continue reading

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The Ephesus Church of the Seventh Day Adventist (Harlem)

I pass The Ephesus Church of the Seventh Day Adventist on our regular walk through Harlem up Lenox Avenue at 123rd Street. What always calls my attention is the mustard color brick, the long and sharp steeple, the largeness of the … Continue reading

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Anti-Zionism Anti-Semitism (Stanford)

The dreary and now almost predictable slipping of anti-Zionism into anti-Semitism continues, this one at Stanford. It’s the idea expressed by a member of the ASSU student Senate that Jewish control of the media and of government is an open question. In … Continue reading

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Material Culture, Animal Culture (Books Made from Vellum)

They used to make high end books out of vellum, described as “the semi-transparent inner membrane of calf skin,” or the even finer uterine vellum, that membrane taken from the skin of embryonic or still-born calves. Marc Epstein tells is … Continue reading

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Take the L Train (Tomer Hanuka)

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(North Carolina) Why No University Boycott? (LGBT)

My brother asked me to post this question. Leaders in corporations and in state governments (including Gov. Andrew Cuomo of New York) are beginning to turn the screws on North Carolina in the wake of that state legislation’s controversial bill … Continue reading

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