Monthly Archives: June 2016

Against the American Jewish Identity Paradigm (Yitzchak Schwartz)

by contributing editor Yitzchak Schwartz In her 2000 Oxford Handbook of Jewish Studies article on American Jewish history, historian Hasia Diner notes a new trend in the field in which a growing number of works were focusing on Jews’ self-understanding … Continue reading

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Indecent (Yiddish Lesbians & Jewish Patriarchs)

Some quick thoughts (and a possible spoiler alert) about violence, time, art, love, religious hypocrisy, life, death, and resurrection in Indecent, the recent play by Paula Vogel at the Vineyard Theater downtown. The play is about a play, The God … Continue reading

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Wild Life Art (Meg Webster)

“Volume for Lying Flat” “Mother Mound Salt” “Stick Structure” “Solar Grow Room” Ready to keep on my way, I was drawn in by these plant-sculptures by Meg Webster at Paula Cooper the other week. Not quite sure how to get my … Continue reading

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Architecture & Auschwitz (Evidence Room)

Evidence Room is now showing at the Venice Architecture Biennal. It’s a small and simple room the center of which are reconstructions of objects from the gas chambers at Auschwitz. A work of art put together by historian Robert Jan van Pelt … Continue reading

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(Don’t Be Decieved) Jesus Tree (Harlem)

It’s been up for awhile, if I remember correctly, on W.120th Street between Adam Clayton Powell and Frederick Douglas. The message seems more than a little apt for right about now. In the city, a little sign about Jesus Christ … Continue reading

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Trump Orlando Shit Storm

On it’s own the Orlando massacre is American as apple pie, a stomach clenching shit storm of guns, religion, terrorism, psychosis, and homophobia. Each one sticking to the other, there’s no way to separate out any one element from the others … Continue reading

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(Radical) Muhammad Ali (Funeral)

Listening to the funeral of Muhammad Ali on NPR. Demonstrating something about the power of liturgy, the spirit is personal, religious, and political. Is this a watershed event?  Personal memories about courage and compassion collide with histories –Jim Crow and … Continue reading

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The Exact Same Statement (Tel Aviv)

It’s one thing for someone outside the country to make a claim linking the recent terrorist attack in Tel Aviv with the occupation and with government policy. From a critic of Israel, an anti-Zionist, a well-meaning liberal Jew writing from … Continue reading

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Dye Sublimation Metal Prints (Cindy Sherman)

Saw these new photographs by Cindy Sherman at Metro Pictures in Chelsea. They construct throwbacks to the cracked and glamorous masks worn by wealthy, ageing, independent women from the 1920s. The pictures all carry the uniform title, Untitled 2016. They are all … Continue reading

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