Monthly Archives: February 2018

Don’t Sell Guns to Idolators (Maimonides)

Apropos to the gun-murders in Florida, holding gun makers liable, and repealing the Second Amendment, this week in shul Rabbi Jeremy Kalmanofsky at Ansche Chesed worked off this little piece of halakhah from the Mishne Torah, the code of law … Continue reading

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Caryatid (Modigliani)

Metaphysical maybe, these were probably the most surprising and even revealing works on view at the recent Modigliani Unmasked at the Jewish Museum. I would not have known that these were by the artist. But the elegantly straining caryatid figures and the … Continue reading

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(Emotional Intelligence) Nudes & Primitives (Modigliani Not Picasso)

Mostly drawings, Modigliani Unmasked at the Jewish Museum has come and gone. I was not entirely persuaded by curator Mason Klein’s emphasis on identity, both the artist’s own hybrid Jewish identity (Italian-French, Sephardi), race, with the idea of “primitivism” hovering … Continue reading

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Arabic Movie (Eyal Sagui-Bizawe)

The Jewish Studies Program at Syracuse was delighted to host last night a screening of Arabic Movie (2015) and conversation with filmmaker Eyal Saguui-Bizawe. The movie explores the institution of the Friday afternoon “ceremony” of watching what was called “Arabic … Continue reading

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Eco Toilet (New York Visitor Center)

I’m being childish, to be sure, but the toilets at the New York State Southern Tier Visitor Center on rt. 81 just south of Binghamton are a technological wonder. The first time I was startled. Where’s the water? It’s a … Continue reading

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Opera & Landscape (David Hockney)

A musical painter or a painter of music, David Hockney painted landscapes and operatic sets –and they are glorious. The first painting that I have posted above is a view on a drive on the hilly Pacific Highway with Los … Continue reading

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(Water on Skin) Sensation (David Hockney)

Invested in the anti-aesthetic, people committed to modern and contemporary art, including art critics, often struggle with optimism, pleasure, and beauty. In the case of David Hockney, that is to miss the point and overlook what the aritst shares with … Continue reading

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