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(The Capitol Building) So Much American Civil Religion & The Problem of Evil

There before or very eyes, for most of us on television or online, was the reappearance of American Civil Religion. It was there in the wake churned at the Trump Insurrection at the Capitol, the inauguration of President Biden, and … Continue reading

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(Un/Civil Religion) The U.S. Capitol Is An Animal Being

I’m probably imagining it, but since the January 6 insurrection when I look at still photos of the building, the material object that is the Capitol looks to me like a living creature, like some kind of animated object, an … Continue reading

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(Chabad Redesign) 770

  “New preliminary design renderings from S. Wieder Architect reveal an expansion of the Chabad Lubavitch World Headquarters in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. Located at 770 Eastern Parkway in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, the religious complex spans almost one acre and will include a synagogue, … Continue reading

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(Posthuman Catalogue) Jewish Art & Aesthetics of Judaism

Stepping back at the long arc of Jewish art in tandem with the history of Jewish thought gives to view a kind of cataloge. Included are black inky letters their script and configuration, rosettes and arabesques and other ornamental figures, … Continue reading

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(Temple Society of Concord) The Essence of Judaism is Architecture (Syracuse)

Undergraduates at Syracuse, and elsewhere I supposed, gravitate to Abraham Geiger and Reform Judaism when we pull up to the modern period in my introduction to Judaism. They like the individualistic voluntarism that they associate with liberalism and which they … Continue reading

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(Social Space) Sukkot (Henri Lefebvre)

“If indeed every society produces a space, its own space, this will have other consequences…Any ‘social existence’ aspiring or claiming to be ‘real’, but failing to produce its own space, would be a strange entity, a peculiar kind of abstraction … Continue reading

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Brickwork & Theatrical Ornament (Riverside Drive)

From a distance, the ornamental  feature up by the roof-line drew our attention. I zoomed in with my trusty digital zoom lens to get a closer look at what turned out to be an old-fashioned  baby-cherub. We then went on … Continue reading

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New York City Green Revolution Building

Pretty to look at, this residential apartment building in Morningside Heights is about to be eaten alive by the English Ivy.

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Placing Memory (Gal Cohen & Zac Hacmon)

Some photos of paintings by Gal Cohen and sculpture by Zac Hacmon from their recent and thoughtful two-person show downtown on the Lower East, Placing Memory. With Hadera, Israel as their critical touchstone, the paintings explore the evisceration of the … Continue reading

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Greening Architectural Models (Japan)

From Japan –different spatial organizations, green and no longer grid-like, with a spongy and serpentine organic look for the future, a new century. The models were on view a while back at MOMA.

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