Tag Archives: gender

(10 Commandments) Sabbath & The Jealous Mother God of Modern Bourgeois Judaism (Hertz Pentateuch)

[photograph of Malka Mollie Fedder, my father’s maternal grandmother] What are the so-called 10 commandments? Are they a foundation of law, the political law of a polis? Or something else? Are they the law of God the Father? Or someone … Continue reading

Posted in uncategorized | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Wild Precarious Life (Cecilia Vicuña)

This recent show of paintings, sculptural works, and installation by Cecilia Vicuña conjures together feminist cosmologies of raw and dyed wooliness, wild animal figures, and the drift of precarious forms. The painted figures are seers. Protective, they represent resistant political forces of … Continue reading

Posted in uncategorized | Tagged , , , | 1 Comment

Gender of God (Them)

The other day in class, I suddenly stopped myself, looked around, and referred to God as “them.” It worked surprisingly well. What would Maimonides think? The students didn’t blink an eye.

Posted in uncategorized | Tagged , | 1 Comment

(Syracuse University) Jewish Studies Fall 2018 (Looks Like)

A small program, we take visual presence with a lot of seriousness in the Department of Religion and in the Jewish Studies Program. Jewish Studies should look like something. It should have a look, projected out into the public sphere. One … Continue reading

Posted in uncategorized | Tagged , , | 1 Comment

Narrative Powers of Women & Failure of Cultural Translations (Galit Hasan-Rokem at Syracuse) (April 11)

Honored to announce this year’s annual B.G. Rudolph Lecture sponsored by the Jewish Studies Program at Syracuse University.

Posted in uncategorized | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

KIKI SMITH AND PAPER: THE BODY THE MUSE, AND THE SPIRIT

KIKI SMITH AND PAPER: THE BODY THE MUSE, AND THE SPIRIT is a smart and powerful little show of drawings by the artist at Syracuse University. It is broken up into three parts. The first part is focused on body … Continue reading

Posted in uncategorized | Tagged , , , , | 1 Comment

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

Posted in uncategorized | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment