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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

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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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2 Grants in Jewish Studies & Gender

Cashmere Subvention Grant in Jewish Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies Applications due April 15 The AJS Women’s Caucus announces a grant of $1000 to support scholarly publication in the area of Jewish Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies. Book proposals to … Continue reading

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Christa, and Queer and Other Icons at St John the Divine

I went too late to see the Christa Project: Manifesting Divine Bodies on view at St John the Divine. But Christa is still up there, installed over the altar, as well as these other icons. About the Christa image as a … Continue reading

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Jews, Germans, Women and the Spiritual in Art in America (Creating a Modern Guggenheim)

They won’t do the ethnic tagging at the Guggenheim, but I will. Why now, Visionaries: Creating A  Modern Guggenheim, this big exhibition of the museum’s holdings organized to show the history of its founding visionaries and mission. Originally created as … Continue reading

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Haredi Transgender (Abby Stein)

In the depressing and dreary state of our political world in the Age of Trump, this is a touching and lovely life-affirming story about the power of transformation and self-creation. For those who can’t get behind the Ha’aretz paywall here … Continue reading

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(My Working Will Be the Work) Maintenance Art and the Messianic (Mierle Laderman Ukeles)

As it turns out, Jewish ritual, the idea of the holy, informs much of this artist’s work and her thought. They cut against the grain of “messianism” in ways that are at once profound and ordinary. My introduction to her … Continue reading

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Such a Nasty Woman (Miri Regev & the Intersectional Right in Israel)

Shes’ right, of course. In comparison to her, the Israeli creative class and Jewish left, those largely Ashkenazi elites, are out maneuvered and “tight-assed.” No one knows how to play the political field like Culture Minister Miri Regev, who works at … Continue reading

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Ethics & Halakhah, Israel & ISIS?

Slated to be the next chief rabbi of the Israel Defense Forces, Rabbi Col. Eyal Karim has made statements against inducting women into the army and permitting rape of non-Jewish women during times of war. The latter was said to have … Continue reading

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