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The Un-chosen Artist

Posted on: September 25th, 2007

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In a 1972 study, Stanley Milgram found that "familiar strangers" who share a repeated experience (like riding the same bus every day) are likelier to communicate when cast into an unfamiliar setting, than are two strangers with no such shared experience.

 

Documenting Real Fiction

Posted on: September 11th, 2007

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What role can a documentary film assume when facts cannot be agreed upon and truth is spelled with a lower case "t"?

 

Sarah’s Miscalculation

Posted on: September 5th, 2007

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Rembrandt's etching, Abraham Entertaining the Angels, is a pristine jewel of Biblical narrative.

 

The Insecure Prophet: Walking A Mile In Nathan’s Shoes

Posted on: August 29th, 2007

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When the prophet Nathan woke up in the morning and saw his to-do list for the day - rebuke the king of Israel for his sin with Bathsheba - did he hit his snooze alarm and try, like the prophet Jonah, to shirk his duty?

 

Frydlender’s Constructions

Posted on: August 22nd, 2007

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What is Frydlender up to? Barry Frydlender, the prominent Israeli photographer, is currently privileged with simultaneous exhibitions at the Tel Aviv Museum and the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

 

Brotherly Hatred

Posted on: August 15th, 2007

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If an Israeli settler and a Palestinian shopkeeper sat through Israeli playwright Ilan Hatsor's Masked, both might feel betrayed and misrepresented.

 

Caravaggio And Evil

Posted on: August 8th, 2007

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      Michelangelo Merisi Caravaggio (1571-1610) was well acquainted with evil. His short violent life careened wildly between prestigious painting commissions from the most powerful men in Rome and drunken street brawls with the lowest of the low. Such behavior led to frequent encounters with the police, lawsuits, duels and finally murder. Exposed early in life to […]

 

Fighting Anti-Semitism In Life And Death: Two New Films On Daniel Pearl And Simon Wiesenthal

Posted on: August 1st, 2007

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"Your powers are weak, old man," Darth Vader tells Obi-Wan Kenobi as the young Luke anxiously watches the ensuing battle from a distance.

 

The Arch of Titus: Am Yisroel Chai

Posted on: July 25th, 2007

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I walked slowly away from the Coliseum in Rome. Completed in 80 C.E. by the Emperor Titus it was used for almost 500 years for countless gladiatorial games and bloody spectacles.

 

Forcing The Messiah Any Day That He Might Come

Posted on: July 18th, 2007

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"I believe with complete faith in the coming of the Messiah," declares Maimonides in his Thirteen Principles of Faith, "and even if he tarries, nevertheless I shall await him any day that he might come."

 

Women’s Work, Women’s Art: Ita Aber At Yeshiva University Museum

Posted on: July 11th, 2007

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Could there be such a thing as Women's Art? From my liberal modernist perspective such a notion is foreign, threatening and, indeed, heretical.

 

The Art Of Jewish Medicine

Posted on: July 4th, 2007

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When Mark Podwal showed the galleys for his book "Doctored Drawings" to a former culture editor at The New York Times (he has drawn for the op-ed page for 35 years), he suggested Podwal remove eight drawings with Jewish symbolism.

 

Illustrating The Postmodernist’s Bible: Nature in John Bradford’s Art

Posted on: June 20th, 2007

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Some painters enslave themselves to detailed landscapes, patiently tracking every tree branch and grass blade in an effort to transcribe and document everything.

 

The Jewish Gallery

Posted on: June 13th, 2007

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Something is blooming in Brooklyn that promises a dramatic revitalization of Jewish visual culture.

 

Poetic Art And Biblical Illustration: A Study In Contrasts

Posted on: May 30th, 2007

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One of the advantages museums hold over galleries is that their exhibits need not focus on one theme.

 

The New Arthur Szyk: Fad Or Revival?

Posted on: May 22nd, 2007

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Cartoonists often draw the short straws at posh cocktail parties.

 

A Middle Eastern Scavenger Hunt: Can Shaymos be Art?

Posted on: May 9th, 2007

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Oftentimes, the art world functions like an ecosystem, whereby certain artist-producers generate innovative, new content, and artist-consumers readily borrow from those raw materials and shape them into new products.

 

And Then Came The Painter…

Posted on: May 2nd, 2007

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Although Passover is no longer around the corner (11 months and counting until next year's cleaning craze), Had Gadya remains a timeless song of Jewish persecution and triumph over generation after generation of anti-Semitism.

 

The Artistic Side Of Holocaust Art

Posted on: April 25th, 2007

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Holocaust art has dominated the news lately for all the wrong reasons.

 

Jewish Women Artists Talk About Their Work (Part Five)

Posted on: April 18th, 2007

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