Last-minute invite appears to treat White House call with rabbis as an afterthought

My article “Last-minute invite appears to treat White House call with rabbis as an afterthought” appears in Religion News Service.

‘I’m an Experiment’: Why the Israel Museum Hired Ido Bruno, a Tech-Savvy Designer With No Institutional Experience, to Be Its New Director

Ido Bruno. Photo: Menachem Wecker

Ido Bruno. Photo: Menachem Wecker


My article “‘I’m an Experiment’: Why the Israel Museum Hired Ido Bruno, a Tech-Savvy Designer with No Institutional Experience, to Be Its New Director” appears in artnet.

Kasich thinks Cleveland’s Kusama show is ‘fantastic’

Gov. Kasich at the Kusama exhibit

Gov. Kasich at the Kusama exhibit at the Cleveland Museum of Art. Photo: Menachem Wecker


My article “Kasich thinks Cleveland’s Kusama show is ‘fantastic’” appears in Art Newspaper. Gov. Kasich, who was visiting the exhibit with his wife and one of his daughters, generously answered my questions.

Update: The article made ARTnews’ morning links on Aug. 23.

A pocket watch turns back the clock on Jewish life aboard the Titanic

Titanic Jewish pocket watch

Source: Heritage Auctions

My article “A pocket watch turns back the clock on Jewish life aboard the Titanic,” about an item to be sold by Heritage Auctions, appears in Religion News Service.

Update: Haaretz (Israel) mentions the piece.

The suit Billy Graham wore on his final crusade in 2005

Billy Graham suit

The suit Billy Graham wore on his last crusade in 2005. Photo: Menachem Wecker

While reporting a Religion News Service article about a Billy Graham exhibit at Washington’s Museum of the Bible, I noticed wrinkles on the sleeve of the suit, which Billy Graham wore on his last crusade in 2005 and which the Billy Graham Library lent.

Graham was not Catholic, but many of the artifacts in the exhibit had the aura of relics. I wondered, eyeing the wrinkles, if the suit had been purposely left unlaundered to retain some of the late Graham’s presence. A curator I approached expressed surprise at the state of the suit and said it was supposed to have been dry-cleaned. It was suggested the wrinkles would be ironed out. But when I returned a week later, the wrinkles were still there.

Perhaps the suit has since been pressed, but as long as it remains rumpled, I like the idea that it suggests a used object — even if it’s been cleaned since Graham last touched it.

Billy Graham drew less from Old Testament as years went by, new exhibit shows

Museum of the Bible Billy Graham show

Photo: Menachem Wecker


My article “Billy Graham drew less from Old Testament as years went by, new exhibit shows” appears in Religion News Service.

Here’s the beginning:

In the 1950s, 1 in 3 verses that Billy Graham used to anchor his sermons came from Jewish Scripture known to Graham — and most Christians — as the Old Testament. With each ensuing decade, however, America’s pastor drew increasingly on the New Testament.

The decrease in Old Testament citations, said Anthony Schmidt, an associate curator at the Museum of the Bible in Washington, D.C., reflects Graham’s relative concern about the threat of communism through his career. As the Cold War was still taking shape and Graham’s anti-communism was egged on by, among others, newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst, Graham drew upon fire-and-brimstone Old Testament admonishments. As the Red threat dissipated, he sought biblical citations with a softer tone.

The findings are part of the museum’s new exhibition, “Pilgrim Preacher: Billy Graham, the Bible, and the Challenges of the Modern World,” which Schmidt curated.

Newly-unionized adjuncts sign contract with Fordham University

My article “Newly-unionized adjuncts sign contract with Fordham University” appears in National Catholic Reporter.

Humour in the age of Trump—and far before it—explored at Washington, DC’s National Gallery

My article “Humour in the age of Trump—and far before it—explored at Washington, DC’s National Gallery” appears in Art Newspaper.

Collector Leonard Lauder on How Vintage Postcards Can Help Us Understand Propaganda in the Present

Lauder postcard collection

Japanese Soldier Devours the Russian Enemy. Color lithograph on card stock. Leonard A. Lauder Postcard Archive, Promised gift of Leonard A. 
Lauder. Courtesy Museum of Fine Arts, Boston


My article “Collector Leonard Lauder on How Vintage Postcards Can Help Us Understand Propaganda in the Present” appears in artnet news.

Some of Europe’s top tourist destinations are homes to anti-Semitic imagery. What should be done?

Parroquia de San Nicolás de Bari in Seville

Inside the Parroquia de San Nicolás de Bari in Seville, a sign near this altar once identified the crucified boy as Dominguito del Val, a figure alleged to have been murdered by Seville’s Jews. This death—real or imagined—served as a pretext for a pogrom. (Photo: Nachama Soloveichik)


My article “Some of Europe’s top tourist destinations are homes to anti-Semitic imagery. What should be done?” appears in America magazine.

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    Bobby Fischer gravestone "Searching for Fischer’s Legacy." Chess Life magazine. March 2018. (PDF file).

    Confederate monuments "Confederate Monuments and the Power of Absence." Religion & Politics. Oct. 2017.

    Jules Olitski star "A Memorial That Knows Its Biblical History." Wall St. Journal. Sept. 22, 2017.

    CIA art collection "Infiltrating the CIA’s Secret Art Collection." Playboy. Jan./Feb. 2017.
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