What does a libertarian art show look like? The Cato Institute is finding out.

Cato Institute exhibit. Photo: Menachem Wecker

My article “What does a libertarian art show look like? The Cato Institute is finding out” appears in Washington Post Magazine.

Exhibit suggests ‘peaceful pluralism’ among ancient Jews, Christians and pagans

The Magdala Stone, a limestone box unearthed from a first-century synagogue in Migdal, Israel. (Courtesy of the Israel Antiquities Authority/Yael Yolovich)
The Magdala Stone, a limestone box unearthed from a first-century synagogue in Migdal, Israel. (Courtesy of the Israel Antiquities Authority/Yael Yolovich)

My article “Exhibit suggests ‘peaceful pluralism’ among ancient Jews, Christians and pagans,” about the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s exhibit “The World between Empires: Art and Identity in the Ancient Middle East,” appears in National Catholic Reporter.

Why dragons keep getting bigger

My article comparing dragons portrayed in Game of Thrones and in depictions of St. George in medieval manuscripts appears in Catholic Herald.

Tikvah podcast

Jonathan Silver interviews me on the Tikvah podcast about my Mosaic magazine piece about the Jewish Museum.

More about the original essay, and responses to it, here.

Mister Rogers’ Jewish neighborhood

My article “Mister Rogers’ Jewish neighborhood,” about an exhibit of Jim Judkis’ photos of Fred Rogers, appears in Religion News Service.

Book chapter: Religious Pilgrimage and Sacred Relics as Empathy Builders

My book chapter “Religious Pilgrimage and Sacred Relics as Empathy Builders,” co-written with Ari Gordon, appears in the book “Designing for Empathy: Perspectives on the Museum Experience” (Rowman & Littlefield/American Alliance Of Museums, 2019), edited by Elif M. Gokcigdem. To order the book, click here.

To read the chapter, click on the link below to view or download.

Is religious kitsch offensive? The answer is in the eye of the beholder

My article “Is religious kitsch offensive? The answer is in the eye of the beholder” appears in Religion News Service.

Update: The RNS article has also run in National Catholic Reporter.

The Wreck of the Jewish Museum

Photo: Menachem Wecker

My article “The Wreck of the Jewish Museum” appears in Mosaic magazine.

Here’s the response from Tom Freudenheim, former assistant secretary for museums at the Smithsonian Institutions, former director of the museum program at the National Endowment for the Arts, and former director of several museums.

Here’s a second response from Edward Rothstein, critic-at-large for the Wall Street Journal and former cultural critic-at-large for The New York Times.

And here’s the third and final one from artist and writer Richard McBee.

Here’s my reply to Freudenheim, Rothstein, and McBee.

And here’s my interview on Tikvah’s podcast.

Update: Ben Schachter, professor of visual art at Saint Vincent College, responds to the articles in the Pittsburgh Jewish Chronicle.

The Satanic Temple is a real religion, says IRS

The Almighty may not think the Satanic Temple is a church. But the taxman has given it the thumbs-up.

The rest of the article, “The Satanic Temple is a real religion, says IRS,” appears in Religion News Service.

Civil War references hide in plain sight in American pre-Raphaelite art

My article “Civil War references hide in plain sight in American pre-Raphaelite art,” about a National Gallery of Art exhibit, appears in The Art Newspaper.

Charles Herbert Moore, Hudson River, Above Catskill (1865) Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Fort Worth
Charles Herbert Moore, “Hudson River, Above Catskill’ (1865)/Amon Carter Museum of American Art
  • Selected articles

    NMAAHC "The Imitation Game: Are museums being clear enough with the public about what’s real and what’s fake?" Washington Post Magazine. March 3, 2019.

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

    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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