A New Institute of Contemporary Art Proposes an Ambitious Vision in Virginia

Exterior of the VCU ICA

Exterior of the VCU ICA/Menachem Wecker


My article “Can a University Art Museum Break Out of the Ivory Tower? A New Institute of Contemporary Art Proposes an Ambitious Vision in Virginia” appears in artnet.

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Georgetown University agrees to a vote by union-aspiring grad students

My article “Georgetown University agrees to a vote by union-aspiring grad students” appears in National Catholic Reporter.

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Celebrating a medieval ‘Miracle of Amsterdam’ in city better known for its vices

Amsterdam Miracle

A line of participants in the Stille Omgang, or silent walk, snakes through Amsterdam’s small streets on March 18, 2018. RNS photo by Menachem Wecker


My article “Celebrating a medieval ‘Miracle of Amsterdam’ in city better known for its vices” appears in Religion News Service.

It has also run in the Colorado Springs Gazette and Crux.

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Inquisition-era paintings of Old Testament figures highlight ‘complexity of humankind’

Installation view of works at the Frick Collection of Zurbarán’s "Jacob and His Twelve Sons: Paintings from Auckland Castle" (The Frick/Michael Bodycomb)

Zurbarán’s “Jacob and His Twelve Sons: Paintings from Auckland Castle” at the Frick/Michael Bodycomb


My article “Inquisition-era paintings of Old Testament figures highlight ‘complexity of humankind,’” about an exhibit at the Frick, appears in National Catholic Reporter.

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The Unprecedented Bible Portraits of Francisco de Zurbarán

Zurbarán and other works on display in the Long Dining Room at Auckland Castle

Zurbarán’s series at Auckland Castle. Auckland Project/Zurbarán Trust, photo: Colin Davison

My review of an exhibition at New York’s Frick Collection appears in Mosaic magazine, titled “The Unprecedented Bible Portraits of Francisco de Zurbarán.”

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Remembering Keith Sachs, Who Gave Philadelphia A Very Memorable Gift

Keith L. Sachs

My photo of Keith L. Sachs from 2016


My obituary for Keith L. Sachs appears in the Forward.

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Chess Life article about Bobby Fischer

My article “Searching for Fischer’s Legacy,” which reflects on Bobby Fischer’s legacy 10 years after his death, appears in the March 2018 issue of Chess Life magazine. It may be accessed in PDF format via this link. To read the entire issue of Chess Life, and to subscribe to future issues, visit this link to join the U.S. Chess Federation, which publishes the magazine.

Bobby Fischer grave

Bobby Fischer’s grave in Iceland. Photo by Nachama Soloveichik

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Barack and Michelle Obama’s portraits unveiled in Washington

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My article “Barack and Michelle Obama’s portraits unveiled in Washington” appears in The Art Newspaper.

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Beyond the Golden Toilet: How Does Art End Up in the White House, and What Does It Tell Us About Our Leaders?

My article “Beyond the Golden Toilet: How Does Art End Up in the White House, and What Does It Tell Us About Our Leaders?” appears in artnet news.

Update (2/7): Writing on ArtsJournal, Lee Rosenbaum calls the story “comprehensive.”

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Controversial La Salle artwork deaccession could set university museums back, experts say

My article “Controversial La Salle artwork deaccession could set university museums back, experts say” appears in National Catholic Reporter.

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