How Jews Solved the “Design Problem” of Gesturing to the Prohibited Name of God Without Actually Writing It

My article “How Jews Solved the ‘Design Problem’ of Gesturing to the Prohibited Name of God Without Actually Writing It” appears in Mosaic magazine.

Gottlieb’s triple self-portrait captures complexity of High Holidays services

My article “Gottlieb’s triple self-portrait captures complexity of High Holidays services” appears in Religion News Service.

In Salt Lake City, a New Museum Director Is Attempting to Bridge the Gulf Between Contemporary Art and Mormonism

My article “In Salt Lake City, a New Museum Director Is Attempting to Bridge the Gulf Between Contemporary Art and Mormonism” appears in artnet.

The idea that God — or someone — is always watching comes to life with technology

My article “The idea that God — or someone — is always watching comes to life with technology” appears in Religion News Service (RNS). Update: The article also appears in the Salt Lake Tribune.

How politicians get camera-ready: Stylists and media training

For Washington Post Magazine, I walked a mile in a politician’s shoes, so to speak. A stylist critiqued my wardrobe; another stylist created two new looks for me (before and after photos in the article). I was also media trained. The article is what I figure it all means.

Images in conversation: ‘Power Couples’ exhibit shows symbolism in pairs

My article “Images in conversation: ‘Power Couples’ exhibit shows symbolism in pairs,” about a show at Utah Museum of Fine Arts in Salt Lake City, appears in National Catholic Reporter.

Why the baroque politeness of diplomatic notes may be what the world needs now

My article “Why the baroque politeness of diplomatic notes may be what the world needs now” appears in Washington Post Magazine.

When Climate Science Is Ignored, Try the Arts

My article “When Climate Science Is Ignored, Try the Arts,” about how college and university art museums are focusing on the environment, appears in the Sept./Oct. 2019 issue of Sojourners magazine. You can read a PDF of the article here, and subscribe to Sojourners here.

How Hospitals Around the World Are Experimenting With the Healing Power of Art

My article “‘Fine Art Is Good Medicine’: How Hospitals Around the World Are Experimenting With the Healing Power of Art” appears in artnet. Update: The Washington Post‘s Erin Blakemore published “Today’s hospitals discover the therapeutic touch of art” based on my reporting. And Kaiser Health News also links to the story.

Tintoretto and His Jewish Neighbors

My article “Tintoretto and His Jewish Neighbors: Art historians have almost completely ignored the many connections between the great Old Master and the Jews of Venice. Is there more to be said?” appears in Mosaic magazine.

  • 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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