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

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 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.

False Attributions Have Beleaguered Tintoretto’s Reputation. Three New Museum Shows Hope to Change That

My article “False Attributions Have Beleaguered Tintoretto’s Reputation. Three New Museum Shows Hope to Change That” appears in artnet. Several works at the three Tintoretto shows at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, feature corrected attributions.

Dear celebrities (and everyone else, too): Stop wearing sunglasses at museums!

My article “Dear celebrities (and everyone else, too): Stop wearing sunglasses at museums!” appears in Washington Post Magazine. Here’s a selection: Harry Cooper, curator and head of modern art at the National Gallery, hates sunglasses and wears them only when driving while facing the sun. “I guess I want to have an unfiltered view of […]

At Chicago museum, Mexican Catholic history emerges

My article “At Chicago museum, Mexican Catholic history emerges” appears in National Catholic Reporter. Here’s a selection: In a recent interview, Cesáreo Moreno, the National Museum of Mexican Art’s visual arts director and chief curator, told a tale of two Spanish waves. Early Franciscan, Dominican and Augustinian missionaries were comparatively compassionate and brought technologies, such […]

Cantor regains his lost voice by composing Jewish music

My article “Cantor regains his lost voice by composing Jewish music” appears in Religion News Service.

National Museum of African American History and Culture’s response to my Washington Post Magazine article

In part, NMAAHC states: “Although the Jacob Lawrence label accurately describes, sources and credits the image, it does not explicitly state that the image is a reproduction. For that reason, we will edit the label to ensure the image is not mistaken as the actual painting. The museum is committed to rigorous scholarship, accuracy, and […]

Are museums being clear enough with the public about what’s real and what’s fake?

My article “The Imitation Game: Are museums being clear enough with the public about what’s real and what’s fake?” appears in Washington Post Magazine. I looked at every single work of art, artifact, specimen, and other object on view at the following Smithsonian museums: National Museum of the American Indian National Air and Space Museum […]

  • 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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