All posts in category Art

Overcoming church’s negative past in Spain (National Catholic Reporter)

My article “Overcoming church’s negative past in Spain” appears in National Catholic Reporter. Here’s the lede: TOLEDO, SPAIN “Alas the synagogues, fallen to ruins, where kites and vultures have nested; for the children of Israel have departed,” wrote Ya’aqob Albeneh in a 1391 poem. He was describing a pogrom, which he survived, that began in […]

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North Korea gives up its secrets right in the heart of Washington (Art Newspaper)

My article “North Korea gives up its secrets right in the heart of Washington,” about exhibitions at American University’s Katzen Arts Center, appears in The Art Newspaper.

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“Piecing Together the Histories of a Series of Stolen Paintings”

Hospital de la Caridad A post shared by Menachem Wecker (@mwecker) on Dec 21, 2016 at 1:27pm PST My article “Piecing Together the Histories of a Series of Stolen Paintings” appears in Hyperallergic.

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(Sojourners) At the National Gallery, a Family History On Display

Three saints. Della Robbia. A post shared by Menachem Wecker (@mwecker) on Jan 31, 2017 at 7:27am PST My article “At the National Gallery, a Family History On Display” appears in Sojourners magazine. Here’s the lede: At first encounter with the National Gallery of Art’s Della Robbia exhibition in Washington, D.C., viewers must look up, […]

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(NCR) Medieval art is relatable today, even out of context

My article “Medieval art is relatable today, even out of context” appears in National Catholic Reporter. Here’s a selection: “Given the increasing misappropriation of medieval crusader rhetoric by American white supremacists and the constant misinterpretation of movements like [the Islamic State] as ‘medieval,’ just to name two examples, our work is more important than ever,” […]

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(Forward) What Do You Do When You Come Face To Face With The Spanish Inquisition?

My article “What Do You Do When You Come Face To Face With The Spanish Inquisition?” — about paintings at the Prado Museum in Madrid and the Harvard Art Museums — appears in the Jewish Daily Forward. Here’s the lede: “Nobody,” the Monty Python skit goes, “expects the Spanish Inquisition,” and the same goes for […]

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(Forward) Jewish Philanthropist Establishes Kansas City As Cultural Mecca

My article “Jewish Philanthropist Establishes Kansas City As Cultural Mecca,” which draws upon interviews with Henry Bloch, 94, co-founder (and the ‘H’ in) H&R Block, about the new wing named for him at Kansas City’s Nelson-Atkins Museum, appears in the Jewish Daily Forward.

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(Forward) Why Was This Italian Artist So Interested in Painting Synagogues?

My article “Why Was This Italian Artist So Interested in Painting Synagogues?” appears in the Jewish Daily Forward. Here’s the lede: Nearly 275 years after Alessandro Magnasco’s death, experts still aren’t sure what to make of his work — particularly four paintings of synagogues. Known as il Lissandrino, Magnasco was born 350 years ago Feb. […]

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(NCR) Two painters, two styles, one city: Seville takes a lead in cosmopolitan 17th-century art

My article “Two painters, two styles, one city: Seville takes a lead in cosmopolitan 17th-century art” appears in National Catholic Reporter. Here’s the lede: Visitors to Santa María de la Sede, Seville’s cathedral and the world’s third largest church, need to peer over the baptismal font from behind a stanchion to glimpse Bartolomé Esteban Murillo’s […]

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(Forward) Do We All Have an Inner Gandhi — and a Hitler Too?

My article, “Do We All Have an Inner Gandhi — and a Hitler Too?” appears in the Jewish Daily Forward.

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