All posts in category Art

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

  • 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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