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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.

Mister Rogers’ Jewish neighborhood

My article “Mister Rogers’ Jewish neighborhood,” about an exhibit of Jim Judkis’ photos of Fred Rogers, appears in Religion News Service.

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.

Jews of African descent ‘unnerved’ by comparisons to viral video group

My article “Jews of African descent ‘unnerved’ by comparisons to viral video group” appears in Religion News Service.

Why Andy Warhol’s Brillo pads — and a million other things — are kosher

My article “Why Andy Warhol’s Brillo pads — and a million other things — are kosher,” which riffs on the major Warhol retrospective at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, appears in Religion News Service.

In 25 years, Museum of Contemporary Religious Art hasn’t shied from risks

My article “In 25 years, Museum of Contemporary Religious Art hasn’t shied from risks” appears in National Catholic Reporter.

Chess Life article about Chess Sets & Conflict

My article “Chess Sets & Conflict,” which reflects on the ways that chess sets, for centuries, have done double-duty as political and religious symbols, appears in the Dec. 2018 issue of Chess Life magazine. It may be accessed in PDF format via this link. To read the entire issue Chess Life, and to subscribe to […]

Museums’ mislabeling can leave visitors with misconceptions of biblical proportions

My article “Museums’ mislabeling can leave visitors with misconceptions of biblical proportions” appears in Religion News Service.

What If You Trivialize Hitler?

My article “What If You Trivialize Hitler?” — about the Holocaust art of Bruce Gendelman — appears in Mosaic magazine. (The Jewish Journal, LA, also excerpts it.) Here’s the lede: “How do you shoot the devil in the back?” asks the character played by Kevin Spacey in the 1995 movie The Usual Suspects. A similar […]

  • 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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