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. […]
My article, “Do We All Have an Inner Gandhi — and a Hitler Too?” appears in the Jewish Daily Forward.
My short article “Archie Rand Put a New Tryst on the Bible” appears in the Jewish Daily Forward.
My review “We’ve Seen Martin Luther From Both Sides Now” of the Minneapolis Institute of Art’s Martin Luther exhibition appears in the Jewish Daily Forward.
My article “Met exhibit reveals Holy Land’s layers” appears in National Catholic Reporter.
My article “How Did This Ass Wind Up on a Stained Glass Window?” appears in the Jewish Daily Forward. It’s the result of a visit to Minneapolis’ Basilica of Saint Mary, where I found myself face to face with a stained-glass window celebrating the biblical Balaam.
My article “Wright’s iconic home houses eclectic artwork,” about Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater, appears in National Catholic Reporter. Here’s the lede: MILL RUN, PA. One of several surprises at Fallingwater — the iconic weekend-retreat home designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and built on a waterfall in 1936 — are the collection’s religious works. The patrons, […]
My article “Did Mexican Artists Produce the First Images of the Holocaust?” appears in the Jewish Daily Forward. Here’s the lede: Velvet-black smoke pours out of a locomotive looming on the horizon, accentuating the train’s length. It ascends heavenward, but the smoke is no Exodus pillar of cloud guiding the Israelites. This ominous billowing form […]
My article about Mark Podwal’s new series, “Art traces history of anti-Semitism,” appears in National Catholic Reporter.
My article “Chabad may be Orthodox, but the Jewish students it caters to are not” appears in Religion News Service. Update: The piece has also run in the Houston Chronicle, Colo. Springs Gazette, the Advocate (New Orleans), and in Deseret News, and Tom Roberts included it in National Catholic Reporter’s morning briefing on Sept. 21.