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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 […]

Can a Major Expansion Make the Norton More Than a Playground for the Rich?

My article “The Norton Museum Is Adjacent to the Third-Richest Zip Code in America. Can a Major Expansion Make It More Than a Playground for the Rich?” appears in artnet.

Rachel Maddow show

The Rachel Maddow show links to my Smithsonian magazine piece about national parks in its “Week in Geek — Mars on Earth edition” by Summer Ash.

The annoying “I met a turtle friend” commercial

At first, I thought it was just me. Every time the Expedia “Find Your New Friend” commercial (video below) came on TV, I just found myself annoyed and angrily fact-checking the commercial’s premise. “Traveling, you definitely end up meeting a lot more people, but a friend underwater is something completely different. I met a turtle […]

San Francisco slide show

  • 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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