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Why the baroque politeness of diplomatic notes may be what the world needs now

My article “Why the baroque politeness of diplomatic notes may be what the world needs now” appears in Washington Post Magazine.

2019 Catholic Press Association award

I’m excited to announce receiving a first-place 2019 Catholic Press Association award for my National Catholic Reporter arts coverage. Read more here about all the other awards NCR won.

Tikvah podcast

Jonathan Silver interviews me on the Tikvah podcast about my Mosaic magazine piece about the Jewish Museum. More about the original essay, and responses to it, here.

Book chapter: Religious Pilgrimage and Sacred Relics as Empathy Builders

My book chapter “Religious Pilgrimage and Sacred Relics as Empathy Builders,” co-written with Ari Gordon, appears in the book “Designing for Empathy: Perspectives on the Museum Experience” (Rowman & Littlefield/American Alliance Of Museums, 2019), edited by Elif M. Gokcigdem. To order the book, click here. To read the chapter, click on the link below to […]

Is religious kitsch offensive? The answer is in the eye of the beholder

My article “Is religious kitsch offensive? The answer is in the eye of the beholder” appears in Religion News Service. Update: The RNS article has also run in National Catholic Reporter.

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 […]

  • 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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