Tuesday, November 25, 2014 Kislev 3, 5775
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Rita Rosen Poley, JE Feature
In 1961, during a summer in Mexico City, I was fortunate to have been taken to visit an unusual house museum called Casa Azul ("Blue House"). Before that moment, I knew nothing about it or its famous owner, the artist Frida Kahlo (1907-1954). Casa Azul is an amazingly colorful, exuberant repository of art and artifacts. More importantly, it is an...
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Jared Shelly, JE Feature
Some writers and artists draw inspiration from seeing a beautiful landscape, staring at a statuesque model or listening to a well-crafted anecdote. Not Art Spiegelman. Disaster is his muse. In his most famous work, the graphic novel Maus , the disaster was the Holocaust. The story told of his parents' struggles throughout the Shoah, with Jews depicted as mice and...
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The Berlin wall of sound may provide the quintessential centerpiece for the "Jewish American" series. "Irving Berlin," says David Grubin, its exec-in-charge, "is a perfect example" of what the series attempts to show. "He was Jewish down to his toenails. Yet here is someone who wrote some of the best known Christmas songs ('White Christmas') and was so assimilated into...
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Yocheved Miriam Russo, JE Feature
Jerusalem No one is happier about the renovations under way at Israel's largest and most famous museum than the security guards at the nearby Bible Lands Museum. They say that every day, dozens of first-time visitors looking for the Israel Museum pass through the Bible Museum security gates before realizing their mistake. Up to now, the fabulous, 20-acre, half-million-artifact collection...
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If all the world's a circle, include Philadelphia as a pit stop on the way to "Gilded Lions and Jeweled Horses: The Synagogue to the Carousel," a new exhibition at the American Folk Art Museum in New York. The display conveys the story of a little-known aspect of American carousel history and its connection to Jewish visual culture, including the...
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