Amid rising anti-Semitism, Orthodox Jews weigh safety with being conspicuously Jewish

My article “Amid rising anti-Semitism, Orthodox Jews weigh safety with being conspicuously Jewish” appears in Religion News Service.

Alfred Jarry’s ‘King Ubu’ Inspired Everyone From the Dadaists to the Beatles—and His Fascist Buffoon Is Now More Relevant Than Ever

Linda Klieger Stillman with William Kentridge’s Ubu Tells the Truth. Photo: Menachem Wecker.

My article “Alfred Jarry’s ‘King Ubu’ Inspired Everyone From the Dadaists to the Beatles—and His Fascist Buffoon Is Now More Relevant Than Ever,” about an Alfred Jarry exhibit at the Morgan Library and Museum in New York, appears in artnet.

A Night at the Museum for All

For this feature in Hadassah magazine, “A Night at the Museum for All,” I got in touch with some 50 U.S. Jewish and Holocaust museums to ask about their programming for visitors with disabilities almost 30 years after the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act. The museums’ offerings, it turns out, are quite uneven.

Did This Man Save the 1972 World Chess Championship?

My article “Did This Man Save the 1972 World Championship?” — about how, as Stuart Lassar tells it, a white lie made history by securing a Reykjavík table tennis bout with Bobby Fischer — appears in the Jan. 2020 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 future issues, visit this link to join the U.S. Chess Federation, which publishes the magazine.

The Saint Andy Warhol

“Andy Warhol: Revelation” at Pittsburgh’s Warhol Museum/Menachem Wecker

My article “The Saint Andy Warhol” appears in Playboy magazine.

Smithsonian exhibit connects spirituality and ecology of the American buffalo

My article “Smithsonian exhibit connects spirituality and ecology of the American buffalo” appears in National Catholic Reporter in the EarthBeat section.

Blurring the lines between rulers and saints

Detail of "St. Jerome," circa 1465-1466, probably by Donatello and Bertoldo di Giovanni, in wood, gesso and paint at the Pinacoteca Comunale in Faenza, Italy (Menachem Wecker)
Detail of “St. Jerome” (c. 1465-6), probably by Donatello and Bertoldo di Giovanni. Wood, gesso and paint. Pinacoteca Comunale in Faenza, Italy/Menachem Wecker

My article on the National Gallery of Art (Washington) show “Verrocchio: Sculptor and Painter of Renaissance Florence” and the Frick Collection (N.Y.) show “Bertoldo di Giovanni: The Renaissance of Sculpture in Medici Florence” appears in National Catholic Reporter.

Jewish Insider profile of Rep. Chrissy Houlahan (D-PA)

Chrissy Houlahan
Rep. Chrissy Houlahan cradles a toy, which her father, who survived the Holocaust, brought with him to New York from Poland. “This is something my dad allows me in my office to remember how far we’ve come,” the congresswoman says. Photo (click to enlarge): Menachem Wecker

My profile of Rep. Chrissy Houlahan (D-PA) appears in Jewish Insider. Preparing for the interview, I noticed that several stories record that she doesn’t identify as Jewish, though her dad is a Holocaust survivor.

I asked her about that, and she told me she knew nothing of her family growing up and wasn’t raised Jewish. When she started campaigning and was asked if she identifies as Jewish, she didn’t know one could do so based on heritage, rather than faith or practice. “That’s basically where I land,” she told me. “I didn’t know what words to use.”

Was John Singer Sargent a Virtuoso Draughtsman?

My article “Was John Singer Sargent a Virtuoso Draughtsman?” appears in artnet.

For Many Immigration Activists, Welcoming “Strangers” Is an Act of Faith

My article “For Many Immigration Activists, Welcoming “Strangers” Is an Act of Faith” appears in Religion & Politics.

  • 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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