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How a Smithsonian researcher reinterpreted Rumpelstiltskin for the #MeToo era

My article “How a Smithsonian researcher reinterpreted Rumpelstiltskin for the #MeToo era” appears in Washington Post Magazine.

Should the best artists of the Renaissance be defined by the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles?

My article “Should the best artists of the Renaissance be defined by the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles?” appears on the NBC website.

10 Beginner’s Tips for How to See—and Understand—the Rich Complexities of Byzantine Textiles

My article “10 Beginner’s Tips for How to See—and Understand—the Rich Complexities of Byzantine Textiles” appears in artnet.

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

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.

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

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)

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. […]

How politicians get camera-ready: Stylists and media training

For Washington Post Magazine, I walked a mile in a politician’s shoes, so to speak. A stylist critiqued my wardrobe; another stylist created two new looks for me (before and after photos in the article). I was also media trained. The article is what I figure it all means.

Tintoretto and His Jewish Neighbors

My article “Tintoretto and His Jewish Neighbors: Art historians have almost completely ignored the many connections between the great Old Master and the Jews of Venice. Is there more to be said?” appears in Mosaic magazine.

  • 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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