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When Modern Dance Got Caught in Israel’s Culture Wars

By On March 22, 2017

Mr. Gaga, the intriguing new documentary about Israel’s Batsheva Dance Company and its artistic director, is about more than dance. Veteran filmmaker Tomer Heymann incorporates never-before-seen archival footage, beautifully shot performances, interviews and… Read More

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A Beastie Boy’s Ode to Jewish Brooklyn—In Wallpaper Form

By On March 3, 2017

Mike D: founding member of the Beastie Boys, Jewish kid from NYC, and interior decorator specializing in Jewish themes? Michael “Mike D” Diamond, who rapped, sang, and played drums for everybody’s favorite… Read More

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The Online Holocaust ‘Selfie’ Art That Set the Internet Ablaze

By On January 26, 2017

You may have seen it: YOLOCAUST, a short-lived online gallery that transformed Holocaust-themed glamour selfies into historic scenes of horror, complete with corpses. Shahak Shapira, the Israeli artist behind the project, wanted to draw… Read More

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Marking the Ghosts in Poland’s Old Jewish Cemeteries

By On December 5, 2016

How do you alert people to an absence? Across Poland, different communities come together to clean up and restore Jewish cemeteries. But in some places, those cemeteries have been not just neglected,… Read More

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Destroyed By Isis, This Ancient Syrian Synagogue Had Jaw-Dropping Murals

By On October 3, 2016

In 1932, the nearly intact ruins of a synagogue were excavated in Dura-Europos, a former garrison and trading center on the Euphrates river in eastern Syria. The shul’s construction was traced back… Read More

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Famous Classic Art Works Get Hilarious Jewish Updates

By On August 11, 2016

In Greek and Roman times, there was trompe l’oeil, where artists tried to “trick the eye” into seeing three dimensions where there were just two. Double exposure built the optical illusion of… Read More

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Animated Art to Complete the Countdown to Shavuot

By On June 9, 2016

Friday night, June 10th marks the final day of the Omer, the 50 days Jews tick off from Passover (the Exodus) to Shavuot (receiving the Torah).   Back in the day, the… Read More

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A Tel Aviv Artist Explores Her Tehran Roots

By On May 13, 2016

Tel Aviv-based visual artist Elham Rokni was born in Tehran and has lived in Israel since she was 9. Her work reflects on displacement and memory, and in media ranging from drawings… Read More

Eva Hesse, The Extraordinary Sculptor Who Died at 34
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Eva Hesse, The Extraordinary Sculptor Who Escaped the Nazis then Died at 34

By On January 11, 2016

Minimalist art is characterized by a kind of machine-made reductiveness, a movement transgressive in its simplicity. So what would post-minimalism look like? Just check out the breathtaking work of the late Eva… Read More

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A Sculptural Tribute to Israel’s Tragic Summer

By On September 29, 2015

With his arresting sculptural installation “Pillar of Ash,” NYC-based Israeli artist Romy Achituv responds to two harrowing attacks by Jewish extremists in Israel this summer: the arson of the Palestinian Dawabshe family… Read More

"You Killed My Jew, Now I've Killed Yours": The Murder of Bruno Schulz
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“You Killed My Jew, Now I’ve Killed Yours”: The Murder of Bruno Schulz

By On August 24, 2015

Bruno Schulz wasn’t just one of the 20th century’s greatest Polish-language literary stylists—fans know him well for his beautiful and surreal story collection The Street of Crocodiles—he was also a talented fine… Read More

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Abstract Painter Mark Rothko’s Jewish Roots

By On April 15, 2015

Before Mark Rothko’s famous rectangles of color were found in college dorms everywhere, before he became a key figure of Abstract Expressionist painting, he was born Marcus Rothkowitz in 1903 in Tsarist… Read More