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Blog Post Archive

Dear Facebook, please reinstate the Intifada page, and here's why

4 years agoReligion : Iconia

As the Daily Mail (UK) reports (via Drudge Report), Facebook is being sued for more than $1 billion. Lawyer Larry Klayman claims the social networking platform was too slow in removing the page Third Palestinian Intifada, which drew 340,000 likes....

The whole megillah about Purim

4 years agoReligion : Iconia

In a recent conversation, my friend Danny Freedman told me that he was surprised to learn that the Book of Esther was a fairly short work. He had heard, of course, of the expression "the whole megillah," which implies that...

Are divine props idols? Soasig Chamaillard's My Little (Virgin Mary) Pony and more

4 years agoReligion : Iconia

Here's the thing about artists -- we expect them to see the world differently. When they decide, like Claes Oldenburg did, to enlarge the cheeseburger, for example, we reward them for being brilliant, innovative and ahead of the curve. Or...

Art history cannot be understood without studying religion: On Faith founder and co-moderator Sally Quinn

4 years agoReligion : Iconia

According to Sally Quinn, founder and co-moderator of the Washington Post blog On Faith, the Post's two Metro reporters who cover religion are "both run ragged" with the massive volume of stories. "There is almost no coverage of religion in...

Iran boycotts Olympics logo as 'Zionist'

4 years agoReligion : Iconia

I guess I was wrong about Iran. Back in January 2007, I blogged about the World Award of Monotheistic Religions, which was hosted by Tehran. The third place winner? Michal Jandura of Poland, whose piece showed three interlocking books...

Rijksmuseum acquisition sheds light on Christian vs. Jewish views of Balaam

4 years agoReligion : Iconia

It's wholly appropriate that Balaam's legacy -- at least to the few Bible enthusiasts who even know who he is -- is likely to evoke the expression, "Balaam's ass." In fact, the Old Testament narrative about Balaam (Hebrew Bilam), which...

Is Mat Gleason's Huffington Post column the stupidest art piece ever?

4 years agoReligion : Iconia

The Coagula Art Journal critic and Huffington Post writer's bio shows he is a joke. One blurb calls him "famously provocative," while another calls him a "maverick" and "insufferably cynical." He also writes about baseball and has been "expelled from...

Will iPhone/iPad confession app encourage non-Catholics to confess?

4 years agoReligion : Iconia

Those of us who are not Catholic but have been fascinated by confession after learning about it from popular cultural references -- everything from 30 Rock to Zoro, and Ludlum's Bourne Identity to Seinfeld and Boondock Saints) -- ma...

Google Art Project doesn't feature any Houston-based works, but some say it's good for the art world

4 years agoReligion : Iconia

Not only is Houston native Nina Godiwalla not afraid that Google's new foray into museums, Google Art Project, will replace the experience of visiting brick and mortar museums, but she actually thinks it could encourage people to visit museums more...

The devout Jew who paints crucifixions: James Rosen at Saint Louis University's MOCRA

4 years agoReligion : Iconia

Rev. Terrence E. Dempsey, S.J., founding director of the Museum of Contemporary Religious Art, believes it when he hears people say that viewers speak in whispers in the presence of James Rosen's paintings. James Rosen, "Homage to the Pietà d'Avignon,"...

The death of Islamic art scholar Oleg Grabar hasn't gotten the attention it deserves

4 years agoReligion : Iconia

Here's a sad statement about Islamic art as a discipline: a Google news search for "Oleg Grabar" at press time yields a mere four hits. This is particularly disappointing since Grabar (pictured), 81, professor emeritus at the Institute for Advanced...

Getting beyond the Jewish "deer in the headlights" reaction to images of Jesus

4 years agoReligion : Iconia

Although he grew up in an Orthodox Jewish community in Philadelphia and completed his undergraduate studies at the Orthodox Jewish school Yeshiva University, one of Ari Gordon's favorite paintings is a crucifixion -- Marc Chagall's White Crucifixion to be exact....

An artistic load on Kissinger's back

4 years agoReligion : Iconia

Five days after he was called "not a simple villain" by a Dec. 21 op-ed in the Washington Post for a recently released 1973 recording of him telling then-President Richard Nixon that Soviets gassing Jews was a humanitarian, not an.....

Tweeting on behalf of the world's oldest network: Mordechai Lightstone, @Lubavitch

4 years agoReligion : Iconia

"There are many organizations active in the Jewish world today that are cluing into using social media," says Mordechai Lightstone. But though other Jewish organizations have made "strides toward success," Lightstone, who founded Chabad-Lubavitch's oldest official Twitter account, @Lubavitch, says...

An artist inspired by Scientology, Jule Rotenberg

4 years agoReligion : Iconia

Although sculptor Jule Rotenberg says her study of Scientology ("and thus my understanding of myself and others as spiritual beings, not just bodies or minds") has affected her art, she considers herself an artist, not a religious artist. "I don't...

RIP: Longtime MFAH director Peter Marzio

4 years agoReligion : Iconia

Flickr creative commons licensed image by Mike Rastiello Peter Marzio, whose director's message on the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston website takes particular pride in the religious exhibit Dynasty and Divinity: Ife Art in Ancient Nigeria, has died, according...

Amid National Portrait Gallery controversy, don't forget ant's-eye perspective

4 years agoReligion : Iconia

"Ant portrait." Creative commons licensed on Flickr by "binux." The young David, according to the Midrash, once asked God why the spider was created. God assured him he would soon learn even this tiny insect's role. After killing Goliath,...

Tyler Green's Tumblr Advent (and Hanukkah) calendar

4 years agoReligion : Iconia

"I remember being a wee child and having an Advent calendar in my bedroom," says Tyler Green, editor of ARTINFO's Modern Art Notes, Modern Painters columnist and author of a Tumbl'd Advent calendar for art lovers. Green, who says he...

What does retiring Jewish Museum director Joan Rosenbaum have to do with Thomas Kinkade?

4 years agoReligion : Iconia

There has been surprisingly little buzz surrounding the Jewish Museum's announcement that director Joan Rosenbaum is retiring. Besides a 113-word Wall Street Journal (AP) story and a 150-word New York Times post, Rosenbaum, who has directed the museum since 1981,...

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