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URL :http://blogs.chron.com/iconia/
Filed Under:Religion
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Archived Since:June 6, 2008

Blog Post Archive

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,...

"I could hardly think of myself as a writer outside my identity as a Jew": author, activist David Horowitz

4 years agoReligion : Iconia

I heard from David Horowitz by email early in September after he saw my review of a play at a Jewish theater in the Washington area, which I argued was unfair to him. Although the theater had canceled a play...

Sarah vs. Abraham: Richard McBee puts forefather on trial

4 years agoReligion : Iconia

When Richard McBee talks about Abraham and Sarah's marriage, he calls it "a deeply problematic human relationship," which leads him to ask, "Do we look at biblical figures as paradigms of behavior?" McBee is not a therapist who thinks...

The Reality of Fake Buddhas

4 years agoReligion : Iconia

When Jean Claude Wouters used to see people hawking Van Gogh postcards, kitchen aprons and other kitsch in tourist traps outside the Louvres, he was almost as thrilled as Jesus was running into the moneylenders outside the temple. "I used...

Is God blood thirsty, genocidal and green-skinned?

4 years agoReligion : Iconia

"Moses, tell Israel to be like ME," God says. "Blood thirsty and genocidal?" Moses asks. "No. Holy, special, unique," God responds. "YHWH says, 'Absolutely no worshiping Molech," Moses informs the assembled multitudes. "Not us, Moses!" one declares. "We wouldn't even...

Madame Tussauds, Ariel Sharon-style

4 years agoReligion : Iconia

Move over Madame Tussauds; Noam Braslavsky, an Israeli artist based in Berlin, has tried his hand at trompe-l'œil sculpture/installation. Though it's not as controversial as Maurizio Cattelan's Him, which depicts a penitent Hitler, Braslavsky's sculpture of the former Israeli Prime...

Marc Tyler Nobleman: Superman is not Jewish, and Hitler did not ban the comic

4 years agoReligion : Iconia

Having penetrated Nazi security forces and gained entry to the Führerbunker, Captain America punches Hitler in the jaw on the cover of the March 1941 issue of Captain America. Creators of the series, Joe Simon and Jack Kirby, who drew...

Self-referential memories: Rafael Goldchain's "I Am My Family" at the Jewish Community Center of Houston

4 years agoReligion : Iconia

In William Rimmer's 1872 painting, Flight and Pursuit, in the collection of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, a man in a cloak and sandals with a dagger at his belt races through what the MFA describes as a "shadowy...

Is an Ancient Menagerie Pagan or Jewish?

4 years agoReligion : Iconia

Though it features illustrations of a menagerie of animals that carry Jewish symbolism, an ancient Roman mosaic (image courtesy of the Met) discovered in Lod, Israel, in 1996, is not a religious work, according to the Metropolitan Museum of Art,...

What does burning Korans mean in the digital age?

4 years agoReligion : Iconia

When Pastor Terry Jones announced his intent to burn Korans, he was threatening to destroy both the physical codices (books) and the words therein that symbolized the Koranic ideas. The threat, which recalled Nazi book burnings and Fahrenheit 451, attracted...

Abstracted creation at the EDOT Gallery

4 years agoReligion : Iconia

For centuries, artists have depicted the Western Wall in Jerusalem with a certain color palette -- washed out greens for the plants growing out of the peach-ocher stones. Depending upon the political and religious persuasions of the artists, the golden...

Calvin College judges band by its name

4 years agoReligion : Iconia

Calvin College, which calls itself a "distinctively Christian, academically excellent" liberal arts school that "shapes minds for intentional participation in the renewal of all things" " target="_blank">announced today that it has "regrettably" cancelled an Oct. 15 performance by The...

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