Archive for January 2013

Old technology on display in two MCA Chicago shows

Old technology on display in two MCA Chicago shows
When tourists visit Washington, D.C, and walk past the sculpture garden at the National Gallery of Art, many young children, no doubt, haven’t the faintest idea what the NGA’s Claes Oldenburg sculpture represents. It is, in fact, an enormous typewriter eraser — an old technology that isn’t part of the vocabulary of the generation growing... Read more »

Should restaurants ban 'food porn' photos?

Should restaurants ban 'food porn' photos?
Citing distractions that violate the aura of fine dining, some N.Y. restaurateurs are banning so-called food porn — photographs that diners snap of their meals on their smart phones — CBS New York reports. It should go without saying that restaurant owners ought to get to set the rules for their own establishments, and if... Read more »

Chicago's Spertus Institute changes name, whether innocents to be protected TBD

Chicago's Spertus Institute changes name, whether innocents to be protected TBD
The Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies has changed its name to the Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership, the Michigan Avenue educational institution announced today. Readers who aren’t familiar with Spertus might recognize the organization’s main campus — a 10-story glass building at 610 S. Michigan Avenue which cost $55 million, as Blair Kamin... Read more »
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High-strung Sabbath loopholes

High-strung Sabbath loopholes
Did you know that the few block radius in Lakeview circumscribed by Irving Park, just east of Lake Shore Drive, Fullerton, and the Metra tracks is considered, according to Orthodox Jewish law (or halakha, to be a private rather than a public domain? If it sounds counter-intuitive for several public streets and sidewalks to add... Read more »

This should go without saying, but...

To the person who tried to post two very ant-Semitic comments on my recent entry, and to anyone else who is so inclined down the road: I’m pretty open-minded when it comes to comments. But I draw the line at remarks that are unequivocally hateful, particularly when they advocate violence. If you have a point... Read more »

George Grosz's 'Anti-Semite' headed to London Jewish gallery

George Grosz's 'Anti-Semite' headed to London Jewish gallery
If one knew nothing more about German-born artist George Grosz (1893-1959) than his undated pen-ink-drawing at the Art Institute of Chicago titled German War Decorations (one of 25 pieces by the artist in the AIC collection), one might guess that Grosz was glorifying Nazism. The illustration, which offers a still-life view of Nazi-German medals, has... Read more »
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2 typos at the Art Institute of Chicago

2 typos at the Art Institute of Chicago
It’s easy to wander the halls of a museum — particularly a world-class comprehensive one like the Art Institute of Chicago — convinced that the masters whose works are represented on the walls were perfect. After all, when every blade of grass and every hair has been so carefully rendered, with painstaking attention to the... Read more »
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    An art critic and painter, Menachem Wecker holds a master’s degree in art history from George Washington University and writes for "Houston Chronicle," as well as various religious publications. He is coauthor, with Brandon Withrow, of Winebrenner Theological Seminary, of the forthcoming book, "Consider No Evil: Two Faith Traditions and the Problem of Academic Freedom in Religious Higher Education" (Cascade Books), and is the former education reporter at "U.S. News and World Report."

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