Bonnie Friedman

Making the Heart Seize

Each piece at the Jewish Museum’s new exhibit, “Contemporary Art/Recent Acquisitions,” encourages a kind of absorbed study and many of them, once surrendered to, deliver a real emotional wallop.This is refreshing. Many of us are left cold by contemporary art, which can seem antiseptic, broody, narcissistic. But among the pieces

Sproing! The Unexpected Sensuality of Welded Steel

Ann Sperry’s powerful, meditation-inducing sculptures on display at the retrospective at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion Museum (through June 26) testify to a career defined by obsessions. How to register in hard steel the lambent instant when something springs into life. How to re-create, with an absence of