“The Keeper” at the New Museum highlights the obsessive nature of collectors. It reminds Jenna Weissman Joselit of the Cohen collection at the National Museum of American Jewish History in Philadelphia.
For over 100 years, Palace Amusements of Asbury Park, New Jersey enabled the seaside destination to live up to its reputation as the “town without a frown.”
What would happen if artists from different fields collaborated with each other to form communities? That was the premise of the 24-hour SymPop event. Jenna Weissman Joselit assesses her galvanizing event.
These days, museum exhibitions tend to place emphasis on size and bombast. Not so at the Yeshiva University Museum, where the exhibit “How a Poem Begins” is a study of artistry and restraint.
The 21st century is filled with technological marvels. But nearly a century ago, another magical gizmo was the flavor of the month. Jenna Weissman Joselit remembers the delights promised by the steropticon.
“Isaac Mizrahi: An Unruly History” at the Jewish Museum is affable and awash in color. But when it comes to the subject of Jewishness, the exhibit is a study in missed opportunities.
In the early 20th Century, America embraced golf, but country clubs didn’t necessarily embrace Jews. By the mid-1920’s, there were nearly 60 Jewish country clubs in this country.
In 1949, Isaac Rosenfeld wrote in Commentary about kosher bacon and all hell broke loose in the Jewish community. Today, not so much. Jenna Weissman Joselit deconstructs what’s changed in those intervening decades.
Once upon a time, a conference was a novelty, a big deal. Particularly back in 1855 when Rabbi Isaac Mayer Wise issued a call for a national conference of Jewish leaders in Cleveland.
It’s been a while since we heard about Rabbi David Small, the star of the late Harry Kemelman’s mystery series. But our columnist thinks he still has a lot to say about the endurance of the Jewish people.