Arts & Culture


A Center Of Creativity Looks Back In Time

In celebration of its 75th anniversary, the Art Center of the 92nd Street Y presents Process and Promise: Art Education and Community at the 92nd Street Y, 1930-2005. The exhibit includes 75 works by current and former faculty members, as well as archival material and photographs detailing the center’s history. The art program was central to theRead More


Metropolita New York

FORWARD, JUNE 16, 2006 ExhibitGreat Works: Max Liebermann: From Realism to Impressionism is an exhibition that offers insight into the career and work of the Berlin artist who was once considered a leading figure in the city’s cultural life. Liebermann (1847-1935), a prolific artist born to a wealthy German Jewish family, had a careerRead More


ROOFTOP RENAISSANCE

By Sanford Pinsker

251 West 100th Street, New York, N.Y., 212-865-0600.

Scribblers on the Roof:

Contemporary American Jewish Fiction Edited by Melvin Jules Bukietand David G. Roskies Persea Books, 352 pages, $15.95. * * *At the turn of the past century, New York City’s Lower East Side was more crowded than Calcutta, and out of that tenement squalorRead More


Taking Care of Husbands

By Dmitri Milch

A husband suspects his wife of adultery, a capital crime. He takes her before the priest, who makes her drink a witches’ brew of holy water and dust from the tabernacle floor. She makes a solemn declaration: If she is innocent, the bitter water will have no effect, but if guilty, she will experience acute gastrointestinal distress.Read More


A History Of Style

By Sarah Kricheff

Vogue magazine did not exist in the 15th century, but this didn’t stop Europeans of that era from keeping up to date on cutting-edge trends in clothing and fashion. Curious about the customs of people living in other parts of the world, early modern Europeans read costume books and travelogues that had images depicting stylesRead More


Before There Was Wal-Mart, There Was Julius Rosenwald

By Loren Fox

Julius Rosenwald: The Man Who Built Sears, Roebuck

And Advanced the Cause of Black Education in the American South By Peter M. Ascoli Indiana University Press, 392 pages, $35. * * *Although few remember, Sears once set the pace for the mass-market world of retail shopping in ways that Wal-Mart does now. Perhaps even lessRead More


‘Beyond Insane’ Biblical Paintings

By Menachem Wecker

My artist friends think I’m crazy,” said Archie Rand, who is the first to admit that his newest project is “beyond insane.”Indeed, Rand’s series is arguably the most ambitious Jewish art enterprise, perhaps ever: 613 canvases, one per commandment. Surrounded by stacks upon stacks of paintings in his studio, Rand is easy to compare toRead More


Two Books for the Price of One

By Paul Zakrzewski

Lipshitz Six, or Two Angry Blondes By T Cooper Dutton, 416 pages, $24.95. * * *Things are not what always what they seem in the world of T Cooper. To begin with, there is the title of her second novel, “Lipshitz Six, or Two Angry Blondes.” This sort of giddy riffing, where subsequent clauses are meant to modify the first one to ironicRead More


Remembering How the Yiddish Theater Turned Into Broadway

By Alexander Gelfand

Last fall, a musician friend who plays on Broadway took me to see the Folksbiene Yiddish Theatre’s revival of “On Second Avenue,” a revue chronicling the glory days of Yiddish theater in New York City. As one might expect, the show was heavy on nostalgia. “But the Yiddish theater didn’t really die,” myRead More


Searching for Answers, After the Fire

By Mark Oppenheimer

Triangle By Katharine Weber Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 256 pages, $23. * * *‘Triangle” is a prose cousin of certain one-act plays, those taut dramatic exercises in which just a few characters, engaging in conversation, conjure grand notions. (Think of “No Exit,” “Waiting for Godot,” “Doubt.”) At its best, Katharine Weber’sRead More


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