Caroline Harris's blog

Sharing A Dream Of Peace

Passion. Love. Pain. Yearning.  Palpable emotions common to the songs of Jews, Christians and Muslims in Andalusia during the Golden Age of Spain, a time when our communities shared philosophy, poetry and musical cadences and lived in peace with one another -- a time past and, last Sunday evening, a brief taste of the world to come. 

Courtesy Noche Flamenca

Shooting The Jewish Sow

Evil and rebellion lurk beneath the surface of Ilit Azoulay’s “a 7th Option,” on view at the Andrea Meislin Gallery. Initially, the single photomontage looks like a building undergoing renovation. On second look, it is a bizarre assortment of objects -- a shrunken head, a carving of a “Jewish Sow,” a pile of stones at a worksite and more. I thought I stepped into someone’s weird dream.   

Ilit Azoulay, "Seventh Option," 2014. Courtesy Andrea Meislin Gallery

An Island Of Creativity

On a gorgeous August afternoon, I had a seven-minute sabbatical on Governor’s Island. It was spiritual, uplifting and unforgettable.

Shira Dicker and David Chack leading "Seven Minutes Between Heaven and Earth"

Stand Up And Be Photographed!

On the coldest day this month, I stepped onto Brighton Beach and contemplated my identity. I am not a member of the Polar Bear Club. I hate being cold!  Rather, I was participating in a “Casual Conversation” in the warmth of the lobby of the JCC in Manhattan. 

Signs of dual identity. Jeff and Alina Bliumis. Photo courtesy The JCC in Manhattan

Old Jews, Jokes And Birthdays

Approaching his 62nd birthday, my husband announced he wanted to be a stand-up comedian.  I do laugh at his jokes, but a stand-up? I don’t know…..I took him to see “Old Jews Telling Jokes,” playing off-Broadway, on his birthday for a taste of the classics.

A Photographer With An Ironic Eye

Vivid purple, yellow and green feathers grow out of his face, peacock feathers crown his head, and green feathers wrap around his neck.  A beard pokes through and a trenchcoat covers his body. An avian humanoid or a man in a Purim costume?

Pavel Wolberg, Bnei Brak, 2012. Courtesy the artist and Andrea Meislin Gallery

Observing Israel In Black-And-White

In the Golan Heights in 1974, an Arab girl stares at the camera from behind a “stop” sign; an Israeli soldier buys a fruit juice from a stand right behind her. 

Jerusalem, 1974, gelatin silver print, 7 ¾ x 9 ¾ inches. Burt Allen Solomon
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