Posted: Thu, 03/26/2015 - 11:49 | Posted by: Gloria Kestenbaum | Well Versed
Nicole Eisenman, Seder, 2010, oil on canvas. Courtesy The Jewish Museum

With apologies to Shelley, “If winter comes, can Passover be far behind?”  And despite the never-ending snow and winter-like cold, Passover is indeed coming soon -- which makes this a great time to drop by The Jewish Museum for a view of Nicole Eisenman’s Seder (2010), the featured work in the Museum’s Masterpieces & Curiosities exhibition series.

Posted: Thu, 03/19/2015 - 09:31 | Posted by: Gloria Kestenbaum | Well Versed
IBM pavilion at the 1964 New York World’s Fair. Courtesy Museum of the City of New York

For a primer in the origins of modern advertising design, head uptown to the Museum of the City of New York for “Everything is Design: The Work of Paul Rand.”

Posted: Fri, 03/13/2015 - 14:36 | Posted by: Gloria Kestenbaum | Well Versed
Gina Nahai's new novel, from Akashic Books

From its opening lines to the satisfying and surprising ending, "The Luminous Heart of Jonas S." (Akashic Books) by Gina B. Nahai kept me at the edge of my seat, impatient to meet the next fabulous character in this rollicking, often moving mystery/family saga.

Posted: Fri, 02/27/2015 - 10:30 | Posted by: Sandee Brawarsky | Well Versed
Family Portrait: Jewish immigrants from Egypt in America at a 1928 wedding. Courtesy Andre Aciman

Leaving and arriving – and crossing the sea -- is long part of the Jewish narrative. When the ancient Israelites left Egypt, the sea split and they crossed over.  Many Jewish immigrants to America had to endure crossings over rough seas, often crowded into the underbelly of the ship, in steerage.

Posted: Thu, 02/26/2015 - 02:25 | Posted by: Elizabeth Denlinger | Well Versed
Elad Kabilio, Avigail Malachi-Baev, Inbal Sharret-Singer. Courtesy Elizabeth Denlinger

In an unusual pairing of antiquities and music, the Yeshiva University Museum offered a program chosen by the cellist Elad Kabilio, accompanied by the clarinetist Avigail Malachi-Baev and the singer Inbal Sharret-Singer, to illuminate its exhibition of ten model synagogues. The selections reflect what might have been heard around the time of the synagogues’ creation.

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