Posted: Fri, 05/01/2015 - 11:14 | Posted by: Gloria Kestenbaum | Well Versed
Gustav Klimt, “Adele Bloch-Bauer I”, 1907. Courtesy Neue Galerie, New York

For Klimt lovers, now is a perfect storm of Klimt-o-mania. With “The Lady in Gold” now playing in theatres, fascinated viewers are snaking round the block of the Neue Galerie, waiting patiently to see and learn more about Klimt’s “Portrait of Adele Bloch.”

Posted: Mon, 04/27/2015 - 00:39 | Posted by: Sandee Brawarsky | Well Versed
Massimo Vitali, “Rena Majori," 2013. C-print in diasec with wooden frame. Edition of 35. Courtesy Massimo Vitali

Something else to celebrate on Israel’s 67th birthday: Israel has the highest number of museums in the world per capita, with more than 200 museums operating throughout the country.

Posted: Fri, 04/24/2015 - 02:43 | Posted by: Gloria Kestenbaum | Well Versed
“What’s Under Your Pareo?" at the JCC in Manhattan.Koon

Long, long ago, appearing partially unclad occasioned no greater agita in my mind than appearing fully dressed. At that time, wearing a bathing suit was a fashion opportunity rather than a moment of shame. But Gottex bathing suits were on a list of items well beyond my price range. 

Posted: Thu, 04/16/2015 - 19:30 | Posted by: Gloria Kestenbaum | Well Versed
Courtesy Remember the Women Institute

The suffering of women, in particular, during the Holocaust, was for many years excluded from the general Holocaust narrative. Rochelle G. Saidel, founder of the Remember the Women Institute (RWI), has been instrumental in bringing the specific experience of women to the fore, especially insofar as the issue of sexual violation.

Posted: Wed, 04/15/2015 - 17:12 | Posted by: Ted Merwin | Well Versed
Arnold Mittelman, president of the National Jewish Theater Foundation. Courtesy of NJTF

Art about the Holocaust, Elie Wiesel wrote in the New York Times in 1989, “trivializes” memory. The Shoah, he insisted, “defeated culture; later, it defeated art…No one now retell Auschwitz after Auschwitz.” Arnold Mittelman, who is producing a series of readings of Holocaust plays all across the country this month, emphatically disagrees.

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