The Arts

A Grunt’s-Eye-View Of Modern Combat

Samuel Fuller’s WWII epic ‘The Big Red One’ raises big moral questions.

09/25/2012
Special To The Jewish Week

Lee Marvin in “The Big Red One.” Warner Brothers

‘The Religion Of Art’ On The Lower East Side

One-woman show explores life of daughter of Mabou Mines founders.

04/23/2015
Special To The Jewish Week

With the passing earlier this month of Judith Malina, the co-founder of the Living Theatre, the Lower East Side lost one of its true artistic pioneers. But while Malina was associated with the counter-culture’s heyday in the 1960s, the neighborhood has continued to support a vibrant experimental theater scene until the present day, and to nurture the careers of a plethora of Jewish artists.

Clove Galilee, the focus of “Because You Were Good.” Quincy Stamper

Sins Of The Fathers

Tribeca documentary looks at complicated Nazi family legacies; plus, riding the Empire Builder across the Great Plains with Albert Maysles.

04/21/2015
Special To The Jewish Week

Although Robert DeNiro, who was one of its founders, recently disclosed that he thought the Tribeca Film Festival would be a one-shot deal, the event has hung on and grown every year. This year’s festival, currently running all over lower Manhattan, is no exception, with several new sidebar events focusing on new media.

Horst von Wachter, Philippe Sands (back to camera) and Niklas Frank at the site of a mass murder of Jews by Nazis. Tribeca Film

Fabio Mauri’s Outsider Art

The late Italian’s first N.Y. show reveals a border-crossing artist informed by the Holocaust.

04/21/2015
Culture Editor

In between an experiential installation about walking on the moon and a World War II film screened on a wall of old prison lockers, some very challenging art on the Holocaust is on view this month at Hauser & Wirth, an Upper East Side gallery.

Fabio Mauri’s “On the Liberty.” Courtesy of Hauser & Wirth

A Stage For Compassion

04/14/2015
Special To The Jewish Week

Often maligned as a singular stereotype in pop culture, in real life the Jewish mother comes in all shapes, sizes and personalities. In Deb Margolin’s new solo work, “8 Stops,” the performance artist copes with her own potentially fatal illness, her son’s terror of death and her sudden impulse to provide succor to a Scottish immigrant boy she meets on the subway. The play opens this week in the West Village and runs until the last weekend of April — just two weeks before Mother’s Day.

Deb Margolin in scene from her one-woman show, “8 Stops.”  Raymond Reilly

Love Across A Jewish Divide

Maxime Giroux’s quietly powerful ‘Felix and Meira.’

04/14/2015
Special To The Jewish Week

We live in an age of bombast, pointless excess and noise. If you don’t find enough of those elements in the political culture, check out your local multiplex. One result of the rule of cacophony in 21st-century America is that quiet, contemplative work frequently gets lost, overwhelmed in the marketplace by flash.

Meira and her husband Shulem (Luzer Twersky). Courtesy of Metafilms

Designs On The Modern Home

How Jewish designers helped create the ‘Mad Men’ style of modernism.

04/14/2015
Special To The Jewish Week

Thanks in part to the popular television show “Mad Men,” a new generation has fallen in love with mid-century modernist design. An exhibit now on view at The Museum of Jewish Heritage called “Designing Home: Jews and Midcentury Modernism” is the first show of its kind to recognize Jews’ accomplishments and contributions to the design style that swept the nation during this “Mad Men” era. It explores the impact Jewish designers had in shaping the streamlined, less-is-more aesthetic in the United States. Not only a “who’s who” of important immigrant and first-generation Jewish designers, the exhibit also acknowledges the importance of the institutions that fostered their creativity.

Henry Dreyfuss, Princess Phone (1959).   Courtesy of The Contemporary Jewish Museum. Photograph: Johnna Arnold

Volumes Of Remembrance

A sampling of new books about the Holocaust and its aftermath.

04/07/2015
Culture Editor

‘Born Survivors: Three Young Mothers and Their Extraordinary Story of Courage, Defiance, and Hope” by Wendy Holden (Harper) is the story of three women transported to Auschwitz while pregnant. Since pregnancy meant immediate extermination, each hid her pregnancy and managed to survive; each didn’t know that the others were also pregnant. All three gave birth at around the same time, in secret, defying death to give their children life. Growing up, these children — all turning 70 this year — came to know one another and have since become “siblings of the heart.” Next month, they will reunite at Mauthausen to commemorate the 70th anniversary of liberation. Holden is a journalist, author and novelist who divides her time between the U.S. and U.K.

The subjects in Holden’s book will reunite next month.

‘The Capital Of The Crime Against Women’

Sarah Helm’s captivating biography of Ravensbruck, the Nazi’s concentration camp for women.

04/07/2015
Culture Editor

Ravensbruck was the only Nazi concentration camp for women, and it was run mostly by women. The majority of the women killed there were not Jews. They were women with Communist leanings, political prisoners, Gypsies, prostitutes, Jehovah’s Witnesses, members of the resistance, housewives, artists, petty criminals and upper-class women, from different countries.

Helm accessed many previously unavailable documents in telling the Ravensbruck story.  Barney Jones Photography

Girl, Interrupted

A new film about Amy Winehouse shows unseen footage of the singer, including her younger years.

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