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This Little-Known German Jewish Refugee Made Stirring Art About Trauma

By On September 26, 2017

Imagine a box made of and filled with wire and string, frayed cloth, rotted paper, wood, stitching, netting, and mesh. Imagine that this box symbolizes the trauma and beauty of the world.… Read More

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This Artist’s Chewing Gum Genitalia Was an Homage to the Holocaust

By On June 8, 2017

Vulvas fashioned out of chewing gum, ceramic vaginas, her own naked body – such were the materials of the first feminist artist to use vaginal imagery in her work—who happened to be… Read More

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This Bubbe’s White Wardrobe is NYC’s Hottest New Art

By On March 16, 2017

While she was alive, Sara Berman knitted, cooked, and babysat her grandchildren, Alex and Lulu. She had great style, and loved to help her grandkids arrange their closets. Her own NYC closet… Read More

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This Forgotten Soviet Artist Depicted Jewish Suffering

By On January 13, 2017

Raised images of Yiddish poets gaze at viewers from gravestones. These two-dimensional memorials, however, are the only gravestones these 12 poets murdered under Stalin would ever have. This series of portraits, called… Read More

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The Original ‘Hollyweed’ Prankster was a Jewish Art Student

By On January 10, 2017

  Earlier this week, 30-year-old Zachary Cole Fernandez was arrested for a prank that Los Angelenos woke up to on New Year’s Day: The iconic Hollywood sign that hovers over the city’s… Read More

The Surprising Jewish History of St. Thomas, Virgin Islands
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The Surprising Jewish History of St. Thomas, Virgin Islands

By On August 3, 2015

Jews from Denmark first arrived on the white beaches of what is now St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands—a tiny speck off the coast of Puerto Rico—in the mid-17th century. These were descendants… Read More

The Great Jewish Muralist of Los Angeles
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The Great Jewish Muralist of Los Angeles

By On November 13, 2014

  The oldest Jewish congregation in Los Angeles, Wilshire Boulevard Temple, has an elaborate mural that encircles the main sanctuary. Beginning with Genesis and ending in 1929, when the mural was commissioned, it tells the… Read More

The Jews Who Carved the Carousel Horses
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The Jews Who Carved the Carousel Horses

By On August 1, 2014

There’s nothing like mounting a horse, tossing your head back, and riding off in the California surf. Unless, of course, your horse is handcrafted by Torah ark woodcarvers, and mounted to a pole… Read More

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The Mousy Museum Lady Who Documented Nazi Crimes

By On November 8, 2013

Earlier this week, Bavarian authorities confirmed that in 2012 a German art dealer’s son was found with 1400 art works confiscated during World War II. The pieces, including some by Chagall and Matisse, are valued at over… Read More

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Illustrating the Talmud, Daily

By On July 5, 2013

An artist and an observant Jew, Jacqueline Nicholls truly fulfills the biblical commandment to write your own Torah. She’s an avid student of Judaism, and her reactions frequently take the form of art projects. She’s… Read More

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The 19th-Century Transgender Surrealist

By On July 2, 2013

A Jewish, transgender, anti-fascist, Surrealist artist, born in France at the end of the 1800s? Keep reading. Lucy Renee Mathilde Schwob was a prolific writer, photographer, and actor who didn’t like to be called any… Read More

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Poking Around the Toymaker’s Home

By On June 13, 2013

Ever wanted to peek into the home life of a professional toymaker and artist? At a new exhibit at Los Angeles’s Skirball Cultural Center, now you can. “The Door is Always Open” recreates the childhood… Read More