Thursday, October 30, 2014

American Muslim Who Declared Support For ISIS Put Black Flag In Public Places

By James Beattie
"Tweeted images of the Islamic State flag atop the White House and along highways..."
A man from Houston, Texas, tweeted images of the Islamic State (ISIS) flag atop the White House and along highways, causing a stir among the public. Abdul-Rahman Baghdadi tweeted ISIS flag stickers affixed to highway signs, an image of the black flag atop the White House, and an image of the United States colored with the black flag. Baghdadi was in the news earlier this month after he declared allegiance for ISIS when he was arrested by the Houston Police Department, according to The Washington Free Beacon. [link]

Jewish Torah to go on Display in Abu Dhabi Museum

Image for illustrative purposes only (Getty Images).
UNITED ARAB EMIRATES---The Louvre Abu Dhabi museum is set to include a Jewish Torah as part of its collection when it opens next year, with an ancient Hindu statue, a Buddha and works of art from African Animism also set to be among a number of religious pieces to be displayed, sources have confirmed. The museum, which is set to open in December 2015, will cost over $630 million to build and covers an area of 64,000 square metre. Designed by French architect Jean Nouvel and built on Saadiyat Island, it will have feature a 6,000 square metre space dedicated to permanent installations and 2,000 square metre set aside for temporary exhibitions. [link]

Metropolitan Museum of Art Exhibition to Celebrate 400th Anniversary of the Death of El Greco

The Vision of Saint John" by El Greco (Domenikos Theotokopoulos) (Greek, Iráklion (Candia) 1540/41–1614 Toledo)
NEW YORK---To commemorate the 400th anniversary of the death of El Greco (Domenikos Theotokopoulos, 1541–1614), this special collaboration will bring together all of the artist’s paintings in The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s collection, the finest outside the Museo del Prado in Madrid, and display them with six loans from the Hispanic Society of America. During the same period, New York’s Frick Collection, whose works by this artist cannot be lent, will exhibit its three El Greco pictures together for the first time.

Metropolitan Museum of Art: "El Greco in New York" (November 4-February 1, 2015); 1000 Fifth Avenue (at 82nd Street), New York, NY; (212) 535-7710; met

Rembrandt: The Late Works Review – Dark, Impassioned, Magnificently Defiant

By Laura Cumming
Visitors to the National Gallery in front of Rembrandt’s The Jewish Bride: ‘a secular
altarpiece, an inspiration to patience, humility and kindness’. Photograph: Kirsty Wigglesworth/AP
UNITED KINGDOM---"Rembrandt: The Late Works" is the experience of a lifetime. It is the first time these astounding masterpieces have been brought together in a single show, and given their immeasurable value – from The Jewish Brideto Bathsheba, Lucretia, The Anatomy Lesson and The Syndics, from the images of sons and lovers to the inexhaustibly profound self-portraits – it may well be the last. Tenderest of all is The Jewish Bride, the man and woman whose names are lost but whose love survives. [link]

"Rembrandt: The Late Works" is at the National Gallery, London WC2 until 18 January 2015

Jesus Arrives as a Gay Man of the Modern Day---in a New Book

"JESUS DIES" by Douglas Blanchard
On October 16, Kittredge Cherry (author) and Douglas Blanchard (artist) released their new book "The Passion of Christ: A Gay Vision," and one week later, Facebook censored advertising for the new book. Thanks however to pressure from gay Christian supporters of both Kittredge Cherry and Douglas Blanchard, Facebook reversed its decision and advertising resumed. The new book about Jesus that challenges viewers by arriving as a young gay man of today in a modern city. “Christ is one of us in my pictures,” says Blanchard. “In His sufferings, I want to show Him as someone who experiences and understands fully what it is like to be an unwelcome outsider.” Blanchard, an art professor and self-proclaimed “very agnostic believer,” used the series to grapple with his own faith struggles as a New Yorker who witnessed the 9/11 terrorist attacks. [Purchase]

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Islam And Judaism On This Dinner Theatre Menu

By Lonnie Firestone
NEW YORK---‘Islam comes from the desert,” says the character Amir over dinner at his lavish Manhattan apartment. Amir is the central character of “Disgraced,” the 2013 Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Ayad Akhtar, which opens next week on Broadway; it stars Hari Dhillon, Josh Radnor and Gretchen Mol, and features one of the most thought-provoking conversations about religion happening at a dinner table in New York. While the play’s central sphere is Islam, discussion of Jews and Jewishness permeates the dialogue. [link]

Disgraced,” now in previews, opens Oct. 23 at the Lyceum Theatre, 149 W. 45th St. $37.50-$138. For ticket information, (212) 239-6200,

When Art and Zionism Converged to Give Jewish Holidays New Meaning

Judaica artifacts produced in the Land of Israel, 1880-1967
ISRAEL---The catalog of the exhibition ‘Local Judaica’ shows how the Zionist tradition in applied art was invented in pre-state Palestine. “Local Judaica: Judaica Artifacts Created in the Land of Israel, 1880-1967,” catalog of an exhibition curated by Nitza Baharuzi-Baroz, Eretz Israel Museum, 336 pages, Hebrew and English. [link]