Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Miriam Schapiro married judaism and feminism in her art

By Benjamin Ivry
Miriam Schapiro: Work on Paper - A 30-Year Retrospective
CANADA---Toronto-born Miriam Schapiro, who died on Saturday, June 20, at the age of 91, proved that an ardent feminist can also be a joyous artist. Born in 1923 to Russian Jewish parents, Fannie Cohen and Theodore Schapiro, she had a rich and varied imagination, as described in Thalia Gouma-Peterson’s “Miriam Schapiro” from Harry N. Abrams Publishers (1999) . Her father, an industrial designer, studied at the Beaux-Arts Institute of Design, then a leading Manhattan vocational school, while her mother, a staunch Zionist, encouraged young Miriam, who had begun drawing at age six, to become a professional artist. [link]

Beauty pageant photos for 'Miss Muslimah' show how outdated Western Views Of The Muslim World Really Are

By Priscilla Frank
INDONESIA---Yes, there are a lot of differences separating Miss Muslimah, a Muslim beauty pageant in Yogakarta, Indonesia, from those broadcast across the Western world. Instead of bathing suits there are headscarfs, competitors pray five times a day, and the winner is chosen by a jury of orphaned children. However, after attending and documenting the competition in 2014, photojournalist Monique Jaques realized that the young women weren't that different from their Western counterparts. [link]

Marriage equality's loneliest hearts club is Black & gay

By Ernest Disney-Britton
“Noah’s Arc: Jumping the Broom” (2008) is an award winning film about a Black gay wedding 
An unexpected thing happened on the day of the marriage decision. My single Black gay friends reacted with religious hatred. One friend texted: "God ain't happy." Another posted on his Facebook: "For the record, I don't believe in it, but I do believe in the word," and a third "liked" the post! Then I read the majority opinion written by Justice Anthony M. Kennedy: “Marriage responds to the universal fear that a lonely person might call out only to find no one there.” Now my friend's anger makes sense. Before the Supreme Courts ruling, if you were Black and gay, it was normal to be alone. The new normal is marriage, and religious hatred masks the loneliness. I'll keep an eye on them.

Sean Scully fills a Spanish monastery with bursts of color

By Rob Sharp
Mr. Scully's abstract works include “The Gatherer” (2014). Credit Claudio Abate
SPAIN---On a hot day in June, the craggy slopes of Montserrat towering above him, the Irish-American painter Sean Scully walked toward the entrance of a small monastery about an hour’s drive from Barcelona. Inside, 22 of his artworks, including six abstract canvases with his signature bands and blocks of color, energize a space that is more than 1,000 years old. Does he consider himself a religious man? “I am a very spiritual person,” he said. “I could say a Catholic with a strong underpinning of Zen.” [link]

Christian conservative offers a winning path in the Culture Wars

By David Brooks

The share of Americans who describe themselves as Christians and attend church is dropping. Put aside a culture war that, at least over the near term, you are destined to lose. Consider a different culture war, one just as central to your faith and far more powerful in its persuasive witness. We live in a society plagued by formlessness and radical flux, in which bonds, social structures and commitments are strained and frayed. Social conservatives could be the people who help reweave the sinews of society. They already subscribe to a faith built on selfless love. They can serve as examples of commitment. This culture war is more Albert Schweitzer and Dorothy Day than Jerry Falwell and Franklin Graham; more Salvation Army than Moral Majority. It’s doing purposefully in public what social conservatives already do in private. [link]