Jewish Journal

Tom L. Freudenheim

  • R.B. Kitaj—an appreciation

    December 27, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Amnon Barzel, the prominent contemporary art curator who served as the first director of what is now the new Jewish Museum in Berlin, says he arrived in Germany as an Israeli but left as a Jew. It is as much a comment on current German philo-Semitism (I've always said "now they love...
  • LACMA’s latest exhibition tries to capture the time when everything changed—the ‘Summer of Love’

    June 14, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    In the late 1950s, when flapper dresses made one of their regular comebacks, I recall my mother scoffing (apropos of something worn by my girlfriend) that this sort retrospective fashion statement showed a total misunderstanding of what the 1920s and 1930s were about.

    Now that...
  • Was Judaism a color on Rothko’s palette?

    November 9, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Like many people of my generation, I first grooved on Mark Rothko's paintings at Washington, D.C.'s Phillips Collection in the 1960s. The museum's founder, Duncan Phillips, an early Rothko patron, had assembled four sublime paintings in a small room (approximately 13-by-24 feet) --...
  • Holy Moses—The Getty’s latest collection puts a Christian perspective on the leader, lawgiver and

    September 14, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    A few years ago I was leading a group of American Jews on a tour of sites in Eastern Europe. Convinced that the narrative and psychological history of Poland cannot be understood without a visit to Jasna Gora, the great pilgrimage church in Czestochowa, and a view of its devotional...
  • Show Decodes Early Years of 2 Religions

    May 18, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Whether it's good luck or good planning, the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage in the Cleveland area has hit the exhibition jackpot with its current show, "Cradle of Christianity," which runs through Oct. 22. Because while the film version of "The Da Vinci Code" is generating buzz over...

  • Finders Keepers?

    February 2, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    It's definitely tsuris time at the pristine white acropolis complex of the Getty, which overlooks the San Diego Freeway, and at its wonderful, freshly renovated, fake Pompeian villa up the Pacific Coast Highway. Barry Munitz, the Getty Trust's president and CEO since 1998, has been...