Menachem Wecker is a freelance reporter in Washington, D.C. He holds a master's degree in art history from George Washington University, is a former education reporter at U.S. News & World Report, and is co-author of Consider No Evil: Two Faith Traditions and the Problem of Academic Freedom in Religious Higher Education (2014). His website is

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Images in conversation: 'Power Couples' exhibit shows symbolism in pairs

Art: The exhibit "Power Couples" at the Utah Museum of Fine Arts focuses on the diptych or pendant, a centuries-old format that uncovers meaning through juxtaposing two pictures.

Exhibit suggests 'peaceful pluralism' among ancient Jews, Christians and pagans

"The World between Empires: Art and Identity in the Ancient Middle East" offers a potential historical interpretation of Jews, Christians and polytheists living in "peaceful pluralism" on sites like Dura-Europos in present-day Syria.

Is religious kitsch offensive? The answer is in the eye of the beholder

Shopping at Walmart a few years ago, David Morgan saw a statuette of Santa Claus praying on one knee before a cross and knew he had to have it.

At Chicago museum, Mexican Catholic history emerges

More than 30 years after that inaugural exhibition at the Mexican Fine Arts Center Museum in Chicago's Pilsen neighborhood, a lot has changed. Scholars use rather different language today than the catalog did to describe indigenous peoples, and in 2006, the institution changed its name to the National Museum of Mexican Art.