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 menachemwecker.com.
"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.
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.
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.
The museum on the campus of St. Louis University is celebrating its anniversary with a special exhibition through Feb. 17. Since its opening, MOCRA has shown more than 55 exhibits of some 230 artists and contributed to a shift in the dialogue about religion's place in contemporary art.