Menachem Wecker

Menachem Wecker, a freelance journalist based in Washington DC, covers art, culture, religion, and education for a variety of publications.

Tintoretto and His Jewish Neighbors

Art historians have almost completely ignored the many connections between the great Old Master and the Jews of Venice. Is there more to be said?

July 17 2019 12:01AM

Podcast: Menachem Wecker Talks about His Essay on the Problems of the Jewish Museum

The author of “The Wreck of the Jewish Museum” joins us in the studio to expand on his ideas.

May 30 2019 12:01AM

Can the Jewish Museum Be Saved?

It’s one thing to hold a jazz night in order to draw people into a synagogue building. It’s quite another to show them why the synagogue exists and how it serves its purpose in existing.

May 28 2019 12:01AM

The Wreck of the Jewish Museum

From its priceless collection of artworks, a foremost cultural institution has harvested mainly inferior examples for display, while submerging Jewish identity in a sea of “universal values.”

May 6 2019 12:01AM

What If You Trivialize Hitler?

The question has plagued artists ever since the Holocaust. At least one contemporary artist manages to pass the test.

Dec. 6 2018 12:01AM

In His Biblical Scenes, the 17th-Century Dutch Painter Jan Steen Rivals Rembrandt Himself

Like Rembrandt’s, Steen’s art reflects a tremendous effort to humanize Jewish figures.

May 3 2018 12:01AM

The Unprecedented Bible Portraits of Francisco de Zurbarán

In his paintings of Jacob and his twelve sons, the 17th-century Spanish master humanizes his subjects, rendering them approachable and individual rather than remote and ethereal.

March 14 2018 12:01AM