Art Counsel

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Art and Multiculturalism

Jackie Wullschlager raises an interesting set of questions in her article “Bringing Jewish Art into Focus“: is there such a thing as Jewish art; and does a Jewish Museum of Art have a role in a multicultural society? Of course, we could replace the word “Jewish” with any religion, ethnic group, or combination of such, but what does this kind of labeling do? When is art just art? How does such a distinction color a viewer’s interpretation? When is this valuable?

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  kseverny wrote @

art is just art.
Being jewish has nothing to do with anything

  artcounsel wrote @

But do you think this kind of categorization, no matter what the ethnic/religious group is helpful or harmful? When? Why?

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