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I’m a veteran cultural journalist and guest lecturer with many pieces in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, major art magazines. I’ve been a cultural contributor on New York Public Radio (WNYC and WQXR) and have provided arts commentary on NPR and public radio stations in Philadelphia and Los Angeles.

Brooklyn Museum Strikes Gold with Ringgold (but misgivings dull the luster)

As you have probably by now heard, Faith Ringgold‘s panegyrical painting, titled: “For the Women’s House” (short for: “Women’s

Finagled Finances: A MetMuseum-ologist (me) Fleshes Out Our Premier Museum’s Anorexic Annual Report

The Metropolitan Museum’s pandemic-related “Emergency Relief Fund” (ERF), parsed by me in this post, was just one of several

The Year in CultureGrrl, 2021 Edition: Searching for Signs of Intelligent Life in a...

Meet the New Year. Same as the Old Year. My riff on “Meet the New Boss. Same as the

“African Origin” Show’s Shortfalls at Metropolitan Museum: Facile Face-Offs, Repatriation Equivocations

The chief raison d’ètre for The African Origin of Civilization, the Metropolitan Museum’s homage to “cultural diversity” (as its

Metropolitan Museum’s Rockefeller Wing Keeps Its Name, Refreshes Its Approach

As a NYC cultural journalist and critic for more than five decades, I’ve covered many landmark events at the