For various reasons I have mixed feelings towards Marlene Dumas's work and her extraordinary commercial success. But her current exhibit "Against the Wall" is haunting, beautiful and disturbing. Pictured here is a group of men praying. The background -- reminiscent of Jerusalem's famed Wailing or Western Wall -- is actually the separation barrier between Israel and Palestine. Having seen this harrowing wall up close from both sides -- I found myself totally fixated by this body of work. The exhibit continues through April 24th @ 533 19th Street.
Educator, writer and curator. Poetry Teacher of the Year, 1988, awarded by Poets House and NYC Board of Education. I co-authored three books back in the 90's -- two of which were cited as best Books for the Teen Age by the New York Public Library. (The Place I Call Home: Voices and Faces of Homeless Teens and Jerusalem Mosaic: Young Voices from the Holy City.) Both books have also been cited by the Library of Congress for their "strong and honest voice of the young adult." I also authored A to Z : The Book of Rap & Hip Hop Slang -- with entries that have since been cited by dozens of dictionaries.