A Hanukkah Lamp Chosen for This Year’s Festival of Lights

The profusion of flowers on this Hanukkah lamp takes inspiration from both biblical and Eastern European sources. On the arms are blossoms and buds referring to those on the first menorah built for the Tabernacle in the wilderness, as described in Exodus 25: “And thou shalt make a candlestick of pure gold. . . . [...]

Dani Gal Discusses As from Afar with Jens Hoffmann

Dani Gal’s short film As from Afar explores the relationship between Simon Wiesenthal, an architect and Holocaust survivor who devoted his life to hunting Nazi criminals, and Albert Speer, Hitler’s chief architect and close confidant. The film is based on letters the two men exchanged in the 1970s. Speer initiated the correspondence with Wiesenthal in 1974 in the effort to [...]

Steve Coleman on Music, Language, and Spontaneous Composition

“The main part of my journey,” Steve Coleman says, “has been about trying to learn more about how to use music as a language to discuss the things I find compelling in this universe and in nature.” Coleman – a saxophonist, bandleader, and recent MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship recipient from Chicago’s South Side – is a thoughtful musician [...]