Art Book Depicting Murder Inc. Is No Steal Book on Jewish Gangsters of Murder Inc. to Cost $4,200 The New York Times / March 20, 2014     Larry E. Sullivan of John Jay College with his $4,200 boxed book about Murder Inc.’s Jewish gangsters, “The Brownsville Boys.” CreditMichael Appleton for The New York Times  Read More »

Virtual Reality Gallery Exhibition Recreates What ISIS Destroyed By Vida Weisblum Observer Culture / January 12, 2016 A new virtual reality exhibit allows gallery-goers to “visit” a reconstructed 360-degree version of the Palace of Ashurnasirpal II at Nimrud — the 3,300-year old Assyrian site destroyed by ISIS fighters last March. Launched by the Antiques Coalition and Learning Read More »

Curator’s Close-Up: Thalia Vrachopoulos by Lilia Ziamou Huffington Post / September 22,2015 Thalia Vrachopoulos is an art historian, curator, writer and professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice of the City University of New York. She has organized and curated over one hundred exhibitions in the US, Asia and Europe and has written Read More »

In Acts of Resistance, Artists and Scholars Digitally Reconstruct the Past by Claire Voon Hyperallergic / January 27,2016 In the past year alone, members of ISIS have marred cultural treasures in Iraq and Syria, taking sledgehammers and drills to statues at the Mosul Museum and delivering numerous blows to the ancient site of Palmyra, including its 1,800-year-old Arch of Read More »

Professor Contributes To Exhibit Showcasing Efforts By Artists And Scholars To Resist Destruction Of Art And Antiquities By ISIS Wellesley College The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), also called Daesh, has engaged in a systematic campaign to destroy irreplaceable cultural artifacts across the region. Erich Hatala Matthes, assistant professor of philosophy, recently contributed to Read More »

Modes of Defiance: Latin American Art, 1970 to the Present   IFA Contemporary / SEPTEMBER 17, 2014 / ELH349    For the inaugural meeting of this year’s Latin American Forum on September 9th, Professor Edward Sullivan moderated a panel discussion titled Modes of Defiance: Latin American Art, 1970 to the Present, which met in conjunction with the exhibition Bearing Witness: Art and Read More »

World’s Military Budget Tops All Others As Women Call for Peace By Teri Verite   Tribes / December 6, 2013    Over $1 trillion annually, worldwide military spending far exceeds anything else in our austerity era, including that of the UN peacekeeping budget (a fraction of the former at a mere $7.9 million).  This depressing Read More »

“Assenting Voices”

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“Assenting Voices” by  Jason Farago ArtForum / November 20, 2014–January 23, 2015 With the massive hack of Sony’s e-mail servers this month and the canceled release of The Interview, a bro comedy about a plot to assassinate Kim Jong-un, the threat and the mania of North Korea has once again entered the terrain of culture. Read More »

Assenting Voices: Agitprop Art in North Korea by Mary Hrbacek CultureCatch / December 23, 2014 – 14:18     Curated by Dr. Thalia Vrachopoulos, Assenting Voices presents twelve oil paintings on canvas and thirteen posters by North Korean print-making collectives. Two “Social Realist” style posters were created as early as 1956 and 1960, but the majority of Read More »

North Korean Agitprop: CUNY Exhibition Offers Glimpse into Secretive Society by Mike Newton The Indypendent / DECEMBER 16, 2014 Walking down Broadway, I saw a bus sporting a giant ad for The Interview, an upcoming comedy film about two Americans’ misadventures in North Korea. Seth Rogen and James Franco are shown gazing, stalwart, into Read More »