Arts

Visualizing the Crypto-Jewish Ancestry  of Mexico

Visualizing the Crypto-Jewish Ancestry of Mexico

In 2010 I made a series of monotypes on the subject of Doña Gracia Nasi y Mendez, which were used as part of the game-board for the game “Befrienders and Betrayers” that I presented to the Society for Crypto-Judaic Studies Conference in San Antonio, TX.  The monotype template was from a photograph I took of […]

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We Remember Richard Santos

We Remember Richard Santos

Pioneer historian of crypto Judaism was welcome speaker at SCJS Conferences One morning last February, friends and colleagues of Richard Santos received a message from Juan Marínez, Professor Emeritus, Michigan State University, informing them that the pioneer historian of crypto Judaism in the American southwest had passed away at the age of 73, at his […]

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The Artist as Cassandra

The Artist as Cassandra

Last summer, I was invited to exhibit my paintings at the SCJS conference and talk about my experience in creating them As this was the first time I had spoken in public about the paintings I call “The Crypto-Jew Series,” I thought long and hard about my thoughts and personal feelings about how it feels […]

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Diana Bryer – Featured Artist

Diana Bryer – Featured Artist

Connections, collaborations, conversations, and creativity! Diana Bryer’s art captures her soulful creative expression in depicting her authentic expression about the descendants of crypto Jews in New Mexico. Diana Bryer, accomplished artist recognized for her vibrant colors and borders, came to New Mexico in 1976 from Los Angeles. A descendant of Eastern European Jews, Diana was […]

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Remembering Martin Sosin

Remembering Martin Sosin

By Dolores Sloan “Thank you, Martin Sosin for helping us ensure that our light burns brightly!” With these words, Society member Gail Gutierrez thanked Marty Sosin, a long-time member of SCJS, for his support of artists whose work is influenced by crypto Judaism.  Gail’s print, “Lifting the Veil,” was presented to Marty on August 7, […]

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Laura Cesana’s Artistic Exploration of Crypto-Jewish Portugal

Laura Cesana’s Artistic Exploration of Crypto-Jewish Portugal

Laura Cesana’s reputation as an internationally renowned artist is well warranted. Born in Rome, Cesana spent her childhood in New York City, and currently lives and works in Portugal. She has exhibited her work since the 1970s, held almost ninety one-woman shows on four continents, and is represented in museums and public collections in Portugal, […]

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The Poetry of Lisa Alvarado

The Poetry of Lisa Alvarado

BASHERT I am the catch in your throat; the wordless cry, unexplainable. I am the cloud that follows you; raining at the slightest provocation. I am the scar that has become a flower. I am the pilgrim you brought home; the Jew you hid from the fire. I am your dark sleep. I am your […]

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Another Desert:Jewish Poetry of New Mexico

Another Desert:Jewish Poetry of New Mexico

reviewed by Gloria Trujillo Another Desert: Jewish Poetry of New Mexico edited by Joan Logghe and Miriam Sagan. (Sherman Asher Publishing, P0 Box 2853, Santa Fe, New Mexico 87504-2853. 174 pages, $15, 00, paperback.) Once I picked up “Another Desert” to read, I could not put it down. The book is an intriguing and moving […]

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Daniel Levi De Barrios:Marrano Poet Laureate

Daniel Levi De Barrios:Marrano Poet Laureate

•Readers of the history of crypto-Jews, secret Jews or Marranos as they are also known, (I use Marrano sparingly as it has, for me, pejorative connotations) come to understand that many of them wavered in their commitments to become permanent members of a formal Jewish community. This phenomenon repeated itself from the 16th to the […]

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Art as an Expression of Sephardic and Crypto-Jewish Identity

Art as an Expression of Sephardic and Crypto-Jewish Identity

The Society of Crypto-Judaic Studies, like most academic organizations, devotes most of its attention to the written word, either findings from scholarly research or personal stories by descendants of the Jews of Spain and Portugal (Sephardim), many of whom had to keep their heritages and identities secret in order to survive. Poetry and dramatic plays […]

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