Liz Taylor, Soviet Photography and Holocaust Landscapes
Becoming Jewish: Warhol’s Liz and Marilyn
Celebrities Elizabeth Taylor and Marilyn Monroe converted to Judaism in the 1950s. Andy Warhol’s silkscreen portraits, radiant magazine cover images as well as an audio recording of Taylor’s conversion ceremony and Monroe’s musical menora shed new light on their Jewish identities. Through February 7 at the Jewish Museum, New York. —Sara Trappler Spielman
The Power of Pictures: Early Soviet Photography, Early Soviet Film
Nearly 200 striking works explore the effect of modernist photography and film—from the 1917 Bolshevik Revolution to the 1930s—on communist propaganda. Images by Alexander Rodchenko, El Lissitzky and Boris Ignatovich and others influenced the work of Jewish photojournalists. On view is Georgy Petrusov’s Caricature of Alexander Rodchenko. Through February 7 at the Jewish Museum, New York. —S.T.S.
Sojourn in the Shadowlands
Post-Symbolist painter Michael Roque Collins turns Holocaust-site landscapes into scenes of mystery and transcendence in 20 collages of oils, mixed media and photos. Auschwitz’s train tracks are transformed into an ascending Jacob’s ladder. Partly destroyed gas chambers are reimagined as tents in a snowy field. Through March 13 at Holocaust Museum Houston.—Aaron Howard