He has hired a lawyer and is being investigated by the New York Police Department’s internal affairs unit. Suspect identified in SUV battle Suspect identified in SUV battle Interrogations, arrest Police seized the helmet-cam video and questioned the motorcyclist who shot it. They arrested Cruz, 28, the biker who abruptly slowed in front of the Range Rover. He is charged with misdemeanors including reckless driving. Cruz was later released after posting $1,500 cash bail and a $15,000 insurance bond. His license was suspended, and he was ordered to surrender his passport. Cruz’s lawyer insisted he is not guilty. “His motorcycle was struck, and he stood right there,” his attorney H. Benjamin Perez said. “He never assaulted this man. He never tried to assault him in any way. And he does not know any of the other motorcyclists who were involved in this beating.” A second biker, who was in custody, was released Wednesday, when authorities determined that he may have been trying to help. The NYPD released photos Sunday of two other men they want to find and question as part of the investigation and asked for the public’s help in identifying them. Mieses’ family, meanwhile, says he is the real victim.
New York exhibit explores Chagall’s art during war years, exile
“Chagall approached this subject in a very personal way. In certain works the image of the Jewish Jesus conveyed his personal angst while in others he equated the martyrdom of Jesus on the cross with the persecution of the Jewish people,” said Susan Tumarkin Goodman, the curator of the exhibit. The artist, who was born in 1887 in Vitebsk in Belarus to a religious family, created a simple line drawing of the Crucifixion as early as 1908, but it did not become a prevalent image in his work for another three decades. After the Russian Revolution, Chagall moved to Paris with his wife and daughter. Goodman said living away from his homeland inspired work based on memories of his childhood. Chagall drew on symbols meaningful to both Jews and Christians. A 1933 painting, “Solitude,” shows a Jew wrapped in a prayer shawl, holding a Torah scroll as an angel flies skyward. “‘Solitude’ was done in direct response to Hitler’s election as chancellor of Germany and the onset of the Nazi regime,” said Goodman. “It’s a very melancholy picture, a foreshadowing of things to come.” SENSE OF DISPLACEMENT In June 1941 Chagall and his wife, together with many other Jewish refugees, escaped the war in Europe, sailing from Lisbon to New York at the invitation of Alfred Barr of the Museum of Modern Art. Chagall’s paintings, however, were held up in transit. His daughter, Ida, and her husband booked passage on a freighter that carried more than 700 refugees to New York. Chagall’s art was loaded on the ship and closely guarded by Ida. The war, and his exile in New York, left Chagall with a profound sense of displacement, Goodman said. Themes of violence and disruption re-emerged in his work.