Susan Stamberg

Susan Stamberg appears in the following:

With Chemistry And Care, Conservators Keep Masterpieces Looking Their Best

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Armed with cotton swabs, strong solvents and a lot of training, conservators are entrusted with restoring priceless works of art. At the National Gallery of Art we learn that varnish is enemy No. 1.

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'Maudie' Paints Intimate Portrait Of Canadian Painter Maud Lewis

Monday, June 19, 2017

The new film Maudie is an intimate drama about self-taught Canadian painter Maud Lewis. The film also takes a deep dive into her paintings and legacy.

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Home Is Where The Art Is: The Unlikely Story Of Folk Artist Maud Lewis

Monday, June 19, 2017

Lewis sold paintings to passing tourists for $2. Now, they go for as much as $20,000 and her entire house is on view in a museum. Maudie tells the true story of the untrained artist from Nova Scotia.

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Gallery Gives Movie Star Marlene Dietrich The Big-Picture Treatment

Monday, June 19, 2017

A photography exhibition in Washington, D.C., shows the journey from Berlin schoolgirl to glamorous actress.

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Meet Frédéric Bazille, The Impressionist Painter Who Could Have Been

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Bazille was part of a circle of artists eager to make a mark on the 1860s art scene. He helped lay the groundwork for the impressionist movement, but died in battle before it was fully formed.

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Imagine What It Was Like To Sit Down At Simone De Beauvoir's Desk

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

"One is not born, but rather becomes, a woman," wrote the pioneering French feminist. The National Museum of Women in the Arts invites visitors to explore a replica of her cozy, cluttered workspace.

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Early Hardship Couldn't Muffle Ella Fitzgerald's Joy

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Before she became First Lady of Song, Fitzgerald navigated childhood loss, poverty and homelessness — always with music as her refuge.

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Jazz Vocalist Ron Boustead's Humor Shines On 'Unlikely Valentine'

Saturday, April 22, 2017

A mastering engineer by day, the LA singer has now made his own album, on which he treats jazz standards and originals with wit and swing.

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Kerry James Marshall: A Black Presence In The Art World Is 'Not Negotiable'

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

For decades, the 61-year-old artist has depicted black lives on canvas. He says inclusion in museums must not be contingent on "whether somebody likes you ... or somebody's being generous to you."

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Composer Alan Menken On His Disney Tunes: 'I Prefer Them To Be Hum-able'

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Menken scored The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, Pocahontas and many other Disney classics. He recently wrote three new songs for the live action adaptation of Beauty and the Beast.

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After 75 Years, Here's Looking At You, 'Casablanca'

Friday, February 24, 2017

Did you know Humphrey Bogart had to stand on a box for scenes with tall Ingrid Bergman? NPR's Susan Stamberg visited the soundstage where the 1942 classic was filmed — and returned with stories.

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Behind This Exuberant Dance Number? Planning, Precision And Practice

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Choreographer Mandy Moore was lying underneath a car on the LA freeway, counting and calling out steps, throughout the 47 takes it took to shoot La La Land's fun-filled opening scene.

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At 79, David Hockney Isn't Keen On Parties, But Still Paints Every Day

Wednesday, February 08, 2017

A major retrospective at Tate Britain showcases more than 60 years of Hockney's work. NPR's Susan Stamberg visited the contemporary artist in his studio, high, high up in the Hollywood Hills.

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'Breaking News' Artists Use Mass Media As Their Medium

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

An exhibition in Los Angeles features some 200 works of news-inspired art, dating back to the 1960s. Many of the images are disturbing; "Art is more than a pretty picture," says curator Arpad Kovacs.

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'Commercials for Nicer Living Project' Winners Announced

Friday, January 27, 2017

All Things Considered announces the winners in the revived listener contest called "Commercials for Nicer Living Project." It's a reprise of an early item on this program, in which we asked listeners to tell us some of the things that make life just a little bit better — things that money can't buy. We chose our favorites and produced them as radio commercials.

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Blind Art Lovers Make The Most Of Museum Visits With 'InSight' Tours

Thursday, January 05, 2017

"Sight isn't the only pathway to understand art," says Carol Wilson of the Smithsonian American Art Museum. There, specially trained docents lead tours using sound, description — and even touch.

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Charles Aidikoff, Who Ran Popular LA Screening Room, Dies

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Hollywood insiders mourn the death of 101-year-old Charles Aidikoff, who ran one of the most popular small, private screening rooms in Los Angeles.

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See Red In A New Light: Imperial China Meets Mark Rothko In D.C. Exhibition

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

The Smithsonian show finds links between a 15th-century Ming dynasty dish and a 20th-century Rothko painting. Curator Jan Stuart says, "You almost weep with beauty of red."

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Matisse And Diebenkorn 'Meet' At Last, At The Baltimore Museum Of Art

Friday, November 25, 2016

Henri Matisse and Richard Diebenkorn never met in real life, but a new exhibit feels like a conversation between the two artists. Across decades and continents, Matisse influenced Deibenkorn's work.

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Mama Stamberg's Relish Faces Its Toughest Critics: NPR Staffers

Friday, November 18, 2016

It's tradition: Every year, Susan Stamberg sneaks her mother-in-law's cranberry relish recipe onto the air. To be honest, we've given her a hard time about it, and now she's seeking redemption.

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