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Skeletal Horse On Trafalgar Square's 4th Plinth Is Art And A Stock Ticker

Tuesday, May 05, 2015

A bold statue has taken up residence in London's iconic Trafalgar Square โ€” part of a public art project that's been going on for more than a decade. The skeletal horse replaces a giant blue rooster.

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Morning Edition

At LA Museum, A Powerful And Provocative Look At 'Islamic Art Now'

Tuesday, May 05, 2015

The dramatic images at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art linger in the mind. Curator Linda Komaroff says she hopes the collection challenges an American audience to rethink preconceptions.

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A Woman Uses Art To Come To Terms With Her Father's Death

Monday, May 04, 2015

Artist Jennifer Rodgers' father was hospitalized for seven months with sepsis before he died. She used the creative process to try to comprehend his suffering and her loss.

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Can You Spot The Fake Fragonard?

Saturday, May 02, 2015

A London gallery has asked visitors to spot the single fake, produced for about $100 in China, and displayed among its priceless collection. NPR's Scott Simon reflects on what makes art valuable.

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These Parents Make Lovely Lunch Bag Art. Not Everyone Is Pleased

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Elaborately illustrated napkins. Famous paintings re-created using food. Depending on your viewpoint, these lunch projects are an expression of parental love or another salvo in the parenting wars.

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Morning Edition

Libraries Make Space For 3-D Printers; Rules Are Sure To Follow

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

They're the latest addition to so-called "maker spaces" showing up in a number of libraries. But as libraries work to redefine their purpose in the digital age, it also raises questions about misuse.

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All Things Considered

Questioning The Black Male Experience In America

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Redefining the narrative of what it means to black and male in the U.S. is at the heart of "Question Bridge: Black Males," an award-winning, multimedia art project.

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Sexy, Simple, Satirical: 300 Years Of Picnics In Art

Friday, April 24, 2015

From Goya to Banksy, artists through the centuries have tackled modernity and its discontents through depictions of eating outdoors.

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Morning Edition

Slow Fashion Shows Consumers What It's Made Of

Friday, April 24, 2015

It has been two years since more than 1,100 workers were killed in a garment factory collapse in Bangladesh. "Ethical fashion" is gaining momentum โ€” though what that means depends on whom you ask.

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All Things Considered

Award-Winning Poets Write For Passersby In New York

Thursday, April 23, 2015

In New York City, award-winning poets are sitting in booths Thursday, ready to write poems on demand for passersby. Organizers of the event say they want to bring poetry to everyone in the city.

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Lunch With Monet, Dinner With Jackson Pollock

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Two new books focus on the culinary lives of these two artists. Turns out, their approaches to food provide a new way of thinking about their two very different approaches to art.

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Ask Me Another

Initially Incorrect

Thursday, April 23, 2015

In this game, every clue is a sentence that ends with a well-known initialism, BUT is the opposite of what we're looking for

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Gift Worth $400 Million To Art Institute Of Chicago Includes Works By Warhol

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

The donation was confirmed after the museum agreed to display the 42 paintings, silk-screens and sculptures for the next 50 years.

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All Things Considered

Teaching Students To Hear The Music In The Built World

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Cooper Union architecture professor Diana Agrest has influenced generations of accomplished architects. Agrest was one of the first women to teach in the largely male-dominated field.

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Morning Edition

Art From Japanese-American Internment Camps Saved From Auction Block

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Artworks by Japanese-Americans wrongfully imprisoned in World War II internment camps won't be sold to the highest bidder. The move came after protests from descendants of the internees.

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Wordless Ads Speak Volumes In 'Unbranded' Images Of Women

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Artist Hank Willis Thomas strips slogans and brands off ads to create images that expose American preoccupations. His last series focused on African-Americans; his new work features white women.

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In 'Song Of Lahore,' A Race To Revive Pakistani Classical Music

Saturday, April 18, 2015

In 1977, classical music virtually died in Pakistan when the government banned live concerts. Seven musicians are working to bring the art back, and a film premiering Saturday documents their quest.

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All Things Considered

Presidential Campaign Logos Reach New Level Of Sophistication

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

From water bottles and bumper stickers, to fundraising emails and Twitter accounts, the logos of the 2016 presidential candidates will soon be plastered across the country.

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Tea Tuesdays: The Evolution Of Tea Sets From Ancient Legend To Modern Biometrics

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Legend has it that a Chinese emperor first discovered tea more than 4,700 years ago. As the culture surrounding tea has changed through the centuries, so, too, have the tools we use to drink it.

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How Iconic: A Word Is Worth Thousands Of Pictures

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Inspired by the origins of the Oxford English Dictionary, the Noun Project uses crowdsourcing to gather an army of people to define words. But instead of using other words to do it, they use icons.

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