Karen Michel

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MacArthur 'Genius' Paints Nigerian Childhood Alongside Her American Present

Tuesday, January 02, 2018

Njideka Akunyili Crosby was born in Nigeria and moved to the U.S. when she was 16. Her large-scale paintings reflect her life in both countries.


Tiffany Is Known For Lamps And Stained Glass, But He Made Magical Mosaics, Too

Thursday, August 03, 2017

Louis Comfort Tiffany — son of the luxury jeweler — took a trip to Italy in the late 1800s and returned inspired. A museum in Western New York has devoted an exhibition to these lesser known works.


Art You Can Wear On Your Arm? For Judith Leiber, It's In The Bag

Saturday, May 27, 2017

In her 40 years in the business, Leiber designed 3,500 handbags, some of which were carried by First Ladies and movie stars. Now 96, Leiber says she loves her bags, whether "classic" or "crazy."


Precision Drum Company Takes On The Beatles

Saturday, April 08, 2017

One of the oldest U.S. drum makers is Precision Drum Company. It's made instruments for some big names in jazz and rock. It's now making a replica of the drum on the Beatles' Sgt. Pepper album.


90 Years On, Claude Monet's Water Lilies Still Captivate

Monday, December 05, 2016

Claude Monet died 90 years ago, but his famous water lilies still have power over viewers. What's the secret to their staying power? It might have to do with their creator's particular attachment to his garden in Giverny, France.


Small Town Is Home To Hand-Carved Carousel With Adirondack Scenes

Tuesday, September 06, 2016

Sixteen years ago, a wood carver in Saranac Lake, N.Y., was inspired to build a full-sized carousel, carved and painted primarily by local artists, and featuring only local scenes and animals.


Overlooked But Undeterred, A 101-Year-Old Artist Finally Gets Her Due

Saturday, July 02, 2016

Carmen Herrera was making art in the '50s and '60s but her male counterparts were getting all of the attention. Now, she's still hard at work and finally getting some long overdue recognition.


Artist June Leaf, Still Moving Fast At 86

Saturday, June 18, 2016

June Leaf sculpts, paints and draws and she's been doing it for most of her 86 years. Now she's got a retrospective at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City.


In Animated, Oscar-Nominated Doc, A Man Turns His Brother In For Murder

Saturday, February 27, 2016

An animated film is up for best documentary short at the Oscars this year. It's only the second time an animated film has been in the running since the category was established in the 1940s. Last Day of Freedom is the story of Bill Babbitt, a man who turns his ...


With Artist Frank Stella, What You See Is What You See

Saturday, December 26, 2015

Frank Stella does huge work — some of it 20 feet tall and twice as long — so he has a suitably supersized studio about an hour's drive north of New York City. With hundreds of artworks and tables strewn with ideas in progress, the studio is a museum in ...


Pottery Winner: An Artist's Dark, Funny Oeuvre Gets Major Show

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Ceramics artist Ron Nagle uses unconventional materials and bright colors to make odd, miniature marvels with punderful titles. His work has helped make modern ceramics a star at art museums.


Fresh Air Weekend: Sarah Silverman; 'Bridge Of Spies'; 'The Living Bird'

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Sarah Silverman opens up about depression and comedy. Critic John Powers reviews Bridge of Spies. Photographer Gerrit Vyn and writer Scott Weidensaul discuss some of the remarkable abilities of birds.


Bassist Gary Peacock Is At The Soloist's Service

Sunday, September 06, 2015

"What can I play so that this person just plays the best he's ever played?" asks Peacock, who's backed up everyone from Bill Evans to Miles Davis to Keith Jarrett.


In This Museum, Visitors Can Eat At The Exhibits

Sunday, April 26, 2015

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Decades Before YouTube, Video Pioneers Captured Turbulent Era

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Back in the pre-digital era — when telephones were used for talking, not photographing and filming, and before YouTube came along to broadcast everyone's videos — capturing and disseminating moving images was expensive, time consuming and decidedly non-portable.

But that changed in 1967, when Sony introduced the world's first portable ...


Buzz Bin: A Proper Look At Where Kazoos Come From

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

They're the instrument anyone can play — but only two places in the U.S. make them, and only one makes the colorful plastic kind most people know. Karen Michel pays a visit to the latter.


Ahmad Jamal, 'A Musical Architect Of The Highest Order,' Keeps On Building

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

At 84, the acclaimed jazz pianist is still recording and touring. Among his many achievements is one that often eludes even the most beloved jazz artists: mainstream popularity.


Poughkeepsie: A City on the Edge

Thursday, December 25, 2014

As artists priced out of New York City head north, Hudson River cities are experiencing a renaissance. But not this historic city.

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New York Exhibitions Dance With Death Through Victorian Mourning Culture

Saturday, November 08, 2014

People often get flummoxed around death. Some get teary, others emotionally distant from the inevitable. An exhibition at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art, "Death Becomes Her: A Century of Mourning Attire," embodies that tension with mourning fashion from the mid-1800s to the early 20th century. It has multi-layered ...


The Man Who Casts The Metal For The Master Sculptors

Saturday, October 04, 2014

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