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Tight On Wall Space, SFMOMA Will Text Its Art To You Instead

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 11:25:00 -0400

The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art can only display a fraction of its collection at any given time. Now, you can text a word or emoji and the museum will send back a corresponding work of art.

Artist Louie Gong Brings Authentic Native American Art To Mainstream Business

Sun, 16 Jul 2017 17:08:00 -0400

Louie Gong is a Native American visual artist and designer who got his start decorating Vans sneakers. Today he's one of the most successful Native entrepreneurs in the country.

Art Studio Helps Adults With Disabilities Turn Their Passion Into A Career

Sun, 16 Jul 2017 07:45:00 -0400

This art studio works with adults who have a disability of some kind to make their art their employment. But all this takes money. And the new health care bill may impact the studio's funding.

'Stains On The Sidewalk': Photographer Remembers Year Of Murders In Baltimore

Thu, 13 Jul 2017 17:25:00 -0400

For her project, "Stains on the Sidewalk," photographer Amy Berbert is memorializing each murder in Baltimore last year with a photograph taken on the "same day, same time, same place."

Mapping The Journey Of Classic Works Of Art

Sat, 08 Jul 2017 08:05:45 -0400

Mapping Paintings is an open source website that allows users to map out the path and history of a piece of art. Scott Simon talks with Jodi Cranston, professor of art history at Boston University.

Frida Kahlo Celebrated With An Attempt At A World Record

Fri, 07 Jul 2017 04:46:00 -0400

Museum-goers attempted to set the record for most people dressed up as Frida Kahlo at the Dallas Museum of Art Thursday night.

'Architecture Of An Asylum' Tracks History Of U.S. Treatment Of Mental Illness

Thu, 06 Jul 2017 05:01:00 -0400

Founded in 1855, St. Elizabeths Hospital in Washington, D.C., grew from 250 patients to 8,000. A new exhibit at the National Building Museum explores the links between architecture and mental health.

Set Designer Uses Broadway Experience To Design Times Square Restaurant

Wed, 05 Jul 2017 05:05:00 -0400

In addition to designing sets for Broadway shows and concert tours, David Korins is working on a new restaurant. We go behind the scenes of a Times Square restaurant, where eating is theater.

'They Love Freedom': Ai Weiwei On His Lego Portraits Of Fellow Activists

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 16:41:00 -0400

The Chinese artist created Trace while under house arrest, and he wasn't allowed to travel to their San Francisco debut. Now, he has his passport back, and was finally able to see it on display.

With Chemistry And Care, Conservators Keep Masterpieces Looking Their Best

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 04:33:00 -0400

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.

Carla Fendi, Former President Of Luxury Fashion Brand, Dies

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 01:11:00 -0400

Fendi helped propel the label to international fame. She was 79.

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

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 16:32:00 -0400

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.

Gallery Gives Movie Star Marlene Dietrich The Big-Picture Treatment

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 05:00:00 -0400

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

WATCH: What Makes Japan No. 1 In Toilet Technology

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 05:05:00 -0400

In NPR's Elise Tries series, correspondent Elise Hu tries out new experiences in East Asia. In this episode, Japanese toilets: so automated and comfortable, you might never want to leave the bathroom.

PHOTOS: 'Chicano Eats' Food Blog Dishes Up Bicultural Flavors

Tue, 13 Jun 2017 16:23:00 -0400

On his bilingual food blog, Esteban Castillo shares traditional and fusion Mexican recipes. The blog has a stunning, minimalist aesthetic meant to challenge the way people see Mexican food.