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Arts And Craft Beers: Brewers Draw Drinkers' Eyes With Snazzy Tap Handles

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 14:26:00 -0400

As craft brewers try to make their brews stand out in an increasingly crowded field, they're driving the expansion of a singular business: custom-made beer taps.

Long Before Burning Man, Zozobra Brought Fire And Redemption To The Desert

Sun, 25 Sep 2016 12:57:00 -0400

For decades, residents in Santa Fe, N.M., have gathered to burn a massive puppet — but only after stuffing it with symbols of their woes. It's a way to release the past year's sadness and start anew.

'The Face Of Britain' Tells A Nation's History Through Portraits

Mon, 19 Sep 2016 17:10:00 -0400

Art historian Simon Schama shares the stories behind the artworks — from the portrait that made an 18th-century actor into a star, to the one Winston Churchill's secretary threw into a bonfire.

Mae Reeves' Hats Hang At National Museum Of African American History And Culture

Sun, 18 Sep 2016 06:20:00 -0400

Mae Reeves was one of the first African-American business owners in Philadelphia, where she designed hats for Ella Fitzgerald, Lena Horne and Marian Anderson.

Behold The Throne: There's A Golden Toilet At The Guggenheim

Thu, 15 Sep 2016 15:35:00 -0400

Museum-goers, prepare for "unprecedented intimacy with a work of art." Starting Friday, visitors will be able to use Maurizio Cattelan's America, a gold-cast, working toilet at the New York museum.

Mission Of African-American Museum Writ Large In Its Very Design

Thu, 15 Sep 2016 13:36:00 -0400

The "dark presence" of the bronze and brooding National Museum of African American History and Culture illuminates black history, and by extension, the history of America itself.

Tim Gunn: The Fashion Industry Is Not Making It Work For Plus-Size Women

Wed, 14 Sep 2016 18:43:00 -0400

NPR's Kelly McEvers talks with Tim Gunn, a fixture in the fashion world, about his article in The Washington Post in which he blasted the industry for ignoring plus-size women.

How An Architect Used Striking Design To Capture New Smithsonian's Meaning

Mon, 12 Sep 2016 17:09:00 -0400

As the Smithsonian prepares to open its National Museum of African American History and Culture in a couple weeks, NPR's Ari Shapiro speaks with the museum's architect, David Adjaye.

Seeing A Mother's Alzheimer's As A Time Of Healing And Magic

Sat, 10 Sep 2016 05:00:00 -0400

Dana Walrath used her skills as an artist and medical anthropologist to chronicle her mother's final years with dementia. The process helped her see beyond the loss and embrace the moment.

In An NYC Stairwell, One Of Keith Haring's Murals May Be In Peril

Tue, 06 Sep 2016 16:30:00 -0400

The celebrated street artist painted the mural in a former convent that offered low-cost housing in the '80s. Now the church that owns the building is strapped for cash and has asked tenants to leave.

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

Tue, 06 Sep 2016 05:02:00 -0400

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.

These Apps' Creations Sure Look Like Masterworks, But Is It Art?

Sun, 04 Sep 2016 14:07:00 -0400

Prisma turns your photos into images that look like paintings and Artisto does the same for videos. Art experts say they are tools for artistic play, but the results aren't art in the purest sense.

Better Sit Down For This One: An Exciting Book About The History Of Chairs

Sat, 03 Sep 2016 08:50:52 -0400

OK, fine ... this new chair anthology might not keep you on the edge of your seat, but it does reveal some very interesting ideas about trends in design, culture and social values.

Your Dilapidated Barn Is Super Trendy. Just Ask HGTV

Thu, 01 Sep 2016 05:02:00 -0400

Small firms are popping up in the rural Midwest that buy old barns to feed remodelers' demand for weathered wood. As more historic barns come down, is the iconic American rural landscape fading away?

He Died At 32, But A Young Artist Lives On In LA's Underground Museum

Mon, 29 Aug 2016 18:05:00 -0400

When Noah Davis founded the museum, he wanted to bring world-class art to a neighborhood he likened to a food desert, meaning no grocery stores or museums. Davis died a year ago Monday.