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Last Build Date: Tue, 26 Sep 2017 16:22:48 -0400

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Citing Threats, Guggenheim Pulls Three Works Involving Animals From Exhibition

Tue, 26 Sep 2017 16:22:48 -0400

An online petition demanding the museum remove the works garnered more than 600,000 signatures since it was posted five days ago, contending that three of them depict animal cruelty.

Exhibit Highlights The Work Of The Late Avant-Garde Artist Florine Stettheimer

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 14:55:47 -0400

Stettheimer, who died in 1944, had only one public showing of her paintings during her lifetime. Now the Jewish Museum in New York has the first new exhibit of her work in more than 20 years.

'From The Mundane To The Magnificent': Photos From The Chicano Rights Movement

Sat, 16 Sep 2017 06:18:27 -0400

From 1967 until 1977, photographers from La Raza chronicled Chicanos in and around Los Angeles. This month, the Autry Museum of the American West is sharing some of the most powerful images.

As Boy Peers Curiously Over Border Wall, His Artist Asks: 'What Is He Thinking?'

Fri, 08 Sep 2017 16:17:00 -0400

JR, a French street artist, hasn't answered that question — and that's the point. His massive artwork on the border, which coincided with the decision to rescind DACA, is the "start of a discussion."

PHOTOS: Some Say Nebraska's Flag Stinks — And They've Got Ideas To Fix It

Thu, 31 Aug 2017 16:53:00 -0400

State Sen. Burke Harr says Nebraska's state flag flapped upside-down for 10 days at the Capitol earlier this year — and no one even noticed. Now, he's on a crowdsourced quest to redesign it.

In 'More Than A Picture' Exhibit, History Happens Now

Sat, 26 Aug 2017 18:14:34 -0400

A new collection at the National Museum of African American History features recent, lesser-known photos alongside well-known images to demonstrate the historical significance of everyday moments.

'¡Murales Rebeldes!': These Disappearing LA Murals Mirror Their Community

Thu, 24 Aug 2017 16:52:00 -0400

For years, Chicano muralists in Los Angeles weren't let into museums, so they made art where they could. "I wanted people to look at the mural and ... see themselves in it," says muralist Wayne Healy.

A Retired Marine And A Photojournalist Confront War's 'Invisible Injuries'

Thu, 24 Aug 2017 16:16:00 -0400

Marine Sgt. TJ Brennan suffered from memory loss after being injured by a grenade in Afghanistan in 2010. Finbarr O'Reilly captured the event on film. Now the two men have written a memoir.

PHOTOS: Single Mothers Of Afghanistan Live On The Fringe

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 12:04:00 -0400

In the Dari language, there's no word to describe these women. Photographer Kiana Hayeri captures their daily struggles.

Iconic Plague Images Are Often Not What They Seem

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 12:14:00 -0400

Many images that have been traditionally used to depict the Black Death are, in fact, not images of the plague at all. Now, a group of dedicated historians are trying to correct the record.

Pantone Honors Prince With A New Purple Shade

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 05:01:00 -0400

Color-cataloguing company Pantone is paying a unique tribute to the late singer Prince: a unique shade of purple called "Love Symbol #2."

Ancient Iraqi Art On Display In Italy At Venice Biennale

Sat, 12 Aug 2017 07:55:11 -0400

The Iraqi Pavilion at the Venice Bienniale places ancient artwork saved from extremist destruction alongside work by contemporary artists as a way to make sense of the country's complicated history.

What Hiram Maristany Saw Looking Through The Lens At El Barrio

Fri, 04 Aug 2017 09:25:27 -0400

Photographer Hiram Maristany has spent more than 50 years documenting the Puerto Rican community in New York City's East Harlem neighborhood — through poverty, beauty and gentrification.

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

Thu, 03 Aug 2017 16:35:00 -0400

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.

From Family Snapshots To NASA Photos, Archivists Aim To Solve Preservation Puzzles

Wed, 02 Aug 2017 16:14:00 -0400

Levi Bettwieser develops found film rolls from his Idaho home, and Dennis Wingo helped rescue early pictures of the moon. But what will happen when historical photos go from analog to digital?