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On Fashion Runways, Inclusion Is About More Than Color

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 17:21:00 -0400

It's a tricky thing, casting. Directors have a vision for their lines — but what if that vision doesn't include a more inclusive palette?

From Striking Photos To Surprising Stained Glass, A Wide-Ranging Whitney Biennial

Sat, 18 Mar 2017 07:00:00 -0400

There are 63 artists in this year's Biennial, including An-My Lê, whose photography touches on immigration, and Raúl de Nieves, who made a stained glass window with tape, paper, beads and more.

Mystery Guest

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 11:59:27 -0400

This episode's Mystery Guest, Autumn Stanford, just started an interesting late-night business. Can you figure out what it is before Ophira and Jonathan?

Vietnamese American Photographer An-My Le Selected For Whitney Biennial

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 16:28:00 -0400

Vietnamese American photographer An-My Le is one of 63 artists selected for this year's Whitney Biennial. Her new work was shot in Louisiana.

A New Card Game Asks, 'Who's Blacker?'

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 12:56:00 -0400

What does it mean to be black? What does it mean to be blacker?

Covert Fashion Provides Camouflage Against Surveillance Software

Mon, 13 Mar 2017 16:39:00 -0400

Hyphen-Labs is a group of women of color who are scientists, engineers, architects and designers who have designed clothing that camouflages against facial recognition software.

Malcolm Gladwell: Do More Choices Make Us Happier?

Fri, 10 Mar 2017 08:48:55 -0500

We assume that our choices come with prepackaged consequences. But author Malcolm Gladwell explains how we aren't simply passive recipients of our decisions.

When Clothes Make The Man Appear Dangerous

Thu, 09 Mar 2017 05:01:17 -0500

The revival of playwright Luis Valdez's "Zoot Suit" reminds us that clothes and garments have long been the site upon which bigots can project their prejudices and fears.

A Green Beret Sits For A Portrait By His Former Commander In Chief

Sat, 04 Mar 2017 07:41:46 -0500

After leaving office, President George W. Bush picked up painting — first fruit, then pets, then people. His book Portraits of Courage features paintings of more than 60 American service members.

Gustav Metzger, Whose Creations Were Works Of Destruction, Dies At 90

Fri, 03 Mar 2017 17:42:00 -0500

The artist, who lost most of his family to the Holocaust when he was young, founded the auto-destructive art movement. He explored how destruction could become an act of creation and dissent.

New York's Met Museum Director Resigns Amid Financial Troubles

Fri, 03 Mar 2017 05:08:00 -0500

The director of New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art resigned this week. His departure underscores financial difficulties the museum is facing.

'I'm A Little Dazed, Which ... Is Totally Normal After One Week Living In A Rock'

Thu, 02 Mar 2017 16:39:00 -0500

Those are the words uttered by French performance artist Abraham Poincheval upon leaving the boulder in which he'd entombed himself for seven days. It was Poincheval's latest artwork of endurance.

'Priestess Of Polka Dots' Yayoi Kusama Gives Gallerygoers A Taste Of Infinity

Wed, 01 Mar 2017 17:06:00 -0500

The Japanese artist is known for her "infinity rooms," which have mirrored walls that make the space feel endless. Six of those rooms are now on display at the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington, D.C.

'River On Fire' Explores Genius, Madness And The Poetry Of Robert Lowell

Tue, 28 Feb 2017 13:45:40 -0500

Kay Redfield Jamison's new book describes how Lowell's manic-depressive illness influenced his life and work. "His manias tended to lead him into writing a fresh kind of poetry," she says.

Tattoo Artist Covers Up Racist Insignia For Free: 'Enough Hate In This World'

Sat, 25 Feb 2017 18:20:00 -0500

NPR's Michel Martin speaks with tattoo shop owner, Dave Cutlip of Brooklyn Park, Md., who has offered to cover up any racist or gang affiliated tattoos at no cost. Cutlip says sometimes people change.