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Kerry James Marshall: A Black Presence In The Art World Is 'Not Negotiable'

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 05:01:00 -0400

For decades, the 61-year-old artist has depicted black lives on canvas. He says inclusion in museums must not be contingent on "whether somebody likes you ... or somebody's being generous to you."

How Do You Dream Up A Cockatoo Feast? An Artist Explains In 'Imaginarium'

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 08:14:00 -0400

Looking at Claire Rosen's photographs can feel like walking into someone else's dreams. In her new book Imaginarium she provides inspiration and advice for curating a creative life.

Trendy Hospital Clothing To Make Cancer Patients Dress 'Well' Even When Unwell

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 08:13:00 -0400

A trio of European women has launched INGA Wellbeing fashion line to help alleviate the dehumanizing experience many patients endure when wearing the traditional, uncomfortable hospital gowns.

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.