Kehinde Wiley on the World Stage

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Kehinde Wiley paints contemporary kings. His portraits are opulent collages that take young men and turns them into heroes and surrounding them with intricate, kool-aid-bright backgrounds. The World Stage: Israel, a new exhibition of Wiley's paintings, is now on view at The Jewish Museum ...

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Storytelling and Science Collide

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Humans love a well-told story and scientists are beginning to understand why. According to a 2010 study by three Princeton researchers, the act of listening to, and comprehending, a narrative creates an unconscious physical alignment between the storyteller and the audience: their brains link ...

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Las Vegas Takes a Gamble on High Art

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

The Smith Center for the Performing Arts just opened in downtown Las Vegas. Supporters hope the new $470 million cathedral to the arts shows the rest of the country that Vegas is a serious cultural destination that can host pop goddess Celine Dion and ...

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Roger Shimomura: An American Knockoff

Monday, February 27, 2012

The Scene: Kansas City
From the KCUR's Arts & Culture desk, a service of Kansas City Public Media

Seventy years ago, President Franklin Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066. This action, just a few months after the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor, forced an estimated 120,000 Japanese Americans into internment camps. Kansas-based artist Roger Shimomura was one of them. ...

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Remembering Barney Rosset, Malcolm X's Publisher

Thursday, February 23, 2012

The boundary-pushing publisher Barney Rosset died on Tuesday. He was 89. Rosset was the founder of Grove Press, where he made a name for himself publishing titles no one else would touch. In the 1960s, he won consecutive court cases that allowed him to print ...

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Sapphire, Patton Oswalt, Harley-Davidson

Monday, February 13, 2012

In this national pledge special, Kurt Andersen talks with the writer Sapphire about her novel The Kid. The comedian Patton Oswalt breaks down the universe to its three essential parts: zombies, spaceships, and wastelands. And our American Icons series continues with a ride on the country's favorite motorcycle: the Harley-Davidson.

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Prison Art: Letters From Inside

Monday, February 13, 2012

My sister, a psychiatrist, has been collecting the work of untrained artists for as long as I can remember, and travels to New York every January for the Outsider Art Fair. This year, I tagged along and discovered Phyllis Kornfeld’s Inside/Outside Envelope Project. Kornfeld has ...

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Eisenhower Family Objects to Gehry Design for Memorial

Tuesday, February 07, 2012

A design for a memorial to President Dwight D. Eisenhower on the National Mall has become the subject of controversy.  The New York Times reports that descendants of Eisenhower complain that Frank Gehry's design, which represents the president as a young farm boy, belittles his legacy of ...

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360 Field Trip: Postcard From the Edge

Monday, February 06, 2012

This month, light and space is oddly, magically graspable at the David Zwirner gallery in Chelsea, New York. Doug Wheeler's SA MI 75 DZ NY 12 is an experience that is near-impossible to describe without using the terms "defies comprehension" and "mind-blowing," so we figured we'd get that out of the way now ...

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The Fight to Save Salvation Mountain

Monday, February 06, 2012

The Scene: San Diego
From Culture Lust, a blog from KPBS in San Diego, hosted by Angela Carone

Along dusty Highway 111 in Niland, California, the Buckshot Deli and Diner is the place to get a strong cup of coffee, and directions to the area’s most famous landmark. Owner Ed Brashear says he can tell immediately who wants to go to Salvation Mountain. "Sometime when they walk in ...

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Wings: Oscar's First Best Picture

Monday, January 30, 2012

The Scene: San Antonio
From Texas Public Radio's The Source, a weekly program on the arts, environment, politics, and education in San Antonio, hosted by Eileen Pace

Last week, a silent film was nominated for the Best Picture Oscar for the first time in 85 years.  The last time that happened was at the first Academy Awards ceremony, and the picture that won was Wings (1927), shot in San Antonio. Wings is the story of two young men who enlist ...

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Sons of the Pioneers: Tumbling Tumbleweeds

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

The Sons of the Pioneers pioneered one of the strangest branches of American music: singing cowboys.  Their 1934 song “Tumbling Tumbleweeds,” made popular by a Gene Autry film of the same name, was written by Bob Nolan, a Canadian by birth who ...

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How Well Do You Know The Boss?

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Bruce Springsteen's album Wrecking Ball comes out March 6. A recent press announcement supplied a track list of eleven hardscrabble-titled songs. We've come up with our own list of ten real song titles mixed up with ten ringers.  Can you pick the titles that Bruce wrote?

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Where are the Arts Managers?

Monday, January 23, 2012

The Scene: Dallas
From KERA's Art & Seek, an online resource for arts, music, and culture in North Texas

The past two years, so many arts groups in North Texas have had to find new directors, managing directors and CEOs that people have wondered if there was something wrong — with the Arts District? With Dallas in general? It’s not an Arts District problem, not a North Texas problem. It’s an ...

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Photographing the Microscopic World

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Like any other talented photographer, Bernardo Cesare combines skilled use of lenses and light with his own judgment and timing to capture striking images. His photographs investigate the history of the earth and expose the mysteries of its formation. His work fits into a tiny niche in the ...

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Staff Pick: The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl

Thursday, January 12, 2012

A couple months ago, a friend sent me a link to a web series called The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl, calling it “one of the few pieces of media I've seen that claims it's catering to 'indie-minded' black girls and actually nails it.” That’s a tall order, ...

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National Pinball Museum Opens

Monday, January 09, 2012

The Scene: Baltimore
From WYPR's The Signal, a weekly radio magazine devoted to Maryland's cultural scene, hosted by Andy Bienstock

David Silverman’s got a collection of almost 900 pinball machines, and he’s just opened the National Pinball Museum in downtown Baltimore.  We drop in at the museum for a crash course in pinball history. 

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Aha Moment: Jonathan Safran Foer on Joseph Cornell

Wednesday, January 04, 2012

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close starring Tom Hanks and Sandra Bullock, just arrived in theaters.  It's an adaptation of the September 11-themed novel by Jonathan Safran Foer. But before Foer became a novelist, he was an aspiring sculptor. ...

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Angelina Jolie: The Girl with the Tiger Tattoo

Tuesday, January 03, 2012

Angelina Jolie may be the most tattooed actress in Hollywood. She has the coordinates of her children’s birthplaces on her arm, a Buddhist Pali incantation on her shoulder blade, a cross on her hip, a rune on her wrist, a tiger on her lower back ... Jolie recently ...

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Best of 2011: 360 Behind the Scenes

Friday, December 30, 2011

This year, Kurt talked to movie stars, revolutionaries, and polymaths — and he hosted the first-ever audio broadcast in 3D. Intriguing things often happened before the mic is switched on and the story continues after it's switched off. The Studio 360 staff ...

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