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At first glance, Justin Favela ’s large-scale installations are joyous and exuberant. Each one is formed from hundreds of pieces of cut paper, transforming life-size sculptures and murals of lowriders, desert landscapes, and recreations of well-known artworks into what look like colossal piñatas...
The image is iconic: Marian Anderson, one of the most celebrated contraltos of her day, wrapped in a fur coat, singing on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial on Easter Sunday 1939 before 75,000 people. With the help of Eleanor Roosevelt, the concert had been arranged after Anderson was barred from...
On view through January 5, 2020, the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery (NPG) exhibit Votes for Women: A Portrait of Persistence examines the history of women's suffrage in the U.S. from 1832-1965. Comprising more than 120 portraits and objects, the exhibit is the centerpiece of the...
In the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens in Jacksonville, Florida, Rachel Snyder and her children wander around the Stein Gallery taking in the artwork. She and her family have been here before, but this time they are helping to celebrate the 10th summer of the National Endowment for the Arts’...
Hillwood Estate, Museum, and Gardens , a Blue Star museum located in Washington, DC, is the former home of Marjorie Merriweather Post, the “Post Cereal Heiress.” She inherited the Post Cereal Company from her father, C.W. Post, which—with her second husband E.F. Hutton—she built into the...
Scientific illustrator Mary Parrish spent much of her career turning what she described as the “mangled, frozen, gray rocks” of fossils into the living, breathing flora and fauna they once were. A paleo artist who recently retired after 37 years with the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural...
“One of the few places in which we can emotionally make contact with our fellow human beings, in which we can talk to the really significant, existential things that truly matter to us, is the arts. It is the thing that elevates us rom other kinds of beings, the ability to make that kind of...
What better way to help get your kids excited for a museum visit than through a book? Below are five books that will get children museum-ready, whether it means anticipating a specific museum or object, or simply preparing for the experience itself. A is for Artist: A Getty Museum Alphabet By John...
On Armed Forces Day (May 18th), one of my favorite programs at the National Endowment for the Arts began—Blue Star Museums. Now through Labor Day, more than 2,000 museums across the country will welcome active duty military personnel and their families free of charge. Since the National Endowment...
When the National Portrait Gallery (NPG) was established by Congress in 1962, its founding legislation dictated that the museum was limited to collecting paintings and statuary. As NPG Assistant Curator of Photographs Leslie Ureña pointed out, “the history of portraiture is for the elite, so we had...

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