March 15, 2012 It's like arriving in Oz: A D.C. exhibit features richly colored photographs of people who were typically rendered in black and white.
March 14, 2012 A set of 13th-century Byzantine frescoes — plundered after Turkey invaded the island nation and on display in Houston for the last 15 years — is being repatriated. NPR's Wade Goodwyn reports on the closing chapter in what turns out to be a remarkable odyssey.
March 13, 2012 We are surrounded by Nothing, everywhere we go. But what scientists and artists tell us, in their very different ways, is that if we lean in and pay very close attention, sometimes what looks like Nothing is the best place to find the most interesting Somethings.
March 10, 2012 At the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, Chinese artist Cai Guo-Qiang uses a technique to burn shapes into canvases by creating huge gunpowder explosions with the help of volunteers. Cai explains that throughout the pyrotechnic process, "there's always a prevalent sense of anxiety."
March 8, 2012 Most people are familiar with Leonardo da Vinci's Vitruvian Man: A nude man, with his arms and legs outstretched, inside a square within a circle. In his book Da Vinci's Ghost, author Toby Lester tells the story of da Vinci's quest to create an image of the perfectly proportioned human.
March 5, 2012 Members of the Inuit community of Canada's Newfoundland and Labrador province once used wood-and-canvas canoes to navigate the region's rivers. Joe Goudie is the last person making such canoes in this corner of Canada, and, under doctor's orders, he's finally putting down his tools.
March 3, 2012 Every two years, the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City weighs in on what matters in the art world. This year's exhibit, the 76th in the museum's history, features fewer artists, keeps everything on-site, and intermingles multiple disciplines.
March 2, 2012 Richard Diebenkorn's studio stood next to the Pacific Ocean, but he was more interested in light than water. For 20-plus years, Diebenkorn worked on 145 paintings — incandescent, geometric canvases that captured the soft, pale light of Southern California.
February 29, 2012 In February, we asked members of NPR's Backseat Book Club to send in photographs of the people and places they love. This gallery is just a small sampling of the hundreds of beautiful submissions we received.
February 24, 2012 The Martin Luther King Jr. memorial isn't the only monument in Washington, D.C., that's grappled with how to make a correction. At the nearby Vietnam Veterans Memorial, more than 100 names have been misspelled. So far, 62 have been re-engraved.
February 24, 2012 How do you change something that is literally set in stone? That's the question the architects of the Martin Luther King Jr. memorial are asking themselves after a paraphrased quote carved into the monument sparked a barrage of criticism.
February 22, 2012 At the groundbreaking on the National Mall on Wednesday, President Obama said the newest Smithsonian museum has been has "a long time coming" and will serve "not just as a record of tragedy, but as a celebration of life." The National Museum of African American History and Culture is expected to open in 2015.