November 1, 2011 "She was simply the center of my life," says Joan Didion, whose daughter, Quintana Roo Dunne, died at age 39. Her death came just two years after the death of Didion's husband, John Gregory Dunne. "We all survive more than we think we can," Didion tells NPR's Susan Stamberg.
September 26, 2011 The National Gallery of Art showcases 80 early-'60s Andy Warhol works, all on the theme of newspapers and celebrity. In prints, paintings and drawings, the pop-art icon methodically reproduced tabloid headlines, interrogating the relationship between publications and their readers.
September 9, 2011 Exquisite creations for the world's top designers are in the works at a 130-year-old embroidery studio in Paris. At Maison Lesage, a small army of highly skilled sewers — affectionately called petites mains, or "little hands" — draw, sew and embroider for the biggest names in fashion.
July 21, 2011 From 1915 until 1946, some 25,000 pieces of paper were exchanged between painter Georgia O'Keeffe and photographer Alfred Stieglitz. The correspondence tracks their relationship from acquaintances to admirers to lovers to man and wife to exasperated — but still together — long-marrieds.
July 3, 2011 On the Tidal Basin in Washington, D.C., a monument to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is being carved. Gigantic granite cliffs form the entryway, like massive stone curtains about to reveal a permanent reminder of the man who articulated a dream for so many Americans.
June 30, 2011 Gone with the Wind sold one million copies in its first six months, won the Pulitzer Prize in 1937, and brought an explosion of unexpected, unwished-for celebrity to its author. NPR's Susan Stamberg visits the tiny Atlanta apartment where Mitchell wrote the famous novel 75 years ago.
May 18, 2011 When it comes to Dutch artists, you probably know of Rembrandt and Vermeer, but a man named Gabriel Metsu was once the darling of Dutch painting. He has fallen out of the spotlight, but an exhibit at the National Gallery in Washington, D.C., is bringing the master back.
April 26, 2011 You'd think the color of the most photographed bridge in the world would have a more exciting name than "international orange." Whatever you call it, it's the unmistakable color of the Golden Gate Bridge, which turns 75 next year. But back in the 1930s, the now-iconic hue was a radical choice.