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Graciela Iturbide's Mujer Ángel (Angel Woman), from 1979, was taken in the Sonoran Desert. Graciela Iturbide/Museum of Women in the Arts hide caption

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Graciela Iturbide, The Artistic Soul Of Mexico

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A house designed by Paul R. Williams in La Cañada Flintridge, Calif. The first licensed Black architect west of the Mississippi, Williams was known for using curves to create a sense of intimacy, even in grand spaces. Janna Ireland hide caption

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'Regarding Paul R. Williams' Honors Legacy Of LA's Barrier-Breaking Black Architect

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The Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial in Washington, D.C., will be dedicated on Thursday. A stainless steel, woven "tapestry" made by artist Tomas Osinski stands behind the statues and depicts the cliffs at Normandy. Alan Karchmer/Eisenhower Memorial Commission hide caption

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For 'Ike,' A Monument Unlike Any Other: Eisenhower Memorial Is Dedicated In D.C.

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Architects say making the office more like the outdoors — with filtered air and good ventilation — will be a priority post-pandemic. This living wall in the Danielle N. Ripich Commons at the University of New England in Biddeford, Maine, is one such approach. Gregory Rec/Portland Press Herald via Getty Images hide caption

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Freeman Vines and his guitars in 2015. Timothy Duffy hide caption

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Timothy Duffy

Hanging Tree Guitars: The Wood's 'Not Good, Not Bad, Not Ugly — Just Strange'

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First Lady Melania Trump, center, in a bright, lime green dress at last night's Republican National Convention. It's a color begging to be photoshopped, and the Internet reliably delivered. Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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A woman enters a public restroom with transparent walls in Tokyo's Shibuya ward. Architect Shigeru Ban designed the bathroom in a way to reassure anyone entering the toilet. Satoshi Nagare/The Nippon Foundation hide caption

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The house dress is having a 2020 renaissance. "I think #stayathome made people realize that we need to not just dress to go outside — we need to dress to be inside, love what we wear and feel comfortable," designer Malgosia Archer says. Żaneta Mieszczak/Malgosia Archer hide caption

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Don't Sweat(pants) It. The House Dress Is Here To Rescue 2020

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A Vhils work at La Condition Publique in Roubaix, in northern France, in March 2017. Philippe Huguen/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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The Rodin Museum in Paris is selling sculptures to pay the bills — and that's exactly as the artist intended. When he died in 1917, Auguste Rodin left the museum plaster casts for just this purpose. Above, The Thinker (Le Penseur) is pictured ahead of the Musée Rodin's reopening in November 2015. Joel Saget/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Good Thinking: How Rodin Ensured The Financial Future Of His Paris Museum

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In Jennifer Steinkamp's digital animations, trees gradually change color, lose leaves, sprout new leaves, grow flowers, and drop petals to the ground. She's done a series of such trees in honor of teachers who've had a profound influence on her. Jennifer Steinkamp/Lehmann Maupin hide caption

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Artist Ekene Ijeoma on the set of "Deconstructed Anthems" at Houston's Day For Night Festival in 2017. Katrina Barber /Resnicow and Associates hide caption

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This Audio Portrait Of The 2020 Census Asks: Whose Voices Really Count?

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Es Devlin speaks at TED2019: Bigger Than Us. April 15 - 19, 2019. Bret Hartman/Bret Hartman / TED hide caption

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Es Devlin: How Do Spaces Shape Our Memories And Experiences?

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Alfredo Ramos Martínez was regarded as a Father of Mexican Modernism, but his name is not widely known in the U.S. Above is Flores Mexicanas, a painting he worked on for 15 years. Dallas Museum of Art hide caption

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