Two decades ago, Houston’s Third Ward was struggling with crime, drugs and abandoned homes. Back then, Rick Lowe was one of many artists who bought and transformed area row houses into spaces for work, exhibition and as art itself, bringing both beauty and stability to the community. Now there are concerns that gentrification threatens to push out longtime residents. Jeffrey Brown reports. Continue reading
Studying ancient ceramics shows that social networking and skill-sharing helped pre-Columbian civilizations survive longer. Continue reading
Some high tech entrepreneurs have started trading in the high costs of the San Francisco Bay Area for the sunnier skies of Venice Beach in Los Angeles. But with the benefits of the boom, like high-paying jobs, also come problems, especially for the longtime residents of the famously artistic, bohemian neighborhood. Special correspondent Steve Goldbloom reports. Continue reading
Georgia O’Keefe’s 1932 “Jimson Weed, White Flower No. 1″ made history at a Sotheby’s auction in New York on Thursday, selling for $44.4 million. Continue reading
When the Nazis occupied Czechoslovakia in 1939, tens of thousands of Jews applied for visas to anywhere. Among them, Paul Strnad and his wife Hedy, a dress designer. Ultimately, neither would get a visa to leave Czechoslovakia. Now, in an exhibit called “Stitching History from the Holocaust,” the Jewish Museum of Milwaukee is displaying the dresses Hedy once designed and could never realize. NewsHour special correspondent Martin Fletcher reports in collaboration with Milwaukee Public Television. Continue reading
The Los Angeles County Museum of Art has announced its largest-ever single donation: 47 pieces of art valued at $500 million. The generous benefactor is Jerry Perenchio, the former CEO of the Spanish language television network “Univision.” The artwork includes 19th and 20th century masterworks by Pablo Picasso, Claude Monet, Edgar Degas, and Rene Magritte. Many of the paintings, works on paper, and sculpture have rarely been seen in public.
The Sistine Chapel just got a makeover. Vatican officials unveiled new state-of-the-art energy-efficient lighting and air purification systems to protect Michelangelo’s more than 500-year old frescoes. The three-year-long installation cost roughly $3.8 million.
Most people who take the ferry to Alcatraz are going to tour the legendary former prison in San Francisco Bay. They may be surprised to find seven new works by Chinese artist and dissident Ai Weiwei, who was detained by Chinese authorities for nearly three months in 2011. Special correspondent Mina Kim of KQED reports. Continue reading
To see Jorge Rodríguez-Gerada’s “facescape,” you have to be high above the crowds on the National Mall, either at the top of the Washington Monument or in the sky. Called “Out of Many, One,” — the translation of “E Pluribus Unum” — the artist created a composite face from 50 photographs of young men from Washington, D.C. Jeffrey Brown reports. Continue reading
After more than 12 hours of careful maneuvering, workers at New York’s Four Seasons restaurant removed “Le Tricorne,” a nearly-century old Picasso tapestry painting. The move follows a legal dispute between the building’s owner and the New York Landmarks Conservancy. Stephen Fee reports. Continue reading