Camille and Bill Cosby’s own collection, one of the world’s preeminent private collections of African-American art, is on display as of Nov 9 at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art. Continue reading
As the U.S. combat mission in Afghanistan prepares to wind down later this year, more American veterans are returning home and struggling to process their wartime experiences. “War Ink,” new online exhibit, uses tattoo art to spark conversations with war veterans about their time in combat and the fallen comrades they lost along the way. Continue reading
Jennifer Karady is a photographer who works with veterans to create what she calls “staged narrative photographs” about the psychological effects of war. Watch a Detroit Public Television report. Continue reading
In January, a street criminal tazed Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra concertmaster Frank Almond and stole his precious Stradivarius violin. Unfortunately for the thief — who was sentenced to seven years in jail Monday — the police commissioner in charge was a symphony devotee. Buzz Bissinger of Vanity Fair joins Jeffrey Brown to tell the tale. Continue reading
“Sesame Street,” the long-running children’s television series, celebrates its 45th birthday today. To look back at 45 seasons entertaining and education children, the show’s Twitter feed shared 45 facts Monday; including Oscar the Grouch’s original color, Elmo’s favorite food and how Cookie Monster’s fingers set him apart from his other fellow monsters.
When poet Derrick Brown moved from the city of Austin to more rural Elgin, Texas, he was searching for “a peaceful plot of land to hunker down.” The pastoral surroundings enabled Brown to slow down and regain his voice, spurring “Our Poison Horse,” a new collection that hit shelves on Oct 1. Continue reading
Tuesday is Veterans Day — a day to honor those who have served. But since the draft ended in 1973, the number of Americans who serve in the armed forces has decreased dramatically, leading to what some fear is a lack of understanding between our military and civilian populations. Now, a group of young veterans in Brooklyn have devised a program to try to bridge the divide. NewsHour’s Elisabeth Ponsot reports. Continue reading
Twenty five years ago Sunday, thousands of Berliners jumped on top of the Berlin Wall as a divisive era came to an end. Five years earlier, Kiddy Citny of West Berlin began to paint the wall with two of his friends, Theirry Noir and Christophe Bouchet. Continue reading
At 18, Patricia McBride became the youngest principal dancer ever in legendary choreographer George Balanchine’s company. Now, McBride, herself a mentor, teacher and co-director of the vibrant Charlotte Ballet, is being honored by the Kennedy Center for her artistic dedication. Jeffrey Brown reports. 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.