Flower Garden Brooch

These Artists Turn Trash Into Wearable Treasure

Scott and Lisa Cylinder use retooled or found objects to create their clever, one-of-a-kind baubles.

How Motel Ownership Offers Indian-Americans a Gateway to the American Dream

America's motels are owned mostly by families from the Indian state of Gujarat, a new exhibit tells the story of life behind the lobby walls

A new exhibition explores how failure relates to success.

Why It's Time to Show Failure Some Respect

An Irish exhibition titled "Fail Better" argues that flubs make success possible

American Cool at the National Portrait Gallery

Join curators Frank Goodyear and Joel Dinerstein in a sneak peek of their new show

 "Cherry Tree" by Zandile Ntobela, 2011

Painting with Beads: A New Art Form Emerges in South Africa

"Ubuhle Women" at the Anacostia Community Museum showcases the work of a community of master beaders


Wednesday Roundup: Missing Cows, Eyebrows and Some Flying Machines


The Real Frida Kahlo

A new exhibition offers insights into the Mexican painter's private life

Because of Portugal's explorations, Europeans were also made aware of exotic animals ("The Rhinoceros," by Albrecht Dürer, 1515).

When Portugal Ruled the Seas

The country's global adventurism in the 16th century linked continents and cultures as never before, as a new exhibition makes clear


Hopper Happenings

Portuguese King Manuel I (who ruled from 1495-1521), commissioned this Belgian tapestry to commemorate explorer Vasco da Gama's "discovery" of India in 1498. Da Gama is the figure at the left, kneeling before an Indian sultan. In the center, Portuguese sailors load exotic animals—including, strangely, a unicorn—into their ships, for transport to the Portuguese royal zoo.

Global Empire

The curator of an ambitious new exhibition explains how Portugal brought the world together


Points of View

Artist Paul Signac steps out of the shadow of his celebrated colleague, pointillist Georges Seurat, to star in a new exhibition at the Met


The Age of Edo

A new exhibition illuminates one of the richest eras in the history of Japanese art

Charles Rennie Mackintosh

Ahead of the Curve: the Art of Charles Rennie Mackintosh

With his wife, Margaret, he changed the face of Glasgow; now the city is celebrating them by sending a major exhibition across the pond

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