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Exhibit Highlights The Work Of The Late Avant-Garde Artist Florine Stettheimer

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As Boy Peers Curiously Over Border Wall, His Artist Asks: 'What Is He Thinking?'

The work built by French artist JR peers over the U.S.-Mexico border at Tecate, Calif., earlier this week.Guillermo Arias/AFP/Getty Imageshide caption

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As Boy Peers Curiously Over Border Wall, His Artist Asks: 'What Is He Thinking?'

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In 'More Than A Picture' Exhibit, History Happens Now

A man runs from a line of charging police in riot gear in Baltimore. The photo, taken by Devin Allen, is featured in the National Museum of African American History and Culture's newest exhibit, "More Than A Picture."Gift of Devin Allen/Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culturehide caption

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In 'More Than A Picture' Exhibit, History Happens Now

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'¡Murales Rebeldes!': These Disappearing LA Murals Mirror Their Community

El Corrido de Boyle Heights, or The Ballad of Boyle Heights, was painted in 1983 by the East Los Streetscapers, an artist collective that painted a number of murals across Los Angeles' Boyle Heights neighborhood.Monika Evstatieva/NPRhide caption

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'¡Murales Rebeldes!': These Disappearing LA Murals Mirror Their Community

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A Retired Marine And A Photojournalist Confront War's 'Invisible Injuries'

A U.S. Marine from the 1st Battalion, 8th Marines, Alpha Company looks out as an evening storm gathers above an outpost near Kunjak, in southern Afghanistan's Helmand province.Finbarr O'Reilly/Reuters/Vikinghide caption

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A Retired Marine And A Photojournalist Confront War's 'Invisible Injuries'

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PHOTOS: Single Mothers Of Afghanistan Live On The Fringe

Wahida, 20, sits on her bed inside the female ward of a prison in Herat, Afghanistan. She was arrested when she was seven months pregnant, convicted for helping her sister-in-law murder her husband. Her daughter, Mahtab, who is now 10 months old, was born inside the prison. Wahida's biggest fear is the future, when her sentence is over and she will have to face the outside world.Kiana Hayerihide caption

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Iconic Plague Images Are Often Not What They Seem

Strike 2: Our second attempt at illustrating the plague story — with what we said was a 15th-century image by Jacopo Oddi from the La Franceschina codex depicting Franciscan monks treating victims of the plague in Italy — is about leprosy.A. Dagli Orti/Getty Imageshide caption

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Ancient Iraqi Art On Display In Italy At Venice Biennale

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What Hiram Maristany Saw Looking Through The Lens At El Barrio

"Hydrant: In the Air," 1963 — "It's significant because it shows us. We were not allowed to go to the public pools. So we opened our hydrant and we cooled ourselves off. But when I saw it and photographed it I made it more than just poor people turning on a hydrant. I'm very proud of that image. And it says a lot to my community. Hopefully when you look at my image you don't see poor people."Hiram Maristany/ Smithsonian American Art Museumhide caption

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Tiffany Is Known For Lamps And Stained Glass, But He Made Magical Mosaics, Too

This mosaic panel of peonies, made of inlaid iridized glass and bronze, was made circa 1900–1910.The Corning Museum of Glasshide caption

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Tiffany Is Known For Lamps And Stained Glass, But He Made Magical Mosaics, Too

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From Family Snapshots To NASA Photos, Archivists Aim To Solve Preservation Puzzles

This image of the Earth rising over the moon was the first one recovered by the Lunar Orbiter Image Recovery Project.NASA / LOIRPhide caption

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From Family Snapshots To NASA Photos, Archivists Aim To Solve Preservation Puzzles

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Met Museum Turns Over Ancient Vase Suspected Looted From Italy

The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City has turned over an ancient vase to authorities after a warrant was issued for its seizure. Above, the museum in May.Richard Drew/APhide caption

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Even In 'The War To End All Wars,' There Was Art Coming From The Trenches

Harvey Dunn's 1918 oil painting The Sentry shows a soldier coming up from the trenches. "You see in his eyes what would later become known as the thousand-yard stare," says exhibit curator Peter Jakab.Hugh Talman/National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institutionhide caption

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Even In 'The War To End All Wars,' There Was Art Coming From The Trenches

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Art Exhibit Features Chagall's Works For Ballet And Opera

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Museum's Plan To Sell 40 Works Has Art World Up In Arms

The Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield, Mass., announced it would sell 40 works to fund its renovation and endowment, raising concerns from museum organizations that the instiution is treating its collection "as a disposable financial asset." Above, an exhibit at the museum in 2003.Alan Solomon/APhide caption

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