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How A Candy Magnate Helped Bring A Holy Collection Home

In 2008, the Brinton Museum was on life support. But an unlikely benefactor stepped in to save it, funding its revival as the home to a historic — and willingly given — collection of Crow artifacts.
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Art Beat With Lauren Landau, Aug. 5, 2015

You can see a new musical about a young man who lies to get what he always wanted or an exhibit where local artists present new work.

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Opulent And Apolitical: The Art Of The Met's Islamic Galleries

Navina Haidar, an Islamic art curator at the Met, says she isn't interested in ideology: "The only place where we allow ourselves any passion is in the artistic joy ... of something that's beautiful."
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Rivers Run Through This Exhibit Of Colombian Art

With burbling videos and cascades of linen and plastic that seem to pour from the ceiling, 'Waterweavers' shows how rivers, fibers and recycled bottles are all part of the culture of the country.
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Taking Great Photos On Vacation Or "Staycation"

Professional photographers give us the latest on cameras, smart phones and shooting tips for great vacation photos this summer -- and every day.

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Art Beat With Lauren Landau, July 23, 2015

A playwright presents a new show about a middle-aged woman looking for a special activity partner. Two artists present abstract work.

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Find Unforgettable Art In A Most Unlikely Place: A Pittsburgh Mattress Factory

The unusual installations at The Mattress Factory include a gallery with a hole in the floor, a mirrored room full of mannequins and polka dots and an entire townhouse woven with miles of black yarn.
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Known As A Collector, Gustave Caillebotte Gets His Due As A Painter

Caillebotte was an independently wealthy artist who — unlike his Impressionist buddies — didn't need to sell paintings to make a living. Now, many of his works are on display at the National Gallery.
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Jesus In A Lowrider: El Rito's Santero Carves Saints In Modern Clothing

Nicholas Herrera puts his own touch on the tradition of saint carving. The santero works out of his studio in a small New Mexico town — but his edgy work can be found in museums around the country.
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"The Orphan Sky"

Singer, composer, and- most recently- author Ella Leya was born in Communist Azerbaijan and received asylum in the United States in 1990. Leila, the main character of her new novel "The Orphan Sky" shares a similar story. We talk with the first-time novelist about the rarely-explored setting of Azerbaijan and how music influenced her life and writing.

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