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Renovating The Renwick Gallery

The Smithsonian's Renwick Gallery -- the country's first art museum -- is reopening after a two-year, $30 million renovation. We explore the new Renwick and hear about the challenges and surprises contractors faced rejuvenating this 150 year-old facility.

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This Art Exhibit Makes You 'Wonder' — And That's The Whole Point

Nine major contemporary artists have created massive, otherworldly installations to mark the reopening of the Smithsonian's Renwick Gallery in Washington, D.C.
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Art Beat With Lauren Landau, Nov. 5, 2015

A film documents war from the perspective of a photojournalist. An artist speaks to the refugee experience and how it affects one family’s history.

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Southern California Finally Sees Rain — In A Museum

It's come to this. If you want to see rain in Los Angeles, you have to go to a museum. Today, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art opens the exhibition, Rain Room, where water is not just life, it's art.
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Life Imitates Art In Accidental Trashing Of Italian Museum Installation

Cleaning staff in an Italian museum accidentally threw an art installation in the garbage. It was an easy mistake to make — the installation was made of trash.
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Vermeer's 'Woman In Blue' Returns To D.C., Hoping For Better Luck This Time

During the National Gallery's first Vermeer exhibit 20 years ago, the federal government shut down twice, and a major blizzard hit the East Coast. But The Woman in Blue Reading a Letter is undeterred.
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Fans Offer Legos To Ai Weiwei After Company Refuses To Donate Its Toy Bricks

The Internet has exploded in support of Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei after Lego refused to donate its toy bricks for an upcoming exhibition in Melbourne, Australia.
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Pottery Winner: An Artist's Dark, Funny Oeuvre Gets Major Show

Ceramics artist Ron Nagle uses unconventional materials and bright colors to make odd, miniature marvels with punderful titles. His work has helped make modern ceramics a star at art museums.
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Using DNA To Authenticate Art

Scientists are developing a way to prevent forged artwork from entering the market. NPR's Scott Simon speaks with Martin Tenniswood about a synthetic DNA that is being used to tag pieces of art.
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Art Beat With Lauren Landau, Oct. 14, 2015

You can see artwork by a Beatle or see a play about a songwriter who made other people famous before she he it big as a solo artist. 

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