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The Katastwóf Karavan is built from a steel frame mounted to lumber running gear with red oak and muslin wall panels, a propane fired boiler, water tank, gas generator and a brass and steel 38-note steam calliope. Robert Shelley/National Gallery of Art hide caption

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A slavery-era instrument is on the National Mall, singing 'songs of liberation'

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Hope Gangloff, Queen Jane Approximately, 2011. Acrylic on canvas, 66 x 108 inches. Collection of Alturas Foundation, San Antonio, Texas © Hope Gangloff. Adam Reich/Courtesy of the Artist and Susan Inglett Gallery, NYC hide caption

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How paying attention can help you appreciate what's right in front of you

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The base where the Marjorie Tallchief sculpture once stood is seen outside the Tulsa Historical Society on May 2 in Tulsa, Okla. Mike Simons/Tulsa World via AP hide caption

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George Pérez, a celebrated comic book writer and artist, died at age 67 on Friday. Here, the artist is seen in 2019 at Excelsior! A Celebration of the Amazing, Fantastic, Incredible & Uncanny Life of Stan Lee, at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Los Angeles. Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP hide caption

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Study of the 1931 Josephine Baker poster by Jean Chassaing. Helicline Fine Art hide caption

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Photos: The Golden Age of Broadway is celebrated in a new online exhibit

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Artist Jill Magid had 120,000 pennies inscribes with, "The body was already so fragile." Tender (film), 2021 hide caption

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Tender (film), 2021

She inscribed 120,000 NYC pennies with a pandemic message. Is one in your pocket?

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Florist Alexander Campbell shares tips to help you level up your supermarket bouquet. We followed his advice to create this arrangement from grocery store flowers. Photo Illustration by Becky Harlan/NPR hide caption

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How to arrange supermarket flowers like a pro

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A 1983 photo of then 23-year-old visual artist Jean-Michel Basquiat. Lee Jaffe/Courtesy of the Basquiat family hide caption

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An intimate look at Jean-Michel Basquiat's art, courtesy of his family

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Artist Guadalupe Maravilla photographed in one of the galleries of his show "Tierra Blanca Joven" on view at the Brooklyn Museum. Christopher Gregory for NPR hide caption

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For the artist Guadalupe Maravilla, sound is healing

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A mural of Melissa Ortega, an 8-year-old victim of gun violence in Chicago, painted by artist Milton Coronado. Milton Coronado hide caption

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Milton Coronado

Opinion: Painting the smiles of people we know, love and will never see again

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Women were an integral part of the construction effort. Among their jobs: Carrying cement for a building project in Chandigarh, India in 1956. Ernst Scheidegger for MOMA hide caption

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Under the Do LaB's colorful tent, the crowds get doused with water guns. Juliana Bernstein hide caption

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Coachella's music fan fave Do LaB is back!

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Members of the all-female skate crew ImillaSkate in Cochabamba, Bolivia. The athletes wear polleras, skirts traditionally worn by Bolivia's Indigenous Aymara and Quechua women, when they skate at tournaments. "Many girls who see us skating feel proud to see us dressed [this way]," says skater Fabiola Gonzales. "Even our own families feel proud we're showing our traditions." Luisa Dörr hide caption

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