Radio Essays Explore Technological Creativity

There are mechanisms in nature as well as in human endeavors like engineering and art. Since 1988, the creative manipulation of these mechanisms has been explored in short radio essays about the history of technology called “The Engines of Our Ingenuity.” The man behind the series is retired University of Houston engineering professor, John Lienhard,

Art Show Explores African American Identity

A new exhibit at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington is showcasing the work of African-American artists working over the past three decades.  The exhibit of paintings, drawings, photographs and sculptures is called “30 Americans” and examines black identity in the United States.  The idea is that African Americans are simply Americans. Sarah Newman,

Iranian Art Sales Flourish Despite Financial Woes

The vibrancy of Iranian art and its current position in the world art market go under the gavel in the London auction rooms of Sotheby’s on Tuesday. The sale highlights a growing interest in Iran’s artists and how they have drawn upon various influences of lives spent away from their native land. Whereas uncertainty in

London’s African Diaspora Divided Over Future of Africa Center

The Africa Center in London has been a home away from home for the African diaspora for decades — a meeting place for high profile and historical events.  But the Center in Covent Garden is now causing a split in the local African community.   The African diaspora in London is as spread out as

Warhol’s Hidden Side Unveiled

American artist Andy Warhol is best known for his iconic images from popular culture. Images like his Campbell’s soup cans and portraits of famous people like movie star Marilyn Monroe and Chinese leader Mao Zedong. However, two new exhibits in Washington, D.C., showcase a side of the artist many may be unfamiliar with. “Warhol: Headlines,”

Istanbul International Film Festival Kicks Off

This week the city of Istanbul is hosting a ground-breaking international film festival. Called “Crime and Punishment,” it is focusing on military coups. Turkey is no stranger to coups with its military seizing power three times since 1960. Even though the army last took power in 1980, coups have remained a taboo subject. The opening

Picasso, Other Greats Created ‘Wearable Art’

Artists such as Pablo Picasso, Alexander Calder and Robert Rauschenberg left behind works of art which are instantly recognizable: Picasso, whose portraits of his lovers merge profile and full face in a disjointed style; Calder with his giant mobiles; and Rauschenberg, famous in the West, with his huge combines made of every day materials and

Asian-American Artists Explore Their Identity

What does it mean to be Asian-American? An exhibit at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery in Washington features the work of seven Asian-American artists who attempt to address that complex question through their art. The Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery and the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Program have joined together to mount a major exhibit showcasing

American Quiz Show On Air for 50 Years

The longest-running TV quiz show in the world is beginning its second half-century on the air. It’s Academic is a Washington program that lets high school students showcase their brainpower. It’s a Saturday morning, and the high school TV quiz show It’s Academic is on the air, as it has been for the past 50

Indonesia Teaching Tolerance With Comics

A new series of comic books is being introduced in Indonesia to promote diversity and tolerance. The group behind the creation of the comic book series says they are an innovative and effective way to combat the messages of intolerance from Muslim extremist groups. Based on a true storyA newly-released comic book in Indonesia profiles