Small Historic Celebrity Homes Attract Tourists

Historic homes – where well-known people once lived – attract tourists across America, who seek to connect with the former occupants. Elvis Presley’s Graceland and George Washington’s Mount Vernon are two of the most popular, but there are also small houses devoted to preserving the memories of the celebrities who once lived there.   Patsy

New York Museum’s 9/11 Exhibit Features Pre-Attack Art

The September 11 terror attacks may have changed our view, even of objects created before 9/11/2001. A new exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art’s branch in New York’s Long Island City explores this idea. The exhibit features pieces made years before the attacks, which  seen in a new context, find different meanings and responses.

Sidestepping Newspapers, Comics Go Online

When Randy K. Milholland was laid off 10 years ago, he used some of his idle time to create a Web comic called, “Something Positive,” featuring a lead character named Davan. “When I started the comics off, he was who I had been a couple of years earlier,” Milholland explains. “He was very sarcastic, always

Novel Explores How People React During Natural Disasters

In August, as Hurricane Irene unleashed wind and rain along the U.S. East Coast, author John Shors found himself on a book tour, promoting his new novel, “Cross Currents,” which was inspired by the devastating tsunami that hit Thailand and other south Asian countries in 2004. Shor’s connection to Thailand began back in the early

Cambodian Painter Used Art to Show Khmer Rouge Brutality

Funeral preparations are underway for one of the most famous survivors of the brutal Khmer Rouge government. Cambodian painter Vann Nath passed away Monday after a long illness. He was 66 years old. Vann Nath could easily have been one of the more than 12,000 Cambodians killed at the notorious Khmer Rouge prison, S-21. Instead,

Artist Pieces Life Back Together After Katrina

Six years ago, on August 29, Hurricane Katrina devastated communities along the Gulf of Mexico. Images of New Orleans spread around the world, but east of the Louisiana border, much of the Mississippi coast was also wiped out.   In the past few years, towns have been rebuilding. Mississippi artist Lori Gordon took pieces from

Stealing Rembrandt Doesn’t Always Pay

A drawing by Dutch master Rembrandt van Rijn, valued at $250,000, was stolen from a hotel in Southern California this month. It was quickly recovered. But the whereabouts of three Rembrandts stolen from Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum more than 20 years ago, in the largest art heist in American history, remains a mystery. Now,

Japanese-American Internment Camp Site Reopens as Museum

The site of a Japanese internment camp during World War II has been transformed into the Heart Mountain Interpretive Learning Center in Wyoming. The grand opening is this weekend. During World World II, as the United States battled Japan and the other Axis powers, 14,000 Japanese-Americans were incarcerated at a remote camp. Ex-internees, their descendants

Fabergé Revealed at Virginia Museum

People are fascinated by the objects created by Karl Fabergé, not just because they are beautiful and crafted from precious metals and jewels, but also because they are associated with the last tsar of Russia, Nicholas II and his family, who were murdered in 1918 by the Bolsheviks during the Russian revolution. “One of the

Teen Actors Make Portraits Come Alive

Teenagers are making portraits come alive this summer at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C., this summer.   They put on makeup and make final alterations to their costumes. It’s like being backstage in a theater, but in this case the stage is the museum itself.   Dressed in a blue velvet suit and