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The skyline of Washington, D.C., including the Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument, U.S. Capitol and National Mall, as seen on June 15, 2014. Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Deborah Willis, I Made Space For a Good Man, 2009, Lithograph, gift from the collection of Winston and Carolyn Lowe in honor of Brandywine founder, Allan L. Edmunds, 2019.18.35 Deborah Willis/Courtesy of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia hide caption

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Amy Sherald, who painted the official portrait of Michelle Obama, appeared in the film Black Art: In the Absence of Light. HBO hide caption

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'Black Art' Chronicles A Pivotal Exhibition And Its Lasting Impact On Black Artists

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Visitors wear masks at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in October. The museum's director says the Met is considering selling art to pay for operating expenses. John Minchillo/AP hide caption

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The Met Considers Selling Its Art To Stave Off Financial Shortfall

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After the deaths of his father and brother in 1917 and 1918, Duncan Phillips found solace in art. His wife, Marjorie Phillips, was a painter. They opened The Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C., in 1921. They are pictured in the Main Gallery, circa 1920. The Phillips Collection hide caption

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Happy Birthday To The Phillips Collection, America's First Museum Of Modern Art

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Vanessa Leroy says attending a racial justice protest in 2014 helped her realize she wanted to be a photographer. She photographed a helicopter that day, saying, "I took it out of the context that it was originally in to make it feel you're entering into this dream space where you're about to navigate all of these memories and past experiences." Vanessa Leroy hide caption

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Artist Lucas Samaras Opens New Virtual Exhibition, 'Gestures And Constructions'

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Julia Watson: What Can We Learn From Indigenous Design Developed Over Generations?

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A guide to county risk level tiers on California's COVID-19 site. covid19.ca.gov hide caption

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Purple Is The New Red: How Alert Maps Show When We Are Royally ... Hued

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Combing Hair, Syracuse, N.Y., 1986, High Museum of Art, gift of Eric Ceputis and David W. Williams, 2017 Dawoud Bey hide caption

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'An American Project': For Decades, Dawoud Bey Has Chronicled Black Life

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The Stoop Stare Down (Nia & Afiya, Two Generations in Harlem), Jan. 26, 2020, 3:30 p.m., 42 degrees Ruben Natal-San Miguel/Ruben Natal-San Miguel & Postmasters Gallery hide caption

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Models walk the runway during the Chanel Womenswear Spring/Summer 2021 show as part of Paris Fashion Week in October 2020 in Paris, France. Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images hide caption

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The Future Of Fashion

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David Gilkey and his mother Alyda. Layla Miller hide caption

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Alyda Gilkey On The Life And Legacy Of Her Son David, Who Put 'Pictures On The Radio'

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The inauguration kolam project is "not just a welcoming of a new administration. It's this idea that so many people came together with all of their stories," says Sowmya Somnath, one of the organizers. Apostolis Ventouris/Tony Ventouris Photography hide caption

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In D.C., A Traditional South Indian Welcome Awaits Joe Biden And Kamala Harris

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American and Mexican families play with a seesaw installation at the border near Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, in July 2019. London's Design Museum recognized the project with an award for best design of 2020. Luis Torres/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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ARCIS, a U.S. Foreign Trade Zone for the storage of cultural property and fine art. Richard Mitchell /Richard Mitchell hide caption

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Planet Monet (Classic)

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The new mural of Roy Orbison in Vernon, Texas. Ann Arnold-Ogden hide caption

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A Biden Cabinet Secretary For Arts? Advocates Are Hopeful

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The final restoration project by the nonprofit Advancing Women Artists group features works by Violante Ferroni, an 18th century prodigy about whom little is known today. Francesco Cacchiani/AWA hide caption

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'Where Are The Women?': Uncovering The Lost Works Of Female Renaissance Artists

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