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William Merritt Chase's 1888 Study of Flesh Color and Gold, pastel on paper coated with mauve-gray grit National Gallery of Art hide caption

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Versatile, Smudgy, Suitable For Women? Exhibition Traces The History Of Pastels

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A life size cut out of Bob Ross stands up against the wall where the historical tree of the Franklin Park Arts Center is painted. Bob Ross Inc. is located in Herndon, Va., which is only 27 miles from the exhibit. According to managing director, Elizabeth Bracey, the exhibit was intentionally kept close to headquarters. Mhari Shaw/NPR hide caption

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The Lasting Legacy Of Bob Ross And His Colorful World Of 'Happy Accidents'

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"You are not so different," squawked Seagull, who flew overhead. "You both cast long shadows." Michaela Goade/Little, Brown Books for Young Readers hide caption

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A Sailor Meets A Fisherman In 1534: It's An 'Encounter,' Not A Discovery

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Recipients of the 2019 MacArthur fellowships, otherwise known as the "genius" grants. (Two of this year's fellows declined photographs.) John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation hide caption

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The Toufic H. Kalil house in Manchester, N.H. is one of only seven Usonian Automatic buildings ever constructed. Paula Martin Group hide caption

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Frank Lloyd Wright, But DIY: A Rare 'Usonian Automatic' House Is For Sale

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This Japanese macaque is one of 40 images still in the running for the Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards. The winner will be announced in mid-November. Pablo Daniel Fernandez/Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards 2019 hide caption

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One of the Plastic Army Women that toy company BMC Toys will be introducing next year after a six-year-old girl from Arkansas wrote a letter to the company wondering why there were no female soldiers. Courtesy of BMC Toys hide caption

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Her Own Toy Story: How A 6-Year-Old Girl's Letter Launched 'Plastic Army Women'

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Photographer Robert Frank holds a camera in 1954. His photo book, The Americans, changed the way people saw photography and the way they saw the U.S. Frank died on Monday at the age of 94. Fred Stein Archive/Getty Images hide caption

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Influential Documentary Photographer Robert Frank Dies At 94

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Jasmine Cho's cookie portrait of Afong Moy, who is often cited as the first Chinese woman to step foot in the United States. Beginning in the 1830s, Moy was put on display before crowds as a curiosity. Jasmine Cho hide caption

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'My Papi Has A Motorcycle' Pays Loving Tribute To A California Childhood

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The Mapping Memory exhibition at the Blanton Museum of Art in Austin, Texas, displays maps made in the late 1500s of what is now Mexico. They were created by indigenous peoples to help Spanish invaders map occupied lands. This watercolor and ink map of Meztitlán was made in 1579 by Gabriel de Chavez. Blanton Museum of Art hide caption

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440 Years Old And Filled With Footprints, These Aren't Your Everyday Maps

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Men wait to board a non-existent plane in Adrian Paci's 2007 video, Centro di permanenza temporanea (Temporary Detention Center). Courtesy of the artist and Kaufmann Repetto hide caption

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Artists Take On Global Migration: 'It's Hard To Watch And It's Hard Not To Watch'

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The Confitería del Molino, once a bustling pastry shop adjacent to the Argentine Capitol building, reopened recently for a few hours in a sneak preview of its full restoration. Carlos Schroder for NPR hide caption

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In Buenos Aires, Crowds Line Up For A Taste Of Sweeter Days

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Big royal statues from the Kingdom of Dahomey, in present-day Benin, are pictured in 2018 at the Quai Branly Museum in Paris. Gerard Julien/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Across Europe, Museums Rethink What To Do With Their African Art Collections

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