ARTS & CULTURE

Brand new portraits of former president Barack Obama and former first lady Michelle Obama — wearing matching calm, strong expressions — were revealed on Monday at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C.

Kehinde Wiley painted Barack Obama sitting in a chair, elbows in his knees, leaning forward with an intense expression. The background, typical of a Wiley painting, is a riotous pattern of intense green foliage.

"Pretty sharp," Obama said with a grin.

A painting of Trayvon Martin by Imo Nse Imeh at Westfield State University.
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An art professor just spent four days publicly painting a six-foot-tall portrait of Trayvon Martin, the black teen whose murder in 2012 polarized the country and ignited a debate on racial profiling and civil rights.  

The Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield, Massachusetts.
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The Berkshire Museum said Friday it's reached a deal with Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey to resolve the legal fight over art the museum wants to sell.

The Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield, Massachusetts.
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Lawyers representing two sets of clients suing the Berkshire Museum over a proposed art sale say they will continue the legal fight. This comes even as the museum may be close to settling the case with the state attorney general's office. 

The Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield, Massachusetts.
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The Massachusetts attorney general wants a state appeals court to extend an injunction blocking the Berkshire Museum from selling off a bunch of its art. The injunction was set to expire Monday.

Coming In From The Cold In Springfield

Jan 16, 2018
Springfield's Paramount Theater.
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If you've ever experienced the transition from a frigid wind beating on your face to the embrace of a warm indoor space, you'll know how wonderful coming inside can be. 

A representation of Los Tres Reyes from Puerto Rico. Three Kings Day is an important celebration among Latino families in the U.S., and is both a religious and cultural celebration.
National Museum of American Art

After Hurricane Maria, thousands of Puerto Ricans who never planned to leave the island are spending their first January 6 -- also known as Three Kings Day -- in the cold, snowy northeast. 

I often talk about how books are windows and mirrors. They show readers things they’ve never seen before, as well as reflections of themselves.

If they are to successfully make the jump to light speed, Star Wars movies require a precisely calibrated fuel mixture: one-third epic space battles, one-third narrow escapes and duly buckled swashes, one-third hooded beardy dudes standing around looking pained while solemnly intoning the cheesiest hokum about Darkness and Light as if it's Hamlet's Yorick speech (which in a way, it is).

The Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield, Massachusetts.
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A Massachusetts appeals court judge has extended an injunction, which blocks the Berkshire Museum's planned auction of parts of its art collection.

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