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Study Up For Think: The Creativity Crisis

Jan 28, 2015
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The music recording business has plummeted in value. Hundreds of newspapers across the country have shuttered. Arts programs in schools are getting slashed.

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Spoons, forks, candelabra…The Dallas Museum of Art has the world’s largest collection of American silver objects from the 19th and 20th century. But curators and conservators don’t have much history on what they’re made of or how they were created. To investigate the artifacts, a scientist at the University of North Texas Dallas is using nano-scale tests.

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PBS debuts its seventh season of Art:21 on KERA next month.  The show features twentieth century contemporary artists from the United States, Europe, and Latin America and takes viewers to their studios and installations. At 1 p.m. on Think, host Krys Boyd will talk to Susan Sollins, Art21’s executive producer and curator, before she's at Texas Theatre tonight. First, get acquainted with this season's artists.

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The once-empty factories, U-Bahn stations and warehouses of Berlin became havens for nightlife and experimentation after the Wall came down in 1990. Think host Krys Boyd talks with German novelist and critic Peter Schneider at noon about how people in the city challenged standards of aesthetic and historical memory by repurposing industrial space - and buildings marked by the horrors of World War II. 

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The Crow Collection of Asian Art has been expanding, adding a sculpture garden, moving its gift shop. It’s also expanded its mission. The art museum is addressing the links between art and health – and so is a brand-new art gallery in Deep Ellum.

Study Up For 'Think': Dress Lessons

Jun 18, 2014
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Fashion has been shaping our culture for decades, but have we lost the true art of getting dressed? Today at 1 p.m., Linda Przbyszewski—historian, dressmaker and author of "The Lost Art of Dress: The Women Who Once Made America Stylish"joins Krys Boyd to revisit the lessons the the 20th Century Dress Doctors once taught.

John Bramblitt

John Bramblitt started losing his sight when he was 11, because of a seizure disorder. He makes striking paintings by drawing with fabric paint and, using the raised lines as a guide, filling in with oil paint. Watch him at work before he joins Think host Krys Boyd along with Meadows Museum Director of Education Dr. Carmen Smith at noon.

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Jonathan Lethem’s best-selling, award-winning novel, The Fortress of Solitude, premiers this week as a musical at the Dallas Theater Center. The musical follows two boys, one white, one black, growing up in the ‘70s in a Brooklyn full of graffiti, music, drugs – and superheroes. KERA’s Jerome Weeks sat down with the novelist before his appearance at Arts & Letters Live at the Dallas Museum of Art last month.

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Dallas Contemporary opened four shows over the weekend, including one by Dallas artist Arthur Peña.

The show caps off what has been a productive period for the young painter who works in West Dallas, KERA’s Jerome Weeks reports on Art&Seek.

Nasher Sculpture Center

One of the biggest art shows of the fall might be taking place in your neighborhood.

That’s because 10 public artworks commissioned by the Nasher Sculpture Center will be open to the public beginning Saturday. (Check out this great interactive graphic that shows the locations.)

The goal of Nasher XChange is for the Nasher to have an impact beyond its downtown space. KERA’s Stephen Becker reports that pieces will be located all over town: at Fish Trap Lake in West Dallas, in the Oak Cliff Gardens and Vickery Meadow neighborhoods, as well as at the University of Texas at Dallas and Dallas City Hall.

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