Jacki Lyden http://upr.org en The Art Of A Lost American Couturier, On Display At The Met http://upr.org/post/art-lost-american-couturier-display-met Thursday in New York, the Metropolitan Museum of Art officially reopens its fashion galleries after a $40 million, two-year renovation.<p>Named for <em>Vogue</em> magazine's editor, the Anna Wintour Costume Center features an inaugural exhibit of the work of Charles James, a flamboyant designer considered America's first couturier. Thu, 08 May 2014 07:07:00 +0000 Jacki Lyden 40741 at http://upr.org The Art Of A Lost American Couturier, On Display At The Met Violence Abroad Threatens Students, As Do Guns At U.S. Schools http://upr.org/post/violence-abroad-threatens-students-do-guns-us-schools Last year, there were more than two-dozen shootings on or near college campuses in the United States. This past Tuesday, that number went up, with <a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=265259128">the fatal shooting of a student at Purdue University</a>. Then Friday, <a href="http://www.npr.org/2014/01/25/266014201/suspect-arrested-charged-in-fatal-campus-shooting">a fatal shooting at South Carolina State University</a>. Sat, 25 Jan 2014 17:01:00 +0000 Jacki Lyden 36143 at http://upr.org Violence Abroad Threatens Students, As Do Guns At U.S. Schools 'Heart' Of Iranian Identity Reimagined For A New Generation http://upr.org/post/heart-iranian-identity-reimagined-new-generation A thousand years ago, a Persian poet named Abolqasem Ferdowsi of Tous obtained a royal commission to put the ancient legends and myths of Iran into a book of verse.<p>He called this epic <em>Shahnameh,</em> or "Epic of the Persian Kings." It took him more than three decades and comprises 60,000 couplets — twice the length of <em>The</em> <em>Iliad</em> and <em>The</em> <em>Odyssey</em> combined.<p>Author Azar Nafisi, who wrote the memoir <em>Reading Lolita in Tehran, </em>says the importance of this foundational myth epic to Iranians can't really be overstated.<p>"My father always told me that Sun, 25 Aug 2013 20:52:00 +0000 Jacki Lyden 29464 at http://upr.org 'Heart' Of Iranian Identity Reimagined For A New Generation Florida's Highwaymen Painted Idealized Landscapes In Jim Crow South http://upr.org/post/floridas-highwaymen-painted-idealized-landscapes-jim-crow-south Transcript <p>JACKI LYDEN, HOST: <p>And if you're just joining us, this is WEEKENDS on ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Jacki Lyden.<p>In the winter of 2012, I came across a story on a drive through central coastal Florida in the town of Fort Pierce. Sat, 10 Aug 2013 21:33:00 +0000 Jacki Lyden 28806 at http://upr.org Audio As Art At New York Exhibit http://upr.org/post/audio-art-new-york-exhibit Transcript <p>(SOUNDBITE OF ARPEGGIO)<p>JACKI LYDEN, HOST: <p>Arpeggios ricochet through three speakers and envelop us. We're on the modernist Bauhaus staircase at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, listening to techno-inspired electronica. This piece is part of a new exhibit, "Soundings: A Contemporary Score," that opens today.<p>BARBARA LONDON: I wanted work that pushed limits, pushed boundaries.<p>LYDEN: That's curator Barbara London. She invited 16 young artists from around the world to participate here. Sat, 10 Aug 2013 21:10:00 +0000 Jacki Lyden 28804 at http://upr.org Bespoke Suits And Perfect Cravats At 'Dandy' Exhibit http://upr.org/post/bespoke-suits-and-perfect-cravats-dandy-exhibit When you hear the word dandy, what do you think of?<p>Maybe the song "Yankee Doodle Dandy," which dates all the way back to the Revolutionary War, and compares the colonists to foppish, effeminate idiots: the dandies.<p>But a summer exhibit at the Rhode Island School of Design Museum, closing Aug. 18, aims to reclaim the term. It explores dandyism through the ages, linking to the cutting edge of men's fashion and style. The name of the show is "Artist, Rebel, Dandy: Men of Fashion" — which does still leave you wondering what you might see.<br /> Sat, 03 Aug 2013 22:29:00 +0000 Jacki Lyden 28455 at http://upr.org Bespoke Suits And Perfect Cravats At 'Dandy' Exhibit Around The River Bend, A Flood Of History http://upr.org/post/around-river-bend-flood-history The Bark River is my backyard, childhood river. And yet, in a lifetime of travel, I'd never explored it.<p>I knew it carved the land from the Ice Age to settlement times, from the Black Hawk War of 1832 (in which young Abraham Lincoln appears) to the era of grist mills. But the Bark also flows past impressive Indian mounds. Sun, 28 Oct 2012 19:18:00 +0000 Jacki Lyden 15597 at http://upr.org Around The River Bend, A Flood Of History Meet Al Black: Florida's Prison Painter http://upr.org/post/meet-al-black-floridas-prison-painter In the 1960s, Al Black could be found cruising up and down Route 1 in his blue-and-white Ford Galaxy — with a trunk full of wet landscape paintings.<p>At the time, he was a salesman who could snatch your breath away and sell it back to you. As artist Mary Ann Carroll puts it, he could "sell a jacket to a mosquito in summer."<p>"A salesman is a con-man," Black readily admits himself today. He's a storyteller. And does he have stories to tell.<p>Black was born on a plantation in Mississippi. One day, he says, a crew boss came by, needing more hands to pick crops. Thu, 05 Jul 2012 07:15:00 +0000 Jacki Lyden 9794 at http://upr.org Meet Al Black: Florida's Prison Painter The Highwaymen: Segregation And Speed-Painting In The Sunshine State http://upr.org/post/highwaymen-segregation-and-speed-painting-sunshine-state In the 1960s and '70s, if you were in a doctor's office, or a funeral home, or a motel in Florida, chances are a landscape painting hung on the wall. Palms arching over the water, or moonlight on an inlet. Wed, 04 Jul 2012 16:24:00 +0000 Jacki Lyden 9787 at http://upr.org The Highwaymen: Segregation And Speed-Painting In The Sunshine State Chanticleer: A Botanical Distraction From Daily Life http://upr.org/post/chanticleer-botanical-distraction-daily-life Ever wanted to just disappear into a secret garden of earthly delights, of twists and turns of evocative ruin, exuberant tropics, the Zen of a Japanese teahouse?<p>Consider Chanticleer, in Wayne, Pa. It's part of the old Main Line ring of estates around Philadelphia. In fact, right across the street from the garden is the former home of Helen Hope Montgomery Scott, the heiress portrayed by Katherine Hepburn in <em>Philadelphia Story</em>.<p>Chanticleer is, quite simply, one of the most delightful gardens in the world. Sun, 17 Jun 2012 20:03:00 +0000 Jacki Lyden 8888 at http://upr.org Chanticleer: A Botanical Distraction From Daily Life