Jacki Lyden http://whqr.org en The Art Of A Lost American Couturier, On Display At The Met http://whqr.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 11:58:00 +0000 Jacki Lyden 54585 at http://whqr.org The Art Of A Lost American Couturier, On Display At The Met New York Underground: Exploring City Caves And Catacombs http://whqr.org/post/new-york-underground-exploring-city-caves-and-catacombs Urban explorer Steve Duncan goes underground, examining the hidden infrastructure of major cities all over the world: their tunnels, subways and sewers. Late in 2010, NPR's Jacki Lyden joined Duncan and a group of subterranean adventurers in New York. (This story originally aired on <em>All Things Considered</em> on Jan. 2, 2011.) <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2013 NPR. Sat, 14 Sep 2013 21:37:00 +0000 Jacki Lyden 43124 at http://whqr.org Bespoke Suits And Perfect Cravats At 'Dandy' Exhibit http://whqr.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 22:38:00 +0000 Jacki Lyden 40875 at http://whqr.org Bespoke Suits And Perfect Cravats At 'Dandy' Exhibit Around The River Bend, A Flood Of History http://whqr.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 26375 at http://whqr.org Around The River Bend, A Flood Of History Meet Al Black: Florida's Prison Painter http://whqr.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 19903 at http://whqr.org Meet Al Black: Florida's Prison Painter The Highwaymen: Segregation And Speed-Painting In The Sunshine State http://whqr.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 19892 at http://whqr.org The Highwaymen: Segregation And Speed-Painting In The Sunshine State Art, Race And Murder: The Origins Of Florida's 'Highwaymen' http://whqr.org/post/art-race-and-murder-origins-floridas-highwaymen The story of The Highwaymen is one of biracial friendships and lingering racism, of painting and a murder — culminating in a contemporary clash over an artistic legacy.<p>Only loosely allied, they are credited with churning out some 200,000 landscape paintings in the area of Fort Pierce, Fla., since the 1960s. The strategy behind their enterprise: Paint a lot, and paint fast. Often, the oil paintings were sold before they had even dried. Wed, 04 Jul 2012 09:08:00 +0000 Jacki Lyden 19876 at http://whqr.org Art, Race And Murder: The Origins Of Florida's 'Highwaymen' Pro-Bailout Party Leads Greek Vote http://whqr.org/post/pro-bailout-party-leads-greek-vote The conservative New Democracy party has finished first in the Greek election, boosting the prospects that the country will remain in the eurozone. The radical left Syriza party, which wants Greece to ignore its international commitments, finished second. Sun, 17 Jun 2012 21:03:00 +0000 Jacki Lyden & Joanna Kakissis 18728 at http://whqr.org Chanticleer: A Botanical Distraction From Daily Life http://whqr.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 18722 at http://whqr.org Chanticleer: A Botanical Distraction From Daily Life Athena's Library, The Quirky Pillar Of Providence http://whqr.org/post/athenas-library-quirky-pillar-providence With a bit of reverence, librarians carefully wind an antique library clock near the circulation desk in a temple of learning called the Providence Athenaeum.<p>This is one of the oldest libraries in the United States, a 19th-century library with the soul of a 21st-century rave party. In fact, the Rhode Island institution has been called a national model for civic engagement.<p>A bust of the Greek goddess Athena surveys her realm from the open mezzanine above the main floor. Shafts of light fall gracefully through an atrium. Sat, 25 Feb 2012 11:10:00 +0000 Jacki Lyden 12170 at http://whqr.org Athena's Library, The Quirky Pillar Of Providence