arts

Illuminated pink spheres with black polka dots in room of mirrors (Hirshhorn Museum)

Japanese artist Kusama wows U.S. and Canada

Washingtonians are loving 'Infinity Mirrors,' an exhibition showcasing the polka dots, pumpkins and mirrored rooms of Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama.
Istanbul skyline (© AP Images)

Turkish literature class brings history to light

“Through literature you really can get a window into the soul of a society,” says Heba El-Shazli, who teaches literature courses at a Washington bookstore.
Man playing horn (State Dept.)video

Get ready to jam on International Jazz Day [video]

Celebrate International Jazz Day on April 30, to commemorate the musical genre born in the U.S. that has spread around the world.
Woman singing with band (© Desiree Navarro/WireImage via Getty)

Cécile McLorin Salvant offers a fresh take on jazz [video]

She's only 27, but Grammy Award–winning jazz singer and songwriter Cécile McLorin Salvant has music critics drawing comparisons to a century of jazz greats.
Second lady Karen Pence, dressed in green (© Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images)

Vice president’s wife puts spotlight on art therapy

Karen Pence, wife of Vice President Pence, is championing art therapy as she travels with her husband to South Korea, Japan, Indonesia and Australia.
Men in gray suits playing instruments (Jazz at Lincoln Center/Frank Stewart)

The USA is still a birthplace for jazz greats [video]

The birthplace of jazz still churns out artists. Learn what makes this style of music so classic and everlasting.
One man singing, another playing guitar (© AP Images)

Rock’s Hall of Fame picks its 2017 inductees [video]

Joan Baez, Tupac Shakur, Pearl Jam, Journey, Yes and Electric Light Orchestra will be the latest artists to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Hand drawing intricate design (Courtesy of Turquoise Mountain)

Artists from Turquoise Mountain Institute transform Afghanistan

Afghan artisans demonstrate their skills in painting and various crafts in a museum exhibition in Washington, courtesy of a British charity.
Painting of sleeping woman wearing hat with flag motif (Library of Congress)video

How American art was shaped by World War I [video]

World War I had a lasting impact on the American art scene, from recruitment posters to novels and movies. Here's a glimpse into some of that art.