arts

Man and woman sitting at table (© MIchael Zorn/Invision/AP Images)

Broadway play with Middle Eastern setting wins top honors

An improbable Broadway hit, "The Band's Visit" is an award-winning musical that emphasizes the common humanity of people thrown together in a remote desert town.
Head of an ancient Persian soldier carved into limestone (Manhattan District Attorney's Office)

U.S. judge orders return of Persian antiquity to Iran

An ancient Persian artifact stolen decades ago will soon be headed home. Learn how, and why, the U.S. combats art smuggling and repatriates stolen cultural property.
Mannequin with elaborate headdress on left and church setting with religious-themed dress on right (© Vincent Tullo/The New York Times)

Mixing faith and fashion at the Met

See how Vatican treasures, religious art and couture come together in a seamless mix of the sacred and the secular at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Buddha statue going into CT scanner (Freer/Sackler/Staff}

Working together to conserve Asian art treasures

For the first time, three ancient lacquer Buddha sculptures were exhibited at the Freer-Sackler galleries. Research helps ensure they'll last another thousand years.
Fireworks exploding behind cylindrical sculpture (© Wally Skaliji/Los Angeles Times/Getty Images)

Persia’s Cyrus Cylinder inspires Americans

The glittering Freedom Sculpture in Los Angeles, modeled after the ancient clay Cyrus Cylinder, is just one testimonial to Persian king Cyrus the Great's support for human rights.
Open book and stacks of books (© Shutterstock)

An American laurel for translated masterpieces

The National Book Awards recently created a prestigious prize for works of literature, both fiction and nonfiction, translated into English. Authors, translators and readers will benefit.
Two women in character costumes (© Marvel Studios 2018)

Black Panther shatters stereotypes and promotes science

Black Panther, the first Hollywood blockbuster centered on a black superhero and to star a mostly black cast, is defying long-held stereotypes about Africans and women.
Esperanza Spalding standing with a bass, with explanatory text underneath (State Dept./D. Woolverton. Photo: AP Images)

Here’s a free poster saluting women in music

Grammy Award-winning musician Esperanza Spalding exemplifies women making history in fields that were once nearly exclusively male, like jazz.
Young girl looking at large painting hanging on wall (© Ben Hines)

Marveling at Michelle Obama’s portrait, this girl captures hearts

A photo of Parker Curry, who is 2 years old, in front of a new portrait of Michelle Obama electrified social media and captured hearts around the globe.