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Sophie Calle, at a private concert by Pharrell Williams in Paris on May 26, 2014. Pharrell contributed to the album Souris Calle, in tribute to Sophie Calle's dead cat. Bertrand Rindoff Petroff/Getty Images hide caption

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At the U.S.-Mexico border wall in Nogales, Ariz.: I visited the border wall in Nogales, Ariz., with my friend Sam, a Cuban-American, shortly after reading the heartbreaking ProPublica report on forced migrant family separation. Tsering Bista hide caption

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A billboard created by Hank Willis Thomas in Syracuse, N.Y., says: "They Are Us," and "Us Is Them. The artist co-founded For Freedoms, a nonpartisan campaign behind the public art project titled The 50 State Initiative. Victor Abraham Rivera/For Freedoms hide caption

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'Visionary, Not Reactionary': Artists Take Political Commentary To Streets And Skies

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One of Banksy's "Girl With Balloon" paintings is on display at an exhibition opening of works by the England-based street artist, at St. Petersburg's Manege Central Exhibition Hall in September. Anton Vaganov/TASS via Getty Images hide caption

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Titus Kaphar often appropriates familiar styles from the Western art canon, but his paintings and sculptures alter the images to point out hidden histories of racism and slavery. John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation hide caption

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Meet The MacArthur Fellow Disrupting Racism In Art

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Corot's mother was a milliner and his father was a textile merchant — he paints many of his models in elaborate costumes. He made Jewish Woman of Algeria in 1870. Private Collection, Courtesy National Gallery of Art hide caption

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At The End Of His Career, This 19th Century Artist Painted As He Pleased

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Vishaan Chakrabarti on the TED stage. Bret Hartman/TED hide caption

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Vishaan Chakrabarti: How Can We Design More Welcoming Cities?

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In 1897, Belgian King Leopold brought 267 Congolese people to his country estate to display them in a mock African village — a practice referred to as a human zoo. Alphonse Gautier/RMCA, Tervuren hide caption

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Dasani Watkins video chats with her friend from her bedroom in Barry Farm on October 15. 2016. Watkins moved to Barry Farm with her family in 2013. "I thought this was the worst place in the world, and I could not believe my mom would bring us to this hood," she said. "But I was excited to have my own room." Joy Sharon Yi hide caption

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Photographer Bill Cunningham outside Skylight Clarkson Sq during New York Fashion Week on July 15, 2015 in New York City. Noam Galai/Getty Images hide caption

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Bill Cunningham: A Memoir Of Style On All Levels, High And Low

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Arleene Correa Valencia works on a painting in her latest series: In Times of Crisis, En Tiempo de Crisis. Rachael Bongiorno for NPR hide caption

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After The Wildfires: Artist Captures Plight Of Napa's Undocumented Workers

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Artist Sam Gilliam is known for his vibrant, draped fabrics such as Swing from 1969. Smithsonian American Art Museum hide caption

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Hard At Work At 84, Artist Sam Gilliam Has 'Never Felt Better'

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Oran Z. Belgrave, founder of the now defunct Oran Z's Black Facts & Wax Museum in Los Angeles, stands in front of the shipping containers that have held most of the contents of his independent African-American history museum since it closed in 2011. Samir S. Patel/Atlas Obscura hide caption

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Through A Looking Glass Of Black Americana: The Long, Strange Journey Of Oran Z

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From March 4 to September 3, conservator Chris Stavroudis is part of the exhibition Jackson Pollock's Number 1, 1949: A Conservation Treatment at The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. Brian Forrest/The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles hide caption

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A Jackson Pollock Painting Gets A Touch-Up — And The Public's Invited To Watch

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