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The Mapping Memory exhibition at the Blanton Museum of Art in Austin, Texas, displays maps made in the late 1500s of what is now Mexico. They were created by indigenous peoples to help Spanish invaders map occupied lands. This watercolor and ink map of Meztitlán was made in 1579 by Gabriel de Chavez. Blanton Museum of Art hide caption

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440 Years Old And Filled With Footprints, These Aren't Your Everyday Maps

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Men wait to board a non-existent plane in Adrian Paci's 2007 video, Centro di permanenza temporanea (Temporary Detention Center). Courtesy of the artist and Kaufmann Repetto hide caption

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Artists Take On Global Migration: 'It's Hard To Watch And It's Hard Not To Watch'

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The Confitería del Molino, once a bustling pastry shop adjacent to the Argentine Capitol building, reopened recently for a few hours in a sneak preview of its full restoration. Carlos Schroder for NPR hide caption

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In Buenos Aires, Crowds Line Up For A Taste Of Sweeter Days

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Big royal statues from the Kingdom of Dahomey, in present-day Benin, are pictured in 2018 at the Quai Branly Museum in Paris. Gerard Julien/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Across Europe, Museums Rethink What To Do With Their African Art Collections

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Ray and Charles sit in their living room in 1958. An intimate alcove was tucked into the larger, high-ceilinged room. Julius Shulman/J. Paul Getty Trust hide caption

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Charles And Ray Eames Made Life Better By Design; Their Home Was No Exception

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Contestants Kerstin Nordstrom and Wynter Chatman appear on Ask Me Another at the Bell House in Brooklyn, New York. Mike Katzif/NPR hide caption

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Humonyms

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A set of pink seesaws allowed people to share some fun along the U.S.-Mexico border wall this week. Here, a woman helps her little girls ride the seesaw that was installed near Ciudad de Juarez, Mexico. Christian Chavez/AP hide caption

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This costume, with corn husks and feathers and paper flowers, is worn by a member of a dance group that gathers in cemeteries and other places to mark Day of the Dead festivities (called Xantolo, the word written above the mask). The idea of combining a skeletal mask with European fashion was devised by the Mexican artist Jose Guadalupe Posada, who lived in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Phyllis Galembo hide caption

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Zara's parent company Inditex announced new sustainability goals this month. But can a fast-fashion brand built on growth truly become sustainable? Marcos del Mazo/LightRocket via Getty Images hide caption

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Can Fast Fashion And Sustainability Be Stitched Together?

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Artists are requesting that the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York remove their work from its biennial showcase over a museum board member's ties to the sale of law enforcement supplies including tear gas. Bebeto Matthews/AP hide caption

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At Whitney Museum Biennial, 8 Artists Withdraw In Protest Of Link To Tear Gas Sales

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Musicians walk on a crosswalk painted like a piano outside the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, N.Y. Increasingly, urban designers and transportation planners say this kind of art — colorful crosswalks and engaging sidewalks — leads to safer intersections, stronger neighborhoods and better public health. Brett Dahlberg/WXXI hide caption

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Walking On Painted Keys: Creative Crosswalks Meet Government Resistance

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Augusta Savage was an artist, educator, activist and community leader. Her work is the focus of an exhibition at the New-York Historical Society, organized by the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens. She's pictured above with her 1938 sculpture Realization. New-York Historical Society hide caption

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Sculptor Augusta Savage Said Her Legacy Was The Work Of Her Students

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Doug Roble: What Happens When Visual Effects Aren't Limited To Just Movies?

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Nir Eyal on the TED stage Russel Edwards/TED hide caption

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Nir Eyal: How Easy Is It To "Unhook" Ourselves From Our Devices?

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Finn Myrstad: What Happens When We Sign Away Our Online Privacy?

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"I consider myself one who creates clothes, and fashions clothes, and uses it as a vehicle to fashion young minds," says clothier Dapper Dan. Jelani Day/Dapper Dan of Harlem hide caption

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Dapper Dan, Telling Stories In Leather, Fur And Logos

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