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July 7, 1887: Marc Chagall was born

Marc Chagall, (born July 7, 1887, Vitebsk, Belorussia, Russian Empire —died March 28, 1985, Saint-Paul, Alpes-Maritimes, France), Belorussian-born French painter, printmaker, and designer who composed his images based on emotional and poetic associations, rather than on rules of...

July 6, 1907: Frida Kahlo, considered one of Mexico’s greatest artists, was born

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Artist Frida Kahlo was considered one of Mexico's greatest artists who began painting mostly self-portraits after she was severely injured in a bus accident. Kahlo later became politically active and married fellow communist artist...

June 9, 2000: George Segal’s Public Art

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Sculptor George Segal, whose 1979 piece, “Gay Liberation,” was the first public piece of art to commemorate the global struggle for equality, died on this date in 2000. “Gay Liberation” was commissioned by the...

April 17, 1988: Sculptor Louise Nevelson (Leah Berliawsky) died at 88

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Sculptor Louise Nevelson (Leah Berliawsky) died at 88 on this date in 1988. Born to a Yiddish-speaking immigrant family, trained at the Arts Student League, and a WPA artist for four years until 1939,...

March 13, 1921: Al Jaffe, the cartoonist who made MAD magazine famous, was born

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Al Jaffee, whose 64-year career with MAD magazine makes him its longest-running artist, was born in Savannah, Georgia on this date in 1921. He spent six years living in Lithuania in a Yiddish-speaking environment before returning...

Materials and Memories: Mixografía and Tamayo

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Join us for a special demonstration and talk about Rufino Tamayo and the groundbreaking Mixografía printmaking technique. Hear from Mixografía founders Lea and Luis Remba about their memories and experiences working closely with Tamayo....

February 12, 1938: Judy Blume, popular young-adult author, is born

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Judy Blume, who redefined the terms of acceptable discourse in children’s literature on her way to selling eighty million copies of her books and seeing them translated into thirty-one languages, was born in Elizabeth,...

January 29, 1905: Barnett Newman, abstract painter and lifelong anarchist, was born

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An abstract painter and lifelong anarchist who specialized in intense color-field paintings, Barnett Newman was born in New York on this date in 1905. His best-known works are large canvases painted in flat yet...

Nobember 21, 1945: Goldie Hawn was born

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Goldie Hawn, whose arc in show business paralleled the arc of feminist empowerment in the 1970s, was born in Washington, DC on this date in 1945. Hawn played a giggling “dumb blonde” bikini girl...

November 8, 2010: Political artist Jack Levine died

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Political artist Jack Levine, whose realistic, slightly cartoonish paintings “skewered plutocrats, crooked politicians and human folly,” according to the New York Times, died at 95 on this date in 2010. Levine was a WPA painter...