Season 2

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the mystifying marble of elizabeth turk

Elizabeth Turk's gravity defying sculptures test the limits of her medium's fragility.
Season 2, Episode 12

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floriography: Saying it with flowers

In the Victorian era, the language of flowers was boundless.
Season 2, Episode 12

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Peter shire's post-modern playfulness

Formerly of the avant-garde Memphis School, Shire explores color and geometry in unique ways.
Season 2, Episode 12

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rum, cigars, and mozart

The Havana Lyceum Orchestra is proof of classical music's importance in Cuba.
Season 2, Episode 12

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antonio martorell: puerto rico's prolific painter

This contemporary painter has been at the forefront of Puerto Rican art for over half a century.
Season 2, Episode 11

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The music of singer-songwriter Joan Shelley offers an anthropological perspective.
Season 2, Episode 11

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mason bates: classical disrupter

Mason Bates challenges existing notions of what belongs in the concert hall.
Season 2, Episode 11

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The care and feeding of michelle cuevas

The characters in Michelle Cuevas’s children’s books leap off the page.
Season 2, Episode 11

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the last refuge...?

Unconditional love of country can be blinding. But artists find ways to express patriotism with eyes wide open.
Season 2, Episode 10

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kenny scharf: here to stay

Kenny Scharf’s exuberant cartoons infuse daily life with a dose of whimsy.
Season 2, Episode 10

buffy sainte-marie's indefatigable spirit

Buffy Sainte-Marie's 1960s protest songs made her the subject of FBI attention.
Season 2, Episode 10

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doug balliett: a master of music

Doug Balliett’s diverse musical talents have taken him down an unusual path.
Season 2, Episode 9

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Daniel Levitin’s Musical Mind

Levitin’s lifelong love of music has served him in recordings and on the page.
Season 2, Episode 9

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the vibrant veruschka stevens

Veruschka Stevens’ polymer clay creations add a vivacious touch to statement jewelry.
Season 2, Episode 9

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Allora & Calzadilla: Displacement and Defamiliarization

Together, Allora & Calzadilla are one of the world’s most dynamic conceptual art power duos.
Season 2, Episode 9

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christian scott atunde adjuah: 2nd century jazz

Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah is leading the charge into Jazz's next chapter.
Season 2, Episode 8

sidney hutter: Cool as glass

For nearly four decades, Hutter’s cold glass sculpture techniques have pushed the boundaries of the medium.
Season 2, Episode 8


ron nagle: compositions and clay

Ron Nagle’s hit songs and abstract ceramic sculptures are born of dedication to harmony and craft.
Season 2, Episode 8

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tommy pico: epic poet

Tommy Pico designed his epic poetry for a thoroughly modern medium.
Season 2, Episode 8

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maggie nelson: transcending the divide

Nelson is one of her generation’s most celebrated writers and critical thinkers.
Season 2, Episode 7

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Ruth Slenczynska: Last of the Great Romantics

Ruth Slenczynska is the last living musical link to Sergei Rachmaninoff.
Season 2, Episode 7

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The works of contemporary choreographer Kyle Abraham feel like a memoir.
Season 2, Episode 7

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saya woolfalk's empathic world

Woolfalk explores cultural hybridity in an imaginative world governed by mutants with utopian values.
Season 2, Episode 7

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Mark Mothersbaugh: Modern Renaissance Man

Mark Mothersbaugh’s sustained a life in art far removed from his band, Devo.
Season 2, Episode 6

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Greg Dunn: Finding Beauty in the Brain

Greg Dunn’s neuroscience art illustrates the complexity of the human brain.
Season 2, Episode 6

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Liz Casella: Patterns Hidden in Plain Sight

Much of haute couture feeds off textile print designer Liz Casella’s creativity.
Season 2, Episode 6

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Finding Sara Rahbar

Sara Rahbar has found the antidote to her existential angst in art.
Season 2, Episode 5

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Jennifer Higdon: Carefully composed

Contemporary composer Jennifer Higdon makes classical music, but still loves Beyoncé.
Season 2, Episode 5

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Reuben Margolin's Kinetic Wave Sculptures

Reuben Margolin attempts to evoke the natural world with his mechanically driven kinetic sculptures.
Season 2, Episode 5

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Chemi Rosado-Seijo: Art and Skateboarding

The art of skater/painter Chemi Rosado-Seijo is founded in community activism.
Season 2, Episode 5

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R.I.P. Romance?

A painter, a poet, and a historian weigh in on the state of romance in the 21st century.
Season 2, Episode 4

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Luke Spiller Struts

If you feel like you missed out on 1970s glam rock, The Struts are here to help.
Season 2, Episode 4

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Gene YAng: Drawing on Knowledge

Teacher-turned-cartoonist Gene Yang believes in the educational power of comics.
Season 2, Episode 4

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Ian Brennan and the Democratic Power of Music

Producer Ian Brennan truly believes in the democratization of music.
Season 2, Episode 3

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Inside the Outsider: Leroy Johnson

Leroy Johnson has lived on the edges of the art world for all his 80+ years.
Season 2, Episode 3

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Nina Berman's
World View

Nina Berman blurs the line between fine art and editorial photography.
Season 2, Episode 3

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Our Greatest Fear

Humanity’s greatest fear is not the unknown—it’s the certainty of death.
Season 2, Episode 2

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Justin Bettman's Perspective

Bettman uses found materials to create outdoor “sets” for his portraits.
Season 2, Episode 2

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Janet Echelman Looms Large

Echelman’s sculptures are the “net” result of technology, engineering, and civic engagement.
Season 2, Episode 2

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Hats off to Arturo Rios!

Rios discovered his true calling while working in a hat maker’s shipping department.
Season 2, Episode 2

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Nina Chanel Abney is Selling Out (in a Good Way)

This talented artist ended up on her own waiting list.
Season 2, Episode 1

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Lisa Hannigan: Stalking the Muse

After a decade of non-stop creativity, Lisa Hannigan was forced to confront the dreaded “blank page.”
Season 2, Episode 1

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The Very Fortunate Daniel Handler

Handler is better known as Lemony Snicket, author of popular children's books, A Series of Unfortunate Events.
Season 2, Episode 1