Jacki Lyden http://kenw.org en The Art Of A Lost American Couturier, On Display At The Met http://kenw.org/post/art-lost-american-couturier-display-met Thursday in New York, the Metropolitan Museum of Art officially reopens its fashion galleries after a $40 million, two-year renovation.<p>Named for <em>Vogue</em> magazine's editor, the Anna Wintour Costume Center features an inaugural exhibit of the work of Charles James, a flamboyant designer considered America's first couturier. Thu, 08 May 2014 07:07:00 +0000 Jacki Lyden 41618 at http://kenw.org The Art Of A Lost American Couturier, On Display At The Met Violence Abroad Threatens Students, As Do Guns At U.S. Schools http://kenw.org/post/violence-abroad-threatens-students-do-guns-us-schools Last year, there were more than two-dozen shootings on or near college campuses in the United States. This past Tuesday, that number went up, with <a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=265259128">the fatal shooting of a student at Purdue University</a>. Then Friday, <a href="http://www.npr.org/2014/01/25/266014201/suspect-arrested-charged-in-fatal-campus-shooting">a fatal shooting at South Carolina State University</a>. Sat, 25 Jan 2014 17:14:00 +0000 Jacki Lyden 37312 at http://kenw.org Violence Abroad Threatens Students, As Do Guns At U.S. Schools 'Heart' Of Iranian Identity Reimagined For A New Generation http://kenw.org/post/heart-iranian-identity-reimagined-new-generation A thousand years ago, a Persian poet named Abolqasem Ferdowsi of Tous obtained a royal commission to put the ancient legends and myths of Iran into a book of verse.<p>He called this epic <em>Shahnameh,</em> or "Epic of the Persian Kings." It took him more than three decades and comprises 60,000 couplets — twice the length of <em>The</em> <em>Iliad</em> and <em>The</em> <em>Odyssey</em> combined.<p>Author Azar Nafisi, who wrote the memoir <em>Reading Lolita in Tehran, </em>says the importance of this foundational myth epic to Iranians can't really be overstated.<p>"My father always told me that Sun, 25 Aug 2013 20:52:00 +0000 Jacki Lyden 31031 at http://kenw.org 'Heart' Of Iranian Identity Reimagined For A New Generation Audio As Art At New York Exhibit http://kenw.org/post/audio-art-new-york-exhibit Transcript <p>(SOUNDBITE OF ARPEGGIO)<p>JACKI LYDEN, HOST: <p>Arpeggios ricochet through three speakers and envelop us. We're on the modernist Bauhaus staircase at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, listening to techno-inspired electronica. This piece is part of a new exhibit, "Soundings: A Contemporary Score," that opens today.<p>BARBARA LONDON: I wanted work that pushed limits, pushed boundaries.<p>LYDEN: That's curator Barbara London. She invited 16 young artists from around the world to participate here. Sat, 10 Aug 2013 21:10:00 +0000 Jacki Lyden 30417 at http://kenw.org Florida's Highwaymen Painted Idealized Landscapes In Jim Crow South http://kenw.org/post/floridas-highwaymen-painted-idealized-landscapes-jim-crow-south Transcript <p>JACKI LYDEN, HOST: <p>And if you're just joining us, this is WEEKENDS on ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Jacki Lyden.<p>In the winter of 2012, I came across a story on a drive through central coastal Florida in the town of Fort Pierce. Sat, 10 Aug 2013 21:10:00 +0000 Jacki Lyden 30419 at http://kenw.org