David Smith

A small arts commission created by Theodore Roosevelt still can make headlines in today's Washington.


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David and Art - "Losing Their Marbles"

May 31, 2021

Greece and Nigeria are just two of the countries which question whether art that was hauled off long ago ought to stay with the people who took it.


David and Art - "Mr. and Mrs. Mondale"

Apr 26, 2021

Remembering a former vice president of the United States calls to mind his wife as well, and what she did for the arts.


David and Art - "Dissolving Collections"

Apr 19, 2021

As works of art pass through the ages, they sometimes come together in a museum's collections for the delight of the public.

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David and Art - "Never-ending Staircases"

Apr 12, 2021

The works of a Dutch graphic artist born in the 19th century still have the power to captivate the mind.

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David and Art - "Following Where it Leads"

Mar 22, 2021

Like history itself, following artistic leads can open doors of discovery that you never even knew were there.

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David and Art - August Wilson

Feb 8, 2021

Thinking about a great playwright, and his century-long account of what life was like for millions of Americans.

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David and Art - Jazz

Nov 26, 2018
Joe Riley

Why is it that Jazz music is often regarded as one of the most distictively American art forms? 


This week marks the 100th birthday of one of the most celebrated musicians in American history.