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"She's challenging you to sit down in that chair," Los Angeles artist Alison Saar says of her 2019 sculpture, Set to Simmer. Jeff McLane/L.A. Louver hide caption

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'She's Challenging You': Alison Saar's Sculptures Speak To Race, Beauty, Power

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Right: "Mask Up," a submission to Amplifier, an arts group. Left: "Grandmother's Affection — For Global Health," a submission to the United Nations. Lisa Vollrath; Nubefy Design for All hide caption

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Lisa Vollrath; Nubefy Design for All

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Emily Quinn: Male Or Female Is The Wrong Question—How Can We Rethink Biological Sex?

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Dorothea Lange, Migratory Cotton Picker, Eloy, Arizona (1940). During many of Lange's portraits she would talk for a while with her subjects, recording their speech patterns and getting to know their perspectives on life. Dorothea Lange/Courtesy of the Museum of Modern Art, New York hide caption

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'A Community Of Desperation' Finding Sympathy And Solidarity In Dorothea Lange

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Jonny Sun speaks at TED2019: Bigger Than Us. April 15 - 19, 2019, Vancouver, BC, Canada. Photo: Bret Hartman / TED Bret Hartman/Bret Hartman / TED hide caption

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Jonny Sun: You're Not Alone In Feeling Lonely

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The Metropolitan Museum on Mar. 13, the first day it was closed due to the coronavirus. Mark Kauzlarich/Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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With Surprising Sculptures, Katharina Fritsch Makes The Familiar Fun

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Betsey Johnson attends the Women's Guild Cedars-Sinai annual luncheon at the Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel on November 6, 2019 in Beverly Hills, Calif. David Livingston/Getty Images hide caption

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Betsey Johnson Talks Fashion, Love And Motherhood In Self-Titled Memoir

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Times Square billboard owners have donated ad space to make way for artworks about the pandemic such as the one above by illustrator Maira Kalman. Jean Cooney, director of Times Square Arts, says that in healthier times, many people come to Times Square "because they're seeking something — they feel that if they've come to Times Square then they've seen New York City ... they've seen America." Ian Douglas/Times Square Arts hide caption

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Messages Of Hope, Gratitude And Safety Replace Ads In Times Square

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A nurse works in the influenza ward of the Walter Reed hospital in Washington, D.C., in November 1918. Artist Jordan Baseman evokes the era in Radio Influenza, a work of audio art commissioned to mark the centenary of the pandemic. Harris & Ewing/Library of Congress via AP hide caption

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'We Haven't Learned From History': 'Radio Influenza' Is A Warning From 1918

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Genesis Breyer P-Orridge, photographed in New York on Aug. 19, 2007. The artist, best known for their work in the groups Throbbing Gristle and Psychic TV, died on March 14, 2020. Neville Elder/Redferns/Getty Images hide caption

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The "Hearts of Our People" exhibition is devoted entirely to the art of Native American women past and present. Above, Náhookǫsjí Hai (Winter in the North)/Biboon Giiwedinong (It Is Winter in the North) by D.Y. Begay (Navajo), 2018, wool and natural dyes. Addison Doty/Minneapolis Institute of Art hide caption

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'Making Is About Our Survival': Exhibition Celebrates Artwork Of Native Women

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The School of Economics Building at the Universita Luigi Bocconi in Milan, Italy, was designed by Grafton Architects — founded by Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara. It launched Grafton Architects as a leading designer of university buildings. Federico Brunetti/Pritzker Architecture Prize hide caption

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For The 1st Time, Architecture's Most Prestigious Prize Is Awarded To 2 Women

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Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec's 1896 lithograph Woman Reclining — Waking Up from the portfolio Elles Norton Simon Museum hide caption

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Get A Glimpse Of Labor, Leisure And Everyday Life In Paris' Belle Époque

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