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The Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art has a new exhibition and the lineup of artists is stunning: Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, Roy Lichtenstein and Robert Rauschenberg, just to name a few.

The art, now worth billions, was bought in the 1970s under Shah Reza Pahlavi, whose coffers were overflowing with oil revenue at the time. The shah sought to modernize and Westernize the country in general, and put his wife, Empress Farah Pahlavi, in charge of acquiring the art.

Thirty years ago, one of the most valuable paintings of the 20th century vanished. It wasn't an accident and it wasn't some elaborate movie heist. It was a simple theft — and it's still a mystery.

It was the day after Thanksgiving in 1985. Staff at the University of Arizona Museum of Art in Tucson were getting to work, just like any other day.

"It was almost 9 o'clock so the museum was gearing up to open the doors," says museum curator Olivia Miller. "The security guards opened the doors for one of the staff members, and two people followed behind."

Destiny Mata

Lots of things on tap in San Antonio over the weekend, rain or no rain.  Here are a few that are all indoors. One is Friday night at the Majestic Theater downtown.

"The music of Queen is just such a great, great show to put with orchestra.”

Conductor Brent Havens is talking about the San Antonio Symphony doing Queen hits with a rock-n-roll band. He emphasizes that the concert won't be just a band backed by an orchestra. 

“This isn’t your regular orchestra concert; it’s a rock-n-roll concert.”

See Rothko's Roots in a New Houston Retrospective

Oct 1, 2015

From Texas StandardIf you want to understand American art, there are a handful of names you have to know. Nearly everyone would agree that one of them is Mark Rothko.


John Roncagalli

Big Band at Mission San Jose

There's a lot going on this weekend, but let’s start by heading to Mission San Jose. Los Compadres de San Antonio Missions’ Barbara Chandoah talks about Friday night's Music Under the Stars. The USAA Band will be playing.

"It is a fabulous, free, family event. They play a little Latino. They play jazz. They play contemporary. They play marches, and they end up patriotic. It is a very, very moving experience. “

Art Museums In The Digital Age

Sep 15, 2015

The first portable museum audio tour created in Amsterdam in 1952 was revolutionary. Today, new technologies are continuing to change the museumgoer’s experience. It’s all part of how museums are imagining the future to stay relevant in a digital world. Andrea Shea from Here & Now contributor WBUR reports.

Mark Roddenberry

Fourteen years ago 19 Al-Qaeda terrorists made a coordinated attack with airliners on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.  Another aircraft was pointed toward Washington, D.C. when it crashed into a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania.  A San Antonio photographer was in the thick of the destruction in New York City

From Texas Standard:

Eli Reed's new book "A Long Walk Home" is the first career retrospective of his work.


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An Austin native is serving up the lesser-known fairy tales written by the Brothers Grimm — through art. Natalie Frank's fantastical and grisly paintings are on display at The Blanton Museum of Art in Austin, just a walk away from the Texas Standard Studios. 

Michelangelo is known for masterpieces like the Sistine Chapel and the statue of David, but most people probably don't know that he actually got his start in forgery. The great artist began his career as a forger of ancient Roman sculptures, art scholar Noah Charney tells Fresh Air's Dave Davies.

By the time Michelangelo's forgery was revealed, the Renaissance master was famous in his own right. But many other artistic forgers continue to copy the work of past artists in the hopes of passing their creations off as authentic.

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