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By Andrew Robinson August 26, 2014

Tagore took up painting late in life, in his 60s. But his prodigious aptitude produced nearly 2500 paintings and drawings in a span of just 15 years. In this essay, our guest scholar introduces Tagore's technique and his place within the art world — featuring a curated collection of Tagore's most evocative paintings.

By Trent Gilliss June 12, 2014

The best of the week — including an invitation to our studios, a lesson in the uniqueness of humans, sage words from Parker Palmer on paradox, and an arresting collection of images that captures everyday life in Africa.

By Trent Gilliss May 22, 2014

Pairing this photo of a modernist architectural wonder with words from Pritzker Prize-winning architect Thom Mayne, who instructs us to pursue our creative instincts.

By Parker J. Palmer May 14, 2014

Parker Palmer draws inspiration from the words of Wendell Berry on celebrating one's obstacles and the impeded stream that sings.

By Trent Gilliss, By Mariah Helgeson April 04, 2014

Musing on the hidden lives and legacies of objects and how "heaven is being a memory to others," our Twitter recap of a spacious conversation between philosopher-artist Dario Robleto and Krista Tippett.

By Betty M. Bayer March 27, 2014

Has the word grace fallen out of favor? Anna Deavere Smith’s Conversations on Grace offers a way for us to think of grace as a pluralistic universe and a guide for all of us on the art of dwelling here together, in the polis.

By Trent Gilliss February 05, 2014

Don't tweet. No problem. A compilation of our tweets of a wandering conversation with a maker on language, time, and life as a maker.

By Mariah Helgeson January 24, 2014

There's something magical about the way Ann Hamilton inhabits space. This video will transport you to an extraordinary world of ordinary life observed by a maker.

By Trent Gilliss September 29, 2013

The Zen master demonstrates the mindful art of calligraphy, and how it's a practice of meditation.

By Trent Gilliss September 27, 2013

Neil Gaiman's commencement speech is exactly what you need. Make mistakes, enjoy the journey, break the rules, make good art.

June 09, 2013

A recap of our favorite bits of curiosity from this week, including epistolary correspondence, Krista re-entering the Twitter fray, and a revival post. And a whole lot more!

February 07, 2013

A community college professor responds to Seth Godin's story with his student's poetry.

February 05, 2013

A retired exec-turned-woodturner follows his compass to reveal the inner beauty of felled trees in massive, delicate works of art.

February 01, 2013

The second installment in our sketchnotes series that teases out the highlights of Krista's conversation with an American Muslim activist making a difference in Chicago.

January 11, 2013

Watch this fabulous talk on Hubble and Rembrandt, Casablanca in psychological terms, how stars actually "evolve," and why Malala Yousafzai's bravery is "the best example of the power of curiosity."

July 09, 2012

"I picked up a camera in journalism class, and it was truly spiritual." We've had the honor of working with Ann Marsden many times over the years. Her passion for her craft inspired all of us at On Being, and we’ll miss her deeply.

June 10, 2012

An intimate video portrait of an artist who creates daily ritual by creating simple drawings with tea and ink.

April 19, 2012

Shoah: a Table of Elements

“The trade of chemist (fortified, in my case, by the experience of Auschwitz), teaches you to overcome, indeed to ignore, certain revulsions that are neither necessary nor congenital: matter is matter, neither noble nor vile, infinitely transformable, and its proximate origin is of no importance whatsoever. Nitrogen is nitrogen, it passes miraculously from the air into plants, from these into animals, and from animals into us; when its function in our body is exhausted, we eliminate it, but it still remains nitrogen, aseptic, innocent.”
—Primo Levi, The Periodic Table

The Holocaust represented a contradiction in perception: ordered, regimented evil and unrestrained, billowing pain. For decades, artists have sought to capture the ineffable destruction that befell the Jewish people.

February 14, 2012

Watch this mesmerizing video of Meredith Monk's "Songs of Ascension" being performed in Ann Hamilton's 78-foot tower.

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