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Featured Artwork of the Day: Rudi Gernreich (American, born Austria, 1922–1985) | Dress | late 1960s

We’re roaring with excitement! The Smithsonian's National Zoo welcomed two Sumatran tiger cubs Monday evening! These cubs are a conservation success. Sumatran tigers are critically endangered in the wild, so every cub counts! Read all about the cubs and the births: We are giving Damai time to bond with and care for her cubs. They most likely will not be on exhibit until late fall. In the meantime, you can watch them grow on the Zoo’s tiger cub cams.

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Art and aviation? Leonardo da Vinci, a master of his surroundings, was clearly inspired by the world around him. "Codex on the Flight of Bird," an 18-page notebook containing detailed observations on aerodynamics shows his interest in human flight by exploring bird flight and behavior. This sketch depicts a pilot’s position in a flying machine, upper right. Leonardo talks about how the pilot shifts body position to balance the machine, much like in a modern hang glider. From Sept. 12 to Oct. 22, ”Codex on the Flight of Birds” will be displayed in the National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution's gallery that houses the 1903 Wright flyer—though Leonardo preceded the invention of the airplane by 400 years. More info: (Photo by Smithsonian Libraries)

Mick Jones of The Clash once said that punk in its purest form only lasted 100 days. So too will “PUNK: Chaos to Couture,” which closes after 100 days on August 14. This exhibition features approximately 100 designs for men and women and examines punk’s impact on high fashion from the movement's birth in the early 1970s through its continuing influence today. Have you visited “PUNK”? D.I.Y.: Graffiti and Agritpop Gallery View

In the fifth to third centuries B.C., art, architecture, theater, poetry, philosophy, and science flourished in Sicily. The exhibit "Sicily: Art and Invention between Greece and Rome" closes on August 19th at the Getty Villa. Come see this extraordinary exhibit before its treasures cross the sea. [Incense Burner Supported by Nike, artist unknown, about 500–480 B.C.]

In the play "Prometheus Bound," Prometheus is chained to a cliff for daring to steal fire from the gods to help humankind. This captivating story will be performed live at the Getty Villa's outdoor classical theater in September! Tickets are now on sale: ["Prometheus Bound," 1762 by Nicolas-Sébastien Adam. Collection of the Louvre Museum]

Given by John D. Rockefeller Jr. in time for the opening of The Cloisters in 1938, the Unicorn Tapestries are its best-known masterpieces; yet, seventy-five years later, their history and meaning remain elusive. “Search for the Unicorn,” closing next Sunday, invites audiences to see the Unicorn Tapestries anew, as the finest expression of a subject widely treated across cultures. The Unicorn Defends Itself (from the Unicorn Tapestries) | 1495–1505 | South Netherlandish

Featured Artwork of the Day: Lippo Memmi (Filippo di Memmo) (Italian, active by 1317–died 1356) | Saint Clare | ca. 1300

Art or Science: Did you collect a few seashells on your beach trip this summer? Now, what to do with them... Yoichirō Hirase, a prominent malacologist (mollusk scientist) in Japan, was inspired to write a book based on his collection of over 3,500 seashells. By cutting them at different angles, he found the cross sections so strange and interesting that he used ink to stamp them on paper. These “inside wonders” created interesting patterns which he further explored with illustrator Jun Nishikawa. The result of their efforts, "Kaigara Danmen Zuan," has over fifty pages of designs based on the cross sections of 12 different shells. More info: (Image from Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum)

John Everett Millais’s Ophelia | Tate

Perhaps to appreciate this picture, one has to be a water baby – the type of person happiest when swimming, or soaking in a deep bath; someone who …

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Pretty pleased to see we've got Ophelia next to the buddlia by the Irwell #arteverywhere #salford

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Jean-Michel Basquiat (whom we lost on this day in 1988) once said: "I don't listen to what art critics say. I don't know anybody who needs a critic to find out what art is." Check out our collection of art inspired by Basquiat: Jean-Michel Basquiat in his studio, 1985. Photo credit: Lizzie Himmel

“While couture is defined by its high aesthetic quality and punk by its low aesthetic quality, both rely on the same impulse of originality and individuality.”– Curator Andrew Bolton. “PUNK: Chaos to Couture” closes today! If you can’t make it to the exhibition, take a guided tour with this video narrated by Andrew Bolton: How do you think punk has influenced high fashion?

The (free) publication that accompanies our exhibition "Kitasono Katue: Surrealist Poet" is a work of art in and of itself. Check out collector (and exhibition lender) John Solt's thoughts on Kitasono's extraordinary oeuvre:

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The Patti Cadby Birch Court is a vital part of the new galleries for Islamic art, which opened in 2011. Built by a team of experts—from curators and historians to designers and craftsmen—over many months, this Moroccan court provides an experience of space and architecture while demonstrating artistic traditions that still thrive in the Islamic world. This video documents the creation of the court using traditional 15th-century methods:

“Search for the Unicorn: An Exhibition in Honor of The Cloisters' 75th Anniversary” closes Sunday. This exhibition features some forty works of art from the Middle Ages through the Renaissance. If you can’t make it to The Cloisters, view exhibition objects on our website: The Unicorn in Captivity | 1495–1505 | South Netherlandish

Associated with royalty and symbolizing beauty, immortality and exoticism, the peacock has long been a favorite motif of artists. View depictions of the bird on our Pinterest board, The Radiant Peacock. René-Jules Lalique (French, 1860–1945) | Pendant | ca. 1901

If only our candle holders still looked like this. Check out other decorative arts and design objects on view here at LACMA: Edward Barnard and Rebecca Emes, Vase with Candelabrum Branches, 1824–25, long-term loan from The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Collection on loan to the Victoria and Albert Museum, London (L.2010.9.36a–d)

Torafu’s Haunted Art Gallery for Kids at the Tokyo Museum of Contemporary Art | Colossal

<p>In an attempt to better engage the youngest visitors to the Museum of Contemporary Art in Tokyo, Torafu Architects created a special art gallery …

82nd & Fifth: "The Choice" by Walter Liedtke

82nd & Fifth: ARRESTING by Charles Little This sculpture depicts three significant events during Christ’s arrest in the garden at Gethsemane. “Amongst the violence and the chaos, you have to dissect the beauty and the tranquility that’s taking place here,” says curator Charles Little. Zoom in on the relief to see details of the key events that occurred in the final hours of Jesus’s life: Relief of the Betrayal and Arrest of Jesus (detail) | 1264–88 | Made in Amiens, Picardy, France

This floral tile was just one of many pieces of colorful building embellishment in 15th-century greater Iran. It's just one of a number of pieces comprising our collection of Islamic art on view. Tile, 15th century (greater Iran), the Madina Collection of Islamic Art, gift of Camilla Chandler Frost (M.2002.1.19)

INSPIRATION: Extraordinary Abstract Artist, Victor Pasmore

Victor Pasmore was one of the greatest British abstract artists of the 20th century. Born in 1908, he was educated at Harrow and the Summer Fields …