“Eat Pray Love” author Elizabeth Gilbert shares 11 ways to think smartly about creativity and how to live a meaningful creative life.

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When Dustin Yellin was eight years old, he buried a dollar bill, a pen and a fork inside a box, with the specific idea that aliens might find it in the future. It’s unclear what would happen then or, indeed, what happened to the box, but it did start Yellin on an artistic journey of discovery, one in which he still merrily makes boxes. Take a spin through the work (and mind) of a singular artist.

From left to right: Dylan Geil, Denise Kahler, Daniel Kish and Christine Sun Kim.  Photo by Ryan Lash/TED.

Artist and TED Fellow Christine Sun Kim, deaf since birth, talks with Daniel Kish, who lost his sight to cancer aged 13 months, about sound and sound “etiquette.”

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The grande dame of performance art explains why being vulnerable isn’t an option, it’s a way of life … and why humor is an important part of her work. Really.

To create new art, sculptor Brian Dettmer cuts up old books. See a gallery of his intricate, breathtaking creations.

From a distance, "Letter to Peter Parker" may seem relatively simple. But when you get up close, things get interesting. "The text repeats over and over and essentially thanks Peter Parker for all the reasons I used to relate to him as a kid," says Hetain Patel. "He helped make me who I am today.”

Take a closer look at a new sculpture by artist Hetain Patel which involves a fiberglass Spider-Man suit and a very fervent thank you letter.


As the Cooper Hewitt opens its doors after a three-year renovation, we take a look at what the curators have put together — including an exhibit put together by Maira Kalman and technology from Local Projects.