Born on this day in 1882, N. C. Wyeth’s vibrant illustrations brought many beloved tales to life. This painting captures the dramatic moment in “The Odyssey of Homer” when the disguised Ulysses reveals himself to his wife’s suitors by effortlessly using his own bow, which others had tried but would only bend for him.

The Trial of the Bow,” 1929, by N. C. Wyeth

Happy birthday to iconic American artist, Robert Rauschenberg, who was born on this day in 1925. Rauschenberg challenged traditional categories of art through his inventive combinations of subject matter, materials, and processes. In this brightly colored work, the artist juxtaposed found images and abstract shapes using paint and traditional silk screening. To view more works by Rauschenberg in the Museum collection click here.

Flush,” 1964, by Robert Rauschenberg (Art © Estate of Robert Rauschenberg/Used with permission of the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation)

From the National Museum of Health and Medicine: “Take a look: NMHM is hosting a unique art show from artist J.J. Lendl: “The X-Files Poster Project.” Lendl’s posters capture the show’s unique tone, blending art, entertainment and science. The posters first debuted on 20th Century Fox’s official social media channels as part of the “201 Days of The X-Files” campaign celebrating the first nine X-Files seasons and promoting last winter’s 2016 season. Posters will be on display at NMHM through October. And “The X-Files” will be featured in this month’s #SciCafe with the show’s science advisor Prof. Anne Simon.”

Adiós, “Amor.”  We’ve loved having Robert Indiana’s colorful sculpture atop our famous steps, but sadly, it’s time for us to say goodbye. Your last chance to see “Amor” at the Museum will be this Sunday.

“AMOR,” 1998, by Robert Indiana © 2015 Morgan Art Foundation. Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

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Get ready for #ShelfLife Season 2 with a look at the first season. Episode 02 features a brief yet discerning history of scientific classification.