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In an undated photo from her estate, Kariamu Welsh in the 1970s, when she became a choreographer of Afrocentric dance.

Kariamu Welsh, pioneer of African dance studies, dies at 72

An early scholar of African diaspora dance who was professor emerita of dance at Temple University in Philadelphia and the artistic director of her own troupe, Kariamu & Company: Traditions, Kariamu Welsh was part of a cohort of artists and academics who were using dance to tell stories about the Black experience.

This May 2008 photo provided by Libby Lumpkin shows Mr. Hickey, left with Peter Schjeldahl.

Art critic Dave Hickey, known for book ‘Air Guitar’, dies at 82

Dave Hickey's stylish prose, brash criticism of taste-making institutions like museums and universities, and equal embrace of works considered both high- and low-brow left a lasting influence on a generation of artists and critics.

Mr. Sondheim

Stephen Sondheim, towering figure of American musical theater, dies at 91

A peerless musical dramatist who consistently challenged himself and audiences alike, Stephen Sondheim turned the Broadway stage into an arena for moral and psychological complexity in such works as “Sweeney Todd,” “Company,” “A Little Night Music,” and “Sunday in the Park with George."

Dave Hickey, left with Peter Schjeldahl. Hickey, a prominent American critic whose essays covered topics ranging from Liberace to Norman Rockwell, has died.

Art critic Dave Hickey, known for book ‘Air Guitar’, dies

Dave Hickey, a prominent American art critic whose essays covered topics ranging from Siegfried & Roy to Norman Rockwell, has died.

Sylvia Weinstock, master of the luxury wedding cake, dies at 91

To a certain set of white-gowned brides, the fairy-tale wedding wasn't complete without a Vera Wang dress, an elegant venue like the Carlyle hotel in Manhattan, and an eye-catching cake by Sylvia Weinstock, whose ornate, multitiered confections led Bon Appétit magazine to call her "the Leonardo da Vinci of wedding cakes."

Nathan Johnson, modernist architect of Black churches, dies at 96

A forward-thinking modernist Black architect, Nathan Johnson designed some of Detroit’s most iconic structures — 1960s-era churches — with sculptural brio and futuristic lines.

Native American singer Joanne Shenandoah posed at the ancient Oneida Indian village site known as Nichols Pond near Canastota, N.Y.

Joanne Shenandoah, celebrated Native American singer, dies

A member of the Wolf Clan of the Oneida Nation, Joanne Shenandoah grew up in central New York state and went on to win 14 Native American Music Awards, the most for a single artist.

Pamela Lowry, abortion rights advocate before Roe v. Wade, in 2007.

Pamela Lowry, who advocated for abortion rights before Roe v. Wade, dies at 77

Ms. Lowry was a champion of women’s rights who testified before the US Senate and a Massachusetts political operative who worked on campaigns for Michael Dukakis.