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Arts Post: January 16, 2011 - January 22, 2011

Sitar appoints Dwyer as interim executive director

Maureen Dwyer. (Evy Mages/For The Washington Post)Sitar Arts Center has appointed Maureen Dwyer, one of its original administrators, to the post of interim executive director. Dwyer was actually the first hire at Sitar 12 years ago. "We were then serving...

By Jacqueline Trescott  | January 21, 2011; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Jacqueline Trescott, Local Arts and Culture, appointments  | Tags:  Maureen Dwyer, Sitar Arts Center, arts education  
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Conservative Republicans pledge to eliminate cultural funding

To no one's surprise, the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities have been targeted for zero funding by a group of conservative Republicans. The Republican Study Committee, chaired by Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), unveiled...

By Jacqueline Trescott  | January 20, 2011; 6:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Jacqueline Trescott, National Endowment for the Arts, national endowment for the humanities  | Tags:  National Endowment for the Arts, Rep. Jim Jordan, Rep. Louise Slaughter, Republican Study Committee  
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Frank Gehry refines his Eisenhower Memorial design

A rendering of the Frank Gehry design. (Courtesy Gehry Partners) Architect Frank Gehry made an official presentation this afternoon to the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts, one of the oversight panels that must approve his designs for a new...

By Philip Kennicott  | January 20, 2011; 3:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Architecture, Philip Kennicott, Urban Design  
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Gray asks cultural groups to keep the arts accessible

Vincent Gray. (Marvin Joseph/Post)In his first speech as mayor to arts groups, D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray said the city's financial struggles are difficult but the local arts groups should continue to help make Washington a world-class city.M/p> "We have...

By Jacqueline Trescott  | January 20, 2011; 2:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Jacqueline Trescott, Local Arts and Culture  | Tags:  Cultural Tourism DC, Vincent C. Gray, Washington mayor on the arts  
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Smithsonian explains merchandise selection

The presidential statuettes. As a follow-up to a complaint by Sen. Bernard Sanders (I-Vt.) about the Chinese-made products in the gift shop of the National Museum of American History, the Smithsonian Institution late Wednesday issued its buying guidelines. The statement...

By Jacqueline Trescott  | January 19, 2011; 7:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Jacqueline Trescott, Museums, Smithsonian  | Tags:  Brent Glass, National Museum of American History, Sen. Bernard Sanders, Smithsonian gift shops  
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Banksy may be revealed

An art lover admires a painting by Banksy entitled "Bomb Love." (Getty)The identity of iconic street artist "Banksy" just might be revealed to the public - or not. An eBay auction that was scheduled to end tonight promised the winner...

By Erin Williams  | January 19, 2011; 4:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Sen. Sanders questions Chinese products at the Smithsonian

The presidential statuettes. While Sen. Bernard Sanders (I-Vt.) was doing some shopping right before Christmas at the National Museum of American History, he noticed some of the presidential statuettes were made in China. He wasn't surprised but worried about the...

By Jacqueline Trescott  | January 19, 2011; 2:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Jacqueline Trescott, Museums, Smithsonian  | Tags:  American manufacturing, Chinese manufacturing, National Museum of American History, Sen. Bernard Sanders, Smithsonian Institution  
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Mayor Gray to discuss arts and culture

Mayor Vincent C. Gray is scheduled to outline his policies on arts and culture in Washington at the annual meeting of Cultural Tourism DC on Thursday. This address is his first as elected mayor to a group of cultural...

By Jacqueline Trescott  | January 19, 2011; 1:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Jacqueline Trescott, Local Arts and Culture, Washington artists  | Tags:  Cultural Tourism DC, Vincent C. Gray, arts and culture in Washington  
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Lincoln's coat returns to Ford's Theatre

The original wool overcoat worn by President Lincoln the night of his assassination in 1865 will be placed back on display next month, Ford's Theatre announced. The historic artifact is rotated off exhibition every six months because of the delicate...

By Jacqueline Trescott  | January 18, 2011; 6:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Jacqueline Trescott, Museums, Theater  | Tags:  Abraham Lincoln, Ford's Theatre, Lincoln overcoat, Washington museum  
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Clough pledges to continue "Hide/Seek" conversation

The issues raised by his decision to remove a controversial video from the "Hide/Seek: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture" exhibit will be fully explored in a public forum in April, Smithsonian Secretary G. Wayne Clough said Monday. "I know...

By Jacqueline Trescott  | January 18, 2011; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Jacqueline Trescott, Museums, Smithsonian  | Tags:  A Fire in My Belly, Smithsonian Institution, Wayne Clough, national portrait gallery  
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Museum of Censored Art Tallies Over 1500 Visitors So Far

No sign of G. Wayne Clough yet. But Hide/Seek co-curator David Ward and 1535 others have stopped by since Mike Dax Iacovone and Mike Blasenstein opened their Museum of Censored Art in front of the Portrait Gallery complex last...

By Jessica Dawson  | January 18, 2011; 9:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Jessica Dawson, Museums, Smithsonian  
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