Post image for Hip-Hop, ‘Hamilton,’ and the Deficit of Diversity on Broadway

Broadway in 2015 still has a major deficit in diversity.

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Did Cooper Union Just Get a Second Chance?

by Hrag Vartanian on September 2, 2015

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They said it couldn’t be done, but today’s announcement by the Committee to Save Cooper Union (CSCU) suggests that the turmoil that has engulfed the beloved Manhattan university may be coming to an end.

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WASHINGTON, DC — If that video of pro surfer Mick Fanning’s near shark attack kept you out of the water this summer, you can still get some fin-free beach time in before Labor Day at the National Building Museum.

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Crimes of the Art

by Hrag Vartanian on September 1, 2015

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On this week’s art crime blotter: a Spanish town replaces a prehistoric tomb with a picnic table, Cossacks destroy a Mephistopheles sculpture, San Francisco sues a graffiti writer, and more.

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There are nearly as many smokers in China as there are Americans in the United States. That staggering statistic might help explain the central role cigarettes play in traditional Chinese weddings.

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Post image for From Beach Sandals to Ghost Nets, Artists Confront the Plastic Pollution of the Oceans

The rotating current of the North Pacific Gyre contains in its ocean vortex a cloud of plastic debris constantly moving below the surface, a marine hazard nicknamed the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.

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Post image for At Venice Biennale, Artists Stage a Pageant for Precarious Workers in Abu Dhabi

VENICE — When I arrived in Venice three weeks ago, I immediately headed to the tip of the Donsoduro to S.a.L.E. docks, a contemporary art space run by artist and activist Marco Baravalle. As part of its Biennale programming, the GULF Labor was set to have the Precarious Workers Pageant that evening.

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Post image for New Tests Date World’s Oldest Wood Carving to 11,000 Years Ago

The world’s oldest wood carving just got older.

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Events

ArtRx LA

by Matt Stromberg on September 1, 2015

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LOS ANGELES — This week, a group show tackles ocean pollution, a documentary on the photographer who shot Che screens, camp and kitsch comes to 356 Mission with the Seth Bogart Show, and more.

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Post image for Discovery of Ancient Greek ‘Palace’ Reveals Fragments of a Lost Language

The Greek Ministry of Culture announced on August 25 that since 2009, archaeologists at a Mycenaean palace on Aghios Vassilios Hill on Greece’s Sparta plain have unearthed numerous artifacts.

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