In Brief

Post image for When in Rome, Refrain from Carving Your Initials into Ancient Buildings

A 42-year-old Russian tourist visiting Rome was arrested and fined €20,000 (~$25,000) for carving a “K” nearly 10 inches tall into a wall inside the Colosseum, the first century CE amphitheater.

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Post image for Smithsonian: Exhibiting Cosby Collection “Does Not Imply Any Position on the Serious Allegations”

After last week’s radio silence, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art has released a new statement acknowledging the rape allegations against Bill Cosby.

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Post image for St. Louis Museums Close Following Grand Jury Decision on Michael Brown Case

Museums in St. Louis are closed today due to the protests that have been underway in the suburb of Ferguson since last night, when the grand jury in the Michael Brown murder case announced its decision not to indict officer Darren Wilson.

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Post image for Frida Kahlo’s Studio and Garden Will Spring Up in New York

Frida Kahlo will have her first solo show in New York City in more than 25 years, at the New York Botanical Garden, of all places.

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Post image for The Met Museum Nets Major Collection of Outsider Art from the South

The Metropolitan Museum has just received gift of 57 works by African American artists from the southern United States from collector William Arnett’s Souls Grown Deep Foundation.

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Post image for 90 Human Rights Groups Call for Migrant Labor Reform in Gulf States

Ahead of a meeting of labor ministers from Gulf and Asian states later this week, Human Rights Watch released a call for the reform of laws protecting migrant workers co-signed by 90 human rights organizations and unions worldwide.

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Post image for Feminists and WWII Museum Reach Armistice in Battle Over Controversial Statue

A French feminist organization has scored a partial victory in its petition to have a sculpture it claims is sexist removed from the exterior of the Mémorial de Caen, a World War II memorial and museum in the Lower Normandy city.

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Post image for Great Balls of Ire: Oil Company Rips Off Brooklyn Artist

An advertising campaign for Shell featuring a giant red ball has one Brooklyn artist feeling blue.

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Post image for Chicago Park Advocates Fight ‘Star Wars’ Museum with the Force (of the Law)

“The Preservationists Strike Back” could be the title for the latest episode in the saga of Star Wars director George Lucas’s planned $300 million Lucas Museum of Narrative Arts on the Lake Michigan waterfront in Chicago.

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Post image for Empty Vitrines at British Institutions Call for Copyright Reform

Museums and libraries in the United Kingdom are demanding copyright reform by leaving exhibits and display cases conspicuously empty in protest. The institutions are making a stand against a law that prevents them from showing millions of unpublished documents, particularly those dating from World War I.

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