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A Ukrainian Catholic Church Declares Taras Polataiko’s Sleeping Beauty Project “Lesbian Propaganda”

CHICAGO — Fairytales are make-believe until a country’s Catholic Church decides to protest them.

Ukranian-Canadian artist Taras Polataiko’s experimental performance artwork “Sleeping Beauty,” a modern-day retelling of the titular fairytale restaged at the National Museum of Art Ukraine from August 22 to September 9, has been decreed “lesbian propaganda” by the Kiev Byzantine Catholic Patriarchate Church.

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Dancing Outlawed at the Brooklyn Museum

Museums all want to be popular with their local audiences, courting art fans with lectures, events, and activities. But what happens when a museum gets a little too popular? The Brooklyn Museum has been forced to alter its Target-sponsored free First Saturdays because the monthly parties are getting too crazy. In a Pleasantvillian touch, dancing has been outlawed.

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Trading Public Art for Social Services?

England has been facing austerity measures and budget cuts for the past few years, particularly in the arts, but this particular case seems to present a poignant illustration of the conflict between economic hardship and visual art. A Henry Moore sculpture first installed in a public housing development might be sold for $32 million to pay for social services in London’s Tower Hamlets borough.