Art and Culture

2 newly confirmed van Gogh drawings on show in Netherlands

THE HAGUE, Netherlands—Two drawings of a hill in Paris have been confirmed as works by Vincent van Gogh and are going on display at a Dutch museum. The Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam said Tuesday that an 1886 drawing of Montmartre owned by the Van Vlissingen Art Foundation was recently confirmed as a work by …

Fire rips through maritime museum in Indonesian capital

JAKARTA, Indonesia — A fire ripped through a 17th century Dutch colonial building that houses a maritime museum in the Indonesian capital, causing extensive damage to its historical collections. Museum head Husni Zon Nizar said Tuesday there were no casualties from the fire that swept through one of the museum’s three historic buildings. He said the blaze destroyed models …

Thousands honour King at National Civil Rights Museum

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Thousands of people have celebrated Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday with song and dance at the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, Tennessee. The holiday weekend was a special father and son trip for Alan Williams and 14-year-old Alan Louis Williams. The pair from Tallahassee, Florida, visited important sites in King’s life, including the …

‘Sit down and shut up’: The best of Chris Christie’s 8 years

TRENTON, N.J. — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie leaves centre stage this week, but don’t expect him to sit down and shut up any time soon. The colorful, candid, at-times crude and historically unpopular two-term Republican governor, who captured national headlines with his unique turns-of-phrase and gigantic personality, leaves office Tuesday. He leaves behind eight …

Exhibit to explore Frederick Douglass’ visit to Ireland

HAMDEN, Conn. — A Connecticut museum dedicated to Irish history is launching an exhibition focusing on the time Frederick Douglass spent in the country in the 1840s. The exhibition at Ireland’s Great Hunger Institute at Quinnipiac University explores the impact that the poverty-ridden country had on the development of the anti-slavery campaigner. Douglass was in …

Soulpepper Theatre Company set to stage its next show after Schultz allegations

TORONTO — The show will go on at the Toronto-based Soulpepper Theatre Company. On Saturday, just over a week after four actresses filed separate lawsuits against the company and its founding artistic director Albert Schultz, the theatre will start running its next production: American playwright Edward Albee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning “A Delicate Balance.” “Soulpepper Theatre Company …

Boston museum re ups $10M reward for return of art

BOSTON — The $10 million reward offered by a Boston museum for information that leads to the return of more than a half-billion dollars’ worth of stolen art isn’t expiring after all. The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum announced Thursday that it’s extending the reward for the largest art heist in U.S. history that had expired …

NYC to keep controversial statues but add historical markers

NEW YORK — A commission created to figure out what to do with controversial statues and monuments on New York City property has recommended that most be kept where they are with historical markers added to give additional context. The Mayoral Advisory Commission on City Art, Monuments and Markers was put together by Democratic Mayor …

Royal B.C. Museum nominates Indigenous music collection for UNESCO program

VICTORIA—Her life was steeped in classical music, but Ida Halpern was passionate about the songs of British Columbia’s Indigenous people, music she set out to prove was equal to that of Bach and Mozart. Halpern’s more than 500 recordings, transcriptions and handwritten notes comprise a unique Indigenous collection at the Royal B.C. Museum. The work …

Longview Museum of Fine Arts celebrating 60th anniversary

LONGVIEW, Texas — In 1958, a group of Longview women decided the city needed some culture. The Longview News-Journal reports the only problem was that none of them had the art, location or money needed to start the museum they envisioned. Sixty years later, the Longview Museum of Fine Arts has amassed a collection of …

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