Art and Culture

3 Baton Rouge museums showcase Louisiana in World War I

A trio of exhibits about Louisiana’s part in World War I will include a walk-through simulation of a trench on the Western Front, propaganda posters and a “trench art” vase made from a spent artillery shell. The Louisiana State Museum’s Capitol Park Museum , the Old state capitol Museum and the USS Kidd Veterans Museum …

Lead carver of Mount Rushmore honoured with plaque

KEYSTONE, S.D. — The chief carver of Mount Rushmore who was responsible for refining the expressions on the faces of the monument’s four presidents was honoured Saturday with a plaque that recognizes his work. Luigi Del Bianco was an Italian immigrant and stone carver whose job included the challenging tasks of sculpting Jefferson’s lips and …

African American museum in Illinois celebrates 2 decades

CARBONDALE, Ill. — The African American Museum of Southern Illinois is preparing to celebrate its 20th anniversary. The volunteer-run museum will be celebrating the milestone with a fundraising dinner at the Carbondale Civic Center on Sept. 23, the Southern Illinoisan reported. The event will feature a cocktail hour, dinner, music and a silent auction. Founder Corene McDaniel said she …

Gender diversity art show closed over protests in Brazil

SAO PAULO — An art exhibition on gender diversity was cancelled in Brazil in response to a social media campaign by conservative groups that accused the show and the bank sponsoring it of promoting blasphemy, pedophilia and bestiality. Among the criticized artworks are a box of Roman Catholic sacramental wafers labeled with the words for …

Calgary sculpture never meant to be Indigenous: mayor and Treaty 7 chiefs

Calgary’s mayor and seven chiefs in southern Alberta say a controversial sculpture along a city interchange was never meant to be Indigenous art. Naheed Nenshi and Treaty 7 leaders have released a joint statement about the Bowfort Towers sculpture, which some critics say appears to emulate Indigenous burial scaffolding. The steel-and-rock sculpture by New York …

Maine museum preserves Native American canoe from 1700s

BRUNSWICK, Maine — One of the oldest-known Native American birch-bark canoes will go on display at a Maine historical society museum, possibly as early as this fall. Carbon dating by the Pejepscot Historical Society in Brunswick shows the Wabanaki canoe was likely made sometime between 1729 and 1789. Museum records date the canoe to the …

Local artists evoke fear, suspense, horror at gallery

SALEM, Mass. — An arts organization in Massachusetts is presenting a show of local artists asked to evoke fear, suspense and horror. The Salem Arts Association says the show was inspired by the Peabody Essex Museum’s exhibition of classic horror and sci-fi art from the Kirk Hammett collection. The Peabody Essex Museum exhibit features 135 works, including posters from …

Vancouver library goes graphic, picking cartoonist as writer in residence

VANCOUVER — A library in British Columbia is colouring outside the lines with its writer-in-residence program and showing people that literature can be more than words on a page. Cartoonist Miriam Libicki is the Vancouver Public Library’s writer-in-residence for 2017, marking the first time the library has named a graphic novelist to the role since the program began …

Program supports those who practice, teach cultural crafts

YAKIMA, Wash. — Elza Paula Pinkham first learned bead work as a child, but she admits she didn’t pay close attention as her mother tried to teach her the traditional native craft. “Seventeen years ago I went to the store and got a book. I’ve been doing it every day since,” Pinkham said as she …

Susan Vreeland, who blended fiction, visual art, dies at 71

NEW YORK— Susan Vreeland, a popular and well-regarded novelist who blended her love for literature and visual art in “Girl in Hyacinth Blue” and other works of fiction, has died at age 71. Vreeland’s agent Barbara Braun said the author died Aug. 23 in San Diego after undergoing heart surgery. “She remained optimistic until the …

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