• Blood from gay donors in art exhibit protesting FDA's ban

    Updated: Thu, Aug 13, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A Washington museum will exhibit a sculpture that uses the blood of nine gay, bisexual and transgender men to protest the federal ban on blood donations from men who have sex with other men. The American University Museum will showcase Jordan Eagles' sculpture, entitled "Jordan Eagles: Blood Mirror," in an exhibit opening Sept. 12. The artwork includes blood donations encased in resin. Blood for the exhibit came from nine accomplished people who are banned from donating blood. Eagles is known for using blood in his artwork. Showcasing blood in an exhibit may sound gruesome to some, but the piece is "quite elegant and beautiful," said Museum Director Jack Rasmussen. The artwork is a three-sided rectan

  • Artist outraged at 'plagiarism' of his sculpture in China

    Updated: Thu, Aug 13, 2015

    LONDON (AP) — Renowned artist Anish Kapoor has expressed outrage about the appearance of a sculpture in China that appears identical to his "Cloud Gate" in Chicago. Representatives of the British-Indian sculptor said Wednesday he was shocked at the "blatant plagiarism" of his sculpture, a giant, mirrored piece displayed in Chicago's Millennium Park that reflects the city's skyline. Reports in China, including one from state-run media People's Daily, say a "stainless steel sculpture in the shape of an oil bubble" will be unveiled later this month in Karamay, a city in the far northwestern region of Xinjiang known for its rich oil fields. Work on the sculpture began in 2013, at the site of the city's first oil well.

  • Artist outraged at 'plagiarism' of his sculpture in China

    Updated: Thu, Aug 13, 2015

    LONDON (AP) — Renowned artist Anish Kapoor has expressed outrage about the appearance of a sculpture in China that appears identical to his "Cloud Gate" in Chicago. Representatives of the British-Indian sculptor said Wednesday he was shocked at the "blatant plagiarism" of his sculpture, a giant, mirrored piece displayed in Chicago's Millennium Park that reflects the city's skyline. Reports in China, including one from state-run media People's Daily, say a "stainless steel sculpture in the shape of an oil bubble" will be unveiled later this month in Karamay, a city in the far northwestern region of Xinjiang known for its rich oil fields. Work on the sculpture began in 2013, at the site of the city's first oil well.

  • Art shows, music, food highlight Norman's monthly walk

    BY JANE GLENN CANNON Staff Writer jcannon@oklahoman.com | Published: Thu, Aug 13, 2015

    The monthly art walk is a celebration of local artists, shops, galleries, venues and restaurants in downtown Norman.

  • Napa art curator pleads guilty to wildlife trafficking

    Updated: Wed, Aug 12, 2015

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Federal authorities say the owner of a fine art and antique gallery in Napa has pleaded guilty to conspiring with European vendors to illegally ship turtle, whale and seal parts to his gallery. United States Attorney Melinda Haag said Wednesday Michael Polenske admitted in federal court to conspiring from 2007 through 2011 to sell wildlife that he knew or should have known was possessed, transported, and sold in violation of federal laws. Haag says the items shipped to the 53-year-old's Napa gallery included a sea turtle shell protected by the Endangered Species Act in September 2011. He also admitted to selling and purchasing for sale other sea turtle shells, whale bones, orca jaws, and a seal he

  • AP-RI--Rhode Island News Digest 6 pm, RI

    Updated: Wed, Aug 12, 2015

    Hello! Here's a look at how AP's general news coverage is shaping up in Rhode Island. Questions about coverage plans are welcome and should be directed to AP Providence at 401-274-2270, or approvidence@ap.org. Sylvia Lee Wingfield is on the desk. AP-New England News Editor Bill Kole can be reached at 617-357-8100 or bkole@ap.org. AP Providence correspondent Michelle R. Smith can be reached at 401-274-2270 or mrsmith@ap.org. A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change. Expected stories may not develop, or late-breaking and more newsworthy events may take precedence. Advisories and digests will keep you up to date. All times are Eastern.

  • Court sketches of Tom Brady cause social media flurry

    Updated: Wed, Aug 12, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) — A courtroom artist whose gaunt sketches of Tom Brady at the first "Deflategate" civil suit hearing in Manhattan federal court led to a Twitter flurry says it's her job to show what's going on. Jane Rosenberg's drawings of the New England Patriots quarterback Wednesday were compared with everything from "Lurch" in "The Addams Family" to the figure in Edvard Munch's "The Scream." See a sampling of the sketch and the memes here: http://bit.ly/1P7Cp89 Rosenberg told the Boston Herald: "I don't try to be different, I try to draw what I see." She told The Boston Globe: "I don't tend to flatter people and make them look beautiful." She says Brady spent most of the hearing checking his cellphone, frowning

  • The Latest: Brady, Goodell leave court after hearing, talks

    Updated: Wed, Aug 12, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — Here are the latest developments in a federal court hearing in football's "Deflategate" scandal, with the NFL, the players' union and superstar quarterback Tom Brady at odds about a four game suspension he received for using underinflated footballs (all times local): 5:40 p.m. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and contingents of lawyers for the league and players' union have left a federal courthouse after a full day of talks with a judge aimed at settling the "Deflategate" scandal that's enveloped football this offseason. Goodell walked out of a Manhattan courthouse about 10 minutes after Brady exited, with some spectators shouting "cheater, cheater" toward the

  • Replica of Lynchburg's first public statue unveiled

    Updated: Wed, Aug 12, 2015

    LYNCHBURG, Va. (AP) — A replica of a historic downtown Lynchburg statue has been unveiled about three years after the 1883 artwork collapsed. Multiple media outlets report that the city's newly cast form of an androgynous water bearer was unveiled Tuesday during the opening of a $5.8 million pedestrian project. The original water bearer had been installed as the city's first public statue, but the zinc artwork fell under its own weight and shattered in 2012. Artist Ken Faraoni says he made the new statue out of bronze because it is a more enduring medium than zinc. City leaders hope the water bearer will be the first of many public art displays on the newly opened Bluffwalk, a pedestrian mall linking Commerce and Jeff

  • Three shows at JRB in Oklahoma City reveal distinctive styles

    By John Brandenburg  For The Oklahoman  | Published: Wed, Aug 12, 2015

    On view at JRB Art at the Elms in Oklahoma City are the eye-catching acrylic landscapes of Jim Keffer and mixed media works by Robert Peterson and Michael Hatcher.

  • Spanish police fly to Corsica to retrieve Picasso work

    Updated: Tue, Aug 11, 2015

    MADRID (AP) — Spanish police say they have sent a team of experts to the French island of Corsica to retrieve a Picasso painting owned by a Spanish banker. Authorities in Spain say the 1906 painting — "Head of a Young Woman" — is a national treasure and could not be taken out of the country. A spokesman for Spain's Civil Guard said four police experts in national heritage and several Culture Ministry officials flew early Tuesday to recover the painting that is valued at 24 million euros ($26 million). The officer said they expect to return with the painting later Tuesday. He was speaking on condition of anonymity in keeping with police regulations. The painting, owned by Jaime Botin, was seized by Fren

  • BC-MS--Mississippi News Digest 1:30 pm, MS

    Updated: Tue, Aug 11, 2015

    Good afternoon. Here's a look at how AP's general news coverage is shaping up in Mississippi. Questions about coverage plans are welcome and should be directed to the AP-Jackson bureau at 601-948-5897 or jkme@ap.org or AP-New Orleans at 504-523-3931 or nrle@ap.org. Jack Elliott Jr. is on the desk in Jackson, followed by Chevel Johnson in New Orleans. AP-Mississippi State Editor Jim Van Anglen can be reached at 404-653-8460 or JVanAnglen@ap.org. A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change. Expected stories may not develop, or late-breaking and more newsworthy events may take precedence. Advisories and digests will keep you up to date. All times are Central.

  • Nonprofit fills empty spaces in NYC with art exhibitions

    Updated: Tue, Aug 11, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — No Longer Empty is a nonprofit arts group that installs exhibitions in empty and underutilized spaces throughout New York City. But it does more than transform empty storefronts into temporary exhibition space. All its projects relate to the building's history and its neighborhood. The group also involves community participation and discussion months before an exhibition is launched. It got its start in 2009 with a show about the financial crisis in a former fish-and-tackle store in Chelsea. Since then, other locations have included the Old Bronx Borough Courthouse that's been abandoned for 37 years. In most cases No Longer Empty researches and finds the space. But sometimes it's invited to produce an

  • NYC arts group launches initiatives to help homeless youth

    Updated: Mon, Aug 10, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — A New York City arts group is launching social media and emerging artist-in-residence programs to help underserved youth reach their potential. Art Start also will have two portrait installations. One, which focuses on homeless youth, opens Aug. 24. The other, which profiles homeless families, opens in October. They're sponsored by the Howard Hughes Corporation. They're happening at the new Seaport Culture District at the South Street Seaport. The online campaign invites public dialogue. Art Start Director Johanna de los Santos says the hashtag #SeeMeBecause conveys a message: "Don't just look at me. Really see me.

  • Edmond bronzes restored to shine one piece at a time

    BY DIANA BALDWIN Staff Writer dbaldwin@oklahoman.com | Published: Mon, Aug 10, 2015

    Restorer has contract to work on Edmond's 162 public bronze statues. The federal statue honoring the victims of the Edmond Post Office killings is a project he's handling for free.

  • African art museum in Maine is moving to New Hampshire

    Updated: Sun, Aug 9, 2015

    PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) — An African art museum that's been in Maine for more than a decade is moving to New Hampshire. Oscar Mokeme tells the Sun Journal (http://bit.ly/1MiRupH ) he feels he's being called to move the Museum of African Art & Culture to New Hampshire. The Nigerian native has been collecting African art for 40 years and opened the museum in Portland, Maine, in 1998. Mokeme says the museum's masks, costumes, photographs and artifacts are expressions of emotion. He says they speak out against "racism, intolerance and the stagnation of the human mind." He expects to reopen near the African Burying Ground in Portsmouth.

  • Helen Ford Wallace: Parties, Etc.: Aug. 9

    By Helen Ford Wallace hwallace@Oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, Aug 9, 2015

    Summer Supper, Wine and Art, Birthday Party, Women's Golf Association Gala

  • Oklahoma City Philharmonic's 27th season promises musical diversity

    By Rick Rogers  For The Oklahoman | Published: Sun, Aug 9, 2015

    The Oklahoma City Philharmonic's 2015-16 classics season showcases works by two dozen composers representing 10 nationalities. The musical selections span three centuries, from a 1782 overture by Mozart to a concerto that was premiered one year ago.

  • C. Renzi Stone becomes board chairman for Allied Arts in Oklahoma City

    From staff reports  | Published: Sun, Aug 9, 2015

    C. Renzi Stone will serve as Allied Arts board chairman for 2015-17, the nonprofit serving the Oklahoma City area announced.

  • Oklahoma nonprofit highlights

    From Staff Reports | Published: Sun, Aug 9, 2015

    Oklahoma nonprofit highlights




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