Culture Canvas

BY Tom LeGro and Annie Strother  May 17, 2012 at 12:32 PM EDT

A weekly roundup of arts and culture headlines.

Click to enlarge. Photo by Alfredo Estrella/AFP/Getty Images. A man carries a portrait of late Mexican writer Carlos Fuentes at the Fine Art Palace in Mexico City on Wednesday. Fuentes died Tuesday at age 83.

Ray Suarez talked to Ilan Stavans of Amherst College on Wednesday about Fuentes’ life and legacy.

On NPR, writer Alan Cheuse remembers Fuentes: “Let’s say we had a few cups of a certain liquid long before the reading was supposed to begin. And we got to the top of the steps at this amphitheater, and he tripped and tumbled head over heels all the way down this long flight of stairs, picked himself up like an acrobat and turned to the audience and said: Behold, I am here.”

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The New York Times looked at a collaboration by husband-wife duo Alicia Hall Moran and Jason Moran at the Whitney Museum called “Bleed.” (Jeffrey Brown recently talked to Moran about his new role at the Kennedy Center.)

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For the fifth time in three years, the Museum for African Art has been forced to delay opening, via the New York Times.

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The Cannes film festival opened Wednesday with “Moonrise Kingdom,” director Wes Anderson’s highly anticipated new film. The Guardian notes that “Moonrise Kingdom” was the “first of 22 films competing for the Palme D’Or, none of which was made by a female director.”

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The Milwaukee Art Museum has proposed a new $5 million building, part of a larger $15 million project to reorganize and renovate the museum, via the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

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Comedian and talk show host Ellen DeGeneres was selected by the Kennedy Center to receive this year’s Mark Twain Prize for American Humor, via the Washington Post.

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Pop star Lady Gaga was refused a permit to perform in Indonesia next month over security concerns. Islamic groups voiced strong objections to her “vulgar” style, via Reuters.

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Architect Frank Gehry unveiled changes to the proposed memorial honoring Dwight D. Eisenhower. “The changes are designed to quiet months of roiling criticism that the original failed to adequately reflect the scope of the 34th president’s achievements,” via the Washington Post.

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Preserving street murals is tricky, via the Wall Street Journal.

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A Kickstarter for Shakespeare and art museum tour for people with Alzheimer’s, via NPR.

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Donna Summer, the “Queen of Disco,” died Thursday morning at the age of 63 after a battle with cancer. (The Associated Press)


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Chuck Brown, the “Godfather of Go-Go,” died Wednesday at age 75. Brown had been hospitalized for pneumonia. (The Washington Post) For more on Brown and go-go, read Art Beat’s interview with him from last year.