Friday’s Art Notes

BY Molly Finnegan  August 6, 2010 at 12:27 PM EDT

Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/ Getty Images

A member of staff at The Victoria and Albert Museum admires a giant painted theatrical front cloth designed by Pablo Picasso and displayed on August 5, 2010 in London. The cloth appeared in the Ballets Russes performance of ‘Le Train Bleu’ in 1924 and is being hung at the V & A as part of their Autumn exhibition ‘Diaghilev and the Golden Age of the Ballets Russes 1909-1929’, which opens September 25 and runs until January 9, 2011. Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/ Getty Images

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A holocaust documentary about an unfinished Nazi propaganda film will keep its R-rating despite an appeal to the Classification and Rating Administration, via the New York Times.

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A film about the life of Grateful Dead frontman Jerry Garcia will not be allowed to use any of his music, via Variety.

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President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle will act as honorary chairs for a Washington theater company when it reopens after renovations this fall, via Playbill.

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NPR visits the Museum of Bad Art.

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The band Arcade Fire releases a “synchronized artwork” (an .mp4 movie file) that is meant to play simultaneously with their new album, “The Suburbs,” a strategy for trying to revive fans’ interest in album art and discouraging illegal downloads by offering an aesthetic bonus, via ARTINFO .

Also, Arcade Fire and film director Terry Gilliam teamed up this week to shoot a concert documentary in New York, via The New York Times.