Monday’s Art Notes

BY Molly Finnegan  May 10, 2010 at 10:20 AM EST

An installation by Cameroonian artist Barthelemy Toguo. Photo credit by Moussa Sow/ AFP/ Getty Images

An installation by Cameroonian artist Barthelemy Toguo. Toguo and and Senegalese Soly Cisse are presenting their works during the Contemporary African Art Biennial, Dak’Art, which takes place in Dakar from May 7 to June 7, 2010. Photo credit by Moussa Sow/ AFP/ Getty Images

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Legendary performer Lena Horne died at age 92. Read more about Horne’s life and watch past NewsHour and Art Beat segments about her here, plus watch the NewsHour tonight for more coverage.

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Italy’s culture minister has said he is declining his invitation to the Cannes Film Festival after learning that it has accepted a film that satirizes Prime Minister Silivio Berlusconi’s response to the deadly 2009 earthquake in L’Aquila, via Reuters.

The festival is also wrestling with the impact of more recent natural disasters — like the storms that battered the coast last week and the continuing air travel havoc wreaked by the Icelandic volcano Eyjafjallajokull.

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The house where Truman Capote wrote “In Cold Blood” and “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” goes up for sale for the first time in 70 years, via Flavorwire.

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Philosophy writer Alain de Botton, who last fall had a week-long stint as writer-in-residence at Heathrow Airport, has a new not-for-profit plan to make modern architecture more accesible to the greater public, via the Guardian”:http://www.guardian.co.uk/artanddesign/2010/may/09/alain-de-botton-modernist-houses.