Monday’s Art Notes

BY Tom LeGro  August 8, 2011 at 11:34 AM EST

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The new “Slinky Springs to Fame” bridge is illuminated at night in the western German city of Oberhausen. The 350-meter-long bridge was designed by German artist T. Rehberger. Photo by Roland Weihrauch/AFP/Getty Images.

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Congress and Kennedy Center officials are being blamed for extensive budget and staff cuts to VSA, the nation’s leading arts education organization for the disabled. In mid-July, the Kennedy Center reduced VSA’s office from 35 staff members to seven. VSA’s federal funding, which was $9 million in last year’s budget, will probably be a third of that in the upcoming fiscal year, via the Washington Post.

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The Edgar Allan Poe home and museum in Baltimore may close due to lack of funds, via the New York Times.

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Chinese artist Ai Weiwei posted his first updates to Twitter over the weekend since being released from government detention, via the Wall Street Journal.

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The Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library plans to ship copies of “Slaughterhouse-Five” to families in Republic, Mo., who ask for them after a southwest Missouri high school banned one of the author’s best-known books, via the Associated Press.

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The ‘Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty’ exhibition at the Met, which closed Sunday night, was the eighth most attended show at the museum, via ARTINFO.