Thursday’s Art Notes

BY Molly Finnegan  September 16, 2010 at 12:01 PM EDT

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Visitors walk past the paintings ‘Pelican and other water birds’ by Dutch painter Melchior d’Hondecoeter (1636-1695) presented as an installation within an exhibition featuring work by Dutch artist Willem de Rooij at the Neue Nationalgalerie in Berlin. The exhibition opens for the public on September 18, 2010 and runs until January 2, 2011. Photo by Johannes Eisele/ AFP/ Getty Images

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Warner Bros. has given the National Museum of American History a $5 million donation to build a new movie theater in order to produce regular a film program of American movies, via The Washington Post.

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The Guardian has an update on the plan by the British Museum to loan the Cyrus Cylinder to Iran.

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Steve Martin has created an annual $50,000 prize for excellence in bluegrass music and banjo playing, via The New York Times.

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The band the New Pornographers (which includes singer Neko Case) lost a gig at a small Christian liberal arts college in Michigan because their name was deemed inappropriate, via The Grand Rapids Press.

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Nobel Prize-winning author Orhan Pamuk plans to open a physical incarnation of “The Museum of Innocence” — which is the title of his most recent novel — some time before the end of the year, via The Art Newspaper.

You can find Jeffrey Brown’s conversation with Pamuk about that book here.