Thursday’s Art Notes

BY Molly Finnegan  November 4, 2010 at 10:09 AM EDT

A ballet dancer jumps during the performance of the American Ballet Theatre (ABT) in the Karl Marx Theater on November 3, 2010, in Havana, Cuba. Photo by Sven Creutzmann/ Mambo photo/ Getty Images

A ballet dancer jumps during the performance of the American Ballet Theatre (ABT) in the Karl Marx Theater on November 3, 2010, in Havana, Cuba. It was the first performance of the ABT in Cuba in 50 years. The show is part of a week long celebration on occasion of the 50th anniversary of the Cuban Ballet and the 90th birthday of Alicia Alonso, prima ballerina assoluta and director of the Cuban Ballet, on December 21, 2010. Alonso started her career in New York where she got famous for her interpretation of Giselle. Photo by Sven Creutzmann/ Mambo photo/ Getty Images

Read more about the American Ballet Theatre’s visit to Cuba, via The Guardian.

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The president of Peru asks President Obama to intercede on a dispute with Yale University over artifacts from Machu Pichu, via The New York Times’ ArtsBeat.

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A robust offering of late-nineteenth and early 20th-century art up for auction at Christie’s on Wednesday brought in more than $230 million and set a record with the sale of a Matisse bronze, via The Wall Street Journal.

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The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation will give the Smithsonian Foundation $50 million to create online educational resources for kids, via The Washington Post.