Thursday’s Art Notes

BY Molly Finnegan  July 14, 2011 at 11:51 AM EDT

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Strings Attached aerial acrobats Matt Cornell and Julia Landrey perform ‘Ojo’ for the Underbelly Arts Festival on Cockatoo Island in Sydney Harbour on July 13, 2011. Over 150 of Australia’s most contemporary artists have collaborated on 24 diverse projects, including performance, aerial work, installation, large-scale projections, and music-based work. Photo by Torsten Blackwood/ AFP/ Getty Images

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Ai Weiwei has accepted a teaching position at the Berlin University of the Arts, though it’s uncertain when the artist will actually be allowed to leave China, via AFP.

Ai’ss wife Lu Qing attended an appeals hearing Thursday to dispute charges of tax evasion leveled against the production company that handles her husband’s business affairs, via The Associated Press.

Some details of Ai’s experience in jail have been released by his sister, via The Washington Post.

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The Primetime Emmy Award nominations were announced Thursday morning, via Reuters.

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On July 25, a day after gay marriage is legalized in New York, the St. James Theater will serve as wedding venue for some same-sex couples connected to the Broadway community, via The Associated Press.

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In Los Angeles, arts institutions prepare for the two-day shut down of a major city freeway by adjusting hours or cancelling programs, via the Los Angeles Times.

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A Montgomery, Ala., bus depot has been converted to a museum honoring the Freedom Riders, via the Christian Science Monitor.

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T. Lux Feininger, an artist and photographer who documented Germany’s avant garde arts community in the early part of the 20th century, has died at the age of 101, via The New York Times. Born in Berlin, he became a student at the Bauhaus in his teens and moved to America in 1936, where he taught art for many years.