Tuesday’s Art Notes

BY Molly Finnegan  May 17, 2011 at 11:00 AM EDT

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Rock & Roll devotees attend the Hemsby Rock ‘n’ Roll Weekender on May 15, 2011 in Hemsby, England. Twice a year fans of rock & roll and rockabilly, the 1950s and Americana gather at Seacroft Holiday Camp in Hemsby to dress up in period clothing and re-live the 1950s. Every day of the four day ‘weekender,’ a line up of top live bands play the music of the era and devotees hit the dance floor to hop, bop, jive and rock. Photo by Christopher Furlong/ Getty Images

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Wayne Clough, Secretary of the Smithsonian, is asking employees to take buyouts or early retirement, via The Washington Post.

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Modern Art Notes links up to the breakdown of $88 million in grants announced by the National Endowment of the Arts.

    On Thursday, a painting by Thomas Hart Benton will be auctioned in New York that commemorates the devastating Mississippi River flood that occurred 60 years ago, via The Associated Press.

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    The Telegraph details the discovery of a Florentine crypt that may contain the remains of the model for the Mona Lisa.

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    The White House says it will stop the practice of staging photos of the president after he makes a speech, via The Associated Press.

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    Making revisions has paid off so far for “Spider-Man”, which is still in previews on Broadway, via The New York Times.