Wednesday’s Art Notes

BY jbreslow  December 16, 2009 at 9:19 AM EDT
'The 80s Are Back'; Photo by Greg Wood/AFP/Getty Images.

—A woman interacts with a giant Rubik’s Cube at “The 80s Are Back,” an exhibition at the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney. Drawing on the museum’s extensive collection and complemented by signature items borrowed from collectors and entertainers, the exhibition explores Australian life and popular culture in the 1980s. (Photo by Greg Wood/AFP/Getty Images.)

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Both Democrats and Republicans were in a “blue” state yesterday — the House voted to honor Miles Davis’ breakthrough album ‘Kind of Blue’ for its 50th anniversary.

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A researcher in Britain has studied the role dancing plays in evolutionary biology. Among his findings: Older men may be using their moves to actually repel young women from considering them as mates.

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The Hirshhorn is bubbling over with a new possibility. Washington, D.C.‘s modern art museum wants to install an inflatable meeting hall that would balloon out the top of its open courtyard.

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Meanwhile, more traditional museum construction projects got the go-ahead in East Lansing, Mich., and St. Louis.