Wednesday’s Art Notes

BY Arts Desk  March 3, 2010 at 10:00 AM EDT

A woman uses a magnifying glass to view pages from a lavishly illustrated medieval prayer book known as the Belles Heures. Photo by Stan Honda/ AFP/ Getty Images

A woman uses a magnifying glass to view pages from a lavishly illustrated medieval prayer book known as the Belles Heures that belonged to Jean de France, Duc de Berry (1340-1416) on display in the exhibition ‘The Art of Illumination: The Limbourg Brothers and the Belles Heures of Jean de France, Duc de Berry’ at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Photo by Stan Honda/ AFP/ Getty Images

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The Kennedy Center says it will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the inauguration of its culture-savvy namesake with a series of special, commemorative concerts and a festival devoted to the arts of India in 2011.

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Meanwhile, a conceptual artist from Santa Cruz wants to try his hand the executive branch. Lowell Darling has announced he’s running for governor in California and says it’s not just part of his art.

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Canadian researchers attempt a scientific analysis of women’s romantic desires by compiling the titles of romance novels between 1949 and 2009.

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Speaking of rhetorical cliches, The Smart Set examines the origin of making comparisons between America and the Roman Empire, a phenomenon that stretches back to the founding of the nation.