Wednesday’s Art Notes

BY Molly Finnegan  March 31, 2010 at 10:51 AM EST

<br /> Artist Jivya Soma Mashe makes a painting at the Quai Branly museum in Paris. Photo by Bertrand Langlois/ AFP/ Getty Images

Artist Jivya Soma Mashe makes a painting at the Quai Branly museum in Paris, as part of the exhibition ‘Others Masters Of India,’ devoted to Indian indigenous populations and folk communities, known as Adivasis. The show will run through July 18, 2010. Photo by Bertrand Langlois/ AFP/ Getty Images

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Part of the ceiling at the ancient Roman Emperor Nero’s Golden Palace collapsed due to heavy rain, with more collapses possible in the near future. The famously decadent Nero had his lakeside palace decorated with gold, pearls and ivory, but within 10 years of his death, the place had been stripped, built over, and soon, forgotten. It was rediscovered in the 15th century when someone fell into a hole leading to the palace.

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France’s First Lady, former model and musician Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, visited NYU this week to work on a deal between New York’s art schools and institutions in France, in order to strengthen cultural exchange between the two countries. After giving a presentation, Bruni-Sarkozy participated in a student performance art piece.

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If one of the main ways we decide whether we want to read a book is by judging it by its cover, are we losing a critical form of cultural transmission by moving to digital copies? An article in the New York Times laments the waning conspicuous consumption of paper books in public, following the rise of the more discreet e-book.

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On Tuesday, the NewsHour ran a look at how visual art has a direct effect on commerce in the streets of Haiti. In an on-going collaboration between Frontline and NPR’s Planet Money, Adam Davidson talked to the entrepreneurs who own and operate the private buses that ferry people around for a price. The most financially successful operations all share a common trait: colorful, beautifully painted exteriors.

Watch the segment: