Wednesday’s Art Notes

BY Molly Finnegan  January 5, 2011 at 10:08 AM EST

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Maria Bernal de Navarratte dusts a statue of Andrew Jackson, seventh President of the United States, in the rotunda of the Capitol. A new session of Congress started on Wednesday. Photo By Tom Williams/ Roll Call

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A publishing house in Alabama is reprinting Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, without the original racial epithets used by the author, via The New York Times.

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Movie theater chains go more upscale for food concessions, with many rolling out more substantial food options for patrons than popcorn and candy, via The Wall Street Journal.

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A group of actors escaped the current political strife in Belarus to perform in a theater festival that beings in New York on Wednesday, via The New York Times.

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The Corcoran Gallery in Washington considers what kind of future it wants to have, as it starts a serious assessment of itself as an institution, via The Washington Post.

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Malangatana Valente Ngwenya, a painter from Mozambique who was one of Africa’s most famous contemporary visual artists and was recognized in 1997 by Unesco for his work for peace, has died in Portugal at the age of 74, via BBC.

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Scottish songwriter Gerry Rafferty, who had big hits with “Stuck in the Middle With You” and “Baker Street” in the 1970s, died Tuesday of liver failure at the age of 63, via The Telegraph.

Listen to Rafferty’s 1978 song “The Ark”: