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Poet laureate writes tribute for Statue of Liberty Museum

May. 17, 2019 1:13 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — At a time when families have been separated at the Mexican border and children placed in cages, the country's poet laureate is invoking an old and welcoming spirit for those seeking to live in the United States. Tracy K. Smith's "Harbor," commissioned for this week's opening of the Statue...

Louvre museum pays tribute to pyramid's architect Pei

May. 17, 2019 10:09 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — The Louvre museum in Paris paid tribute Friday to the architect of its giant glass pyramid, I.M. Pei who died earlier this week at the age of 102 at his home in New York City. Dozens of employees of the Louvre gathered under the pyramid, which serves as the museum's monumental entrance, for a...

Berlin protest highlights plight of migrants in Med.

May. 17, 2019 5:50 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Activists in Berlin have added a life vest to the German capital's well-known "Molecule Man" statue to raise awareness of the perilous plight of migrants attempting to cross the Mediterranean into Europe. Protesters climbed the 100-foot tall artwork, which towers out of the Spree river in...

I.M. Pei, architect who designed Louvre Pyramid, dies at 102

May. 16, 2019 9:08 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — I.M. Pei (PAY), the versatile, globe-trotting architect who revived the Louvre with a giant glass pyramid and captured the spirit of rebellion at the multi-shaped Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, has died at age 102. Pei's death was confirmed Thursday by Marc Diamond, a spokesman for the...

Players debate necessary punishment after Kyrgios outburst

May. 16, 2019 5:24 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Nick Kyrgios' latest outburst of unruly behavior has other players split on whether the temperamental Australian should be handed a long-term ban. Kyrgios walked off the court and threw a chair onto the red clay during a fit of rage during his second-round match at the Italian Open on Thursday,...

Retrial planned for man who broke $4.5M statue's thumb

May. 16, 2019 3:51 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Federal prosecutors plan to retry a Delaware man who admitted he broke a thumb off a $4.5 million statue at a Philadelphia museum. Philly.com reports prosecutors told a judge Thursday they're refiling charges against Michael Rohana for theft and concealment of an object of cultural...

Correction: Travel-Get Outta Here-The Shed story

May. 16, 2019 1:33 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — In a story May 15 about the Shed, the new performance space at New York City's Hudson Yards, The Associated Press misidentified a previous position held by the Shed's artistic director and CEO, Alex Poots. He was director of the Manchester International Festival, not the Birmingham...

Met Museum: No more money from family connected to OxyContin

May. 15, 2019 7:38 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The Metropolitan Museum of Art on Wednesday said it would stop taking monetary gifts from members of the Sackler family who are connected to the pharmaceutical company that makes OxyContin, cutting a longstanding philanthropic relationship at a time when cultural institutions are coming...

Claude Monet haystack painting fetches $110.7M at NY auction

May. 14, 2019 10:09 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — One of Claude Monet's iconic paintings of haystacks has fetched a record $110.7 million at an auction in New York. Monet's "Meules" sold at Sotheby's sale of Impressionist & Modern Art Tuesday night. The auction house says it's a world auction record for the artist and the first work of...

New museum opening at Statue of Liberty

May. 14, 2019 2:58 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A new museum opening at the Statue of Liberty is giving visitors another opportunity to explore its history and the impact the iconic structure has had on the world. The 26,000-square-foot (2,415-square-meter) museum on Liberty Island, scheduled to open to the public on Thursday, is the new...