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Fantasy Fest kicks off annual celebration in Key West

Oct. 18, 2019 4:27 AM EDT

KEY WEST, Fla. (AP) — Key West's decadent annual Fantasy Fest celebration is kicking off 10 days of masquerade parties, elaborate costume contests, street fairs and other festivities. The 2019 festival, which begins Friday, is themed "In Tune But . Off Key." Participants are encouraged to design costumes...

O'Keeffe Museum wins grant for 'Spring' conservation

Oct. 18, 2019 2:17 AM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The Georgia O'Keeffe Museum has won a grant from Bank of America that will support conservation of the artist's pivotal painting entitled "Spring." In addition to supporting research and conservation, the funding will enable the museum to share its work online. Officials say "Spring"...

Bestselling author to hold conference at Crystal Bridges

Oct. 17, 2019 8:40 AM EDT

BENTONVILLE, Ark. (AP) — A bestselling author and wellness expert is holding a symposium at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in northwest Arkansas. Author Deepak Chopra and Crystal Bridges founder Alice Walton announced Thursday that the Sages and Scientists 2019 Symposium will be held Nov. 14-17...

Dragon Con co-founder fights charge based on artist's photo

Oct. 16, 2019 4:57 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — With the filing of yet another criminal charge against a co-founder of Dragon Con, his attorney has renewed his call for a prosecutor to be barred from any matter involving his client. Gwinnett County District Attorney Danny Porter last week secured an indictment against Ed Kramer on a...

MoMA reopens with more space, fresh juxtapositions

Oct. 16, 2019 2:02 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The Museum of Modern Art's new $450 million, 47,000-square-foot expansion offers visitors more than much-needed elbow room. It emphasizes new juxtapositions of works to encourage broader perspectives and new narratives. The revamped MoMA, a third bigger than the old one, opens to the public...

Da Vinci's "Vitruvian Man" drawing can go on loan to Louvre

Oct. 16, 2019 12:17 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — An Italian court has ruled that Leonardo Da Vinci's iconic "Vitruvian Man" drawing can be loaned to France's Louvre Museum, solving an ongoing cultural dispute between Italy and France. The Venice court last week had suspended the loan of the world-famous drawing, which is part of a batch of...

Meet the playwright behind a 'deeply raw space' on Broadway

Oct. 15, 2019 2:10 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Playwright Jeremy O. Harris has a rule that he doesn't cry in public. He broke that rule the night Rihanna attended his Broadway debut. Harris uses the singer's 2017 hit single "Work" throughout his searing, raw "Slave Play" and the pop star had promised to stop by one day. Harris wasn't...

Sexual assault survivor's art stresses importance of healing

Oct. 15, 2019 12:36 PM EDT

DURHAM, N.H. (AP) — In 2015, artist, poet and songwriter Monica Nagle wrote a book containing her poem, "If You Had Heard My Voice," and found the inspiration for her Mother's Day Freedom Project to vocalize the importance of healing after trauma from sexual violence, assault and mental health based on her...

Artist confronts how people judge each other

Oct. 15, 2019 7:41 AM EDT

WENDELL, Mass. (AP) — When Genevieve Gaignard creates a photograph, she says she tries to present new ways of "addressing and unpacking" the issues surrounding race, class and gender — and she's the subject of her own work. "So often, these topics are avoided because we don't know where to start,"...

Brazen thief steals $20,000 Dali artwork in San Francisco

Oct. 14, 2019 9:45 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A brazen thief stole a Salvador Dali etching valued at $20,000 from a San Francisco gallery, then walked off down the street with the work in his hand. "Burning Giraffe," a 1960s hand-colored, limited-edition surrealist work, was stolen in seconds Sunday afternoon from Dennis Rae Fine...