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Monster Mash: Art Institute of Chicago sues over new wing; Kennedy Center gets big donation

September 22, 2010 |  8:14 am


-- Lawsuit: The Art Institute of Chicago is suing a London engineering firm for what it calls delays and shoddy engineering in its Modern Wing addition that opened last year. (Chicago Tribune)

-- Windfall: The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts has received a gift of $10 million from its chairman. (Washington Post)

-- Art scandal: A Roy Lichtenstein painting is one of two artworks that are heading back to Brazil after being tangled up in a fraud case. (New York Daily News

-- Drawing the line: The Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum in Poland has banned tours organized by Holocaust revisionist David Irving. (Warsaw Business Journal)

-- Struck down: A judge in New York has rejected a petition by residents who live near the Museum of Modern Art to have City Council and Planning Commission approvals of a proposed Jean Nouvel skyscraper overturned. (New York Times)

-- Major donation: Bloomberg LP will provide more than $1 million over two years as a naming gift for the creation of a large inflatable architecture project at the Hirshhorn Museum. (Wall Street Journal)

-- Celebrity endorsement: Meryl Streep has voiced support for the creation of a National Women's History Museum on the National Mall. (Associated Press via Washington Examiner)

-- Reprising roles: Lily Rabe and Jesse L. Martin will assume the roles they played in Shakespeare's "The Merchant of Venice," alongside Al Pacino, when the Public Theater's Central Park production transfers to Broadway. (Playbill)

-- Detournement: A French artist is doing unconventional things with the logos of major financial services firms. (Bloomberg)

-- And in the L.A. Times: Theater critic Charles McNulty reviews Tim Robbins' new play, "Break the Whip" at the Ivy Substation; a new architectural design is unveiled for the planned Museum of Tolerance in Jerusalem; Jerry Seinfeld will make his Broadway directorial debut this fall.

-- David Ng

Photo: The Modern Wing at the Art Institute of Chicago. Credit: Zbigniew Bzdak / Chicago Tribune