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Monster Mash: New director for Art Institute of Chicago

August 25, 2011 |  8:21 am


Internal hire: Douglas Druick, a 26-year veteran of the Art Institute of Chicago, has been named its director, replacing James Cuno, who left to head the Getty. (Chicago Tribune)

Big job: Egypt has named Mohamed Abdel Fattah as its new chief of antiquities, replacing Zahi Hawass. (New York Times)

Back in business: Museums of the Smithsonian have reopened following Tuesday's East Coast earthquake, but the Smithsonian castle remained closed. (Washington Post)

Encore? Seattle's financially strapped Intiman Theatre, which recently laid off its staff, is attempting to move forward with a new artistic plan for 2012. (Seattle Times)

Reaching out: The National Sept. 11 Memorial & Museum is launching a PSA campaign seeking donations, in collaboration with the Ad Council. (New York Daily News)

Vandalized: A statue by Damien Hirst being displayed on a balcony in England has been defaced with spray paint. (BBC News)

Putting it together: An update on the Broad Art Museum on Michigan State University's campus in East Lansing. (Lansing State Journal)

Discord: The Louisville Orchestra has canceled its September and October concerts because of its ongoing contract dispute with musicians. (Louisville Courier-Journal)

Stepping down: New York's Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater is losing Sylvia Waters, the artistic director of its second company, Ailey II, who served for nearly 40 years. (Wall Street Journal)

Hipster theater: The new "psycho-opera" by Yeah Yeah Yeahs frontwoman Karen O will be titled "Stop the Virgens." (Pitchfork)

Passing: June Wayne, a noted lithographer who occupied a prominent place in the California art scene for many years, has died at 93. (Los Angeles Times)

Also in the L.A. Times: Music critic Mark Swed reviews conductor Leonard Slatkin at the Hollywood Bowl.

-- David Ng

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