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Monster Mash: MOCA postpones director appointment; 'Spider-man' delayed again; Met removes Muhammad

January 11, 2010 |  8:45 am


-- Edge of our seats: L.A.'s Museum of Contemporary Art has postponed the announcement of its new director, which was scheduled to take place today. Jeffrey Deitch, a New York art dealer, has confirmed to one source that he is in talks for the position. (Los Angeles Times and New York magazine)

-- Here we go again: Broadway's anticipated "Spider-man" musical appears to be delayed yet again, according to a cast member. (New York Times)

-- Stealth operation: The Metropolitan Museum of Art has quietly pulled images of the prophet Muhammad from its Islamic collection. (New York Post)

-- Holding on: The British Museum is delaying the return of the Cyrus Cylinder to Iran after making a discovery that could shed light on the artifact's missing passages. (Bloomberg)

-- Stage hits: The list of the top 10 produced plays in America for the 2009-10 season contains some surprises. (Theater Communications Group)

-- Looking to set a record: Two daredevils have jumped off the newly opened Burj Khalifa in Dubai. (World News Australia, via Art Info)

-- Back from the dead: A long-closed performing arts space in New York's Chinatown could see the light of day again. (New York Post)

-- Don't quit your day job: Sylvester Stallone talks about his secret passion -- painting. (Daily Mail)

-- Also in the L.A. Times: An L.A. art dealer is accused of selling a fake Picasso painting; the Santa Monica City Council is considering an agreement principle for Eli Broad's latest museum.

-- David Ng

Photo: L.A.'s Museum of Contemporary Art. Credit: Brian Vander Brug / Los Angeles Times