Monster Mash: Top museum earners; Landesman confirmed for NEA, Leach for NEH; ‘Spider-Man’ musical kaput for now
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-- Top museum earners: Glenn D. Lowry, the head of New York’s Museum of Modern Art, made $1.32 million in the year ending in June. Also on the list is James Wood, the J. Paul Getty Trust’s president and CEO, who made $1.1 million.
-- Confirmation: The Senate has approved Rocco Landesman as the new head of the National Endowment for the Arts and Jim Leach for the National Endowment for the Humanities.
-- All is not lost: LACMA’s Michael Govan claims that donors are stepping forward to rescue the museum’s film program.
-- Twitter, the opera: London’s Royal Opera House is creating a libretto out of tweets and will set them to familiar opera tunes for a staging planned for next month.
-- Waxworks: Times architecture critic Christopher Hawthorne takes a look at Hollywood’s new Madame Tussauds museum.
-- Dramatic summit: Playwright Stephen Adly Guirgis blogs from the Ojai Playwrights Conference.
-- Riled up: The Dallas arts community is upset over proposed cuts and other changes to the city’s cultural affairs department.
-- Historic discovery: A museum in Antwerp, Belgium, says it has authenticated a painting as having been created by Rembrandt.
-- Property values: Photographer Annie Leibovitz’s financial problems stem in part from her costly renovations of her Greenwich Village properties.
-- Caught in a web: More confirmation that production has been halted on the upcoming Broadway musical ‘Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark.’
-- Rocker innovates: David Byrne has turned a building into a musical instrument thanks to an old pump organ.
-- David Ng
Photo: A view of the interior of New York’s Museum of Modern Art. Credit: Associated Press