Oregon occupiers may be in violation of important archaeological laws. Islamic State militants destroy a historic monastery. Battle over a Picasso bust. Plus: Why the Neighborhood Integrity Initiative is bad for L.A., colorful images of Victorian Bunker Hill and designing downtown's newest park. And don't forget "The X-Files" fashion. Here's the Roundup:
— Oregon militants occupying the Malheur National Wildlife may be in violation of a federal law that protects the site's archaeological heritage.
— Satellite photos reveal that Iraq's oldest Christian monastery was destroyed by Islamic State militants: The stone walls of St. Elijah's monastery, reports the Guardian, "have been literally pulverized."
— Christine Macel, the chief curator of the Centre Pompidou in Paris, will head up the 2017 Venice Biennale.
— Tibbie Dunbar, the executive director of L.A.'s Architecture + Design Museum, is leaving after a 12-year term overseeing the museum. Glenn Adamson, the director of New York's Museum of Arts and Design, is also stepping down.
— The fate of a pair of important murals by Dorothea Rockburne hang in the balance as the Manhattan office tower they are displayed in goes condo.
— An iconic sculpture by Pablo Picasso in the Museum of Modern Art's "Picasso Sculpture" show is at the center of a legal battle over ownership.
— The Boston Globe's Sebastian Smee has a pretty terrific story about a dramatic night at Black Mountain College involving Robert Rauschenberg and Cy Twombly.
— Photographer Catherine Opie's L.A. moment.
— Mark Grotjahn's hand-painted sign exchange. Wish I was in New York to see this.
— Amalia Ulman's Instagram images are a Cindy Sherman-esque work of art. They are also a fine opportunity for the art press to show a pretty young woman in her underwear. Also: Could this series possibly play more on every last trope of Los Angeles?
— Incredible color pictures of L.A.'s Bunker Hill when it was still covered in Victorian buildings.
— And reasons why that Neighborhood Integrity Initiative would be bad for L.A. Among them: The ballot initiative maintains L.A.'s addiction to parking and limits density (in a city that is in the midst of a housing crisis). As I wrote back in August, onerous parking requirements are one of the reasons it is so difficult to build in this city.
— Design proposals for a new park at 1st and Broadway in downtown L.A. (adjacent to Grand Park) with schematics from Mia Lehrer + Associates, AECOM, Brooks + Scarpa and Eric Owen Moss.
— How some of the art world's most talked-about art projects are occurring outside of traditional art spaces.
— Speaking of scenes outside the mainstream: Angela Boatwright's new doc, "Los Punks," looks at the backyard punk scene of East and South L.A.
— For "The X-Files" geeks: The meaning of Dana Scully's wardrobe.