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Zimbabwe's Human Skulls and Flea's Bees: Last Week in Art

Things were abuzz in the art world, to say the least.
17 August 2015, 8:00pm
Christoph Büchel's now-closed mosque in Venice. Image via

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_A lot went down this week in the weird and wild world of Art. Some things were more scandalous than others, some were just plain wacky—but all of them are worth knowing about. Without further adieu: _

+ Alejandro Jodorowsky is crowdfunding feature film Endless Poetry (Poesía Sin Fin) on Indiegogo. “Potential contributors, know that your money will be spent on adding music; sounds of footsteps, dogs, and nature; color correction; and voice dubbing, among other elements of post-production.” [_Art News_]

+ Performance artist Jaimie Warren expounded on her Somebody to Love show via a tribute to Freddie Mercury with a live performance at American Medium in Brooklyn. “The show opened with a performance of “On My Own” by Patti Labelle and Michael McDonald, with Warren dressed as Freddie Mercury, singing a duet alongside a singer in a skinhead punk costume (a sample fake tat borrowed a GG Allin credo: “life sucks scum fuck”).” [_Art News_]

+ Parrots recite poetry as art at the Pérez Art Museum in downtown Miami. Dutch art duo, Bik Van der Pol, taught birds to recite T.S. Eliot's "The Waste Land,” in a new installation called Speechless. [_ArtNet News_]

+ After artist Christoph Büchel opened a mosque as his contribution to the Venice Biennale, officials shut it down over health and safety concerns. Last week, a Venetian court denied fast-tracking the case, which would potentially reopen the artwork before the end of the Biennale. [_The Art Newspaper_]

+ Zimbabwe’s president tells British Natural History Museum to return human skulls. In a speech to commemorate National Heroes Day, Mugabe said: "Surely keeping decapitated heads as war trophies, in this day and age, in a national history museum, must rank among the highest forms of racist moral decadence, sadism and human insensitivity." [_The Guardian_]

+ Climate change may get its own museum [_Scientific American_]

Deep to the hive super organism. I love my bees. Flea's bees

A photo posted by @sllollaryee on Jul 22, 2015 at 8:47pm PDT

+ Rolling Stone got the inside scoop on Flea’s nascent beekeeping career. [_Rolling Stone_]

, will perform her character’s signature song “In Heaven” in Philadelphia, as part of PhilaMOCA‘s annual Eraserhood Forever Lynch tribute. [_Dangerous Minds_]

+ Brooklyn sculptor Gabriel Koren is getting priced out of the studio she’s been in for 28 years and fears that gentrification will stop her from working. [_NYTimes_]

+ NPR studies why our modern youth generation loves to go to galleries but doesn’t really want to comment on art (hint: it has everything to do with social media). [_NPR_]

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