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Centerpoints 09.15.11

• David Byrne, just back from jurying the Venice Film Festival, blogs on the experience, sharing his thoughts about the winners as well as some as-yet-unattributed quotes from other jurors. A taste:  “The bum stroking represented a kind of contact with nature,” and “The end of the world happens every time somebody dies.” • Thirty-four […]

Mike Leavitt's Ai Weiwei action figure, Richard Hamilton, Brian Mueller MCAD poster, David Byrne

• David Byrne, just back from jurying the Venice Film Festival, blogs on the experience, sharing his thoughts about the winners as well as some as-yet-unattributed quotes from other jurors. A taste:  “The bum stroking represented a kind of contact with nature,” and “The end of the world happens every time somebody dies.”

• Thirty-four cultural projects from St. Paul to Harlem will get funding through a new NEA-spearheaded initiative to be announced today: ArtPlace, the New York Times reports, will use foundation and corporate funds to help “integrate artists and arts groups into local efforts in transportation, housing, community development and job creation as an important tool of economic recovery.”

• The Minneapolis College of Art and Design is 125 years old this year, and to commemorate the occasion, it commissioned five posters by student designers. Geotypografika shows two, by designers Anton Pearson and Brian Mueller.

• Modern Art Notes on the “obvious” and ” jaw-droppingly clever” move by museums like the Walters and LACMA to make high-res images of art in their collections available  to all for use however they please, copyright-free.

Rick Poynor reflects on the death of Richard Hamilton, dubbed “my great decipherer” by Marcel Duchamp.

• Mashable looks at how three museums — the Smithsonian, the Museum of Jewish Heritage and Sydney’s Powerhouse Museum — are using mobile device apps to change the museum experience. Mentioned: the app developed for the Walker co-curated exhibition Yves Klein: With the Void, Full Powers, which was presented at the Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in 2010.

• Congrats to the winners of the Graham Foundation’s 2011 organizational grants. Among the 47 grantees, who’ll receive a combined total of $560,000 for projects on issues of architecture and spatial practices, are the Art Institute of Chicago, The Center for Land Use Interpretation, the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Serpentine Gallery and the Watts House Project, a neighborhood development project spearheaded by artist Edgar Arceneaux in the Los Angeles neighorhood surrounding Simon Rodia’s Watts Towers.

• Artist Mike Leavitt, whose series of artist action figures already included the likes of Shepard Fairey and Barry McGee, has just added a few timely additions to his “Art Army”: Chinese artist Ai Weiwei morphed with his sculpture of a Coke-logo-covered Han Dynasty vase; the late Cy Twombly (“with ‘drawn’ body and removable paintbrush and Dada fan”); and the late Lucian Freud, with “separate falcon and fox sidekicks.” (Via Animal NYC.)