Roundup: Art and the GOP in Cleveland, memorial ideas for Dallas, pushing for the return of the Elgin Marbles

Cleveland artists prepare themselves for the GOP convention. How to memorialize the Dallas shootings. Layoffs at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Plus: Ed Ruscha in San Francisco, pushing for the return of the Elgin Marbles, the deletion of an important artist blog and an exhibition that's all about collecting. And lest we forget: Danny DeVito riding a bear naked. Here's the Roundup:

— Jillian Steinhauer looks at what Cleveland artists have planned for the Republican National Convention.

— Dallas Morning News architecture critic Mark Lamster writes that the best way for Dallas to honor its fallen is to rethink the urbanism of its core.

— A group of British MPs has introduced a bill to return the Elgin Marbles (known as the Parthenon Marbles) to Greece. The sculptures were taken from the Parthenon site in the early 19th century and today reside at the British Museum.

— Job cuts at the Metropolitan Museum of Art could total 100.

— "I've just been totally stonewalled and I have no idea why they did it, and they won't tell me anything," Artist and writer Dennis Cooper on having his blog, which included a GIF novel-in-progress, deleted by Google.

— A developer is seeking protection for a suite of William Pereira-designed buildings in Echo Park — principally, it appears, to prevent the site from being developed by someone else.

— A historic Frida Kahlo canvas, which shows the artist astride the U.S.-Mexico border, will go on view in Philadelphia in the fall.

— A concrete cabin by Rachel Whiteread rises on Governor's Island in New York. This looks pretty darn cool.

— Election art through the decades: How Deborah Kass appropriated Andy Warhol, who appropriated Ben Shahn.

— Ed Ruscha is the subject of two concurrent shows in San Francisco. The work, writes critic Charles Desmarais, still holds surprises.

— An exhibition of works by artist Laia Abril in Arles, France examines the fraught reality of abortion in countries around the world.

— "I don't want to control the environment — I want to engage it." There's an interesting Q&A with photographer John Divola over at Kaleidescope.

— Art in our start-up culture: Ben Davis looks at Meow Wolf's New Mexico installation and the role of art as for-profit entertainment.

— Recording vernacular typography.

— In Japan, a museum for architectural models.

— An exhibition at the New Museum in New York explores the co llecting impulse. The install looks wild.

— How to pick a lock and other filmmaking topics addressed by Werner Herzog in his Reddit AMA.

— Speaking of how-tos: How to frustrate a Marxist bro. Very important if you are single in academia.

— From the Department of We're Not There Yet: A short sci-fi film written by AI.

— And last, but not least, your moment of Danny DeVito riding a bear naked. I could watch this all day.

Find me on Twitter @cmonstah.


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