The Brooklyn Museum plans an exhibition on graffiti artist Jean-Michel Basquiat that includes eight rarely seen notebooks filled with his handwritten texts and sketches.
"Basquiat: The Unknown Notebooks" will run at the Brooklyn Museum from April 3 through Aug. 23.Full Story
The Mormon church acknowledges in a new essay that founder Joseph Smith had a teenage bride and was married to other men's wives during the faith's early polygamous days, a recognition of an unflattering part of its roots that historians have chronicled for years.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints says most of Smith's wives were between 20 and 40 years old. One of them, however, was a 14-year-old girl who was the daughter of Smith's close friends.Full Story
A millennium of Jewish history in Poland was obliterated by Nazi Germany in the Holocaust. Now, a new Warsaw museum is celebrating a lost Jewish community that was the world's largest and most vibrant.
"We are reconstructing something that was completely destroyed," says Dariusz Stola, director of the POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews, whose core exhibition opens Tuesday.Full Story
Author John Steinbeck's heirs say a literary agency is wrongly cutting them out of negotiations over movie deals for the late Nobel Prize-winning author's books.
Steinbeck's surviving son, Thomas Steinbeck, and the wife of another son, Nancy Steinbeck, filed a petition Oct. 10 with the California Labor Commission claiming the RSWG Literary Agency and agent Geoffrey Sanford were negotiating Hollywood deals without consulting them.Full Story
Two-year-old Krzys zooms down a slide in Warsaw and shrieks with delight, paying no mind to the workmen who are busy demolishing the playground walls.
At first glance, there is nothing special about the old walls. But take a closer look and it becomes apparent that a couple of stones are inscribed with Hebrew.Full Story
In the middle of a sprawling palm grove in Morocco's remote eastern desert, inhabitants of an oasis town watch over a rare and vanishing treasure.
At the entrance of a traditional townhouse visitors are welcomed by a piece of Erfoud's unusual bounty: the petrified skeleton of a prehistoric creature.Full Story
A photographic notebook from Robert Scott's ill-fated Antarctic expedition has been found after a century trapped in the ice of the frozen continent, New Zealand's Antarctic Heritage Trust said.
It belonged to scientist George Murray Levick and was discovered outside Scott's 1911 Terra Nova base during last year's summer ice melt.Full Story
With a steady hand, pilot John Bode pushes the big red throttles forward. Four radial engines roar in unison, and a living piece of World War II history takes flight.
Of the 12,732 iconic B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers built in the 10 years through 1945, only about a dozen are still flying, and Aluminum Overcast is one of them.Full Story
A band of Hong Kong art guardians are on constant standby at the city's sprawling protest site. Their mission: to swoop in and save a vast array of creative works -- including the towering "Umbrella Man" statue -- if the police move in.
Over nearly a month of protests calling for greater democracy in the southern Chinese city, a kilometer-long stretch of highway opposite the government headquarters usually choked with traffic has been transformed into a riotous open air exhibition.Full Story
A top-level sacking, harsh words from the artist's son, delays and a huge budget overrun -- Paris's Picasso museum reopens its doors on Saturday amid the fallout from a fraught $71-million renovation.
Just over five years after it closed for what was intended to be a two-year refurbishment, the museum -- housed in a 17th-century baroque mansion in Paris's historic Marais quarter -- has been extensively modernized and is more than twice its previous size.Full Story