Bits: 10.07.10

Chiharu Shiota, Room of Memory, installed at the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, Japan, 2009 [via ABB]

On Wednesday, Kathleen Folden walked into the Loveland, Colo., art museum and started bashing a plexiglas vitrine with a crowbar and then tore up Stanford professor Enrique Chagoya's The Misadventures of Romantic Cannibals. The 56-year old is in custody on a charge of criminal mischief, a Class 4 felony with a fine of up to $2,000, after damaging the editioned lithograph, which shows Jesus in sexual situations.

• More art outrage: Gil Vicente's charcoal drawings of the artist with a pistol pressed to the temples of world leaders like Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, George W. Bush and the pope at the Bienal São Paulo prompted the Brazilian Bar Association to call for the removal of the series. "Even though a work of art freely expresses the creativity of its maker, without limits, there have to be limits to exhibiting it publicly." (Thanks, Stephan.)

• Video: Artist Steve Lambert on "why it's important that public funds support artwork that might be considered offensive."

• Flickr groups I like: Handpainted Signs of the World and Folk Typography.

• Artists, including the Glass Bead Collective, are rallying on behalf of the so-called "Ground Zero mosque," an Islamic center that will also house arts facilities, including studios.

• Depressing fact of the day: "Of the 6,909 known languages, about half are expected to disappear in this century; every two weeks, the last fluent speaker of a language dies." Via @thenassassin.

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