Eat the Prize: Winners of the 2011 Pulitzer Prize were dropped yesterday; the full list can be found here. Some local talent received a formal nod: Carol Guzy, Nikki Kahn and Ricky Carioti of The Washington Post took home the Breaking News Photography award “for their up-close portrait of grief and desperation after a catastrophic earthquake struck Haiti.” Tangentially, Bruce Norris’ Clybourne Park won in drama; D.C.’s own Woolly Mammoth Theater is about to stage its second production of Clybourne Park this summer. The most widely-recognized winner was Jennifer Egan, for her much-heralded novel A Visit from the Goon Squad.
Art is Hard: Lots of museums and galleries news and updates from Maura Judkis at TBD. First, on an attack on Andres Serrano‘s “Piss Christ” in a Paris museum: “The ‘Piss Christ’ incident follows close on the heels of Susan Burns’ April 1 attack at the National Gallery, after which she proclaimed that the painting was ‘evil’ and ‘homosexual.‘That incident received international media coverage, and prompted fears of copycat events.” Second, here’s the full schedule for a symposium to address the controversy surrounding “Hide/Seek.”
Meta: Animal Collective, who released Merriweather Post Pavilion in 2009, will be playing at Merriweather Post Pavilion on July 9, reports Click Track. So, what will happen? Will the world implode? Ponders Click Track, “Animal Collective is well-known for performing not-yet-released material at its concerts; at a recent Coachella warm up show in San Francisco, almost the entire set consisted of new songs. But how can they not take the opportunity to play some (many?) songs from their most popular album at the venue that inspired it. They could even take the performing an album in its entirety gimmick to an entirely new level: performing an entire album at the venue the album was named after.That’s headspinning, even for Animal Collective.” Tickets are on sale Friday.
Yesterday on Arts Desk: Chris Klimek on his totally psychic prediction of Clybourne Park‘s Pulitzer status, an interview with “former and occasional Washingtonian” author Gail Spilsbury, and three songs for quietly disappearing.