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Hot off the alternative fact press: the new administration is considering an executive order to deport the Statue of Liberty, since she was not born here.

Barring that, be sure to watch Nicholas Kristof's video called "Speaking Truth to Trump on Immigration". Prepare for a punch in the gut halfway through.

Big breakthrough! Some of you know of my fascination with the new field of artificial intelligence as applied to music composition. In this case, AI and I teamed up to produce Jelly Beans. Call it Corinne's Very Unfinished Fantasia. Join me in this 4 1/2 minute voyage into the musical unknown.

In recent months we have discussed the impact of graphene, the super-thin magic material, on the worlds of science and industry. You will recall that graphene was first revealed to the world by two scientists who were given Nobel prizes for their work. Now a dress made of graphene has been shown in Manchester, the U.K. The garment changes color with the breathing of the wearer via the use of LED lights.

The Cass Sculpture Foundation has assembled a stunning collection of contemporary sculpture shown at their gardens in the U.K. Here are three that stand out.

The Pigeon's House, is a stunning contemporary piece of architecture made of colored stainless steel and colored aluminum. The artist, Cui Jie, was born in 1983 in Shanghai and now lives in Beijing. Previously concentrating on architectural paintings, she has now translated that vision into this evocation of China's transformation from a rural society into an urban landscape.

The next piece is called Identity, an imaginative work made of materials like red copper, concrete, marble and fiberglass. Part of an exhibition called A Beautiful Disorder, the work seems both organic and other-worldly. It brings to mind some of the contorted automobile creations of John Chamberlain. At the Cass, the artist Wang Yuyang says that he was influenced by Karl Marx's "Capital:Critique of Political Economy" written in 1867.

Finally, feast your eyes on Molar by Jennifer Wen Ma. Using glass, plexi, ink, and tyvek (a lightweight material developed by DuPont), the artist has evoked a spiritual landscape that seems both real and mythological.

The Met Breuer presents a retrospective of Marisa Merz called "The Sky is a Great Space". Merz was the sole female member of the Italian group Arte Provera, made prominent in 1967 as Italy's answer to the Pop and Minimalist movements in the United States. At the age of 90, Merz continues to work at her home in Turin.

Can you imagine getting a package with more than 1,000 pounds of glass beads? Artist Liza Lou did in Durban, South Africa, since she wanted the multicolored beads for a piece called "ingxube(KwaMashu). Lou employed 27 Zulu helpers to weave and sew the beads into long strips, which she then randomly applied to stretched canvas. Lou describes the work as "an image that you can never know by heart, no matter how many times you look."

Alastair Sooke in the Guardian writes of a moment in time that radically changed Pablo Picasso. It seems that in 1906 Picasso spent 10 weeks in the tiny Catalan village of Gosol, which he reached by train and mule. It turned out to be a deeply productive period, as the artist produced dozens of paintings, carvings, gouches, watercolors and drawings. The accompanying slide show suggests some local art that may have influenced Picasso's radical new style.

The Los Angeles County Museum of Art has been gifted the popular interactive exhibition known as "Rain Room". Showing at LACMA for 15 months, the indoor down-pour in which people walk through rain without getting wet has drawn more than 190.000 visitors during its run. The permanent installation was donated by Restoration Hardware.

The Museum of Modern Art in New York is showing a series of drawings, prints and screenprints by Louise Bourgeois called "The Fragile". You can see the evolution of her large sculptures in these, as well as the obsessive nature of the artist's process as she played with ideas.

Visitors to Tokyo will have a rare opportunity to view "Old Masters from the Hermitage Museum". The Hermitage, founded in the 18th century, is the largest museum in the Soviet Union. It holds over 3 million works of art, from prehistoric to impressionist and including an exquisite collection of jewelry.

If you are interested in current Latin music, you will enjoy these clips of new works, brought to you by NPR.

Live Science shows us 10 of the most elusive ancient manuscripts. Some are written in Etruscan, some in Coptic. Some are preserved in mummy wrappings, while others like Mayan pieces called the Dresden Codex are richly illustrated. The beauty of the manuscripts as well as a powerful sense of other lives in other times bring these works to life.

The Museum of Art and Design is featuring "Toxic Seas", described as crocheted sculptures of coral seas. These pieces are meant to highlight the destruction of coral reefs around the planet caused by human intervention in the environment. If the reefs could talk, they might complain about "Stranger in our Midst, which I created late last year.

c. Corinne Whitaker 2017