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The museum at Cherepovets, Russia (about 400 miles north of Moscow), recently introduced a collection of items actually used by students for successfully cheating in school, including a pair of women’s panties on which logarithms and math formulas had been written upside down in black ink. Also on display: a sports jacket with (according to a September dispatch in the Chronicle of Higher Education) “enough secret mechanisms to keep a cardshark flush for decades” and a jeans skirt with 70 numbered pockets for cheat sheets.
Notorious performance artist Zhang Huan gave a live show of his books-themed photo installation “My Boston” at the city’s Museum of Fine Arts in September, including burying himself under a pile of volumes, eating pages, and shimmying up a flagpole while weighted down with books. Zhang’s previous notable works include “Seeds of Hamburg,” in which he coated himself with birdseed and honey and sat in a cage with 28 doves. According to a Boston Globe reporter, some people “outside” the performance-art world might call Zhang a “crackpot.”
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