Arts in Brief

AP Photo/Starpix, Kristina Bumphrey, file This June 4, 2012 photo shows singer and Academy Award-winning actress Jennifer Hudson at the Samsung Hope for Children 11th Annual Gala at the Museum of Natural History in New York. Hudson will appear on the second season of the NBC series “Smash.” Hudson will join fellow “American Idol” alum Katharine McPhee who is one of the show’s main characters.

Key Jackson Pollock work to be restored

LOS ANGELES — “Mural,” the seminal, larger-than-life work that represented a sea change in abstract expressionist Jackson Pollock’s career, will be traveling from Iowa to Los Angeles this summer for a little nip and tuck.

The painting, which is nearly 70 years old, is being shipped to the Getty Center, where scientists at the Getty’s Conservation Institute and curators at its J. Paul Getty Museum hope to restore it to pristine condition.

When the work is complete, the oil-on-canvas painting will be exhibited at the Getty Center museum for three months before it is returned to its owner, the University of Iowa. The work is more than 8 feet high and nearly 20 feet long filled with colorful, twisting animal-like forms.

Jennifer Hudson set to guest on ‘Smash’

NEW YORK — After winning an Academy Award and a Grammy, Jennifer Hudson is taking a roundabout route to give theater a try.

She’ll appear on the second season of the television musical drama series “Smash” as a Broadway star named Veronica Moore. Hudson will join fellow “American Idol” alum Katharine McPhee, one of the show’s main characters. The series will return early next year.

In the meantime, Hudson, 30, is working on a clothing line. The Jennifer Hudson Collection for QVC will launch in September.

N.Y. Philharmonic gets $1M gift from Baldwin

NEW YORK — Just days after tying the knot, Alec Baldwin donated $1 million to the New York Philharmonic.

The gift is in honor of outgoing President and Executive Director Zarin Mehta.

The “30 Rock” actor is a Philharmonic board member and hosts its radio show, “The New York Philharmonic This Week.” Baldwin married Hilaria Thomas June 30.

Wire reports