Arts History Update for mid March 2015 by David Cummins
Texas Declaration of Independence was issued by a convention at Washington on the Brazos on March 2, 1836 and the date is celebrated annually as Texas Independence Day. The trail toward independence from northern New Spain and since 1821 from Coahuila y Tejas state in the Mexican Empire and later Mexican Republic is told at http://texasindependencetrail.com/plan-your-adventure/themes/main-texas-revolution and ended on April 21, 1836 at San Jacinto Monument in La Porte Texas east of Houston where Santa Ana’s Army was defeated.
The state was the poorest and most lightly settled in the Mexican federation and its capital was moved from San Antonio de Bexar to Monclova to Saltillo. The new Mexican government had no funds to raise and support an Army for protection of the settlers against Apache, Kiowa and Comanche attacks, so a liberal immigration policy under the 1824 General Colonization Law was enacted and settlers were encouraged to defend themselves. Stephen F. Austin’s Old Three Hundred settled in 1822 under a New Spain land grant to the emprasario prior to Mexican Independence. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mexican_Texas
Carolyn Summers Bledsoe Goebel 1931-2015 died February 19, 2015 in Lubbock. Her grandfather William H. Bledsoe was a pioneer Lubbock lawyer (from 1908) and state representative (1915-1919) and state senator (1919-1927) whose portrait hangs in Chancellor Robert Duncan’s Lubbock home. Senator Bledsoe wrote the bill in the Texas Legislature that passed in 1923 establishing Texas Technological College.
Inventory of William H. Bledsoe papers at Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library at Texas Tech University http://www.lib.utexas.edu/taro/ttusw/00240/tsw-00240.html
To identify materials in the Collection, go to Texas Archival Resources Online or TARO at http://www.lib.utexas.edu/taro/ and at the website select a repository, in this case select Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University. You can then browse through the collection files or go directly alphabetically to Bledsoe, William H or Bledsoe, William Harrison, 1869-1936 and open the index to files on this person. The second file has photographs and you cannot view those online so go to the Southwest Collection Library building on the Lubbock campus and provide the name of the file to the attendant and he/she will bring the file containing the photographs to you for your perusal. You cannot take it outside the building but you can make copies if you like and take away copies.
Santa Fe Opera Spring Tour will be in Lubbock in conjunction with the annual Lubbock Arts Festival April 17-19, 2015. Apprentice program singers Abigail Mitchell, soprano from Washington state, and Shea Owens, baritone from Arizona, will sing and Kirt Pavitt, pianist, will play. A special concert for school children will occur on Friday April 17 while the concert for the public is Saturday April 18 at 7:00 pm in the Lubbock Memorial Civic Center Theatre, a free event http://www.santafeopera.org/communityactivities/communityevents/concertsperformances.aspx Funding is in part supplied by the CH Foundation and by Lubbock Friends of the Spring Tour.
Click on this link and then click on the speaker symbol to hear Abigail Mitchell sing http://www.abigailmitchellsoprano.com
Here’s a photo of Kirt Pavitt on December 24, 2014 https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10152828262125020&set=a.469832300019.273013.685240019&type=1&theater
For the City: The Dallas Festival of Ideas http://www.thedallasfestival.com is presented by the Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture, and the Dallas Morning News newspaper. Here is the schedule http://thedallasfestival.com/schedule/ on February 27 and 28, 2015.
A corollary of this event is Imagine Lubbock Together http://www.lubbockchamber.com/imagine-lubbock-together.html but it seems to have lost momentum and may be stalled.
Aneurin “Nye” Bevan 1897-1960 was a Welsh Labour Party politician who was Minister of Health in the post-World War II Clement Attlee-led government from 1945-1951. His portfolio was to establish the National Health Service granting universal free health care to Brits at point of use.
Nicklaus Thomas-Symonds, Nye: The Political Life of Aneurin Bevan (I.B. Tauris 2014) $50.78 hardcover $17.60 e-book ABE Books new $29.92. Aneurin – Nye – Bevan was one of the pivotal Labour Party figures of the post-war era in Britain. As Minister for Health in Attlee’s government, his role in the foundation of the National Health Service, the world’s largest publicly-funded health service, changed the face of British society forever. The son of a coal miner from South Wales, Bevan was a life-long champion of social justice and the rights of working people, as such becoming one of the leading proponents of Socialist thought in Britain. In this book, acclaimed author Nicklaus Thomas-Symonds provides the first full biography of Bevan. http://www.theguardian.com/books/2014/dec/28/nye-political-life-of-aneurin-bevan-review-nicklaus-thomas-symonds-chris-mullin
The Manifest Destiny Billboard Project is a series of artist-produced billboards being put up across the United States tracing the history of western territorial expansion in the 19th century. The first set of ten billboards is by Los Angeles artist Daniel R. Small http://hyperallergic.com/183852/billboard-art-project-sets-off-terrorism-scare-near-usmexico-border/ They are astride Interstate Highway 10 west of El Paso in New Mexico. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4AMww8RTEhA introduces the project.
There have been other billboard art projects that are more whimsical http://billboardartproject.org/ and essentially fill up space that hasn’t yet been sold to advertisers.
Independent publishing houses in Austin Texas include Typewriter Rodeo http://www.typewriterrodeo.com A Strange Object http://www.astrangeobject.com/aso/ The Austin Review http://www.theAustinReview.org AWST Press http://www.awst-press.org Litragger http://www.litragger.com/ NANO Fiction http://nanofiction.org/ Write Bloody Publishing http://writebloody.com/ American Short Fiction http://americanshortfiction.org/
smoking glue gun http://smokinggluegun.com/ fields magazine http://www.fieldsmagazine.com/ Asatte Press http://asattepress.com/ Black Buzzard Press https://visions2010.wordpress.com/ Blooming Tree Press http://www.bloomingtreepress.com/ Dos Gatos Press http://dosgatospress.org/ Greenleaf Book Group LLC http://www.greenleafbookgroup.com/home Plain View Press http://www.plainviewpress.net/index.html Virgogray Press http://virgograypress.net/ Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review http://www.borderlands.org Foxing Quarterly http://www.foxingquarterly.com/about/ Unstuck http://www.unstuckbooks.org/ and
Raspa Magazine http://www.raspamagazine.com/
DFW Houston and San Antonio publishers include Arte Publico Press https://artepublicopress.com/ Pecan Grove Press http://library.stmarytx.edu/pgpress/ Wings Press http://www.wingspress.com/wingspress.cfm Amarillo Bay http://www.amarillobay.org Camera Obscura Journal http://www.obscurajournal.com/ Carve Magazine http://www.carvezine.com/ Dappled Things http://dappledthings.org/ The First Line http://www.thefirstline.com/ Huizache: The Magazine of Latino Literature http://www.centrovictoria.net/huizache.html Illya’s Honey http://www.illyashoney.com/ Overtime http://workerswritejournal.com/ Red River Review http://www.redriverreview.com/ Story/Houston http://www.storyhouston.com/ TORCH Journal http://www.torchliteraryarts.org/ Voices de la Luna http://www.voicesdelaluna.com/ Slough Press http://www.sloughpressbooks.com/ Queen’s Ferry Press http://www.queensferrypress.com/ Weasel Press http://www.weaselpress.com/ Silver Boomer Books http://silverboomerbooks.com/sbb/wp/ 1966 http://1966journal.org/ Lone Star Legacy: Poetry Prose and History in Texas http://lonestarlegacy.vpweb.com/?prefix=www The Literati Quarterly http://literatiquarterly.co/ MOLT Literary Journal http://moltjournal.tumblr.com/ Nat.Brut http://www.natbrut.com/ Crack the Spine http://www.crackthespine.com/ Workers Write! http://www.workerswritejournal.com/ Sakura Review http://www.sakurareview.com/ and haijinx http://www.haijinx.org/
escarp http://www.escarp.org/ Travis A. Everett, Editor, 3203 45th Street, Lubbock TX 79413
Authors seeking an outlet for their work might consider these houses. University-related journals, listed below, rarely publish submissions from outside academia.
Analecta http://analectajournal.tumblr.com/ UT-Austin
American Letters & Commentary http://www.amletters.org/ UT-San Antonio
The American Literary Review http://www.americanliteraryreview.com/ University of North Texas
Aries: Journal of Art & Literature https://twuaries.wordpress.com/ Texas Wesleyan University
Bat City Review, an annual graduate student operated literary magazine sponsored by the English department at UT-Austin http://www.batcityreview.la.utexas.edu
Concho River Review http://www.angelo.edu/dept/english_modern_languages/concho_river_review.php Angelo State University
descant http://www.descant.tcu.edu/ Texas Christian University
Expositor http://web.trinity.edu/Documents/English/expositor.pdf Trinity University
Iron Horse Literary Review http://www.ironhorsereview.com/ Texas Tech University
Front Porch Journal http://www.frontporchjournal.com/fiction.asp Texas State University
Glass Mountain Magazine http://www.glassmountainmag.com/ University of Houston
Gulf Coast Magazine http://gulfcoastmag.org/ University of Houston
Hothouse Literary Journal http://uthothouse.tumblr.com/ UT-Austin
Langdon Review http://www.tarleton.edu/langdonreview/ Tarleton State University
Persona http://personaonline.weebly.com/ Texas State University
Quicksilver http://academics.utep.edu/Default.aspx?tabid=55407 UT-El Paso
REAL: Regarding Arts & Letters https://regardingartsandletters.wordpress.com/ Stephen F. Austin State University
Reunion: The Dallas Review http://www.utdallas.edu/ah/reunion/ UT-Dallas
Rio Grande Review http://academics.utep.edu/Default.aspx?tabid=65211 UT-El Paso
RiverSedge http://portal.utpa.edu/utpa_main/daa_home/ogs_home/utpress_home/journals UT-Pan American
R2: The Rice Review http://r2mag.rice.edu/ Rice University
Sagebrush Review http://www.sagebrushreview.org/Sagebrush_Review/SBR_Home.html UT-San Antonio
Southwest Review http://www.smu.edu/southwestreview/ Southern Methodist University
Texas Review Press http://texasreviewpress.org/ Sam Houston State University
The Thing Itself http://ttijournal.org/ Our Lady of the Lake University
Trinity Review http://web.trinity.edu/documents/english/trinityreview.pdf Trinity University
Writing Texas http://www.writingtexas.org/ Lamar University
13th Annual Texas Art Fair and Symposium on Early Texas Art is April 24-26, 2015 in Houston Texas. The event hotel is Hilton University of Houston directly across the street from the University of Houston Student Center where the Fair and Symposium will be held in Ballroom 210 East and UC Theater 203. Reservations at the hotel by phone 1-832-531-6300. The sponsor is CASETA Center for the Advancement and Study of Early Texas Art http://www.caseta.org
Prior to the Fair and Symposium there are two CASETA events: Thursday March 5 at 5:30 pm at San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts http://www.samfa.org Margaret Blagg will provide an illustrated lecture “The Work of Texas Artist Cynthia Brants”. http://www.tfaoi.com/aa/7aa/7aa898.htm Ms Blagg is the former Director of Old Jail Museum at Albany Texas north of Abilene.
On Friday April 3 a bus tour will depart Wichita Falls Museum of Art on the campus of Midwestern State University http://www.wfmamsu.org at 1:30 pm for Electra Texas [27 miles distant on US Highway 287] to view Allie Victoria Tennant’s New Deal Era mural in the Electra post office. http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/fte37 Professor of History Light Cummins http://www.austincollege.edu/9150/light-cummins/ will provide a lecture on the mural and the bus will return to Wichita Falls Museum of Art around 4:00 pm.
Both these events are free but attendees should register in advance.
The town of Electra was named for the daughter of W.T. Waggoner and granddaughter of Daniel Waggoner, founder of the historic Waggoner Ranch http://westerntrips.blogspot.com/2012/07/electra-texas-electra-waggoner.html
Alice Kaplan, Camus Redux: Today Albert Camus is Still Alive But Changed, Thanks to the Art of David Oelhoffen and Kamel Daoud, The Nation Magazine, February 23, 2015 http://www.thenation.com/article/196993/camus-redux
movie – Loin des hommes [Far From Men] (Pathe Films 2014 director David Oelhoffen) is a remaking of the story The Guest by Camus and the movie will be released in the United States on May 1, 2015 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2936180/?ref_=nv_sr_1
novel – Kamel Daoud, Meursault, contra-enquete [Meursault, counter-investigation] (Actes Sud 2014 paperback at 153 pages) ABE Books new $ 26.71. Meursault is the narrator and remorseless French Algerian murderer of an Arab Algerian in Camus’s novel The Stranger and Daoud, a contemporary Algerian writer, uses the character to a different and surprising effect.
Albert Camus 1913-1960 http://www.egs.edu/library/albert-camus/biography/ wrote a short story The Guest (1954) when the eight year Algerian Revolution [1954-1962] was just starting and Camus, born in Algeria, was in exile in France. The story appeared later in the collection Exile and the Kingdom (1957, Quality Paperback Book Club 1995, The Guest appears at pages 85-109) (translation by Justin O’Brien can be read on Internet http://www4.ncsu.edu/~dsbeckma/the%20guest%20by%20albert%20camus.pdf Study Guide discussion of L’Hote [The Guest] http://www.enotes.com/topics/guest Exile and the Kingdom includes The Adulterous Woman, The Renegade, The Silent Men, The Guest, The Artist at Work, and The Growing Stone.
Camus wrote a story Misery in Kabylia (1939) https://books.google.com/books?id=VGBSVdHwmUYC&pg=PA70&lpg=PA70&dq=albert+camus+misery+kabylia&source=bl&ots=MStYHtiDsW&sig=pU_s_pCM0AwWwKtREh02icXOki4&hl=en&sa=X&ei=W1XtVK-9H4KfggTD5YO4DA&ved=0CC0Q6AEwAg#v=onepage&q=albert%20camus%20misery%20kabylia&f=false and http://www.hup.harvard.edu/catalog.php?isbn=9780674072589&content=toc for which because of his sympathy for Algerian Arabs and Berbers Camus lost his job as a journalist with a French Algerian newspaper. Algerian Chronicles (Harvard University Press 2013) includes Misery in Kabylia.
His unfinished autobiographical novel The First Man was published in 1994. Here is a summary and study guide http://www.bookrags.com/studyguide-the-first-man/#gsc.tab=0
Albert Camus, La Chute [The Fall] (novel in 1956) (transl. Justin O’Brien, 144 pages) can be read here http://evankozierachi.com/uploads/The_Fall_by_Albert_Camus.pdf
Albert Camus, La Peste [The Plague] (novel in 1947) (transl. Stuart Gilbert) can be read here http://evankozierachi.com/uploads/The_Plague_by_Albert_Camus.pdf
Albert Camus, L’Etranger [The Stranger] (1942 novel) (transl. Stuart Gilbert 1946, three other later translations so you have choices) http://public.wsu.edu/~delahoyd/20th/camus.stranger.html
Albert Camus, The Rebel: An Essay on Man in Revolt (1951) (transl. Anthony Bower, Alfred A. Knopf 1956) can be read here https://libcom.org/files/The-Rebel-Albert-Camus.pdf
Absurdist existentialism is reflected in his essays Betwixt and Between (1937) Nuptials (1938) The Myth of Sisyphus (1942 a literary essay) Letters to A German Friend (1945) included in a collection of essays Resistance, Rebellion and Death (1960, transl. Justin O’Brien, Alfred A. Knopf 1961) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Resistance,_Rebellion,_and_Death Texas Tech Library PQ 2605.A3734 A25 ABE Books good condition $3.49.
http://www.iep.utm.edu/camus/ Internet philosophy article on Camus
Camus won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1957 and, due to his untimely death at age 46 in a car accident, passed quickly into legend. So much has been said, so many interpretations made, so many speculations assumptions and projections, so much labeling, that taken as a whole it only proves his own absurdist existentialism. We live our history but don’t make it.
Siglo de Oro [golden age] Drama Festival is March 18-22 at Chamizal National Memorial in El Paso http://www.nps.gov/cham
Outlaws and Legends Music Fest is March 27-28 at Back Porch of Texas located at Interstate Highway 20 and US Highway 277 in Abilene, a fundraiser for the Ben Richey Boys Ranch http://www.outlawsandlegends.com admission for all weekend is $49 in advance $65 at the gate
Buffalo Gap Wine & Food Summit is April 24-26 at Perini Ranch in Buffalo Gap south of Abilene http://www.buffalogapsummit.com tickets by phone 1-800-367-1721 haute cuisine on ranch grounds