Arts History Update for early May 2013 by David Cummins
“Poetry is a record of the life around us and in us, and you’ll get a better idea from poetry what it was like to be alive in 2011 than you will from the New York Times.”
— Garrison Keillor
The Centre for Virtual Engineering was opened in 2012 at the Fraunhofer Institute in Stuttgart Germany. The architect was UNStudio of Amsterdam Holland principals Ben van Berkel and Caroline Bos. http://www.unstudio.com/projects/zve-fraunhofer-institute Click on each of the sixteen hatch marks for a different view of the exterior and interior spaces. Here are more images http://www.flickr.com/photos/bcmng/sets/72157633263435904/ This is world class architecture.
Will there be a new performing arts center in Lubbock? Tim Collins is chair of Lubbock Entertainment & Performing Arts Association www.lepaa.org that hopes to raise another $65 million to augment the initial pledges by CH Foundation and Helen DeVitt Jones Foundation of $20 million. http://lubbockonline.com/local-news/2013-04-09/plans-performing-arts-center-unveiled-organizers-eye-old-dps-location-85#.UXS7-6JvMuo Jack Hagler of Schuler Shook Theatre Planning Lighting Designers www.schulershook.com spoke as did Steve Moffett of Garfield Traub Development Group. The audience was treated to visuals of new theater spaces http://www.schulershook.com/projects/theatre-planning/concert-halls-opera-houses/ that served as ribbon-wrapped candy for children who want a bag of that. Street credibility was already present for Steve Moffett because Garfield Traub was the developer for the Overton Hotel & Conference Center that opened in Lubbock in 2010.
Much of the felt need for a new facility stems from the community’s disappointment with City Bank Auditorium which is now acknowledged as inadequate and unable to be renovated one more time at a price that is returnable at the box office. If the City of Lubbock were to formally toss in the towel and cancel its ground lease, the property would revert back to Texas Tech University. If cooperation and collaboration were possible the City, Texas Tech, CH Foundation and Helen DeVitt Jones Foundation could all sit down at a table and finance their respective shares of the project. Reality tells us that money for building is one thing but money must be regularly available for day to day operations so either a foundation must be financed just for that, or an entity like City of Lubbock or Texas Tech University or both must be partnered in the project.
The new $81 million dollar Wagner Noel Performing Arts Center at University of Texas of the Permian Basin between Midland and Odessa, has the university as its operator. http://www.wagnernoel.com/
Lubbock Avalanche-Journal Sunday April 28 2013 has several articles on this topic http://lubbockonline.com/local-news/2013-04-27/lubbock-leaders-welcome-performing-arts-center-asset-city#.UX6rSaJvMuo another http://lubbockonline.com/local-news/2013-04-27/amarillo-midland-seeing-benefits-performing-arts-centers#.UX6sSKJvMuo another http://lubbockonline.com/entertainment/2013-04-27/promoters-agree-benefit-elegance-proposed-new-performing-arts-center#.UX6sbqJvMuo another http://lubbockonline.com/entertainment/2013-04-27/celebrity-attractions-use-new-performing-arts-center#.UX6smKJvMuo and an article on roll-out of the idea http://lubbockonline.com/local-news/2013-04-09/plans-performing-arts-center-unveiled-organizers-eye-old-dps-location-85#.UX6s0aJvMuo
Silverton Texas is up on the Caprock west of Caprock Canyons State Park, but travel north on Texas Highway 207 to Claude and you will descend and cross Tule Canyon and return to the level plains and then later descend and cross Palo Duro Canyon. If you take the drive in the morning hours you will be rewarded with a special light the morning sun casts on the exposed geological strata.
From Lubbock take US Highway 82 / Texas Highway 114 to Ralls and turn north on US Highway 62 to Floydada and then north on Texas Highway 207 to Silverton.
Texas, an Outdoor Musical Drama in Palo Duro Canyon’s Pioneer Amphitheater is in its 48th season. www.texas-show.com
Shows are nightly Tuesday through Sunday at dusk from June 1 to August 17. Tickets are available for the show only or also for a barbeque dinner preceding the show. Call 806-655-2181 to the office in Canyon. The drama concerns settlement in the panhandle region.
A similar show will occur at Fort Griffin Fandangle north of Albany Texas the last two weekends of June on 20-22 and 27-29. www.fortgriffinfandangle.org phone 325-762-3838 for information and tickets. The cast includes Indians, buffalo hunters, cattle trail drovers, U.S. Army troops and others who called this area home at least temporarily. The cast also includes several head of longhorn cattle from the Official State of Texas Longhorn Cattle Herd. Fort Griffin State Historic Site http://www.visitfortgriffin.com/index.aspx?page=7 is shown here. Those cattle reside here and are transported to Fandangle a few miles away for your viewing pleasure.
An exhibit September 30 – December 10, 2010 titled Unintended Consequences and the Digital Age featured larger than life-size sculptures by Daniel A. Henderson at Schneider Museum of Art on the campus of Southern Oregon University in Ashland Oregon. http://artofinvention.org/
The book published as a result of that exhibit is The Art of Invention: Sculpture by Daniel A. Henderson (Schneider Museum of Art 2010) Amazon.com price $117.70 but at ABE Books it’s available for $4.08 incl s&h.
The Schneider Museum of Art website is http://www.sou.edu/sma/
Henderson is currently living in Fort Worth Texas. He made a trip to Lubbock recently where two maquettes were displayed. His website is http://danielahenderson.com/about.html
Artesia New Mexico is bursting with bronze statuary. Recalling cattle drive days from 1866 when Oliver Loving and Charles Goodnight established the Goodnight Loving Trail heading north through New Mexico Territory and the Pecos River Valley, there are three statuary bronzes The Trail Boss (2007) by Vic Payne, The Vaquero (2008) by Mike Hamby, and The Rustler (2009) by Robert Summers.
Earlier, First Lady of Artesia (2003) by Robert Summers was installed, commemorating Sallie Chisum http://www.angelfire.com/mi2/billythekid/sallie.html . Martin and Mary Yates (2004), also by Summers, commemorates the first oil strike in 1924 as does Derrick Floor (2004) by Vic Payne. Another by Payne is The Partners (Mack Chase and Johnny Gray) (2004) commemorating these one-time oil field partners talking over a deal across an automobile hood.
Texas Tech University Greenhouse and Gardens is located north of United Spirit Arena on the north side of Main Street. It’s an activity of the Plant and Soil Sciences Department, the building to the west across Indiana Avenue. At this time of year it’s a joy to walk through the gardens. Here is the current newsletter of the department that tells more about the gardens including the Earth-Kind Rose Demonstration Garden http://www.pssc.ttu.edu/News-Events/Newsletter/AprilMayJune2013.pdf . More information on Earth-Kind Roses http://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/earthkindroses/cultivars/
Make the Greenhouse and Gardens a recurring destination through September.
Tech Students who are members of the Horticultural Society meet at the Greenhouse and Gardens regularly.
Daniel S. Kerr and Alexander J. Hunt are authors of the essay The Quitaque Killings (2013) that refers to the mid-1870s when cowboys assembling a cattle ranch [rounding up unbranded longhorn cattle] near modern day Quitaque came on to pastores [Hispanic sheepherders from New Mexico Territory] and attacked them. The essay will appear in an issue of ABC-CLIO Journal of the West published in Kettering Ohio.
Kerr and Hunt are scheduled to read from their essay at Amarillo Public Library on Thursday April 25. http://amarillo.com/lifestyle/features/2013-04-19/quitaque-essay-be-read-thursday Kerr is an instructor and Hunt is an associate professor in the Department of English Philosophy and Modern Languages at West Texas A&M University in Canyon Texas. Kerr also instructs in the History Department. E-mail Kerr at firstname.lastname@example.org or Hunt at email@example.com or phone 806-651-2457 for more information.
“The Quitaque Killings: Ethnic Cleansing and Regional Historiography, or A Southern Plains Hispanic Murder Mystery,” lecture by Dan Kerr and Alex Hunt, Department of English, West Texas A&M, sponsored by the Shepard Symposium, Chicano Studies and American Indian Studies Dept. Place: 310 Classroom Bldg on November 10, 2011 at University of Wyoming in Laramie.
Here is Paul Carlson’s essay on the pastores http://digital.library.okstate.edu/encyclopedia/entries/P/PA029.html focusing on their activity in the Oklahoma Panhandle.
Anna J. Taylor, A Survey of New Mexican “Pastores” in the Texas Panhandle Plains, 1875 – 1886 (Texas Historical Foundation 1980) Texas Tech Library SF371.52.T3 T23
The dynamic new chair of Texas Tech University Department of Theatre & Dance, Dr. Mark Charney, is launching a June 2013 Wild Wind Performance Lab to which ten guest artists from around the country are offering their various talents. The artists are J Ranelli, Kari Margolis, Joseph Kline, Matt Opatrny, Jessica Burr, Deborah Anderson, Crosby Hunt, Rich Brown, David Kranes and Jodi Jinks. The timing is significant, early in the Summer, when theater students include adults who come back in the Summer for further education, and when theatrical arts organizations in the city and area are having their own workshops and other scheduled events. Carney wants to invigorate academic and community interaction and all of the invited guest artists are being made available free for sessions with community people and organizations off campus.
Schedule for guest artists:
J Ranelli June 3 – July 1
Kari Margolis June 4 – 6
Joseph Kline June 7 – 11
Matt Opatrny June 7 – 14
Jessica Burr June 7 – 14
Deborah Anderson June 10 – 17
Crosby Hunt June 10 – 17
Rich Brown June 11 – 16
David Kranes June 17 – 21
Jodi Jinks June 23 -28
J Ranelli is a founding member Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center in Waterford Connecticut www.theoneill.org creator of The National Theatre Institute, an experimental undergraduate program. He is an advisory board member of Word BRIDGE a Summer workshop program for beginning playwrights.
Kari Margolis is artistic director of Margolis Brown Adaptors Company http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Margolis_Brown_Adaptors_Company website http://www.margolisbrownadaptors.org/ and creator of Margolis Method Center International, a new method of actor training and theater creation.
Joseph Kline is dean of the College of Fine Arts and professor of Theatre at Eastern New Mexico University http://fine-arts.enmu.edu/programs/theatre/faculty/joseph_kline.shtml
Matt Opatrny and Jessica Burr operate Blessed Unrest a Manhattan-based theatre company http://www.blessedunrest.org/ Their most recent production Eurydice’s Dream was staged at Interart Theatre on West 52nd Street in the city.
Crosby Hunt and Deborah Anderson are faculty members at Middle Tennessee State University at Murfreesboro department of Theatre and Dance http://www.mtsu.edu/theatre/index.php
Rich Brown teaches Jerzy Grotowski inspired psycho-physical acting at Western Washington University in Bellingham
http://www.wwu.edu/theatredance/ Rich Brown http://www.wwu.edu/theatredance/faculty.shtml#RBrown Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theatre http://dellarte.com/default.aspx and here is a description of the physical acting process http://owendaly.com/jeff/WanghActingWorkshop.pdf
David Kranes is a writer, playwright and former Artistic Director of the Sundance Playwrights Lab http://www.ebay.com/itm/David-Kranes-Selected-Plays-by-David-Kranes-NEW-/130880962635
Jodi Jinks is a faculty member at Oklahoma State University and an active member of Rude Mechs a theatrical collective based in Austin Texas that produces original plays. http://www.rudemechs.com/about/index.htm She works with its Grrl Action Summer program as well as acting and directing.
Hopefully the theater departments at Wayland Baptist University, Lubbock Christian University, South Plains College, Lubbock ISD and other ISDs in Region 17, and all private theater and dance organizations in the area will telephone Texas Tech University Theatre and Dance Department and schedule their times for interaction with these stellar artists who are coming to town. It’s a huge opportunity to jump start inspiration that can have lasting benefits for many years. Exposure to the new and cutting edge, that is working elsewhere, is so exciting. http://www.depts.ttu.edu/theatreanddance/ phone 806-742-3601 extension 221 e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org and participate.
George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum opens to the public on May 1, 2013
http://www.georgewbushlibrary.smu.edu/ on the campus of Southern Methodist University in Dallas Texas. The physical address is 2943 SMU Boulevard phone 214-346-1557 inquiries and information by e-mail at email@example.com or at firstname.lastname@example.org [nara stands for National Archives and Records Administration]
The Texas Commission on the Arts has announced the Texas State Legislature’s appointments to the positions of state poet laureate. state musician. state two-dimensional artist and state three-dimensional artist.
For 2013 ~
Texas Poet Laureate ~ Rosemary Cataclos; San Antonio
Texas Two-Dimensional Artist ~ Jim Woodson, Ft. Worth
Texas Three-Dimensional Artist ~ Joseph Havel, Houston
Texas State Musician ~ Craig Hella Johnson, Austin
For 2014 ~
“In honoring these individuals we bring attention to the important roles the arts play in shaping Texas’ cultural landscape,” said Gary Gibbs, Executive Director for the Texas Commission on the Arts. “These Texas State Artists are the best of the best. Their work defines our character of place and reflects the distinctive qualities that make Texas unique.”