Arts History Update for mid August 2016

26 Jul

Arts History Update for mid August 2016 by David Cummins

Socrates Sculpture Park New York City is an outdoor museum and public park where artists can create and exhibit sculptures and multi-media installations. It’s in Queens across the East River from Manhattan in Long Island City. Open daily free admission 10:00 am to sunset Notice the wide variety of activities that take place there.

This is the third Summer that LIC [Long Island City] Art Bus has operated a free shuttle bus service on weekends May 7-September 11. It stops at MoMA PS1, Sculpture Center, The Noguchi Museum, Socrates Sculpture Park and of course the major transit hub in Long Island City at Court Square. Chamber of Commerce says

Integral to Long Island City’s rapid growth is its transit connectivity to Midtown Manhattan and Northern Brooklyn. With 8 subway stations, 13 bus lines, 2 Long Island Railroad stations and an East River ferry terminal, LIC is a multi-modal transit hub and an ideal location for a variety of businesses.

MoMA PS1 is a large non-profit contemporary art institution allied with the Museum of Modern Art, New York City in Manhattan

Sculpture Center is a contemporary art museum in Long Island City

The Noguchi Museum is a contemporary sculpture and ceramics museum reflecting the artistry of the famous Japanese-American artist

One can walk or bicycle across the Queensborough Bridge between Long Island City and Manhattan. The walking and bicycling lanes are separate [on the northern side of the bridge] from vehicle lanes so no worries there. It would be a 25-30 minute walk or 40 minute stroll and a 10 minute bike ride. Great views of Roosevelt Island in the East River and northern Manhattan and Queens. I’ve been at both ends of that bridge and always opted to take the subway perhaps anticipating that I’d have enough walking after crossing the bridge, and didn’t require the thrill of the high wire experience. The bridge ends in Long Island City at Queensboro Plaza and the transit hub for going north south or farther east. That’s half a mile inland from the East River.

A tip for the traveler. Great restaurants and eateries in Long Island City, not less expensive than Manhattan but local and tasty. A short walk north to Astoria yields more great restaurants and eateries.


Bob Brier, Cleopatra’s Needles: The Lost Obelisks of Egypt (Bloomsbury Academic 2016) 238 pages $20.23 hardcover $14.39 e-book ABE Books new $23.47 incl s&h

Henry Honeychurch Gorringe 1841-1885 was a U.S. Navy officer who attained national acclaim for successfully completing the removal of a Cleopatra’s Needles obelisk from Alexandria Egypt and transporting it to Central Park, Manhattan, New York City. The obelisk of Thutmosis III constructed about 1,5000 B.C.E. in Heliopolis was removed to Alexandria in 12 B.C.E. and was one of two that were located in Alexandria and both were referred to as Cleopatra’s Needles, referring to Cleopatra VII of Egypt in the Ptolemy dynasty who died by her own hand in 30 B.C.E. yielding to Roman control of Egypt. In the late nineteenth century both obelisks were laying prostrate on the ground as ruins.

The other obelisk was removed from Alexandria in 1878 and taken to the Thames River Victoria Embankment in London England near the Golden Jubilee Bridge. In 1879 Gorringe put in an application to William H. Vanderbilt to remove the remaining obelisk and in August 1879 was awarded the contract for $75,000. He overcame many obstacles and departed Alexandria with the obelisk on June 12, 1880 arriving at the Staten Island shipyards on July 20. From there it was taken to Central Park and erected January 22, 1881. He then wrote a book Egyptian Obelisks (self-published at 32 Waverly Place in Greenwich Village 1882) digitized here He resigned from the Navy in 1883 and died in 1885.

The obelisk is west of the Metropolitan Museum of Art 1000 5th Avenue at E. 83rd Street


The next election locally is the Lubbock Independent School District Tax Rate Rollback election on August 30, 2016. Early voting is August 18-26 Here is what the District says

Tax Ratification Election (TRE)…

On August 30, voters will decide whether to allow Lubbock ISD to shift two cents from their current debt service tax rate to their maintenance and operations tax rate and access additional state funding. The shift will keep the tax rate at the same $1.235 level, while generating more than $5.5 million annually into LISD coffers to pay cash for things like technology and priority facility / instructional needs. is a Fact Sheet issued by LISD.

LISD will conduct public forums for voters on this issue Thursday August 4 at 6:00 pm in Monterey High School cafeteria 3211 47th Street, Tuesday August 9 at 6:00 pm in Estacado High School auditorium 1504 E. Itasca Street, and Tuesday August 16 at 6:00 pm in Coronado High School cafeteria 4910 29th Drive.


The Abraham Art Gallery is in the Atrium level of the Mabee Learning Resource Center building, Wayland Baptist University, Plainview Texas phone 806-291-3710 and is open Mon – Thur 10:00 am – 5:00pm Friday 10:00 am – 4:00 pm Saturday 2:00 – 5:00 pm free admission. The current exhibition is the annual American Watercolor Society Awards Exhibition a traveling exhibit July 15-September 18.


Houston Art Fair is September 29 – October 2, 2016, a contemporary art fair at Silver Street Event Space, 2000 Edwards Street, Houston Texas in the Washington Avenue Arts District. and The producer of the fair is Urban Expositions This is the sixth annual Houston Art Fair.

Another choice that weekend is the 28th Annual Rio Grande Arts & Crafts Festival and Balloon Fiesta Show at Expo New Mexico, Albuquerque NM September 30 – October 2 and the following weekend October 9 – 11.


Texas Tech University Press warehouse is in the Grantham Building 608 North Knoxville Avenue # 120 at Erskine Street north of the Rawls Golf Course Lubbock Texas and its administration and bookstore is downtown at Urban Tech, 1120 Main Street Lubbock on the second floor. It is a member of Association of American University Presses so will participate in the annual University Press Week that is November 14-19, 2016. Mark your calendars.

The reason the warehouse location is news, is that it was for several years in Chicago and the University of Chicago Press performed the warehousing and distribution of TTU Press books that were sold

What this change means is that TTU Press is centralizing its production, marketing and distribution of product in Lubbock. The director of the Press Courtney Burkholder is responsible to Dean Bella Gerlich, Dean of Libraries at Texas Tech University

The upside potential for the University Press is enormous but this is a time when publishers of all stripes, commercial, big names and publishing houses with various imprints each having a cache, smaller specialty and independent publishers, and even self-publishing support organizations like CreateSpace, are having difficulties. Much of it comes from not comfortably meshing with the digitizing of reading material and marketing to an electronic reading audience as a discrete and separate section of the market, and some discomfort comes from being outflanked by Jeff Bezos and his team of innovators.

A nimble adept press would digitize each new publication at the front end in addition to producing the hardcover or paperback version, and market the electronic version separately from the physical book. Its warehouse and distribution staff should study and experiment with the range of shipping and handling modalities and begin to match’s capabilities in that regard, getting away from the reputation that shipping fees from a university press are higher than commercial companies. For books that are produced by or for academia, the press marketers should learn from those disciplines the folks to whom the book is directed, identify those markets, and determine how best to reach them. Until that is accomplished, academes will use the press only when the discipline’s commercial and trade publishers refuse to publish the manuscript. Ultimately a university press can become a trade publisher for many disciplines when it has served them well in the past.

Other bookish stuff in November is the annual Texas Book Festival in Austin Texas November 5-6


Archives of American Art at Smithsonian Institution will make its 2016 Awards on October 25, 2016 at 583 Park Avenue, Manhattan, New York City. Steve Martin and Catherine Opie will receive the Archives of American Art Medal and Thomas Crow the Lawrence A. Fleischman Award for Scholarly Excellence in the field of American Art History


E. Jay Matsler Trust for Historic Preservation created by Jay’s bequest of $348,000 creates grants that are made by Community Foundation of West Texas for projects in Hale and/or Lubbock counties. This round of grant applications is due by September 1, 2016 contact Denise Oviedo e-mail

Jay regularly attended Arts History lectures and other events at Helen DeVitt Jones Auditorium and Sculpture Court in Texas Tech Museum and is fondly and respectfully remembered.


In the mail today Bank of America, the nation’s second largest bank, sent an invitation to own its VISA credit card. At the bottom in bold print it had a PRESCREEN & OPT-OUT NOTICE that advised one to telephone 1-888-567-8688 to avoid any future offers like this. I telephoned but the recording’s second step asked me to provide my social security account number. I ended the call immediately. This is a SCAM in the form of inviting the diligent to take steps to avoid SCAMS.

The Privacy Act of 1974 as amended to date including The Patriot Act clearly provides that you aren’t legally required to provide your SSAN to businesses unless one of the following is true:

You’ll be engaging in a transaction that ultimately requires some notification to the Internal Revenue Service; or

You’re initiating a financial transaction subject to federal Customer Identification Program rules. These are the rules.

Neither transaction is happening so this OPT-OUT scheme is trolling for Social Security Numbers and you may be sure that the obtained numbers will only be used against your best interests.

What is sad is that large, even mega large successful companies like Bank of America are so uninterested in the welfare of their customers or potential customers, that they participate in marketing plans that contain such SCAMS. We get notices from our banks and other financial institutions to be careful about security, and yet they allow themselves to be used as agents for placing our security in peril.

If you want to hector the people at Bank of America or it is your bank and you want it to perform better, refer in your complaint to the offer of a VISA card Source Code: VACGZM PO Code: N7 dated July 12, 2016.




Arts History Update for early August 2016

16 Jul

Arts History Update for early August 2016 by David Cummins

The Natchez Trace Parkway in Tennessee Alabama and Mississippi is 444 miles of automobile highway and hiking paths that parallel and in some places overlay the Old Natchez Trace used by Native Americans, “Kaintucks”, settlers, pioneers, future presidents and others. It is called a 1,000 year old road but it’s difficult to find any recorded history or archaeology to support or refute that claim.

There is nearby camping, fishing, horseback riding, bicycling, hiking, and of course an opportunity to explore all the historic sites along the route.

From west to east, not the way the settlers would have arrived, Natchez to Jackson MS mileposts 1-113, Jackson to Tupelo MS mileposts 108-236, Tupelo to the general area of the Alabama/Tennessee line mileposts 230-341, and Alabama/Tennessee line to Nashville TN mileposts 336-444.

A recent memoir by a South Carolina writer is Andra Watkins, Not Without My Father: One Woman’s 444 Mile Walk of the Natchez Trace (Word Hermit Press 2015) 252 pages

The Grand Village of the Natchez Indians outside of Natchez is a preservation of three mounds built by the mound-builder Mississippian pre-historic Indians, and should be one of those historic sites one visits as one begins the trek. It does put things into perspective. It made me feel small, insignificant and a late late-comer.

The city of Natchez and its surrounding area is itself a destination

Jonathan Daniels, The Devil’s Backbone: The Story of the Natchez Trace (McGraw-Hill 1962) Lubbock Public Library XR S0U.7 DAN in Genealogy section at Mahon Library.


The Contemporary Austin is a community art museum and art school that exhibits both at its Laguna Gloria twelve acre site on Lake Austin and its downtown Jones Center building in Austin Texas. A patron Suzanne Deal Booth just funded a new $100,000 prize for an artist biennially. It is named the Booth Prize.


COR Cellars Winery, 151 Old Highway 8, Lyle, Washington is in the Columbia River Gorge that separates the states of Oregon and Washington and has recently been identified as a notable wine-making region in America. The new winery building was designed by goCstudio architects of Seattle Washington on money the winery made from producing award-winning wines. Click your way through thirteen images of the winery and its architectural design.

Small business success through making original high quality products is a story in and of America that cannot be retold too often.

Old Highway 8 is two miles north of Washington State Highway 14 titled Lewis and Clark Scenic Byway that hugs the north side of the Columbia River while Interstate Highway 84 hugs the south side going through the Gorge. The city of The Dalles Oregon is to the east and the cities of White Salmon Washington and Hood River Oregon are to the west. Lyle is 75 miles east of Vancouver Washington that is across the Columbia River from Portland Oregon. The crest of the Cascade Mountains is west of Hood River at about Cascade Locks on the Columbia River [just east of Bonneville Dam]. The Pacific Crest Trail [hiking trail] crosses the Columbia River at Bridge of the Gods [steel truss cantilever bridge] at Cascade Locks and

There are forty wineries in the Columbia River Gorge area

Thunder Island Brewing Co is a valued craft brewery in Cascade Locks There are nine other breweries in the Gorge area so this is both a beer and wine destination.

On the Washington side of the river are Backwoods Brewing Co at 1162 B Wind River Highway, Carson WA, Everybody’s Brewing at 151 East Jewett Blvd, White Salmon WA, and Walking Man Brewing at 240 1st Street, Stevenson WA. The other seven and the freeway are in Oregon.

Craft brewers are experimenting and it tastes that way. Everybody’s Brewing makes a barrel-aged Sour Cherry Saison [seasonal or session beer] Belgian style pale Ale that is 6.9% alcohol by volume sold only in 22 ounce bottles on site. I’ll go all in only if you split it with me. Eleven ounces of this is all one needs to remember a trip to the Pacific Northwest off the beaten path.


Visit Lubbock currently features four Lubbock artists, Joey Martinez, Kathryn Thomas, Baron Batch and Dirk Fowler and suggests that art lovers visit around town

Martinez’s murals adorn the LHUCA Louise Hopkins Underwood Center for the Arts campus that was the location for three ribbon cuttings Wednesday July 13 at 4:00 pm. It was over 100 degrees but we survived. One was CASP Charles Adams Studio Project new Foundry now available for aluminum and bronze pours. It is immediately north of the Printmaking Studio, School of Art Satellite Gallery and the Metals Studio. North of the Foundry are four new Work Studios that abut the property line and overlook on the Marsha Sharp Freeway. The ribbon was cut for the Work Studios. Finally, the Texas Commission for the Arts issued a grant for concrete sidewalks and platform spaces for outdoor sculpture, and a metal shade structure on 5th Street in front of CASP, what is now being called 5th & J Courtyard. That ribbon was also cut.

The expansion of the LHUCA campus and CASP are a tremendous asset for the South Plains, a place where many aspiring artists may feel the creative air under their wings.

Incidentally, while attending the event we viewed a homelessness art exhibit at the School of Art Satellite Gallery. It is stunning and sobering at the same time.


Dan Cooper or D.B. Cooper jumped out of a Boeing 727 commercial passenger airplane somewhere between Seattle WA and Reno NV on the evening of November 24, 1971. He was wearing a parachute and strapped-on a valise with $200,000 cash he had demanded in Seattle as ransom for the passengers and crew of the aircraft flown from Portland to Seattle. He hasn’t been seen or heard from since. A nine year old boy Brian Ingram found a stash of $5,850 cash in 1980 that was rotting and weathering and it matched the ransom money serial numbers. It was found where Brian was digging a fire pit in the sand at Tena Bar on the Columbia River west [downstream] of Washougal Washington. No other credible evidence of the event came to light and the Federal Bureau of Investigation closed its file 44 years after the event

Did he get away? Or fall to the ground hurt and not survived or fall to his death? Did animals and birds remove the evidence of his remains? We don’t know.

The Pursuit of D.B. Cooper (1981) is a film starring Robert Duvall and Treat Williams. Five novels were written about him, imagining his life after the airplane event. Television shows did the same including The Ballad of D.B. Cooper wherein he takes on something of a mythical and less criminal figure. In many scenarios a character by another name admits near the end of the novel, television show, etc. that he is actually D.B. Cooper.

While law enforcement would rather him be impaled on a tree never to see another Thanksgiving Day, many romanticist folks would rather he lived a free-wheeling life as the dare-devil rogue who got away.


Building of the Year 2015 at the World Architecture Festival was The Interlace by OMA/Buro Ole Scheeren architecture firm. It is a residential complex of interconnected buildings in Singapore

The winner for 2016 will be announced in Berlin Germany in November. This is a completed building competition not “what might have been”.

VIA 57 West at 625 West 57th Street at 11th Avenue in New York City by BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group architects, is a candidate, wouldn’t you agree? and It is a residential apartment building.

Another candidate is Writers Theater in Glencoe Illinois designed by Jeanne Gang and Studio Gang Architects and another by the same architect is Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership at Kalamazoo College Michigan

The Barack Obama Presidential Center and Library announced its architect as Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects of New York City and as its partner the local Chicago firm Interactive Design Architects IDEA. The location of the Center and Library is the south side of Chicago.

Douglas House (1973) in Harbor Springs Michigan by Richard Meier, architect, was just added to the National Register of Historic Places and


Brexit and the way forward. When Prime Minister Cameron announced post-plebiscite that he would resign in October, I thought he would provide as his legacy a marvelous political risk-free management of the transition to a new status outside the European Union. It was a tremendous opportunity for him. Sadly, he just announced his early resignation in favor of the Home Secretary Theresa May. She took office Wednesday July 13, 2016 after meeting with Queen Elizabeth II. David Cameron came a cropper and is a cropper. Too bad, for him and the nation.

British businesses are in reaction mode. Capital markets globally have lost a trillion or so in British assets, the pound sterling is at a low point relative to the euro and dollar, and the international banking hub at London will soon decamp for Amsterdam. That said, flux and shifting economic conditions are a blessing as well as a curse. Some will repeatedly mutter “uncertainty is bad for business” yet that really applies to those businesses that want to keep trudging along in the same worn trench. Those people may even cut back on existing and cancel new projects altogether as a cautionary management strategy, the worst thing they could possibly do. That provides even a clearer opportunity for the brave and bold upstarts to make inroads and “carpe diem” seize the day. Adversity is the mother of invention and inventiveness.

If your grandmother was Irish now is the day to apply for an Irish passport and be the Brit who moves forward daringly into the European Union market and be a citizen of a wider world as well as a denizen in retrenchment Britain.

Pundits both wiser and more prescient than I state that Brexit is an event that precedes the un-raveling of the United Kingdom, pointing out that Northern Ireland is a beneficiary of financial support from the European Union without which it would be decimated, and so may parley with Dublin for incorporation of Ulster the six northeast counties into the Republic of Ireland. They further state that Scotland will revisit its recent independence referendum election and vote for independence and then petition to enter a European Union that would gladly accept the Scots. No like prediction is made for Wales.

If these events were to happen we would then need to review the history of the island beginning with the Celts and their inability to fend off the invading Romans, then the piracy and invasion by Jutes, Angles and Saxons followed by the piracy and invasions by Norse, Danes and Vikings, followed by the unification of Anglo-Saxon leadership by Alfred the Great and his grandson Athelstan, followed by the Norman Conquest [Scandinavians in Normandy led by William the Conqueror] and the succession of dynasties including the current House of Windsor an adopted name to mask the central Germany House of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha origins of the royalty lineage yielding Queen Elizabeth II.


Here is a very fine essay, with pictures that illustrate the points made in the essay, Understanding the Avant-Garde by Angie Kordic and three other authors.


Abdul Sattar Edhi, humanitarian in Karachi Pakistan, died July 8, 2016 age 88 His programs, so essential for so many lives in a teeming metropolis, continue.


Art Walk in Mission Plaza Shopping Center is a free event at 3501 50th Street at Joliet Avenue Lubbock sponsored by Timeless Custom Frames & Art Gallery. Event is 4:00 – 8:00 pm Saturday July 23, 2016. Junior Vasquez will provide live music 4:00-7:00 pm, Robert Garza will perform live figure drawing from 4:00-6:00 pm and Mike Corrales will perform live mural painting from 5:00–8:00 pm. Artists are invited to sign up for space to display their work, free to them and they pay no commission on any piece sold. It’s a likely and lively place for South Plains artists to meet the public who admire art in various styles and media. Come on out.

Arts History Update for late July 2016

9 Jul

Arts History Update for late July 2016 by David Cummins Marcel Duchamp, Portrait of Chess Players (1911) is a Cubist painting depicting four chess players or perhaps only two players but there are four identifiable faces. The chess pieces are floating in undetermined space, and the entire canvas is the chess board, so the players are both within and above the chess board. A limited palette of colors was used, only earth tones so an other-worldliness aspect of the abstraction is presented, helping us pull out something within the painting that we appreciate without it having to have any pre-conceived relationship in time or space with anything else in the painting. It was painted in angles and we can decode it in angles of observation.

Compare this piece with the first Cubist painting Georges Braque, Still Life, Violin and Candlestick (1910) and one realizes that Duchamp embraced and extended the style dramatically from the very beginning. He was both Cubist and Futurist at once. The movement and speed for which the Italian Futurists would be well known, was first presented by Duchamp.

He followed this masterpiece with The King and Queen Surrounded By Swift Nudes (1912) and Nude Descending a Staircase, No. 2 (1912) that was rejected by the Salon of the Independents in Paris in the Spring, was exhibited in Paris in the Fall, and then was shown in February 1913 at the historic Armory Show in Manhattan New York City where it was sold to a San Francisco art dealer for $300. It was resold in 1927 to a Philadelphia collector and Duchamp patron Walter and Louise Arensberg and is in the permanent collection of the Philadelphia Museum of Art worth many millions of dollars.

Bicycle Wheel (1913) was Duchamp’s first ready-made sculpture where he attached a bicycle wheel to a kitchen stool and watched the wheel spin after he stroked it. Version three of that sculpture was fashioned by Duchamp at the request of Museum of Modern Art New York City in 1951 and is in the permanent collection there

Bicycle Wheel. “In 1913,” recalled Marcel Duchamp, “I had the happy idea to fasten a bicycle wheel to a kitchen stool and watch it turn.” The result, Bicycle Wheel, is the first of Duchamp’s ready-mades—objects (sometimes manufactured or mass-produced) selected by the artist and designated as art.

Fountain (1917) under the pseudonym R. Mutt, was a ready-made sculpture by Duchamp that was rejected by the exhibition for the Society of Independent Artists and sparked a discussion about the nature of art. The selection of the pseudonym was related both to a comic strip character and to the fact that the porcelain urinal was manufactured by J.L. Mott Ironworks Company.

An eight year project was the painting of two large panes of glass The Large Glass (1912-1923 off and on totaling eight years of work) The bottom pane was The Bride Stripped Bare By Her Bachelors, Even and discussed at great length in the art world.

Marcel Duchamp 1887-1968.

Christian Conrad’s lecture on Duchamp at LHUCA Firehouse Theater on Saturday July 9 went well beyond these items and was extraordinarily informative. His next will be on Salvador Dali, the Spanish surrealist on Saturday July 23 at 11:30 am – 1:00 pm. A free event but priceless in quality.


Design, comfort and luxury arrive at a price, but if you’re willing to travel in style these new hotels will more than suffice.

1. Hotel Emma, San Antonio Texas –restored Pearl Brewery brewhouse

2. South Congress Hotel, Austin Texas – a jewel in the SoCo neighborhood—%20ALL

3. The Lumen, Dallas Texas – a leaner, cleaner design-savvy boutique hotel—%20ALL

4. The Henry Howard Hotel, New Orleans Louisiana – a former Greek Revival mansion is an an 18 room hotel in the Big Easy.—%20ALL

5. Hotel Zeppelin, San Francisco California – has a rock’n roll vibe and an edgy bohemian style—%20ALL

6. Mystic Hotel, San Francisco California – sensitive restoration of a 1906 post-earthquake and fire building so it seems like a pre-world wars apartment accommodation—%20ALL

There are more new hotels and that website will take you to the city or location of your choice.

Re-purposed buildings that are now stylish hotels include:

The High Line Hotel, 180 Tenth Avenue at West 21st Street, New York City, formerly General Theological Seminary, a Gothic style hotel in Chelsea, quite unique

The Liberty Hotel, 215 Charles Street, Beacon Hill, Boston MA is the former Charles Street Jail

Titanic Hotel, Liverpool England was formerly a colossal warehouse on Stanley Dock. It’s a decidedly contemporary lodging for the friends and guests of Liverpudlians At Liverpool the River Mersey enters the Irish Sea. There are many Merseyside lodgings such as Heywood House Hotel that was once a Georgian architectural style bank two minute walk to James Street Rail and away you go exploring greater Liverpool home of The Beatles.


Wimbledon Grand Slam Tennis Tournament ends July 10 and the quality and excitement of the tennis have been “smashing” as Brits would say. I write this mid-second week as there are only eight men and eight women singles players left in a 128 person draw. The tournament is winding down to the quarterfinals, semifinals and final matches. To keep ourselves balanced and avoid a “tennis frenzy” state of mind, perhaps we should divert our attention from play on the courts to the AELTC All England Lawn Tennis Club.

The corners of the outside courts are marked by several Acer Palmatum (Japanese Maple) small deciduous trees. They exhibit grace, beautiful deep copper-purple foliage and have an exciting autumnal color burst. The delicate leaves flutter in the wind with a lacy appeal. Its shallow fibrous root system will not tolerate competition from other plants so they must not be planted close by an Acer. It must be given its space in the garden and grounds. Other handsome plants and flowers at AELTC are hydrangea magical amethyst, Boston ivy, petunias, box cones, alium, roses, euonymous, salvia amistad and foxglove. The garden and grounds are distinctive and encourage a calm respectful demeanor in recognition of a cared for space. That space is Wimbledon all year round, not just two weeks in midsummer when The Championships are played on the tennis courts.

———————————– Over-connected with electronic devices? Here are some tips for how to balance your life and increase your health and personal relationships by reducing “screen time”. These are just self-management tools but they work.


Susan Fletcher, Let Me Tell You About a Man I Knew (Virago Press 2016) 265 pages historical novel about Jeanne Trabuc wife of the warden at Saint Paul Asylum, Saint Remy France where Vincent Van Gogh took refuge in 1889. Her interactions with the painter during his last madly frenzied paintings, change her life. ABE Books new hardcover $14.38 including s&h

What if you or I were in the presence of a disturbed creative person who was unknown and unaccepted in the world, and we were privy to his creating works of art? Would we appreciate those pieces for their future assignment as masterpieces? Would we let ourselves be influenced by such a person at all, much less let him influence our private life? Would we ignore or dismiss such a person as the detritus of a life lived badly?

Major Francois Trabuc had forbidden his wife Jeanne to meet or interact with the inmates of the asylum, surely a wise injunction. What drew her to spurn that injunction? What would draw us? Jeanne Lafuye Trabuc 1834-1903 was 55 years of age when she posed for Van Gogh’s painting Portrait of Madame Trabuc (September 1889) that is owned by and on display at The Hermitage, St Petersburg, Russia. Van Gogh’s letter to his brother Theo said of her “She is an unhappy, faded, and quiescent woman, so inconsequential and unnoticeable that I felt an acute wish to paint on canvas this dusty blade of grass”.


Do you want another sport to keep track of? How about Major League Lacrosse MLL? The All Star Game is Saturday July 9 at 6:00 pm in Orange County at Titan Stadium Fullerton California. There are currently nine teams but western expansion is happening with the addition of the newly announced LA Riptide and San Francisco Dragons joining the existing Denver Outlaws. The season will end with the Championship Game on August 20, 2016 at 6:00 pm CDT at Fifth Third Bank Stadium, Kennesaw State University near Atlanta Georgia.

Here are the Rules.

There is a Lacrosse Museum in Baltimore Maryland that spans Native American origins to contemporary times.

How do you access lacrosse? CBS Sports Cable Network has been broadcasting high school, college and professional lacrosse games. The All Star Game is Saturday July 9 at 6:00 pm CDT TV-CBS SPORTS channel 1643 in high definition on AT&T U-Verse.


A sniper Micah Johnson of Mesquite Texas fired on Dallas police officers wounding seven and killing five before Johnson was pinned down by return fire and a robot bomb was detonated at his location killing him. This happened Thursday evening at dusk July 7, 2016. The sniper was located at a parking garage near El Centro College in downtown Dallas.

Arts History Update for mid July 2016

2 Jul

Arts History Update for mid July 2016 by David Cummins

An exhibit Respiration (2016) by Karen Chekerdjian, a Lebanese-Armenian sculptor and furniture and product designer, is on view at the Paris France Institut du Monde Arabe [Institute of the Arab World] through August 28. It is stunning. Her website is and


Ken Perenyi, Caveat Emptor: The Secret Life of an American Art Forger (Pegasus Books 2012) 368 pages $20 hardcover $15 paperback $4 e-book Lubbock Public Library 364.163 PERE Adult Nonfiction. It was written by the forger after the statute of limitations had run on his crimes.


Charles Moore et al., The Place of Houses (Holt Rinehart and Winston 1974) reissued (University of California Press 2000) Texas Tech Library NA7125.M66. Charles Moore 1925-1993 an architect whose designs for houses have been followed and expanded upon by many. The book triggers the potential owner’s awareness of what a house is or may be, and what is possible. $30.55 paperback. ABE Books good condition $3.02 incl s&h.

This is the house he designed and built for himself in Orinda California in 1962

Donlyn Lyndon & Jim Alinder, The Sea Ranch: Fifty Years of Architecture, Landscape, Place and Community on the Northern California Coast (Princeton Architectural Press 2004 2d edition 2013) $45 hardcover Texas Tech Library OVERSZ NA735.S437 (2004). Charles Moore was the architect. ABE Books very good condition $30.47 incl s&h.


In a referendum in Great Britain on Thursday June 23 the vote was BREXIT for the British to leave the European Union and it will reduce from 28 member countries to 27. The majority for exiting was 52% and for staying 48%.There are 32 voting areas in Scotland and in every single voting area the majority vote was to stay in the European Union. Such staunch support for the European Union in Scotland raises questions about the Scots revisiting their 2014 referendum on independence from Great Britain.

David Cameron, Great Britain’s Prime Minister, staked his tenuous hold on political leadership, on his campaign to stay in the European Union, and many say his political career is now over. That remains to be seen or unseen. The very next day Cameron spoke from 10 Downing Street and said that he would step down by October just four months hence. The pound sterling is in flux, capital markets are also, and the unexpected event is having repercussions in Great Britain and the world. The continental banking system headquarters in London will probably decamp for Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Over 95% of the Dutch speak English as a second language and it meets other requirements for an English speaking banking system headquarters. It will probably not decamp to Brussels or Strasbourg major European Union cities or Frankfurt, Germany’s financial capital city.


An art installation that seeks to capture the color of water in the Hudson River over an 11 hour period of photographing it by Spencer Finch, and then transforming representative pixels into windows at Chelsea Market in Manhattan at the beginning of The High Line is The installation began in 2009 and will come down in Summer 2016. Many will miss it, thinking of it as a permanent feature of this singular area. Spencer Finch, The River That Flows Both Ways, Manhattan (2009)

Here is the New York Times review of May 2009 on the new art installation Carol Vogel, Seeing The Hudson River Through 700 Windows, The New York Times, May 21, 2009.


Texas Taxidermy Association’s annual convention was in Lubbock this year and 150 items were on display in the Banquet Hall at Lubbock Memorial Civic Center through Sunday June 26 A strutting turkey permanently caught in strut was admired.


Santa Fe was founded in 1610 as La Villa Real de la Santa Fe de San Francisco de Asis [The Royal Town of the Holy Faith of Saint Francis of Assisi]. When the Spanish ruled it on the northern frontier of New Spain, they did not tolerate Americanos dropping by. The English French and Americans in the interior were all regarded as enemies or potential enemies. Americanos were jailed, their possessions taken, and ordered or taken out of the province. Zebulon Montgomery Pike was so treated. He set out in 1806 from Belle Fontaine Missouri with twenty-one men, to the Republican River, then the Arkansas River, then the South Platte River, and then went south to the Rio Grande River where a patrol of 100 Spanish soldiers took them into custody and marched them to Santa Fe. Their expeditionary papers were confiscated. Pike was taken to Chihuahua for questioning, then escorted to Natchitoches Louisiana in 1807 and told not to come west again, having been a prisoner for five months. Natchitoches was the oldest permanent settlement in the Louisiana Purchase Territory, now bounded on the east by the Red River and on the west by Interstate Highway 49 between Alexandria and Shreveport Louisiana .

Not until 1821 when Mexico took over from Spain were Americano traders welcomed at Santa Fe, William Becknell being the first to cross Raton Pass and proceed south to Santa Fe. He traded and returned in 1822 to Franklin Missouri with saddlebags full of Mexican silver. On his next foray with loaded wagons he pursued the Cimarron Cutoff to avoid Raton Pass, heading southwest from far southwest Kansas across panhandle Oklahoma territory to northeast New Mexico and then near Clayton NM toward a crossing of the Canadian River near contemporary Springer then to Watrous or Fort Union and the Old Santa Fe Trail.

From 1824 that Cutoff was the primary route of the Santa Fe Trail. Kit Carson arrived in Santa Fe in 1826, a runaway from a Franklin Missouri saddle maker David Workman to whom Carson was indentured. He was sixteen years of age. On May 27, 1831 famous mountain man-fur trapper-explorer Jedediah Smith was killed by Comanche traveling on this Cimarron Cutoff headed for Santa Fe

The city of Los Angeles was founded in the 1770s by Spanish explorers, its name El Pueblo de la Reina de los Angeles meant The Town of the Queen of Angels. The church at that historic plaza in the 1770s was La Iglesia Nuestra Senora Reina de los Angeles meaning Church of Our Lady the Queen of the Angels. These are of course references to the Virgin Mary mother of Jesus the Christ. She was often referred to as Queen of the Angels.

Newly founded places by the Spanish in North America usually had three basic locations, a presidio or fort for military protection, a mission or church from which the residents and natives could be ministered and taught, and a pueblo/ville or town in which the residents would live and conduct commerce. The comandante would lead the presidio, the Fray Superior or Friar Minor in Charge [superior brother or superior padre at a location] would lead the mission, and the alcalde would lead the pueblo/ville. There were 146 Franciscan Friars Minor in alta [upper] California during the Spanish viceroy [royal] control period prior to 1821.

A friar is a member of a religious order, especially of the four mendicant [uncloistered members who live out with the people to whom they minister] orders Augustinians, Carmelites, Dominicans and Franciscans.They were never allowed to congregate alone but always at least in pairs if not more. The Father-Presidente of all the mission clergy in alta California was the overall leader of the mission program. Junipero Serra was the first Father-Presidente from 1769-1784 over fifteen years and is widely credited with the commencement of the mission program. He took direction from the Franciscan leadership in Spain, it having secured a royal blessing for the endeavor.

The Spanish settlement from 1792 if not before, that would later become San Francisco, was originally named Yerba Buena [good herb] Pueblo referring to the yerba buena or hierba buena aromatic herb plants that grew wild in that area. It wasn’t until after Mexico ceded alta California in 1846 that the area at the mouth of San Francisco Bay was named San Francisco. Later other things were named Yerba Buena such as an island in San Francisco Bay between San Francisco and Oakland through which Interstate Highway 80 passes. On Yerba Buena Island is Treasure Island Road that leads across an isthmus to Treasure Island, a larger island in the Bay.


Juanita Pahdopony and her husband Harry Mithlo were in Burnet, Texas recently for a presentation. Both Juanita and Harry are active artists.

Harry Mithlo and Juanita Pahdopony-Mithlo spoke about their lives as Chiricahua Apache and Comanche educators and artists on May 12th in Burnet. The free event began with refreshments at 1:30 PM. The presentation began at 2:00 PM. The program was part of the Herman Brown Free Library’s author series, Coffee Talks.

In the talk the couple explored how their art is rooted in the life of their families and tribes. A poet, storyteller, artist, filmmaker and a citizen of the Comanche nation, Pahdopony combines tribal traditions with contemporary artistic approaches. Pahdopony is a member of Quanah Parker’s band of the Comanche, the Kwahadi [antelope-eaters]. Mithlo’s mother was Peneteka [honey-eaters] Comanche and his father Chiricahua Apache, a young member of Geronimo’s band. Mithlo paints traditionally, tells stories, and has written a memoir of his father’s life as an Apache prisoner of war in Florida and Oklahoma.

Through their lives Pahdopony and Mithlo have combined other careers with their art. An art educator, Pahdopony taught in public schools and universities and at the first tribal college in Oklahoma, Comanche Nation College a two year community college in Lawton Oklahoma where she served first as faculty and later as Dean of Academic Affairs and interim president. Maintaining a high profile as an artist, she exhibits in galleries regionally and nationally. She frequently presents or tells stories for schools and community groups.

As part of Pahdopony’s museum work, she served as a trustee for the U.S.Department of the Interior Southern Plains Indian Museum at Anadarko Oklahoma . She has curated or been part of exhibits on the lives of Comanche women and children at several museums. She brought copies of a book created for an exhibit on cradle making at the University of Oklahoma, which includes her writing. Making a cradle for a child, she explains, was a way of “honoring a new individual coming into the family.” Her family design, a bird pattern outlined in colors, appeared in the exhibit, and she was happy to share it because the exhibit gave “a name to these people who are long gone…a name to our artists.” Gifts of Pride and Love: Kiowa and Comanche Cradles was available for signing and purchase at the talk, as were some of Pahdopony’s painting.

Pahdopony’s art merges the traditional with the contemporary. She creates modern-day equivalents of Plains shields from polished hub caps and dangling springs, paints a history of the Comanche tribe in images on a buffalo hide, uses bold colors to paint a acrylic portrait of a Comanche elder in a bright green vest and subdued oils to recreate the historic feel of photographs of her great-grandmother Wehrehre Parker Tahmakera and of her great-great grandfather Quanah Parker.

The poetry in her thought is evident in her painting When Comanche Women Could Fly, which shows a woman floating over mountains under the moon. Her writing sometimes shows this same light-hearted fantasy. Stories may come, she says, “from questions and dreams.”

Subject of a documentary film and a film maker herself, Pahdopony is a technical advisor for an upcoming AMC television series based on Phillip Meyer’s book The Son. The series is in active production, and she says, “We are already receiving prep schedules.”

A Viet Nam veteran who served in the Army and Navy, Harry Mithlo is retired from high school teaching and coaching at Riverside Indian School and from his work as a radiologic technologist at the Anadarko Indian Clinic. He presently raises cattle and serves the Comanche Nation as a member of the Comanche Business Committee. Mithlo’s paintings draw directly on Apache tradition, as does his role as a singer in the family’s annual Mountain Spirit dance, held in honor of his father Watson Mithlo. Mithlo’s biography of his father’s experience as a P.O.W. with others of Geronimo’s band, is being considered for publication.

The biography tells how members of the Chiricahua band—Geronimo and his fighters and families with ties to them–were imprisoned by the U.S. military. Originally promised a two-year internment, they were held for 27 years, first in Fort Marion in Florida, then in Alabama, and eventually at Fort Sill in Oklahoma. Mithlo’s father was one of the youngest members of the group.

Coffee Talks take place the second Thursday of each month in the meeting room of the library. The event starts at 1:30 PM with refreshments, followed at 2:00 PM by an hour-long presentation and questions.

This was the final talk of the season. Coffee Talks will begin again in the fall. The series is made possible by support from The Friends of the Library and the Coffee Talks hostesses and volunteers. Coffee was provided by Michelle Devaney of Hey Diddle Diddle Catering

Henry Chappell, Bone of Conciliation, Orion Magazine (2008) is a wonderful essay establishing the connection made between scholars at Texas Tech University and Comanche Nation College at Lawton Oklahoma. Vivid discussion of the Tule Creek campaign of Colonel Ranald Mackenzie in 1874 during which more than a thousand Comanche horses were taken and most slaughtered. The cache of food and supplies at the winter lodges in Palo Duro Canyon were destroyed and the Kwahadi Comanche were rendered horseless wandereres without provisions who eventually made their way in 1875 to Fort Sill and the Indian Reservation reserved for them.





Seattle Art Fair is August 4-7, 2016 at CenturyLink Field Event Center. The Fair was founded by Paul G. Allen, Microsoft co-founder with Bill Gates. Operated by an Allen corporation Vulcan Inc. the Fair is a seminal event in the American art world.

Seeing Nature: Landscape Masterworks from the Paul G. Allen Family Collection is a traveling exhibit of 39 pieces in Allen’s collection It will be at the Minneapolis Institute of Art from July 10-September 18, 2016


Texas Contemporary Art Fair is September 29-October 2, 2016 at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston Texas


The exhibit at Texas Tech Museum Photographic Artifacts of Rick Dingus has been extended to July 31, 2016. It’s appealing, remarkably original, distinctive photography worth exploring and ruminating about.


Garrison Keillor’s last Prairie Home Companion show is “in the can” live at Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles on Saturday July 2. He’s retired. This is what he has to say for himself and all those years

“Dear Friends,

I come from serious taciturn people and grew up in a separatist religious sect that believed that every word and deed should be to the glory of God and here I am winding up forty-two years of talking my head off, much of it silliness, and portraying a private eye and a cowboy. This was not supposed to happen. As Robert Frost did not write:

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood
And, sorry I could not travel both,
I chose the one with the galloping hooves and the barking spiders
And now I’m trying to figure out why.

I am a writer who got tangled up with Minnesota Public Radio and A Prairie Home Companion and not because I was ambitious or had aptitude, but simply through a series of coincidences. I was like a kid in Port-au-Prince who’s never seen ice and whose family is too poor to travel but he reads a book about Antarctica and is fascinated and eventually becomes captain of the Haitian Olympic hockey team. He’s not a great player but he’s pretty good for a Haitian. That’s my story. And now, as retirement nears, it’s a revelation to be accosted by people who want to say: Your show has meant a lot to me. Some of them have been tuned in for most of their lives. It’s very sweet. Also confusing, since I never was a big fan of the show myself. I enjoyed doing the show — it was the only social life I had — but the show was never as good as I wanted it to be, and that’s just a fact.

I’m 73, in good shape for a writer, working on a memoir and a Lake Wobegon screenplay, writing a weekly column for the Washington Post, planning to take brisk walks and start reading books again and rediscover the pleasures of the Weekend. Meanwhile, I am grateful beyond grateful for the people I’ve met along the way, Richard Dworsky, Tim and Sue and Fred, the ladies I’m singing with, Sara and Sarah and Aoife and Heather, and Suzanne Weil who was the first person to ever put me on a stage. She is here tonight and it is all her fault, every bit of it. Had it not been for Suzanne, I would be preaching every night at the Union Gospel Mission on Skid Row and all my friends would be old drunks. Millions of people would never know about Lake Wobegon or Powdermilk Biscuits or the power of rhubarb to ease shame and humiliation. But in the course of fifty years of preaching, I would’ve brought three, possibly four, men to eternal salvation. I will have to make peace with this myself. Meanwhile, thank you for listening to the show.”


Arts History Update for early July 2016

23 Jun

Arts History Update for early July 2016 by David Cummins

The Summer Solstice or Zenith [highest point] of the Sun in the northern hemisphere Nadir [lowest point] of the Sun in the southern hemisphere, is that point at which the sun seems to stand still and not be either farther from or closer to earth. In Latin solstitium sol=sun and stitium = stoppage or point at which the sun seems to sand still. Latin sistere = to come to a stop, make stand still.

June 21 or thereabouts is the Summer Solstice and December 21 or thereabouts is the Winter Solstice.


NCAA Division I Baseball College World Series June 18-29, 2015 at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha Nebraska The Texas Tech Red Raiders are making their second appearance at the culminating event in college baseball, having been there in 2014.

Oklahoma State def UC Santa Barbara 1-0 Saturday June 18 and meets Arizona on Monday June 20 at 6:00 pm. Bracket # 1 winners

Texas Tech v. Texas Christian Sunday June 19 at 2:00 pm TV-ESPNU Bracket # 2. Tech led 3-2 by scoring a run in the bottom of the eighth inning, but Horned Frogs exploded for 3 runs in the top of the 9th inning and held on to win 5-3. Florida and Texas Christian stay in the winners side of the bracket.

Texas Tech 46-19 v. Florida 52-15 Tuesday June 21 at 4:00 pm TV-ESPN2 in an elimination game, loser to go home from Omaha. Arriving in Omaha Florida was # 1 in the nation and highly rated to capture the crown. Coastal Carolina defeated the Gators 2-1 in their opening game. Red Raiders won 3-2 and stayed alive.

Texas Christian def Coastal Carolina 6-1 so is the lone team in the winner’s side of the bracket. Texas Tech 47-19 plays Coastal Carolina in an elimination game Thursday June 23 at 7:00 pm TV-ESPN2. Winner will play Texas Christian and if it wins will play Texas Christian again. The Horned Frogs will be well rested as it’s easier to win and wait to play rather than playing to stave off elimination. Red Raiders lost to Coastal Carolina 7-5 ending the season at 47 wins 20 losses.

Coastal Carolina won twice against Texas Christian 4-1 and 7-5 to come out of bracket 2. Arizona lost to Oklahoma State 1-0 in its second game but then def UC Santa Barbara and then Oklahoma State twice 9-3 and 5-1 to come out of bracket 1 so the final best of three games College World Series is the Chanticleers from Conway South Carolina a Big South team against the Arizona Wildcats of the PAC-12 conference. On Saturday June 25 two Big XII Conference teams were taken out of the College World Series.

Coastal Carolina def Texas Christian and made it to the finals against Arizona and lost the first game but won the next two games to win the College world Series and gain a # 1 ranking at the end of the season. Texas Tech finished as # 5 in the nation. June 30, 2016.

Thomas Paine 1737-1809 was an Englishman who became a tax officer and wrote The Case of the Officers of Excise (1772) then emigrated to America in 1774 and wrote Common Sense (1776) in defense of American independence from Great Britain. During the Revolutionary War he wrote a series of pamphlets in support of the War titled The American Crisis (1776-1783), then returned to England to proceed with agitation there and wrote The Rights of Man (1792) in defense of the recent French Revolution, pitting himself against widespread English criticism of the revolution, and he was forced to leave England for France. Eventually he was unappreciated there, imprisoned and he wrote The Age of Reason (1793-1794) against the controlling effects of the French Roman Catholic Church and its orthodoxy on French society. James Monroe, a future American president, used diplomatic connections to get Paine released from the prison in Paris. Paine would not be quiet but wrote Agrarian Justice (1797) with views on those who worked the land although not owning it. He returned to America in 1802 where he died in obscurity in Connecticut.

His views were so extreme that he was not accepted or welcomed by the founding fathers or their lineage in early American government, although he was respected as being a firebrand who helped the revolution get started and understood by many colonialists. His Common Sense was the best-selling most widely-read pamphlet in colonial history.

Thomas Paine was a “corsetmaker by trade, a journalist by profession, and a propagandist by inclination”. Don’t know who first said this, but it was repeated countless times. In reality Paine’s father and he as a young apprentice in Norfolk England [East Anglia] made thick woven rope stays (also called stay ropes) used on sailing ships, not stays for ladies’ corsets. Thus the repeated statement was intended to be derisive or dismissive and was about two-thirds accurate and one-third intentionally inaccurate.


From May 27, 2016 – August 24, 2016 there is an exhibit at Texas Tech Museum titled

ReTooled. It brings life to the unexpected subject of tools by profiling 28 visionary artists from the Hechinger Collection including Arman, Anthony Caro, Richard Estes, Howard Finster, Red Grooms, Jacob Lawrence, Fernand Léger, Roger Shimomura, and H.C. Westermann; photographers Berenice Abbott, William Eggleston, and Walker Evans; and pop artists Jim Dine, Claes Oldenburg, and James Rosenquist. Featuring more than 40 imaginative paintings, sculptures, works on paper and photographs, the exhibition consists of four sections that dynamically frame the themes of this collection into accessible categories: 1. Objects of Beauty; 2. Material Illusions; 3. Instruments of Satire; and 4. Tools: An Extension of Self.

Curry Holden: A Landmark Visionary

Exhibit October 6, 2015 – October 2, 2016

William Curry Holden, the first Director of the West Texas Museum (now the Museum of Texas Tech University), is credited with the discovery of Lubbock Lake in 1936.

It all started when the young Kimmel brothers brought him bones of ancient bison and a Folsom point found there. Throughout the decades, Holden’s research championed protection of the Lubbock Lake. He oversaw excavations, worked with community leaders, and raised community awareness with his own guided tours into the late 1960s. His ceaseless efforts are chronicled in celebration of the Landmark’s 80th anniversary of discovery. His vision is the foundation for the Lubbock Lake Landmark’s current mission and success.

The Curry Holden exhibition is located at the Lubbock Lake Landmark north of northwest Loop 289 and the Clovis Highway US Highway 84.

William Curry Holden was an anthropologist by training and studied and wrote social histories of major West Texas cattle ranches. He also wrote social histories of Yaqui Indians in north Mexico.

Texas Parks & Wildlife Department at 1702 Landmark Lane is on the entrance road to Lubbock Lake Landmark. The wildlife biologist there is Aaron Sisson phone 806-761-4940.


Roden Crater in northern Arizona’s painted desert area near Flagstaff is the lifetime design project of genius artist James Turrell. Started in 1977 it is ongoing in its construction within an extinct volcanic cinder cone so it is not available to the public except by special appointment and invitation. The thrust of the project and its design are well understood by the photographs taken at the site and shown on the website. Here is an eight minute video on Vimeo Skystone Foundation a non-profit fund-raising organization for the project now has an executive director Yvette Lee and a strategy for completion.

Location is northeast of Flagstaff Arizona Interstate Highway 40 and U.S. Highway 89 and east of Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument that is open to the public

This is what I wrote in 2013 about Turrell

James Turrell: A Retrospective is a current exhibit at Los Angeles County Museum of Art May 26, 2013 – April 6, 2014

James Turrell is a recently concluded exhibit at Guggenheim Museum in New York City June 21 – September 25, 2013. It included Aten Reign (2013) in the lobby-rotunda where the ceiling was bathed in mutation colors. 5,621 visitors per day was the average visitation, making a new record of attendance at the Guggenheim, with lines out the door and down the street most days. It also included Iltar (1976) a tungsten light installation.

James Turrell: The Light Inside is another recently concluded exhibit June 9 – September 22, 2013 at Museum of Fine Arts Houston

The Color Inside (2013) by James Turrell is a new commissioned permanent installation on the campus of University of Texas at Austin. It is a skyspace meditation and contemplation room in the new Student Activity Center. The room can seat 25 people who look up at a white cocoon roof oculus that is most spectacular as the light transitions at sunset and sunrise. Turrell programmed a computer-controlled LED light sequence recreation to make the experience stunning at any time of day or night. One can make reservations for experiencing the skyspace

Turrell is probably best known for his Roden Crater Project (1979 – ongoing)

that began when Dia Art Foundation purchased an inactive volcano site in Arizona northeast of Flagstaff.

Sooner than Later, Roden Crater is an exhibit May 25 – July 20, 2013 at Kayne Griffin Corcoran Gallery in Los Angeles

Roden Crater and Autonomous Structures is an exhibit March 14 – April 20, 2013 at PACE Gallery New York City

James Turrell: The Other Horizon (MAK Center for Architecture 2001) is a catalog for an exhibition found at Texas Tech Architecture Library N6557 T78 A4

Twilight Epiphany Skyspace (2012) by Turrell is located on the campus of Rice University in Houston Texas. Rice has a substantial public art program


Friends of the Lubbock Public Library FOL has a bookstore at Mahon Library 1306 9th Street downtown Lubbock that is open on Saturdays from10:00 am – 2:00 pm but the store is only open to FOL members, another reason to join This bookstore has been open since May 7, 2016 and is in the basement of the Mahon Library. There is an elevator as well as stairs to the cavernous basement. Friends of the Lubbock Public Library has an online book selling program through ABE Books, Ebay and online sites, makes quite a piece of change, and contributes over $70,000 per year to the operating funds of Lubbock Public Library.

Not all FOL books will be for sale on Saturdays but many are so it’s an opportunity to explore and come up with a bargain.

Lubbock Public Library website is One of the banner items on the home page is Databases and Online Resources, click on that. A number of electronic databases are listed. Click on Discovery Texas (formerly TexShare Databases). The login and password for entering Discovery Texas are RMN1234 and TX79401. Enter that login and password and you are at the TexShare Databases from the Texas State Library in Austin showing access through the Lubbock Public Library.

Any member of the public who is a Texan can access Texas Tech University Main Library and its satellite libraries College of Architecture, School of Law, Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, and Preston Smith Health Sciences Center Library by providing a picture ID, such as a Texas Drivers License, and a TexShare registered users card signed by the patron The TexShare users card may be obtained at either Texas Tech University Main Library circulation desk or at a Lubbock Public Library circulation desk. TexShare website is For more information contact Susan A. Hidalgo, Associate Librarian, Texas Tech University phone 806-834-2489 e-mail

The catalogue for Texas Tech Main Library is at The catalogue at OCLC WorldCat will tell you whether or not a book can be found at either Lubbock Public Library or Texas Tech University Library. Just type in your Zip Code and the presence or absence of the book in your area libraries is identified.

Friends of the Texas Tech University Libraries is having a meeting on Tuesday June 28 at the Main Library third floor Room 309 at which there will be an opportunity to learn about the Friends group [a support group] and how one can join, and the speaker for the evening is Brian Griggs an architect who’s been involved in the construction of several Texas Tech buildings. The time is 5:30 – 7:00 pm and tours of the Library for those who may wish to tour will be available then. All this is free unless you join the Friends and make a donation.


The Lubbock Arts Alliance and Lubbock Community Theatre are proud to present international touring company, Missoula Children’s Theatre, August 15-20, 2016.

Missoula Children’s Theatre will host a week long residency for students in grades 1st-12th. Students will work with professionals from Missoula Children’s Theatre to stage a production of SLEEPING BEAUTY with incredible sets and costumes. Approximately 40 roles are available for local students.

Missoula Theatre, the nation’s largest touring children’s theatre, has been touring extensively for more than 40 years now from Montana to Japan, and will visit nearly 1,200 communities this year with up to 44 teams of Tour Actor/Directors. A tour team arrives in a given town with a set, lights, costumes, props and make-up, everything it takes to put on a play … except the cast.

Auditions, rehearsals, and workshops for the local cast will be held on Monday, August 15th Friday, August 20th, 10AM-2:30PM at Lubbock Community Theatre, 4232 Boston Avenue, Ste. B, Lubbock Texas.

Public performances of “Sleeping Beauty” are scheduled for Friday, August 19th and Saturday, August 20th at 5:30 pm at Lubbock Memorial Civic Center Theatre, 1501 Mac Davis Lane Lubbock.

Cost of the week long residency is $175 per student until July 15th and after that date $200. Registration can be completed online at

This residency is made possible by Texas Women for the Arts, Evelyn M. Davies Foundation, Texas Commission on the Arts, and Aurora and Vern Farthing.

For more information call Lubbock Arts Alliance 806-744-2787. Missoula Community Theater website is


Texas State Agencies that have openings for mature volunteers include:

Texas Department of Family & Protective Services

Texas Department of Aging & Disability Services

Texas Juvenile Justice Department

Texas State Library and Archives Commission


Don’t mess with a Texas Indian’s feathers

Texas tribe wins 10-year fight over its use of eagle feathers by Maria Recio


June 15, 2016 7:52 PM


Ten years after a federal agent crashed a pow-wow of a Texas tribe and seized their ceremonial eagle feathers, the tribe has won a settlement that lets members keep the feathers – and get court costs paid, too.

The fight wasn’t for the feathers,” said Robert Soto, vice chairman of the Lipan Apache Tribe of Texas. “It was for the religious rights for Native peoples.”

When he and other members went to sign the settlement with the Interior Department Monday, they wore their feathers and had a celebratory dance with 150 people.

Read more here:


One of the major ways that hackers get to computers is through those computers’ use of the Internet (world wide web) where the Internet Protocol IP address of the using computer is identified and websites use tracking devices to the using computer, such as setting cookies. Many businesses avoid this vulnerability by purchasing a Virtual Private Network VPN for their computers at their business, that pushes all their usage of the Internet through a VPN server and masks or encrypts IP addresses and bars tracking devices. Colloquially, this is said to be using the Internet without the Internet watching what you are using, or using it privately. Computers are most vulnerable when they are mobile like a laptop, tablet, smart phone, or similar device, but the same applies to desktop computers.

At Texas Tech University its employees have a VPN that allows them access back to and through Texas Tech servers to continue to use Texas Tech computer resources even when those employees are in their homes, or traveling around the world, and most especially when they are using “public” Wi-Fi spots that are notoriously unshielded [minimally shielded] and easily accessible by hackers.

SaferWeb VPN has a low cost program for a VPN that is a two year contract for $120 [$5 per month if amortized]

SurfEasy VPN has a low cost program for a VPN that is a one year contract for $48 per year.

Most such VPNs are available for multiple operating system devices such as Windows, OSX, Android, and iOS.

Some Browsers like Opera are including some VPN features free Other high quality browsers are available and hackers focus on the big five so it’s worth a look at Citrio, Vivaldi, Slimboat, Orbitum, Sleipnir, Epic, Maxthon, Avant Cyberfox, Lunascape and more.

If you don’t purchase a VPN Virtual Private Network with special encryption and blocking devices, become capable in using a free password manager system to make sure hackers can’t get to your financial resources. Never download financial information from public Wi-Fi spots. Go to your browser [such as Google Chrome, Microsoft Internet Explorer,, Microsoft Edge, Apple Safari, Mozilla Firefox, Opera, etc., yes Apple Safari has a free browser for Microsoft Windows OS computers Safari 5.1.7 for Windows] regularly and use settings to delete cookies, all of them, and other tracking devices. Do not give your IP address to any business other than a security system you employ and trust [Microsoft Security Essentials, MalwareBytes, SUPERAntiSpyware etc.] or to Microsoft, Apple, Linux/Unix or other computer operating system company whose reliable software you are using. Many untraceable companies pretend that they are agents for Microsoft, Apple, Linux/Unix etc. so don’t fall for that. When you give out your unshielded or un-diverted IP address you are allowing the recipient to take over your computer and muck around through it to gain the data the anonymous hacker wants for his purposes. At the first sign of a breach of privacy in your financial affairs, change your debit and credit cards to new numbers, and change your access user names and passwords. You will become a different person by the time the hackers have acquired and sold your personage to criminals.


It is the centenary of World War I, then known as The Great War, 1914-1918 and trench warfare between the Imperial German Army and Allied Forces in Flanders Belgium was the scene of slaughter on a massive scale. Edith Wharton, American novelist and essayist, made her writing headquarters in Paris since 1907. She journeyed to the war zone repeatedly and wrote essays on what she saw. Dismissed as propaganda by some for its consequences, the reality was that it was exceptionally good writing on a subject most Americans knew little about. The town of Ypres usually known at that time by its French name rather than its Flemish name Ieper was visited by Wharton and she wrote on June 21, 1915

We had seen no emptiness like this. Not a human being was in the streets . . . . We had seen other ruined towns, but none like this. The towns of Lorraine were blown up, burnt down, deliberately erased from the earth. At worst they are like stone-yards, at best like Pompeii. But Ypres has been bombarded to death, and the outer walls of its houses are still standing, so that it presents the distant semblance of a living city, while near by it is seen to be a disemboweled corpse.

Repeated German bombardment turned Ypres/Ieper into that which Wharton so vividly and accurately described.

Edith Wharton, Fighting France, from Dunkerque to Belfort (essay collection C. Scribner’s Sons 1915) reissue (ed. Alice Kelly, Edinburgh University Press 2015) Texas Tech University Library D640.W5 e-book free photocopy from original, hardcover $15 paperback $5 e-book $1 at 94 pages. Edith Wharton 1862-1937 died age 75 at Saint-Brice-sous-Foret, France.


Arts History Update for late June 2016

12 Jun

Arts History Update for late June 2016 by David Cummins

Annabelle Selldorf, founder of Selldorf Architects is both author and a featured person in a new book Selldorf Architects: Portfolio and Projects (Phaidon Press 2016) 256 pages $80 hardcover

A comprehensive book on Selldorf Architects, with a detailed look at the museums, residences, and public buildings the firm has designed in the United States and abroad.

Founding principal Annabelle Selldorf was born in Cologne, Germany and educated at the Pratt Institute and Syracuse University. The firm launched into international prominence with the opening of New York’s Neue Galerie in 2001. Since, Selldorf Architects has become known for galleries, cultural projects, and as well as private homes. More recently, the firm has made its mark with Sims Municipal Recycling in Brooklyn in 2013. The design and construction won an Award for Excellence in Design from the Public Design Commission. In 2014, Selldorf Architects received the commission to build the expansion of the Museum of Contemporary Art in San Diego.

This book begins with an extensive conversation between Tom Eccles and Annabelle Selldorf, as well as an essay by architecture critic Ian Volner. A newly-shot, full color portfolio by renowned photographer Todd Eberle is complimented by an in-depth look at the story behind 30 selected projects, including architectural plans and sketches.


Format: Hardback
Size: 290 x 214 mm, 11 3/8 x 8 3/8 in
Pages: 256 pp
Illustrations: 600 colour and black and white photographs
ISBN: 9780714871172


Here are some of the firm’s admired projects and here is Artspace’s top ten


This was written by me a year ago

June 20 – September 27, 2015 at the Armand Hammer Museum in Los Angeles at 10899 Wilshire Boulevard is a solo exhibition by Mark Bradford titled Scorched Earth, twelve new paintings including the lobby mural. Paintings in his case means mixed media including scrap raw materials coaxed and teased into a painting outcome but clearly three dimensional pieces even if set on a canvas. Some pieces like Bell Tower (2014) suspended over the security screening area at Tom Bradley Los Angeles International Airport international terminal, are best described as abstract-painted sculpture. A recent magazine article is Calvin Tompkins, What Else Can Art Do: The Many Layers of Mark Bradford’s Work, The New Yorker, June 22, 2105 at pages 28-34

The news of June 2016 is that Mark Bradford is now the designated United States artist for the 2017 Venice Biennale that will open in May 2017.


Land Art has been fashioned from Houston’s trash-filled waterways. They provided the opportunity for photographer Jeremy Underwoods to assemble the trash and then photograph it placing it into a series Human Debris Here is the series of objects fashioned into art pieces and then left in place in situ for people to discover and enjoy.

Underwoods is a Kansas City Missouri based photographer.


Texas Tech Red Raider baseball team 43-17 hosted a NCAA post Big XII Conference season regional with three other teams Fairfield, Dallas Baptist and New Mexico. Texas Tech won the first game 12-1 against Fairfield on June 2 and the second game 4-3 against New Mexico in the winners bracket. Dallas Baptist defeated Fairfield in the losers bracket and then New Mexico and then defeated Texas Tech 10-6 to cause a final game [double elimination tourney] Monday June 6 at 2:00 pm, winner to host a super regional and loser to nurse wounds through a lazy Fall and Winter. The winners in the several super regionals will go to the College World Series.

Those Red Raiders do know how to prolong early Summer days in Rip Griffin Park for fans who sold out the arena, bought the hot dogs and yelled at umpires they couldn’t call be their given name, only an epithet like “bum’.

Texas Tech won 5-3 but heroics were required. Dallas Baptist tied the game in the top of the sixth inning 3-3 but Red Raiders immediately scored two runs in the bottom of that inning to go ahead again. They held on over nine innings to win 5-3. Dallas Baptist season ends with a 44-19 won loss record. Texas Tech moves on with a 44-17 record and hosts East Carolina in a best of three games series.

Texas Christian and Oklahoma State both came through regionals into the super regionals. Horned Frogs meet the Aggies of Texas A&M at College Station. Cowboys opponent was South Carolina and Cowboys defeated the Gamecocks in Columbia South to punch their ticket to the College World Series.

College World Series at Omaha Nebraska is double elimination in bracket play within two brackets, the winners of the two brackets then play a best of three games series for the championship.

Friday June 10 at 7:00 pm Texas Tech 45-17 v. East Carolina 37-21, Saturday June 11 at 2:00 pm and Sunday June 12 at 2:00 pm if necessary, all televised at TV-ESPNU. Pirates won the first game 8-6. Raiders won the second game, tied 1-1 after nine innings, in the 13th inning scoring two runs and shutting down the Pirates in the bottom of the inning 3-1. Raiders won 11-0 in the third game scoring three runs in the bottom of the first inning and then adding to that in many innings. Freshman Erikson Lanning pitched a 2 hitter through seven innings to shut down the Pirates.


Martin Filler is a top quality critic of architecture and writes about Roberto Burle Marx (1909-1994), the Brazilian landscape architect, in The New York Review of Books, June 2, 2016 while an exhibit on the master landscape architect is up at The Jewish Museum New York City May 6-September 18, 2016, then goes up at Deutsche Bank KunstHalle [hall of art] in Berlin July 7- October 8, 2017 and then goes up at Museu de Arte do Rio in Rio de Janeiro Brazil November 2017 to March 2018.

Filler said “Burle Marx freed horticulture from restrictively conventional European precedents and ushered his discipline into a new age of regional appropriateness on a global scale”. Marx’s own garden at his home is now a Museum, Sitio Roberto Burle Marx, Barra de Guaratiba, Rio de Janeiro. It is a world heritage site


The annual Texas Book Festival is Saturday-Sunday November 5-6, 2015 in Austin Texas on the State Capitol grounds and surrounding venues. It’s free for the public but some specific run-up and special events have ticket prices. Saturday 10:00 am – 5:00 pm Sunday 11:00 am – 5:00 pm Early Edition Literary Gala is November 4 Friday evening and expensive, a fundraiser.

West Texas Book Festival sponsored by the Abilene Public Library is September 19-24, 2016 at the Library 202 Cedar Street and at the Abilene Civic Center. For more information e-mail


June 7, 2016 was a primary election day in California. U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer did not run for re-election so the seat was “open”. In California primary elections party candidates do not run separately, within each political party, but against all candidates from all parties for that position, and the top two vote-getters win and are on the ballot in the November 8 general election. On June 7 the top three vote-getters were Kamala Harris [Attorney General of California and former San Francisco Prosecuting Attorney], Loretta Sanchez [U.S. Congresswoman from Orange County] and Duf Sundheim [former chair of the California Republican Party]. Harris received 40% of the votes, Sanchez 17% and Sundheim 8%, other candidates less votes. Harris and Sanchez are both Democrats so for the first time in California history the ballot in November will not include a Republican for the U.S. Senate position.

Other firsts are that both are women, Harris an African-American and Sanchez an Hispana. Senator Boxer is a Democrat so the national balance within the U.S. Senate between Democrats and Republicans will not change as a result of the California primary election.


Ron Atwood Art Gallery, 226 North Polk Street, Jefferson Texas is the only art gallery in town and he is actively marketing original art to the people in his area who want to buy that art. Most of the artists who supply art for sale are local area artists. Many of them paint scenes that are familiar to the people who enter the gallery, like Caddo Lake, and those paintings sell well. Caddo Lake is a 25,400 acre lake in the Piney Woods on the Texas Louisiana border named for the Caddo Indians who once lived in this area.

Jefferson has more history than people, now about 2,000, and is located on Big Cypress Bayou at U.S. Highway 59 in deep east Texas north of Marshall Texas and east of Longview and Tyler. Auntie Skinner’s Riverboat Club is a lively tavern/restaurant in a historic warehouse building. The historic Jefferson Railway and Depot is located there and once a year at Christmastime there are short rides through the Piney Woods.

In the 1840s a steamship could get on Big Cypress Creek or Big Cypress Bayou and take passengers and goods east to the Red River in Louisiana, so Jefferson was initially a river port town. By the 1870s river traffic declined and railroad traffic boomed on a new line from Texarkana to Marshall but it bypassed Jefferson whose fate was sealed

Jacques D. Bagur, Antebellum Jefferson Texas: Everyday Life in an East Texas Town (University of North Texas Press 2012) Texas Tech Library F394.J3 B34

Jacques D. Bagur, A History of Navigation on Cypress Bayou and the Lakes (University of North Texas Press 2001) A History of Navigation on Cypress Bayou and the Lakes examines water transportation and the natural and socioeconomic factors that affected it in Northwest Louisiana, East Texas, and the Red River. Jacques Bagur explains how the natural logjam called The Great Raft, a unique phenomenon on the Red River, formed a continuous water body west of Shreveport. In the 1800s, enterprising steamboat captains traveled east on the route—known as Cypress Bayou and the Lakes—and developed a system of ports and landings. Jefferson became the most important of these, tapping market areas to the north, south, and far to the west.

Bagur has analyzed old Corps reports, historic maps, early travel accounts, and period newspapers to reveal the story of the area from 1800 to the present. Farmers and ranchers from as far as Dallas loaded goods onto Jefferson steamboats bound for Shreveport and New Orleans. Despite an expansion in commerce after the war, the steamboat’s heyday on Cypress Bayou was over by 1880, seemingly because of the 1873 removal of the Great Raft by E. A. Woodruff and the Corps of Engineers. Bagur’s research, however, confirms that the ports and landings fell victim to the same source that helped extinguish many early settlements: the railroad. Today, a dam prevents boats from traveling between Shreveport and Jefferson, yet this remarkable water body still offers much to contemporary watercraft.

ABE Books $60


Fort Worth B-Cycle is a bicycle sharing system with 43 different stations across the city of Fort Worth Texas where a person can walk up and check out a bicycle and ride somewhere returning the bike to another station. There is a modest charge and for younger people adept at riding bicycles it is an option for transportation with exercise to get around without using the bus system This came to my attention because the cultural district where several museums including the Kimbell Art Museum are located, was featured in an event ride associated with that Museum. There are designated routes in the city such as Trail Ride, Museum Ride and Cowboy Ride. I am not familiar with Fort Worth streets so do not know how any bicycle lanes may be laid out in or alongside streets and avoid interference with motor vehicle traffic.


Arts History Update for mid June 2016

2 Jun

Arts History Update for mid June 2016 by David Cummins

Texas Tech University School of Theater & Dance in Summer terms conducts Wild Wind Performance Laboratory Experiences. For the public, free of charge, that means public readings of four new plays one each on Saturday evening June 4 and Friday evenings June 10, 17 and 24 at 7:00 pm in the Maedgen Laboratory Theater space. These will be exciting original contemporary drama events.

The playwrights are, in order of their appearance, Martyna Majok Patricia Crespin Basil Kreimendahl and Steve Yockey .

The venue address is 2812 18th Street west entrance to the building. 2812 is west of Boston Avenue and east of Flint Avenue when coming off 19th Street.

In the Fall and next Spring 2017 this is the lineup of theater offerings


Want great art in your home, a small home or apartment? Four ideas that work include: 1. the coffee table is a miniature sculpture garden, 2. give your books new friends, place small pieces of art into the bookshelf, 3. use your television set as a frame for viewing art, so much of which is digitized into electronically displayable images, and 4. stick interesting pieces in different media or mixed media behind and above your chair(s) or sofa [sounds hackneyed but still works].

Hold costs down using copies, knock-offs, and shop locally for affordable pieces. Commit to changing one or more pieces every 18 months, so your psyche is ready whenever you see something that is available and it exhilarates you. You deserve that exhilaration so just grab it immediately, place it where you want and remove the piece(s) it replaces and put that into the art recycle basket for donation to friends or charities that have resale capabilities. Never look back, always forward, enthused by the imaginative art near you that interacts with your life, daily.

When your art thrives, you thrive, and vice versa.


CUNY City University of New York is the largest urban public university in the nation with 274,000 students and has 11 four year colleges in five boroughs plus graduate and specialized schools and colleges, a total of 23 entities. It is under huge financing shortfalls from the state and city and has undergone repeated budget cuts while raising tuition. Maintenance of an aging infrastructure has been deferred. It shows and re-accreditation is becoming questionable. City College at Amsterdam Avenue and 138th Street in West Harlem is a flagship campus within the system, founded in 1847 as a tuition-free college and rebuilt with Gothic architecture in 1907.

System website is Recent emigrants to America and the working poor have been among the many New Yorkers who gained and are gaining an education at CUNY. Please don’t think of it as somebody else’s college system. The reality is that its performance made it one of America’s most valuable cultural resources. It belongs to all of us.

Manhattan has Baruch College, Hunter College, John Jay College of Criminal Justice and City College. The Bronx has Lehman College. Queens has Queens College and York College. Brooklyn has Brooklyn College, College of Technology and Medgar Evers College. Staten Island has College of Staten Island. These are the eleven four year colleges.

The Graduate Center at 365 Fifth Avenue at 34th Street, east of Herald Square in Manhattan, is the principal doctoral-granting institution in the CUNY system When you’re in the city look for events at the Center to attend, it’s like an academically oriented 92nd Street YMHA venue. upper east side at East 92nd Street and Lexington Avenue.

LIVE@365: Mexican Music, Dance, and Poetry: Zenen Zeferino with Radio Jarocho – See more at: is part of the Global Music Series and is Wednesday June 1 at 7:00 pm in Room 1201 Elebash Recital Hall $15 for the public to attend.

Recital Hall photographs The Martin E. Segal Theater is also in the first floor of the Graduate Center building a black box that seats 70.

Dining Commons operated by Restaurant Associates is on the building’s eighth floor 365 Express has daily food service on the first floor 8:00 am – 7:00 pm when classes are in session, and when they’re not, Dining Commons is open from 8:00 am – 3:00 pm

If you’re new to New York you are learning that in dense urban areas, individual buildings are communities that look after themselves and meet the needs of that community. Working New Yorkers don’t just hop in their cars and go up to Yonkers for lunch at a new spot. That’s a 2-1/2 hour carve-out of a working day that’s rarely permitted or tolerated. New Yorkers don’t even want to do that, they’re focused and driven people who are busy accomplishing something.


Christian Conrad continues his Relationship of Art lectures in June on Saturday June 11 Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo, and Saturday June 25 Alfred Stieglitz and Georgia O’Keeffe. Venue is LHUCA Louise Hopkins Underwood Center for the Arts Firehouse Theater 511 Avenue K, north end of downtown northeast of City of Lubbock Memorial Civic Center on Avenue K at Mac Davis Lane. Free events, coffee water and donuts provided.

If you missed a Conrad lecture catch him on You Tube under the handle conradmerz. He’s uploaded 239 short videos so there is a body of work there from which to choose.

Here is a lecture by Lisa Kurzner in Atlanta Georgia, 39 minutes in length, about Stieglitz’s photography of his subject Georgia O’Keeffe, his lover and later his wife Published on Apr 16, 2014

Independent scholar Lisa Kurzner discusses Alfred Stieglitz’s photographs of artist Georgia O’Keeffe. Educated in Berlin, Stieglitz studied engineering and photography before returning to the United States at the turn of the century and opening the 291 Gallery in 1905. He pioneered the art of photography, and single-handedly introduced America to the works of Picasso, Matisse, and Cezanne at the Gallery. Stieglitz took more than 300 portraits of O’Keeffe between 1918 and 1937. Most of the more erotic poses would be in the first few years of their marriage.

291 Fifth Avenue between 30th and 31st Streets was the address of the 291 Gallery during the years 1905-1917


Hotel Emma is a stylish 146 room upscale hotel, from 2015, in the renovated former brew house of Pearl Brewery on the San Antonio River north of Interstate Highway 35 off [west] McAllister Freeway at 136 East Grayson Street. It’s adjacent to Pearl Brewery Plaza and nearby eateries are Texas Farm to Table Cafe, The Granary Cue & Brew, Cured, Bakery Lorraine, Green Vegetarian Cuisine and La Gloria Mexican Street Food. Website is The Brewhouse and associated buildings were constructed and opened in 1894 designed by August Maritzen in the French Second Empire Style 1855-1885 popularized during the reign of Napoleon III 1852-1870 that came to an inglorious end by a Prussian invasion of Paris.

The Riverwalk in downtown San Antonio is being extended north and eventually may reach the 23 acre former Pearl Brewery site and Hotel Emma. Emma has rooms from $300 up to $500 per night, and is a Klimpton Properties boutique hotel.

An option is to walk past along the river on an existing path [future riverwalk] open to the public.

Fort Sam Houston, U.S. Army is east of McAllister Freeway off East Grayson Street. This is historic San Antonio. When stationed there in 1960 I worshiped at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church at 1018 East Grayson Street.


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