Arts History Update for mid September 2016

26 Aug

Arts History Update for mid September 2016 by David Cummins

Andy Rhodes, Waco’s Awakening: Burgeoning Brazos Trail City Becoming Hot Spot for Cultural Tourism, The Medallion by Texas Historical Commission, Summer 2016 at pages 6-9.

Mammoth National Monument, Baylor University Mayborn Museum Complex, Dr. Pepper Museum, Magnolia Market or Magnolia Silos, Waco Suspension Bridge and Waco Riverwalk, McLennan County Courthouse, Alico Building, Waco Hippodrome Theatre, Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum, The Art Center of Waco, Cultural Arts of Waco, Cameron Park and Zoo, Anthem Artisan Market, Earle-Harrison House & Pape Gardens, Fort House, Lee Lockwood Library & Museum, Martin Museum of Art, Texas Sports Hall of Fame is a partial listing.


Tim Crowley, Houston lawyer who became a successful class action plaintiff’s lawyer, businessman and philanthropist, moved and lives part-time in Marfa Texas in the northern Chihuahuan desert south of Alpine and Fort Davis sixty miles from the border with Mexico. He owned a downtown property in Marfa and transformed it into Hotel Saint George, the name selected because there once was a Hotel Saint George at the site from 1886-1929 and then it was razed for the building Crowley bought, renovated and expanded into the new four story Hotel Saint George. It opened in March 2016 at 105 South Highland Avenue phone 432-729-3700 and has 50 rooms, a restaurant LaVenture, bar and lobby on the first floor, extending into the display area for Marfa Book Company and was designed by Houston architect Carlos Jiminez and Dallas based engineering firm HKS Inc.

Tim Crowley opened a non-profit theater for use by local people and it is a venue for touring shows

Tim Crowley graduated from Texas Tech University School of Law in Lubbock and here is a picture of him as a law review editor in 1980 I was one of his professors.

The historic Hotel El Paisano from 1930 is north, halfway from the new hotel to the Presidio County Courthouse (from 1886 in a French Second Empire style, quite unique) and this hotel has 41 rooms. I stayed there when touring Marfa several years ago. Another lodging opportunity is El Cosmico a 21 acre nomadic hotel/campground with safari tents, a Mongolian yurt, trailers, tipis, and other wonderful and unusual accommodations. Liz Lambert owns and operates Cosmico and is a seriously spirited lady. There is also a retro-chic 1959 Thunderbird Hotel on offer.

Eclectic art and music shows occur at Ballroom Marfa at 108 E. San Antonio Street and a high-end restaurant is Cochineal Marfa The Wrong Store and Gallery is located in a former church. The Velvet Antler Store is a jewelry and art gallery in a former gasoline service station at 203 E. San Antonio Street. Two thousand residents populate this high desert 4,800 feet altitude ranching town that is now an art center and tourism destination.

Long-time Lubbock residents know Carlton Godbold and his operation of the Godbold Cultural Center opened in 19941 on 19th Street near University Avenue, now Cafe J at 2601 19th Street. Walking around Marfa one locates Godbold Feed Company where Carlton’s parents and grandparents operated their business. Cattle ranchers need feed in a desert where cattle barely survive one head to 30 or more acres. Marfa is on a plateau within nearby mountains, the Davis Mountains to the north, Chisos Mountains to the southeast, and Chinati Mountains to the southwest.

Fort D. A. Russell opened at Marfa shortly after the Mexican Revolution of 1910 occurred and a year later aging President Porfirio Diaz was ousted and then the real fighting, contests and lawlessness occurred until settling down into an operating Republic in 1921. D.A. Russell was a cavalry post from which retaliations across the border would occur in response to Mexican depredations by Pancho Villa and others. Willie Nelson sings a marvelous song composed by Townes Van Zandt in 1972 Pancho and Lefty about this.

During the 1930s the United States Army changed from horse cavalry to mechanized cavalry by order of General Douglas MacArthur and this post was one where horses and cavalrymen ended their careers. A valued parade horse was dispatched and buried on the Parade Grounds at the post. I walked to the site and rendered it a firm salute.2 The post closed in 1946 but some buildings remain such as Building 98 the former BOQ bachelor officers quarters, officers club and dining room/ballroom that is now an art gallery/museum and headquarters for International Woman’s Foundation and contains murals painted by German prisoners of war housed at the post during World War II 1943-1946. Dally for a moment at the dark mahogany bar in the officers club and recall that Captain George S. Patton later to be General George S. Patton “Old Blood & Guts” of WWII fame in Europe, billeted here and had libations at this bar. George Patton 1885-1945. The bar wasn’t serving when I was there but I leaned into it and dreamed about tossing back a cool one with George who said, “why the hell did Black Jack Pershing send me here?” Pershing had command at Fort Bliss way up the road to the west in El Paso.

Part of the former post is devoted to Chinati Foundation and display of minimalist art by Donald Judd [and other art by his buddies] who moved to Marfa from New York City back in the 1970s

KRTS Marfa Public Radio is at 93.5 FM on the dial
and here is a radio interview with Mark Charney, Rich Brown, Gary Garrison and Jaston Williams in August 2016.

In the Summer of 2016 Texas Tech University School of Theatre & Dance operated its Summer Intensive experience at Crowley Theater Marfa Texas and here is critical acclaim for a closing presentation to the public


Why do I not think the newly opened New York City Police Department Academy in the College Point section of Queens, is something less than desirable or aesthetic as architecture. To me it appears as monumental rectangular glass sheets, a forbidding glass box structure that walls off the public whom graduates of the Academy will serve. This is how the architect presents it on its website.

This is how Daily Dose of Architecture blog presents it The 37 acre tract is in an industrial section of Queens east of LaGuardia Airport across Flushing Bay so it can’t hurt the area into which it is placed, but one wonders if it might have helped more. The address is 130-30 College Point Boulevard at 28th Avenue not far from the New York Times Distribution Center. It is astride and encompassing a drainage canal from Mill Creek that leads to Flushing Bay and the East River that empties into Long Island Sound. Two buildings within the Academy straddle and there is an interior bridge across and over the canal between the two buildings. The canal carries industrial waste out of the area into Flushing Bay, and in one of the pictures above it is yellow in color. That’s not a photography error but the actual color of the so-called “water” in the canal.

Both the Academy and the New York Times building are west of Whitestone Expressway and cut off from the Flushing and Mitchell-Linden communities to the east.


Where can an artist go for a subsidized residency with time, space, and studio to find and interact with his/her muse, undisturbed by the world?

Container Art Residency, at sea with containers

The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York City

McColl Center for Art & Innovation, Charlotte North Carolina

Lighthouse Works on Fishers Island in Long Island Sound offshore from Connecticut

Indy Island Residency, Indianapolis Museum of Art

Headlands Center for the Arts, Marin Headlands in Golden Gate National Recreation Area north of San Francisco CA at former Fort Barry above Rodeo Beach on the Pacific Ocean have been to this stunning location

Eyebeam, Brooklyn New York

Est Nord Est in the village of Saint-Jean-Port-Joli, Quebec

Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, Omaha Nebraska

Charles Adams Studio Project, Lubbock Texas

Galveston Artist Residency Galveston Texas

Marfa Contemporary Artist in Residence at Marfa Texas

Chinati Foundation Artist in Residence at Marfa Texas

CentralTrak Artists Residency & Gallery at University of Texas Dallas in the renovated Fair Park Station Post Office building in the Deep Ellum section of downtown Dallas that historically was settled by “freedmen” former slaves after the Civil War. Today Deep Ellum is a thriving arts nightclubs and cultural section east of downtown Dallas. The name CentralTrak may seem odd but it refers to trackage in the streets of Dallas by which Deep Ellum people could take a street car trolley and ride west into the toney downtown Dallas area with big buildings and commerce.

Houston Center for Contemporary Craft at Houston Texas

Starry Night Residence Program at Truth or Consequences New Mexico

Roswell Artist in Residence Program at Roswell New Mexico

Helene Wurlitzer Foundation Artist in Residence at Taos New Mexico

Bandalier National Monument Artist in Residence near Los Alamos New Mexico

Other residencies


Get thee to San Francisco the city by the bay where you can “leave your heart”. An accommodation not on your radar may be The Inn at the Presidio, 42 Moraga Avenue phone 415-800-7356, a renovated Georgian Revival building that in 1903 was a new BOQ bachelor officers quarters at the former U.S. Army post. The Presidio is now a national park double the size of New York City’s Central Park. This accommodation is only 22 rooms [4 more across the street in Funston House] but has all the needed amenities and is a quiet restful accommodation within a city that’s sometimes too vibrant and clanking. A short walk north across the grassy area takes you to a walkway across the highway and into Crissy Field a former Army air field that’s right on San Francisco Bay with a view of the underside of the Golden Gate Bridge.

Nearby hotels with a San Francisco edge are Hotel Zephyr at Fisherman’s Wharf, Hotel Kabuki in Japantown, and Hotel Vertigo on Nob Hill.

Nothing inexpensive in The City but also nothing forgettable, with years of memories and stories of time spent there. In the 1960s I was stationed at U. S. Army Presidio of San Francisco and stayed in a BOQ not the one that is now an inn, ate at the officers club, and mistakenly thought I was a working man doing a soldierly duty. Occasionally I raised my head and experienced the setting and grandeur. Off duty I went to the Hungry I and Purple Onion cellar clubs in the North Beach area. Never forgotten memories.

If you go to glitzy areas, look for a way to enjoy the area in a down to earth manner. In Nob Hill there are three down to earth locales that real San Franciscans attend. Swan Oyster Depot at 1517 Polk Street is a counter nook in a fish market and the seafood is so fresh and tasty. Katie’s Cordon Bleu serves Vietnamese Chinese fusion meals at 1574 California Street with large portions so be hungry or bring a take home box. Contraband Coffee Bar at 1415 Larkin Street is newly turned out as a sleek coffee bar, but the coffee is special and good with light sandwich fare or pastries to accompany it. If you’re even more low brow try Bob’s Donut & Pastry Shop at 1621 Polk Street. This is not healthy food but an occasional indulgence may be okay. Once you’ve ducked into a few of these street havens where locals live their lives, you’ll know why San Franciscans love “The City” even on a budget.


Commercial companies know that many of us care about the arts. Bank of America provides its debit and credit card holders one free admission per month on the first weekend of the month to a number of museums, botanical gardens, science centers and other cultural institutions. In Texas this is the list of participating institutions

Bullock Texas State History Museum
The Contemporary Austin (Laguna Gloria)
The Contemporary Austin (The Jones Center)
The Thinkery (at the Meredith Learning Lab)
Perot Museum of Nature and Science
Fort Worth
Fort Worth Museum of Science and History
The Children’s Museum of Houston
The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
San Antonio
McNay Art Museum
San Antonio Museum of Art
The DoSeum: San Antonio’s Museum for Kids
Witte Museum

The website with more information is at

We are reminded by focusing on this that free admission is granted on a daily basis at Texas Tech Museum, Southwest Collection Special Collections Libraries at Texas Tech University, Lubbock Christian University Art Galleries in the Diana Ling Center for Academic Achievement, Wayland Baptist University Museum of the Llano Estacado and Malouf Abraham Family Arts Center , and LHUCA Louise Hopkins Underwood Center for the Arts in Lubbock. Even more appreciated, since public attendance is modest, the staff at these places are welcoming and ready to answer questions or guide a person to the location of his/her interest.

Admission to the Buddy Holly Center and Science Spectrum in Lubbock is modest.


Doug McDonough, Where Buffalo Roam, Plainview Daily Herald Newspaper, August 12, 2016
The first three of perhaps a dozen or more aluminum sculptures of prehistoric American Bison are now in place, mounted on concrete pedestals at the Plainview Point Kill Site south of Fifth and Joliet. City Parks Department workers installed the bison statues earlier this month, just inside a semicircle of newly planted hackberry trees which serve as a backdrop for a Quanah Parker Trail Arrow and National Registered Historical and Archeological Site marker at the entrance. The site is being developed by Wayland’s Enactus student group in cooperation with the City of Plainview. In addition to more bison, the group plans to erect a gazebo-style visitors’ center, brick patio, interpretive signage and off-street parking. The aluminum bison sculptures were delivered in May after being cast by Denver-based Aluminum Yard Art at its El Paso foundry. Unlike the curled horns of modern bison, the sculptures show wider horns of the prehistoric bison. Fossilized bones of prehistoric bison were discovered at the site during the 1940s, along with distinctive flint spear points which were subsequently named Plainview Points. Carbon testing dates the site to some 9,000 years ago – about 7,000 B.C.

Here are images of the aluminum bison statuary


International Criminal Court in The Hague defendant Ahmad al-Faqi al-Mahdi pled guilty August 22, 2016 to a war crime relating to his destruction of nine ancient mausoleums and a mosque in Timbuktu. He was born in Mali and is an ethnic Tuareg. He is alleged to be a member of Ansar Dine, an Islamic extremist group. This event is important because it is the first time that a destruction of a religious and historical site, in this case a UNESCO World Heritage site, was charged and prosecuted as a War Crime in the International Criminal Court. Timbuktu is 20 kilometers north of the Niger River on the southern edge of the Sahara Desert, population 54,453.

Mahdi is now repentant and asks forgiveness for what he did. The trial proceeds so that judges may be satisfied that the charged crime was committed, and committed by this defendant, despite his plea of guilt. The maximum sentence within this jurisdiction is thirty years in prison.

The northern Mali conflict, or Mali Civil War, or Mali War from 2012 to the present is described here

The United States is not a participant in this Court and its jurisdiction because the President and Congress have not been willing to subject American military and political leaders to a uniform global standard of justice. It seems clear from negotiations that they would be willing to subject private American citizens to the Court’s jurisdiction. This is a governmental or sovereign immunity sort of argument, a curious elitism that implies that government leaders can do no wrong, only private citizens can do wrong, or that if leaders can do wrong it is only a political wrong and punishment can only be removal from office, not anything criminal in nature.


Former factories re-purposed and renovated as hotels include 1. Hotel Fabric in Paris France a former textile factory, and 2. Factory Hotel in Muenster Germany part former factory, part former brewery, it’s now all 44 room upscale hotel.

In Texas we do this with a wild west flair. The Cell Block in Clifton Texas 35 miles northwest of Waco on the North Bosque River is a quirky one bed one bath boutique hotel $225 per night, a former rural two cell jail with steel doors still in place so you get to proclaim truthfully that suspicions are correct and you’ve spent a night or more behind bars. address 120 Clifton Art Alley, Clifton TX 76634 phone 254-227-5656 e-mail

Think of this as performance art and you are one of the performers.

In the South Plains the former headquarters of the 12,000 acre McGinty Ranch is now Rock’n N [for Newsom] Bed & Breakfast with four rooms one bath accommodation at Plains Texas fifteen miles from the New Mexico border and near the Newsom Family Vineyards that grow grapes for award-winning wines. Neal Newsom and wife Janice are your hosts e-mail phone 806-782-5873. History buffs will enjoy staying in a former ranch headquarters building.

In the Panhandle the Fisk Building was constructed in 1927 in Amarillo designed by architect Guy Carlander and used as Fisk Medical Arts Building in the downtown area at 724 South Polk Street. It was renovated re-purposed and re-opened in 2011 as Marriott Courtyard Downtown Amarillo, a 107 room ten story hotel, retaining its Gothic Revival style exterior including a cast stone gargoyle ornament on the Polk Street alcove. Parkhill Smith & Cooper was the architect/engineering firm in charge, and NewcrestImage, a Dallas hotel development and construction firm, is the owner/operator of the property in the Marriott chain of hotels. This is a project of the Amarillo Center City Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone offering property tax rebates. Currently NewcrestImage is building, from the ground up, a new Embassy Suites hotel across from the Amarillo Civic Center.


Southern California’s early twentieth century’s Spanish Colonial Revival building style mirrored that chosen by William Ward Watkin for Texas Technological College in 1923-1925 except that the exteriors in California were whitened and the exteriors in Lubbock were the color of dirt from bricks made with West Texas clay. Casa del Herrero [House of the Blacksmith] near Santa Barbara and the Lobero [wolfhound] Theatre in Santa Barbara are examples of that style of building.

Watkin’s buildings include Texas Tech University Administration Building (1925), Houston Public Library (1926) now the Julia Ideson Library Building Las Lomas Hotel (1926) in Junction Texas [currently not open for guests], Southwestern Bell Telephone Building (1931) in San Antonio Texas now the AT&T Building as enlarged. Other Spanish Colonial Revival buildings were Michie Building and Hotel Childress (1926) in Childress Texas West Texas Utility Company Outlet (1931) in Anson Texas, and Bryant-Link Building (1926) in Stamford Texas.

Bottega Veneta’s new store in Beverly Hills California at 320 North Rodeo Drive is a throwback to the Spanish Colonial Revival building style, popular a century ago and


Sears Roebuck an American retailer icon lost another $395 million in the second quarter 2016 and has lost $8 billion since 2011. It may simply fold into bankruptcy. It still has many valuable pieces of real estate but its retailing mojo is gone. Sears Holding Corporation (NASDAQ: SHLD) Analysts grade it at D and its rating is Sell.

Arts History Update for early September 2016

19 Aug

Arts History Update for early September 2016

15 Aug

Arts History Update for late August 2016

8 Aug

Arts History Update for late August 2016 by David Cummins

America On Tap Authentic Beer Festivals is the manager of craft beer festivals around the country and its inaugural event on the South Plains is titled Hub City On Tap. The location is the Coliseum building at Panhandle South Plains Fairgrounds, 8th Street and Avenue A, Lubbock Texas on Saturday August 27 with two sessions 1:00-4:00 pm in the afternoon and 5:00-8:00 pm in the evening. Each session is $25 per person but only $10 at the door for a non-drinking designated driver person who will have lots of fun with the music, food opportunities, and interactions with vendors of craft beer. Music at the afternoon session is by Ronnie Eaton and the Cold Hard Truth In the evening the music is by Sugarwitch

Here are the food opportunities

Back 40 Grill – Back 40 Grill is where Lubbock comes for great food, drinks, and fun! Join them for exceptional live music, to watch the game and for the best drinks in TX!

Big E’s BB – Dynamize your next meal with the kick of some great barbecue eats from Big E’s Barbeque!

Cheese Chicks – Elevated grilled cheese! Gourmet made from scratch breads and cheeses.

Firehouse Grill – Serving up your favorites with a twist!

Hank’s Bar B Que – You haven’t had BBQ unless you’ve had Hanks!

J and M Bar-B-Q and Catering – With all you can eat offerings every night and daily specials, it’s easy to see why Texans are coming here in droves to get delicious mesquite-smoked BBQ.

La Picosita – Homemade Tacos, Burritos, Nachos and more!

Owens Lunch and Go – Owens Lunch and Go is a concession trailer that offers quick home style meals on the go.

Ya’ Making Me Hungry – Fantastic and delicious Mediterranean infused with BBQ.

Attendees will receive a five ounce glass with which to sample as many as eight different beers in the three hour span of time, about 20 minutes per sample. It’s a take home glass as a souvenir. The choice of which eight to sample will be hard as the promoter says there will be as many as 100 beers from as many as 50 breweries at the festival.

Local sponsors include Market Street Supermarkets and KFMX-FM Radio Station that already says this will be an annual event, an expectation pleasing to aficionados of craft beer.

The largest event of this type in Texas is the annual Brewmasters Craft Beer Festival at Moody Gardens, Galveston Texas this year on September 2-4 a Labor Day destination for many and historically legitimate since some mining companies, shipyards, manufacturing companies, and other employers in the nineteenth century would provide session beer [low alcohol content] for workers to drink before and after their shifts. The Friday night pre-Festival Pub Crawl around the city of Galveston is popular. The buses are chartered and take Festival registrants to various watering holes and bring them back to Moody Gardens Hotel. Experiencing pub culture is itself a taste. List of participating breweries in 2015 is


The Met Breuer is a modern and contemporary art museum at 945 Madison Avenue at E. 75th Street that is part of the Metropolitan Museum of Art This is a Marcel Breuer 1902-1981 designed building that opened as an art museum March 18, 2016. pronounced broyer.


Richard Tuttle: Staying Contemporary is his 26th exhibition in New York City by this post-minimalist artist who uses a variety of materials


Heart of Texas Hot Air Balloon Rides of New Braunfels Texas met at a San Marcos Texas Wal-Mart parking lot where fifteen passengers entered and rode in a van to a Fentress Texas airport from which a hot air balloon piloted by Alfred “Skip” Nichols took off at 7:10 am. It came down in a field on fire near Lockhart Texas at 7:44 am Saturday July 30, 2016. The pilot and all passengers perished. The remnants of the canopy were found ¾ mile away from the basket leading investigators to believe that the balloon ran into high voltage power lines that severed the canopy from the basket. More will be learned as the investigation continues. Alfred “Skip” Nichols is the owner of the business and its chief pilot. His last communication with base was during flight at 7:26 am and reported a normal flight. Nichols was age 49, said by a former girlfriend to be a recovering alcoholic. He was released from a Missouri prison in 2012 serving time on driving while under influence and drug distribution charges, and was released earlier from a Missouri prison in 2004 serving time on a drug charge. The canopy vent was open when found, indicating that the pilot was attempting a landing. Questions remain such as, did the fire begin while in flight well above the high voltage power lines that were later struck, or did the fire begin by reason of striking the power lines? Why was the craft so low as to collide with the power lines? Visibility and weather conditions were very good. There is no “black box” on the basket as there is in the cockpit of commercial airliner planes.

Information on victims

A Hot Air Balloon Round Up and Fall Festival is scheduled for September 10-11, 2016 at Buffalo Springs Lake, Lubbock Texas


Want to support the School of Art at Texas Tech University and have a pretty darn good time? The annual Medici Circle Soup & Champagne Supper is only $50 per person, thirty of which is a contribution to the Medici Circle Fund, and you get to eat all the chef-inspired soup and imbibe all the champagne you desire. The soup is delivered to you in a ceramic cup that you get to keep. The cup was made in the Ceramics Studio at the School of Art. Last year’s menu was

Appetizers at 6:30 PM by Jerred Tochterman


Served with French bread in a handmade ceramic mug

Cajun Gumbo by Denise Bean

Curried Winter Squash by Joe Arredondo

Chicken Kale Soup by Ashleigh Brodbeck

Green Chile Clam Chowder by Joe Arredondo

Desserts by Brianna Burnett

Served with Coffee.

The date is set as Saturday December 3, 2016 at 6:30 pm but don’t know the venue. phone 806-742-3826 The Medici Circle was founded in 2005 and has been instrumental in gaining endowments for programs and scholarships for students. Want to make a reservation, here’s the spot



Look for the Science by the Glass soirees to start up again in Fall semester, an enjoyable relaxed way to interact with Texas Tech faculty who are engaged with the Climate Sciences this past year meeting at Fox & Hound Bar & Grill in Kingsgate North at 82nd Street and Quaker Avenue at 6:00 pm order whatever food and beverages you like, partake in conversation and listen to the presenter on the evening’s topic.



Heart of Texas Art: Invitee Weekend is hosted by Panhandle Plains Historical Museum, Canyon, Texas August 26-28, 2016 Here are the activities Friday, August 26th, Donor reception, 5:30pm
Saturday, August 27th, Public Brunch, 10 am – noon
Sunday, August 28th, Walking Tours, 10am


Museum curator of art Michael R. Grauer has written a new biography of Frank Reaugh titled Rounded Up in Glory: Frank Reaugh, Texas Renaissance Man (University of North Texas Press 2016) 480 pages $27 hardcover.




An exhibit April 29-October 30, 2016 at the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe New Mexico is titled Georgia O’Keeffe’s Far Wide Texas. The Georgia O’Keeffe Museum brings together the watercolors created by the artist during the years she lived in Canyon, Texas (1916-1918). This is a period of radical innovation and the moment when O’Keeffe’s commitment to abstraction is firmly established… While she was at West Texas State Normal College (now West Texas A & M University) she taught his curriculum, which became her life-long practice.

Twenty-eight of the 51 watercolors O’Keeffe created while living in Canyon, Texas will be on view… A gorgeous catalogue will accompany the exhibition of O’Keeffe’s Texas paintings… An essay by Amy Von Lintel, professor of art history at West Texas A & M University, will accompany the images. She has studied the original documents from O’Keeffe’s Texas years including her letters to Alfred Stieglitz as well as University documents to shed new critical light on this productive period of O’Keeffe’s life.
[from the Georgia O’Keefe Museum website]




Other exhibits are:




1705 W. Missouri Ave.
Midland, TX 79701

July 8, 2016 – September 18, 2016

The renowned Southwestern painter Woody Gwyn was born in San Antonio and raised in Midland. His work can be found in private collections all over town, and in museums throughout the Southwest. Gwyn’s realistic landscape paintings often play with ranges of scale, from tiny to huge. The artist lives and works in Galisteo, New Mexico, and has not had an exhibition at the Museum of the Southwest in over a decade. This exhibition features rarely seen works from the Museum’s permanent collection as well as several local collectors.

[from MSW website]

One Arts Festival Plaza
El Paso, TX 79901

July 24, 2016 – June 11, 2017

In 1998 the El Paso Museum of Art inaugurated the Tom Lea gallery devoted to the work of Tom Lea and other artists of this region from the nineteenth century to the present. Born in El Paso in 1907, Tom Lea was one of the Southwest’s most prolific and respected American scene artists. Today he is well known for his work as muralist, illustrator, war correspondent, portraitist, landscapist, novelist, and historian.  As a portraitist Tom Lea enjoyed capturing the portrait likenesses of those close to him.

Taking inspiration from Tom Lea’s celebrated portrait of his wife Sarah, this upcoming exhibition focuses on the special and intimate connections found between artists and models.  The majority of the women represented in the artworks had a personal association with the artists, whether they were relatives, close friends, or acquaintances. A handful of the portrayals are by female painters, including a watercolor self-portrait of Wanda de Turczynowicz Hermann (illustrated above) in which she shows herself accompanied by the tools of her craft: pigments, brush, palette, and palette knife. Some of the artists included in the exhibition are Tom Lea, Manuel Acosta, Fremont Ellis, Peter Hurd, Helen Mithoff, and Leola Freeman. Female Portraits: A Connection between Artists and Models explores how women are depicted in portraits created by someone who knew them personally. It also highlights how each work was executed with a close attention to detail in order to capture the dignity, humble character, or beauty of each subject. The portraits present in this exhibition not only describe an individual but also evoke the artist’s sentiments and embody Lea’s words on painting portraits: “It gives me a good feeling about my relationship to [a person] when I put down what I feel about him [or her].”

[from EPMA website]

San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts

One Love Street

San Angelo, TX 76903


The Art of Frank Reaugh, A Texas Master

September 15 – November 27, 2016


This exhibition will feature a hallmark selection of pastel landscapes from the collection of the Panhandle Plains Historical Museum.

[from the SAMFA website]



Texans for the Arts Advocacy Day at the Texas State Capitol in Austin with the Legislature in session is February 9, 2017. Plan ahead if you want to be part of a team that lobbies the legislature to be aware and sympathetic to all legislation that has anything to do with the arts. Here’s the schedule for the last Arts Advocacy Day in 2015 so you can see what happens on that day.


Karen Wiley, former Executive Director of LHUCA Louise Hopkins Underwood Center for the Arts in Lubbock Texas, is now president of The Arts Council of Fort Worth


Former Link Ministries Tent City for Homeless, and later High Cotton Genesis Program, is now Paul’s Project – Grace Campus at 1301 Avenue A [south of East Broadway Street east side of Avenue A] Lubbock where there are forty-eight canvas tents in which homeless individuals live. Employees of Lowe’s Home Improvement and volunteers of Paul’s Project are building tiny wood houses ten feet by ten feet at the location to replace tents that desperately need repair or replacement more information phone 806-544-3365.


Black Lives Matter in Lubbock Texas will hold a rally at the Tim Cole Memorial city pocket park at 19th Street and University Avenue, Tuesday August 30 from 5:30-7:30 pm. The plan is for this to be a peaceful assembly and expression of compassion and concern. City police will participate to help insure that outcome.


The Hills section of Governors Island in New York City harbor opened to the public on July 19, 2016 The design architect is West 8 Urban Design & Landscape Architecture, a Rotterdam, The Netherlands firm. The island is 172 acres and that is broken down into developable spaces, public spaces and park spaces the latter of which are now open and are unique experiences for people. Remember, there is no subway or bridge just a ferry boat or similar boat for access to it. It’s a short ride one-half mile to Battery Maritime Building 10 South Street ferry pier in Manhattan and one-quarter mile to the Brooklyn docks and Pier 6. Up to now it’s only been open in a 60 day season in the Summer but that is changing. A residential complex is going in, a public school is opening, and historic military structures are being renovated and re-purposed.

Back in 2004 it was just a closed military post with some associated uses still in operation. It was literally open to the public only one day per year. The federal government sold it to the City of New York and New York State with some restrictions, basically you can’t make it into a gambling casino or super-sized hotel. The Governors Island Trust from 2006 operates the island and its strategic plan is gradually being implemented led by Leslie Koch CEO and President of the Trust. She is featured in a dozen videos on You Tube.

Kevin C. Fitzpatrick, Governors Island Explorer’s Guide: Adventure and History in New York Harbor (Globe Pequot Press February 15, 2016) paperback $9.21 [8 maps, 100 photographs, 5 self-guided tours]


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.


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