Arts History Update for mid October 2016

12 Oct

Arts History Update for mid October 2016 by David Cummins

Georgia O’Keeffe’s Far Wide Texas is the current exhibit to October 30, 2016 at Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, 217 Johnson Street, Santa Fe New Mexico. 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 this 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]


Speaking of New Mexico, it is home to acequias or gravity flow irrigation ditches dug to channel water in semi-arid areas where water is not abundant. The digging of ditches and putting up headgate and sluicing controls on the tentacles from the main ditch is what allowed farmers and ranchers to have enough water on selected portions of their farms fields and ranches Such ditches can be found in four other southwestern states one of which is Texas.

The Milagro [miracle] Beanfield War (film 1988) directed by Robert Redford was a blockbuster movie about both cutting off water from such a ditch and a farmer who went out at night, trespassed and surreptitiously restored his water source. It pitted, as stand-ins for good and evil, the historic down in the dirt farming practices with the real estate purchase flip and sell market of entrepreneurs.

New Mexico Acequias Association and Taos Valley Acequias Association are current organizations of farmers and ranchers who maintain, cooperate, collaborate and control such ditches.

In the Middle Ages the near East Islamic world invented the practice of gravity flow ditching, that practice was brought to Andalusia in southern Spain in the late Middle Ages, and the Spanish conquistadors and mission system operators brought the practice to Mexico and the American Southwest.


Amazon@Lubbock is open for business at 2407 9th Street just east of University Avenue across from Texas Tech campus. It can be used two ways. Purchase an item online and ask for delivery to Amazon@Lubbock, receive an e-mail when it arrives, and pick it up locally on your schedule within 15 days. Return an item at the self-service return station with boxes and wrapping and labeling available, all free. Hours are Mon-Fri 9:00 – 9:00 pm Sat-Sun noon – 9:00 pm

The location tells you what the chief problem is for items purchased online by students and delivered by United Parcel, FedEx, DHA and US Postal Service to rooms where there is no receiving occupant, locked lockers, no one matching up with a purchser to sign for and acknowledge receipt of the package. However, the station is available to the general public so it’s a delivery option for us. For items purchased from Barnes & Noble they can be delivered to the B&N store in the Student Union Building and students can pick up there. didn’t want to put up a store on each campus.


Texas Tech University Humanities Center announced its 2016 Alumni College Fellows. These faculty members participate in Alumni College, which takes place on Saturday, October 15, 2016 during the university’s Homecoming Activities. Fellows’ presentations begin at 8:00 am inside the McKenzie-Merket Alumni Center enter at University Avenue and 17th Street ample parking. Each of the below listed fellows will present short talks on various subjects one after the other. Returning alumni are specifically invited to attend but the general public is welcome. Free event. A complimentary breakfast available.

Kanika Batra, Ph.D.
Associate Professor – English
“Imprinting Gender and Sexuality under Apartheid”

Curtis Bauer, Ph.D.
Associate Professor – English
“Scrittore Traditore: Examining Style and Influence in the Translations of the Mexican author Fabio Morábito”

Caroline Bishop, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor – CMLL: Greek & Roman History
“How to Make a Roman Demosthenes: Cicero’s Construction of a Tradition”

Idoia Elola, Ph.D.
Associate Professor – CMLL: Spanish
“Defining Linguistic Landscapes Through Written Signage in Four Hispanic Flea Markets in Texas”

Hannah Friedman, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor – CMLL: Classics
“Piecing Together The Ancient City: The Libarna Archaeological Project”

Andrea Jonsson, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor – CMLL: French
“Acting Vulnerable: Performed Sincerity and Authenticity in the Voices of Jacques Brel and Stromae”

Amy Koerber, Ph.D.
Professor – English
“The Hormonal Woman: A Critical Exploration of Expert and Public Discourses”

Victoria Surliuga, Ph.D.
Associate Professor – CMLL: Italian
“Peggy Guggenheim in Venice: A Self-Professed Art Addict”

Joel Velasco, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor – Philosophy
“The Principles of Rationality: Deciding What to Believe and How to Reason”

Heather Warren-Crow, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor – Visual & Performing Arts
“Magic Moments: Girlhood and Viral Theory in the Internet”

What are young Humanities faculty thinking about? This lineup provides an answer.


What was the most dangerous nuclear disaster in world history? Most people would say the Chernobyl nuclear disaster in Ukraine, but they’d be wrong. In 2011, an earthquake, believed to be an aftershock of the 2010 earthquake in Chile, created a tsunami that caused a meltdown at the TEPCO nuclear power plant in Fukushima, Japan. Three nuclear reactors melted down and what happened next was the largest release of radiation into the water in the history of the world. Over the next three months, radioactive chemicals, some in even greater quantities than Chernobyl, leaked into the Pacific Ocean. However, the numbers may actually be much higher as Japanese official estimates have been proven by several scientists to be flawed in recent years.

Radioactive Debris from Fukushima approaching North America’s western coast Credit – RT
If that weren’t bad enough, Fukushima continues to leak an astounding 300 tons of radioactive waste into the Pacific Ocean every day. It will continue do so indefinitely as the source of the leak cannot be sealed as it is inaccessible to both humans and robots due to extremely high temperatures.
It should come as no surprise, then, that Fukushima has contaminated the entire Pacific Ocean in just five years. This could easily be the worst environmental disaster in human history and it is almost never talked about by politicians, establishment scientists, or the news. It is interesting to note that TEPCO is a subsidiary partner with General Electric (also known as GE), one of the largest companies in the world, which has considerable control over numerous news corporations and politicians alike. Could this possibly explain the lack of news coverage Fukushima has received in the last five years? There is also evidence that GE knew about the poor condition of the Fukushima reactors for decades and did nothing. This led 1,400 Japanese citizens to sue GE for their role in the Fukushima nuclear disaster.
Even if we can’t see the radiation itself, some parts of North America’s western coast have been feeling the effects for years. Not long after Fukushima, fish in Canada began bleeding from their gills, mouths, and eyeballs. This “disease” has been ignored by the government and has decimated native fish populations, including the North Pacific herring. Elsewhere in Western Canada, independent scientists have measured a 300% increase in the level of radiation. According to them, the amount of radiation in the Pacific Ocean is increasing every year. Why is this being ignored by the mainstream media? It might have something to do with the fact that the US and Canadian governments have banned their citizens from talking about Fukushima so “people don’t panic.”

Farther south in Oregon, USA, starfish began losing legs and then disintegrating entirely when Fukushima radiation arrived there in 2013. Now, they are dying in record amounts, putting the entire oceanic ecosystem in that area at risk. However, government officials say Fukushima is not to blame even though radiation in Oregon tuna tripled after Fukushima. In 2014, radiation on California beaches increased by 500 percent. In response, government officials said that the radiation was coming from a mysterious “unknown” source and was nothing to worry about.
However, Fukushima is having a bigger impact than just the West coast of North America. Scientists are now saying that the Pacific Ocean is already radioactive and is currently at least 5-10 times more radioactive than when the US government dropped numerous nuclear bombs in the Pacific during and after World War II. If we don’t start talking about Fukushima soon, we could all be in for a very unpleasant surprise.


Landmark Art Gallery at the School of Art Texas Tech University exhibition October 14-December 18 is GUN SHOW! Art in the Era of Campus Carry with art on exhibit from ten artists. Opening festivities include artist talks by three of those exhibiting artists Shannon Cannings, Jarred Elrod and Dirk Fowler from 3:30 – 4:00 pm on October 14 followed by the opening reception at the Gallery.

The theme of the art exhibit is carried forward in readings by students and faculty in the English Department GUN SHOW! Literature in the Era of Campus Carry on October 18 at 7:00 pm in English/Philosophy Departments building LH 001

Day of the Dead Ofrenda in Memory of Those Who Have Died of Gun Violence is on exhibit at the School of Art South Gallery from October 17 – 30. A reception is October 28 from 6:00 – 8:00 pm.

Marnika Shelton and camp Bosworth are artists and they will engage in GUN SHOW! Discussion Forum on November 15 at 6:00 pm in School of Art building Room B-01 [two subterranean floors beneath the one story School of Art Building, and the bottom of those floors has a small lecture hall called Room B-01].

A poster exhibit is Stop It!: Posters Against Guns, Hate and Violence in Youth Culture from December 12 – February 5, 2017 at the School of Art Studio Gallery.


WESTAF (The Western States Arts Federation) located in Denver, Colorado, is now accepting applications for the position of Program Manager of the Public Art Archive

Position Summary
This position provides leadership for the further development of the Public Art Archive. The Archive is a 7 year old ongoing project that seeks to acquire and make available for both public and administrative use images and data related to installed works of public art across the United States and beyond. Public Art Archive Program Manager works with the senior management team at WESTAF to build the Archive into a comprehensive and financially self-sustainable resource. The position is a full-time, salaried opportunity at WESTAF’s lower downtown Denver office.

The Organizational Culture
WESTAF is operated by a staff of 30 employees many of whom have arts or creative backgrounds. The highly entrepreneurial organization is committed to building a diverse, inclusive and mission-oriented staff and applicants from under-represented populations are encouraged to apply. Ideal candidates will thrive in a setting where the day-to-day tasks vary, collaboration is critical, and employees are able to work as part of a team but are empowered to manage their workload and execute tasks independently.

Key Duties
The Public Art Archive Manager is responsible for the following key duties:
Collaborates with experts in the public art field to further develop and enact an ambitious vision for the Public Art Archive
Ensures that the current Public Art Archive site remains available to the public at a high standard of reliability and accuracy
Develops and maintains relationships with experts in the public art field in order to ensure that the development of the site reflects best practices
Manages the project in a way that guides it to a state of financial self sufficiency
Directs contractors in the task of validating, vetting and importing content
Works to relate the capabilities of the Archive to other WESTAF technology projects to take advantage of potential synergies
Represents the Public Art Archive at professional gatherings
Manages the Archive’s e-newsletter and the social media presence
Minimum General Qualifications
A bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution of higher education with a master’s degree preferred
Aptitude for completing work objectives under limited supervision
Proven entrepreneurial ability
Knowledge of the visual arts field
Strong written and verbal communication skills
A knowledge of the visual arts
Minimum Technology Qualifications
Knowledge of the basic architecture and processes of mid-level web sites, or the ability to quickly learn such basics
Proficient computer skills on both Mac and PC platforms
An understanding of basic social media platforms, including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.
The position has the following compensation and benefits:
An annual salary in the range of $43,000 to $46,000
Eligibility for an annual bonus at the conclusion of one year of work
Three weeks of paid vacation (10 hours/month)
Paid sick leave earned at the rate of eight hours per month
Eleven paid holidays per year
Health insurance
Dental coverage
An RTD Ecopass
A retirement plan with 403(b) matching opportunities after one year of employment
To Apply
To apply for this position, submit a cover letter that details how your education and experience will allow you to successfully complete the key duties of the position noted above.  In addition, please submit a resume that outlines your general qualifications for the position along with three professional references. Please send your application materials to Laurel Sherman at Questions about the positions should also be directed to Ms. Sherman. The position will remain open until it is filled.

WESTAF’s mission is to strengthen the financial, organizational, and policy infrastructure of the arts. In its work, the organization strives to reflect the values, insights, spirit and knowledge of communities of color, indigenous peoples, and other marginalized ethnic communities in the West and ensure its programs and initiatives incorporate the diverse perspectives of the region. For more information about the work of WESTAF please go to Information about the Public Art Archive can be found at

Issued September 28, 2016


In this day and age of health care in America largely being a function of financing and how well insured and by which company and program with which co-pays, deductibles, exemptions from coverage and payment caps, we need to be aware of insurance coverage options.

Pharmacy can be an expensive aspect of health care. Why do things change so much? Often it’s because contract negotiations between insurance companies and pharmacy providers and pharmaceutical companies, and government payors and pharmacy providers and pharmaceutical companies, yields a new relationship that provides more and better drugs for less expense and that is a very good thing. Thus, don’t despair because of changes forcing you to adapt since that is most often to your benefit both from a health standpoint and a cost standpoint.

Here is an understandable description of a change taking place on December 1, 2016, and if you understand this, then even if you’re not covered by Tricare, you will understand better what happens in your own program and insurance coverage

3 Things to Know: Tricare Pharmacy Shake-Up


Smithsonian Institution traveling Exhibition Service has an exhibit at Texas Tech Museum titled Green Revolution on display through January 15, 2017. In conjunction with that exhibit there is a community event at the Museum on Sunday October 16 from 2:00-4:00 pm titled Think Global Act Local: Get Your Green Up featuring a half hour talk by Dr. Katharine Hayhoe 2:00-2:30 and interactive booths open from 2:30-4:00 pm offering tips on how we can build a healthy conservation of resources oriented community. Hayhoe is director of Texas Tech’s Climate Science Center. Free event.


The British Museum in London is putting up an exhibit The American Dream: Pop to the Present from March 9 – June 18, 2017 focused on prints by American artists from the 1960s to the 2010s.|mktg|card|121016|amdream

Arts History Update for early October 2016

1 Oct

Arts History Update for early October 2016 by David Cummins

Opening ceremonies were held on September 10 for Hindu Temple of Lubbock 1400 84th Street Lubbock TX 79423 phone 806-416-0622. The priest in residence is Shri Murali Manohar. Temple leaders include Lakhu Rohra, Piyush Mittal, Mitesh Patel, and Kamlesh Patel.

Also in Lubbock is BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir at 5206 11th Street Lubbock TX 79416 phone 806-544-8357. A mandir is a temple so now Lubbock has two Hindu temples. This temple opened in 2007.

Hinduism is one of the world’s major religions.


Hugh Aldersey-Williams, Tide: The Science and Lore of the Greatest Force on Earth (Viking 2016 in England, W.W. Norton & Co 2016 in America) $18.75 hardcover $14.16 e-book. Tides are the regular rise and fall of sea levels caused by the combined gravitational effects of the moon, the sun and the rotation of the earth. That’s a global force but tides are affected by local wind and weather producing eddies, whirlpools, vortices and maelstroms. Accordingly if one purchases a tide table or chart of when the tide will turn, and how high the waves will be, one quickly discovers those predictions are often inaccurate. Since they seem capricious we are soothed by a clock like precision when they return to a 12-1/2 hour cycle. They run for around 6 plus hours in one direction before reversing and running for 6 plus hours in the opposite direction. The tide comes in or goes out. This continuum influenced the early measurements of time by human beings. When measuring religious time the liturgical calendar referred to Shrovetide or Whitsuntide.

There are places where the local wind and weather are eerily observable for producing variations in tidal activity such as eddies, vortices, whirlpools and maelstroms. One can go to the seas off Norway’s Loftoen Islands and pass through whirlpools, or sail through the Doldrums off southwest Africa experiencing the blocking effects of contrasting equatorial trade winds. The sea churns and appears sullen reflecting hidden powers at odds with itself. The mariner is observant, respectful and pushes on to glide through the patch to waters beyond. As in life we want calm, but not too calm. Excessive calm is precursor to a storm.


Those who enjoyed the exhibit March 4 – June 12, 2016 of Rick Dingus photgraphs at Texas Tech Museum Changing Places: The Photgraphic Artifacts of Rick Dingus will be keen to explore the book now published under a similar title as the exhibit
Rick Dingus, Shifting Views and Changing Places: The Photographs of Rick Dingus (University of Oklahoma Press 2016) editor Peter S. Briggs forward by Toby Jurovic and contributions by Shelley Armitage and Lucy R. Lippard.


Lonesome Pine Equestrian Center is located at 2101 Woodrow Road and on September 17-18 a Barrel Racing Clinic was conducted by Lynn and Murray McKenzie $400/participant $35/spectator. For more information contact Jackie Dunlap phone 806-773-9339.

Texas Tech Equestrian Center is at 5712 County Road 1500 [Alcove Avenue at 57th Street] phone 806-792-4682 and is home for the Rodeo Team, Ranch Horse Team, Equestrian Team, Horse Judging Team, and Therapeutic Riding Center as well as public events

To the west of Milwaukee Avenue are two north south avenues, Upland Avenue and farther west Alcove Avenue. South of 50th Street a short ways on Alcove Avenue is the equestrian center.


International Film Series fall schedule at Texas Tech is now published All films are free, usually at English Lecture Hall Room 001 essentially the west basement of the English Philosophy Departments Building but sometimes at Alamo Drafthouse Cinema off Slide Road. At the website are trailers to these movies so you can sample the content before going to the film. A faculty member will both introduce the film before viewing and lead a panel discussion afterward.

September 20 Salt of the Earth (1954)
September 28 Starving the Beast (2016)
October 5 Chi-Raq (2015)
October 7 Under the Shadow (2016)
October 11 Godzilla Resurgence (2016)
October 18 Let the Right One In (2008)
October 25 Caligari: An Exquisite Corpse (2007)
Novermber 2 Monsoon Wedding (2001)
November 15 Killer of Sheep (1978)
November 29 Soldier Blue (1970)
December 7 We Need to Talk About Kevin (2011)


Whole Foods Market just settled with United States Environmental Protection Agency and agreed to pay a $3.5 million fine for its failure to document and properly dispose of hazardous waste materials at its stores in region 6 that includes Texas. The items were returned items from customers that the stores then treated improperly. The organic foods retailer has 87,000 employees at 456 stores and is a leader in the industry.


National Museum of African American History and Culture opened on the National Mall in Washington DC on September 24, 2016. It has three floors underground and four floors above ground and is wrapped in glass with a lacy metal scrim the color of dark honey, a contrast to the nearby Washington Monument that is monumental and neo-classical. Artifacts, recurriing sound and video visual images rather than books and paper are the principal media for telling a story of six hundred years of pain and progress.

On the lowest floor are found a whipping post, a fragment of a slave ship that sunk with more than 200 African captives aboard, and a stone auction block. The floors above ground strike a celebratory theme honoring achievements and outstandiing performances.

Hopefully there will be a series of temporary exhibits that will tell a vibrant and truthful story of many varieties of individual and group stories. The museum is among the family of Smithsonian Institution venues.


The Fifth International Exposition of Contemporary & Modern Art at Chicago’s Navy Pier was September 22-25, 2016 145 galleries representing 53 cities in 22 countries were presenting as exhibitors. Browse here


Want to join a social group that is interested in the same or similar things as you are? started in New York City years ago. There are now at least 39 meetup groups in Lubbock Texas most of which are obvious by the title of the group, some not obvious such as The Baggers Club. Turns out that Harley motorcycle riders who have “bagger style bikes” are a type of rider [slower and calmer] and these people meet up and go motorcycle riding together.

A recently started group are patrons of LHUCA Louise Hopkins Underwood Center for the Arts and there are only as of this writing 10 members, and they like to meet up and go to the LHUCA campus and do something together there.


Memo from West Texas Historical Association follows

“Mark your calendars for October 9, 2016 at 2:30 p.m. That’s the day for a program and presentation on the buffalo/bison at the Wichita Brazos Museum and Cultural Center in Benjamin, Texas. An artifact titled The Buffalo donated by the Lowrance Ranch west of Truscott, and mounted by taxidermist Scott Pinkerton of Munday Texas, will be added to the existing Wildlife Exhibit at the Museum.

The speaker for the program is Mr. Donald Beard, State Park Superintendent at Caprock Canyons State Park near Quitaque, Texas. The Texas State Bison Herd was transferred from the department’s Wildlife division to the State Parks division in 2010. Leadership within the department immediately signed on to the restoration plan and from that point the design, development and implementation of bestowing theses indigenous animals to their native habitat has been one of the main focuses of the Caprock Canyons State Park’s staff.
In 1862 Charles Goodnight was leading a detachment of Rangers across an area which is now Knox County, in a raging snow storm in search of a band of Indians. They crossed a strip of land that they called “the Narrows”. It was fairly alive with buffalo. Later in life at the urging of his wife Mary Ann, Goodnight was able to save a few of the buffalo from the canyon country in the Texas Panhandle. The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department has taken the challenge of protecting the Goodnight Bison Herd.
The presentation on October 9 is a perfect fit for any group interested in the history of the North American Bison, Charles Goodnight, and the history of this area. We hope to see you here for this most interesting program. It will follow a Rhineland sausage dinner that day to be held from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.”
A tip is this: German sausage made by those living close to the Rhine River is famous for its taste and satisfaction. Don’t miss a chance to imbibe [a Marzen style Oktoberfest beer stein will not be far away] and ingest. Benjamin is due east of Lubbock 127 miles on US Highway 62/82 / State Highway 114 door to door in less than 2-1/2 hours to 200 E. Hays Street phone 940-459-2229.
The Brazos River flows east between Benjamin and Knox City to the south and a bridge was built in 1901 across it, and then replaced by a nearby upstream through truss bridge in 1939. This photo was taken in 1938. The highway crossing this bridge is State Highway 6 formal name Texas Korean War Veterans Memorial Highway that extends from the Red River all the way to the Gulf of Mexico near Houston. North of Benjamin it crosses the South Wichita River, then goes to Crowell, then Quanah, and then crosses the Red River to Altus Oklahoma. The 1939 bridge was replaced in 2013 by the “new” bridge, as Knox County residents call it.

There are few bridges in Lubbock, fewer still that are historic. Burlington Northern Santa Fe BNSF Railroad Ash Street Overpass Bridge is a steel stringer railroad bridge over North Ash Street / Old Amarillo Highway, bridge built in 1931 that is still operational today It is south of New Deal Texas, north of Preston Smith Lubbock International Airport, north of County Road 5800 [Utah Street at that point] east of parallel Interstate Highway 27.


International Book Fair for Publishers is at Frankfurt Germany from October 19-23, 2016 The missing physical presence in the hall is and other electronic producers/retailers of books, and they will be the topic of nearly every conversation one way or the other. In 2005 acquired CustomFlix Labs Inc. and BookSurge Inc. and their combined names were changed to CreateSpace in 2007 that is now the world’s largest digital and on-demand publishing and marketing of independent creative content books, films, videos, music etc.

There are start-up wannabe companies like Bookouture, a London England digital publishing and print a paperback on demand company with an office in King’s Cross and ten employees. This company’s first great hits were Silent Scream and The Girl in the Ice, two well-received novels

There are an increasing number of authors who self-publish and that’s now easier than ever before through Book Designer and Book Design Templates and similar companies. Their problem is marketing

The Texas Book Festival is for consumers of books as well as all sort of vendors, marketers and publishers. It’s an annual celebration and festive November 5-6, 2016 at Austin Texas.

Skyviews dining room was renovated this Summer and re-opened on September 19, 2016 with a grand re-opening scheduled for October 3. The new manager of the RHIM student-operated restaurant is Jason Lindley himself a 2006 graduate of the Texas Tech University College of Human Sciences Restaurant Hotel and Institution Management program. The Fall Dinner Series [a themed series with a fixed price menu] extends from Wednesday September 28 once per week through Wednesday November 16 Here are the themes for Fall 2016 and menus are posted on the physical site and the website the week before each dinner
1920s Speakeasy / September 28
1950s Drive-in / October 5
Turn of the (20th) Century Chili Parlor / October 12
1960s Mad Men Dinner Party / October 19
1940s Luau / October 26
Pass the Piece 1970s “Shared” Dinner / November 2
21st Century Tailgate Food Revolution / November 9
Wine & Dine Aboard the Skytanic / November 16

Skyviews is located at 1901 University Avenue [at 19th Street], Suite 600 [sixth floor by elevator] in the Texas Tech Plaza Building. Open for lunch Monday – Friday from 11:00 – 1:00 pm with a $13 buffet and an ala carte menu. Reservations accepted 806-762-4762 or e-mail


Texas Tech University College of Architecture Fall Lecture Series is open to the public. Present lineup is

Charles Waldheim of Harvard University Graduate School of Design speaking at 5:00 pm in the College Gallery Room 101 first floor on October 7 and panel discussion by Jereck Boss, Sinclair Black and Nan Ellin on October 8 time and place to be announced, all within an Urban Community and Design Symposium on those days.

Bryan Cantley Professor of Design Theory California State University at Fullerton speaking at 5:00 pm in the College Gallery on October 20

Mar Loren-Mendez University of Seville in Spain speaking at 4:00 pm in the College Gallery on October 28

Kyna Leski Professor Rhode Island School of Design speaking at 4:00 pm in the College Gallery on November 4

Jesse Reiser Princeton University School of Architecture speaking at 4:00 pm in the College Gallery on November 18

The new dean of the College is Jim Williamson contact his office for more information on events times and locations 806-742-3136

Here is a lineup of Humanities Center lectures beginning October 26 They are open to the public.


University Symphony Orchestra concert titled Young Artists of the Future is Tuesday October 11 at 7:30 pm in Hemmle Recital Hall Texas Tech University School of Music immediately south of Student Union Building on campus. Parking is free in the Band Lot south of the building for evening events sponsored by the School of Music, courtesy of Bill Ballenger director. The concert is a free event public is invited and welcome.

Arts History Update for late September 2016

11 Sep

Arts History Update for late September 2016 by David Cummins

The Bauhaus 1919-1933 in Germany didn’t last long but was of enormous worldwide influence. Here is the digitized archive at Harvard University Art Museum Walter Gropius and Ludwig
Mies van der Rohe both died in 1969.


There are three new pieces in the Texas Tech University public art pantheon, The CEO (1994) by Glenna Goodacre in the south courtyard of Jerry S. Rawls College of Business Administration, Illuminated Arboreal Data Codes (2016) by Koryn Rolstad at the west entrance to the new addition to the Rawls College building, and a sculpture in front of the School of Art 3d Art Annex Building on Main Street by Jonathan Whitfill

I don’t know if the CEO piece is a current recasting from the retained mold, or is a formerly owned secondary casting back in 1994. The original larger than life bronze is in Avon Colorado. Those who know Glenna’s family recognize the woman in stone as Glenna’s daughter Jill now age 52 who is married to the musician and actor Harry Connick Jr. They were married in 1994 when Glenna sculpted this piece. Glenna lives in retirement in Santa Fe New Mexico near her studio but does not sculpt since she fell and suffered a closed head injury a decade or more ago.

Tuesday September 13, 2016 from 11:00 am – 1:30 pm there is a building dedication at Rawls CoBA for the new addition to the building on the west side, and for the two new pieces of public art. There will be ribbon cutting, lunch nibbles on the south outside courtyard, and opportunities to schmooze with Dean Paul Goebel, faculty, and the people from the Provost, President and Chancellor offices who are present. This is a public event.


The design of seating is a cultural art. Here are seven classic designs.

1. Klismos Chair from 5th century BCE Greece

2. Windsor Chair from 18th century CE many found in George Washington’s home at Mount Vernon

3. French Fauteuil a la Reine [armchair of the Queen] from 18th century with fabric back and seat and filigree wood carving.

4. No. 14 Brentwood Cafe Chair by Michael Thonet in 1859

5. Cesca Chair by Marcel Breuer made of tubular steel, springy cantilever design and woven cane seat, with or without arms

6. Round Chair by Hans Wegner in Danish Modern style with a cane seat and

7. Monobloc Plastic Chair from the 1980s injection-molded one piece polypropylene without any joints, a global favorite at a low price, surprisingly comfortable

If this intrigues you read Witold Rybczynski, Now I Sit Me Down (Farrar Straus & Giroux 2016) 242 pages $18.37 e-book $12 author is Professor of Architecture Emeritus at University of Pennsylvania.

A chair cushion can revive nearly any worn chair. A crewel embroidered overstuffed four inch deep chair cushion can be a place for lengthy comfortable repose the papasan pillow styles chair frame and cushion originated in India


2.4 million tickets were sold to the Edinburgh Scotland Festival Fringe August 5 – 29, 2016 the world’s largest theatrical or performing arts festival, transforming the cultural capital of Scotland and area 3,269 different theatre pieces were performed in 294 venues across the city and area.

For three weeks Edinburgh seemed like the capital of the world’s performing artists. Yes there are fringe festivals in the United States. Here is a list

Not listed there but very much alive in Texas are:

Houston Fringe Festival

FronteraFest at Hyde Park Theatre in Austin

Out of the Loop Fringe Festival at Water Tower Theatre at the Addison Theatre Centre in Addison Texas

Fort Worth Fringe Festival

DFW Fringe Festival

San Antonio Dance Fringe

What is fringe theatre? Theatre that is experimental in style or subject matter. The term comes from the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. In London the Fringe is the term given to small scale theatres, many of them located above pubs, and the equivalent to New York City’s Off-Off-Broadway theatres and Europe’s “free theater” groups.


The outdoor Plaza Stage and landscaping is complete at LHUCA Louise Hopkins Underwood Center for the Arts and the ribbon cutting is at 4:30 pm Friday September 30, 2016 kicking off a party with music by Beto and the Fairlanes, food trucks and a cash bar. Free event. Experience the outdoor amenities east of the main building at LHUCA that is now a campus between 5th Street on the north and Mac Davis Lane on the south, Avenue K on the west and Avenue J on the east, north end of downtown Lubbock northeast of Lubbock Memorial Civic Center.

Beto and the Fairlanes or Beto y Los Fairlanes is a world beat, Latin, pop, jazz and salsa band from Austin Texas.


Two recent news events have caused reactions that make me wonder about the capability of our minds to analyze behavior and speech.

Colin Kaepernick, San Francisco Forty Niner quarterback sat on the bench while the national anthem was being played at the initial football game of the NFL National Football League season. He announced that his action was a Black Lives Matter protest against the United States government and that he will repeat that behavior each game day. Huge response.

University of Chicago dean of students John Ellison sent a letter to incoming freshmen/women welcoming them but warning that they shouldn’t and couldn’t rely on “trigger warnings” or “safe places” on campus. This campus he said is one in which political correctness is not allowed to stifle free speech and intellectual inquiry even if some speech and inquiry makes some people uncomfortable at times. Huge response.

The quality and intensity of the responses, rather than the action and words of Kaepernick and Ellison, intrigued me. Various people who purport to be spokesmen for their cause or agenda, either strongly praised or decried the behavior of Kaepernick or Ellison. In the course of their reaction they exhibited an understanding and interpretation of what was done and said, as a support or opposition to the responder’s cause or agenda. They felt confirmed or took umbrage. They analyzed the action and speech not for what they were, but for what they were interpreted to be or mean by the responder’s own special interest organization and perspective. Accordingly, the reactions replaced the actions and become propaganda or further offense for or to a cause.

The responders were trying to “suck the air out of the room [and replace it with their air]” of the public media debate over the action and words of Kaepernick and Ellison. The public media gave so much attention to the responders and their responses, as compared to the alternative of maintaining a focus on the action and words of the two persons, that the reactions did replace the actions.

This process has happened many times, so many that it can be said to be typical. The outcome is that the media’s public simply divides up into the responder camps to which the members of the public feel most comfortable. No one pays close attention to the action and words of the two persons, and no one examines and analyzes them. The media’s public is saved from critical thinking.

I am part of a wider public that often eschews the media and its inept refusal to even attempt a critical thinking of its own. I want to examine and analyze the action and words of the two persons, and enjoy the opportunity to engage in critical thinking. Thus I would encourage anyone to ignore the responders’ attempts to hijack the news event to and for their cause, and encourage people to maintain a focus on the news event and address it directly. Examine and analyze it to help yourself understand what verbal and non-verbal speech say and mean, according to your own thinking, not that of some special interest organization with its cause and agenda.

Just to open the conversation and thinking, what about Colin Kaepernick seated on the bench while the national anthem is played? He explained his non-verbal speech as a protest of United States government action or inaction relative to mistreatment of African-Americans under the current rubric Black Lives Matter. My first thought on this is, a professional football athlete who knows that millions of people are watching on national television, wants to make his opinion on this non-sport issue known. Why do I care about his opinion? There are more than a thousand NFL players, is anything significant about Colin’s opinion? It seems insignificant and unhelpful in our understanding of the Black Lives Matter paradigm.

The second thing I think about is how Colin Kaeprenick expressed his opinion or stance on Black Lives Matter, by sitting rather than standing as all other people in the stadium, about 60,000 people, respectfully did during the playing of the national anthem. Whatever he says he was expressing, what other people saw him expressing was disrespect for our nation. He must have known he was expressing disrespect that would offend many thousands or millions of viewers, and must have wanted to be offensive. Whether or not I am offended, in fact I’m not, it seems to be a trash talking mode of speech designed to inflame or hurt and gain attention that way. To me it’s a sophomoric or adolescent way of attracting attention. I want to ignore it for that reason.

I conclude that it is not actually a newsworthy event, it’s only one football athlete choosing an inappropriate manner to express his personal opinion in which we are rightly uninterested.

The letter by Dean Ellison is more substantive and deserves more critical thinking. First I ignore all those people who have invested themselves in a variety of actions and positions on a spectrum known as political correctness, and reflexively responded to Dean Ellison’s letter as appropriate or inappropriate depending on the person’s previously fixed opinions on or against or about political correctness. I prefer to take the letter to incoming freshmen/women and its exact language on its own terms and in the context of a dean of students offering advice to those people new to the culture and exegesis of the University of Chicago.

He told those students they should not expect or require “trigger warnings” on campus. Many people might not know what a trigger warning is. When we watch television films broadcast on KTTZ-TV a Texas Tech University station, some shows will begin with a warning that graphic violence or offensive language may appear in the film, and viewer discretion as to whether one wishes to view or not view the film or some parts of it, is advised. That’s a trigger warning. What Dean Ellison told the students is that conversation and discussions in and out of class will touch upon subjects that some students may find distasteful or offensive. They shouldn’t expect to be warned in advance that such is going to occur before it occurs. They must be ready to deal with such conversation and discussions. Hopefully they will get beyond distaste and offense and inquire as to the meaning of the assertions or perspectives; i.e. engage in intellectual inquiry.

The second thing he told those students is that there are no “safe areas” on campus where they may go to be recluse and avoid foreign or unacceptable or offensive or distasteful language or ideas. The campus is open to all and not exclusively populated by anyone.

I look at Dean Ellison’s letter and understand immediately what he was trying to impart to these students. Whatever cocoons some helicopter parents may have created for their progeny before this semester, they won’t be found or replicated on the campus of the University of Chicago.

The content of his letter clearly falls within the ambit of discretion and appropriateness for a dean of students in caring for his newly arrived freshmen/women. It’s a fair enough description about something which would concern many and be of absolutely no concern to others. The culture of the campus will be more clear to these students as the semester progresses and they actually experience the expression of perspectives and ideas they hadn’t previously heard or wanted to hear. That is the real welcome to university life.

What is your critical thinking on these two news events?


Early voting begins October 24 and ends November 4, 2016. Election Day is November 8, 2016. To plan ahead contact Dorothy Kennedy Lubbock County Elections Office downtown at 1308 Crickets Avenue (former Avenue G). Unregistered voters must register on or before October 11. Aged, infirm, or temporarily out of county on election day voters, may apply to receive a mail in ballot at any time. Fill in the form on the website or go downtown to the office to complete it.


Art League of West Texas Foundation annual Membership Show is Monday September 12 through Tuesday October 18 at Legacy Event Center downtown 1500 14th Street.!/HOME The theme for the show is Casting Shadows. The juror is David Bondt

Legacy Event Center is open daily Mon-Friday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm and for select evening and weekend events. Luncheon and dinner is offered there at Pickle & the Pig Mon-Fri 11:00 – 2:30 and 5:00 – 9:00 pm.


The second season of the PBS Masterpiece series Poldark begins this month on television. The screen adaptations are based on the novel Winston Graham, Ross Poldark: A Novel of Cornwall 1783-1787 (Bodley Head 1945) Lubbock Public Library FIC GRAH 2002 and 2015 reprints, Texas Tech University Library PR6013.R24 R8 length 344 pages. ABE Books good condition $5.02 incl s&h.


For those who enjoyed Sir Paul McCartney’s tour concert in Lubbock Texas, it’s possible to travel to his roots in Liverpool England. Hard Days Night Hotel at 41 North John Street is around the corner from the legendary Cavern Club and so many things Liverpudlian, 110 rooms.


To promote its Study Abroad Programs in the Middle East and north Africa a live camel Rango was brought to the Free Speech Area at the Student Union Building Texas Tech University on Thursday September 8 from 11:00 – 1:00 pm. Some people got to pet a camel or have their picture taken with that leggy thing.


Fahim Rahimi is director of the National Museum of Afghanistan and speaks on Saving Our National Cultural Heritage at Texas Tech Museum Helen DeVitt Jones Auditorium Wednesday September 14 at 6:00 pm reception afterward in the Sculpture Court, a free event for the public.

The museum’s website is It was established in 1922 in Kabul.


Want to watch a golf tournament without traveling to wherever? The women’s golf team at Texas Tech University hosts a Red Raider Invitational Monday-Tuesday September 12-13 at The Rawls Course 3720 4th Street but actually on Texas Tech Parkway north of 4th Street. Alumnus Jerry S. Rawls donated $8.6 million to make this facility happen. Come on out and enjoy it. It’s managed by Troon Golf and includes Jerry’s Grill where you can eat a meal salad or snack and enjoy a beverage 7:30 am – 6:00 pm daily. Phone 806-742-4653 for more information. Jojo Robertson is the head coach of the women’s golf team. She has Oregon, Oregon State, Iowa and Tulsa coming in for the Invitational.

Thirty thousand rounds of golf are played here annually. Have you seen one?


Looking at art in art galleries, museums or other locations often results in the viewer wanting to know more. Now there’s an app down-loadable into smart phones, tablets and other mobile devices, called Magnus [named for the person who devised it, Magnus Resch]. You take a picture of the piece of art and in seconds the database is explored and returns to you the name of the artist, title of the piece, when it was created, the materials used, where the art was previously exhibited and its price over recent time including the price at the gallery where it’s being viewed.

However, it only works on iOS devices currently [Apple devices] and only works in Berlin, London and New York City currently. It’s in the early stages and its capability is being expanded to other operating systems like Android and Windows devices, and other cities on the planet. For the moment it’s a free app but that will likely change as more money and effort is placed into the project. Don’t look for it in Lubbock anytime soon. Many travel to major cities with excellent art on display and this capability will be useful.

Here is the website The founder is an author Magnus Resch, Management of Art Galleries (Hatje Cantz 2014) (reissue Phaidon Press 2016) $30 hardcover at 151 pages Texas Tech Library N420.R4713


Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth hosted a lecture by Alice Martin head of historic collections for Mount Stuart Trust, Mount Stuart, Isle of Bute, Scotland on Friday September 9 at 6:00 pm. Bute is in the Firth of Clyde (bay or estuary of the Clyde River that flows through Glasgow and west to the sea). It has been a Stuart clan property since the 15th century. Mary Queen of Scots was a Stuart. Here is information on Mount Stuart House


Texas Tech University researchers Philip Smith and Greg Mayer studied airborne dust in the Panhandle South Plains and were surprised and alarmed to find that near cattle feed lots where 80% of the nation’s 92 million head of cattle get fed out, some fecal material was cast into the air and fell downwind with illness the result. Worse, they found that some anti-biotics fed to cattle were spread downwind. Worse still, the processed anti-biotics were now a medicine resistant bacteria Texas Cattle Feeders Association tried to put a muzzle on publication of this research. Texas Monthly, a magazine known for its muckraking when muck is available for raking, published this article.

Professor Smith is in the Department of Environmental Toxicology and professor Mayer in the Institute for Environmental and Human Health.


Vincent Valdez has a multi-panel painting The City on display at David Shelton Gallery 4411 Montrose Boulevard Houston. It depicts a gathering of robed Ku Klux Klan members on the scrubby outskirts of a metropolis city. They carry an iPhone, wear Nike sneakers, and a contemporary Chevrolet truck is in the background so this is not a history painting. Valdez said that the current presidential political campaign has normalized racist talk about Hispanics and he wanted to depict his feelings and reaction to that in this painting. The painting is part of a solo exhibit titled The End Is Near (part 1) from September 9 – October 8, 2016


Los Hermanos Familia [The Human Family] holds its fifth annual West Texas Latino Artist Art Show & Dia de Los Meurtos Celebracion [Day of the Dead Celebration] on Sunday November 6 at Lubbock Memorial Civic Center admission $5 adults $3 children. 12:30 – 6:00 pm on the day.


Robert Nickas, Painting Abstraction: New Elements in Abstract Painting (Phaidon Press 2009 revised 2014) publisher $50 $41 352 pages 250 illustrations

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]