Arts History Update for just past early December 2012

29 Nov

Arts History Update for just past early December 2012 by David Cummins


The twelfth annual photography exhibit High and Dry: People and Places of the World’s Dry Lands is ongoing November 22 – December 18, 2012 and these have been well attended and impressive in the past. Don’t miss it. International Cultural Center at Texas Tech University 601 Indiana Avenue. Here is a slideshow of photos in last year’s exhibit


The exhibit reception is Friday December 7 from 5:00 – 7:30 p.m. with the juror talk by Luther Smith at 6:30 p.m. in the 189 seat auditorium. Usually there are tasty nibbles at these receptions. The hostess with the mostest for the event is Jane Bell director of operations. Here is Luther Smith’s photography website and here is his website as a professor of art at Texas Christian University


The reception event is the same evening as First Friday Art Trail in December 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. At the Buddy Holly Center 1801 Crickets Avenue [formerly Avenue G] First Friday access is free and the current exhibit is by Crafts, Etc. this year featuring wood-working by four Texas artists Olen Fortenberry, Lora Hunt, Spider Johnson and J. Christopher White. On Sunday afternoon December 9 at 1:30 p.m. these artists will conduct a free gallery talk about the exhibit.




Do you believe in terroir? It’s the special characteristics that the geography, geology, and climate of a given place, interacting with the plant’s genetics, express in the food grown in that place. Some scoff. Others are sure, especially with wine, coffee and cheese. In France and Germany there are strict laws governing how one may refer to some products, unless they are grown in a certain place in which that product is historically grown. Many think this is just a marketing strategy gaining legitimization.


Some take terroir to another level and suggest that the way people cook in a certain place, and the styles of cooking and customary behaviors add terroir to the cuisine. Humans, in other words, can create terroir or enhance existing terroir.


I am planning a trip to the Marfa area, high mountain [altitude 4,688 feet population 2,424] Chihuahuan Desert area in trans-Pecos River far west Texas. A book by a terroir believer is Gary Paul Nabhan, Desert Terroir: Exploring the unique flavors and sundry places of the borderland (University of Texas Press 2012) Texas Tech Southwest Collection Library Natural History Collection TX360.U62 N33. He wrote another book Arab/American: Landscape, culture, and cuisine in two great deserts (University of Arizona Press 2008) Tech Library F787.N33


Daphne Beal, In Marfa, Texas, Minimalist Art and Maximum Flavor, The New York Times, November 18, 2009 advises one to eat locally at The Shark, a 1974 delivery truck parked under an outdoor market pavilion four days a week. Tacos del Norte, Cochineal, Blue Javelina, Brown Recluse, Q Cafe & Wine Bar and Maiya’s are other options. From that selection one should be able to confirm or deny terroir.


The minimalist art refers to the late Donald Judd and Chinati Foundation located on a long out of service Army post first named Camp Albert in 1911, then Camp Marfa, and in 1930 Fort D.A. Russell. During World War II the fort was used as Marfa Army Air Field and it closed in 1946. Hanger 98 or Building 98 contains vintage aircraft and a mural painted by German prisoners of war incarcerated here In the late 1970s Judd purchased and turned some vacant Marfa buildings into his art studio and display gallery.


Camp Albert opening in 1911 must have had to do with the Mexican Revolution of 1910 onward against the long-time dictatorial President Porfirio Diaz. While it took less than two years to displace Diaz, the scramble over succession and reforms made for a crippled infrastructure and violence for a decade. Pancho Villa was acting up in Columbus New Mexico and elsewhere so President Wilson sent Brigadier General John J. “Black Jack” Pershing to lead the Punitive Expedition of 1916-1917 into Mexico to bring Pancho to justice. The Rio Gande border with Mexico is only 60 miles to the south from Marfa. Revolution discussion is here


Some of Marfa is just funky like this Prada Store This store owner is an owner, not a retailer.


One expects that Luz de Estrella Winery in Marfa will eagerly claim terroir. However, when checking further, it closed and the property bears a for sale sign. Apparently there is now no winery in Marfa. Cathedral Mountain Vineyard is 18 miles south of Alpine Texas on Texas Highway 118. It supplies product to Times Ten Cellars in Dallas


The Chihuahuan Desert Visitor Center and Research Institute is at Fort Davis, as is Blue Mountain Vineyard. Saint Genevieve Wines is at Fort Stockton.


Marfa may be the smallest town in America with a National Public Radio station KRTS-FM 93.5


Timothy J. Crowley, 1983 graduate of Texas Tech University School of Law, built an 8,000 square foot vacation home six miles west of Marfa. It’s not likely on tour for it is a refuge for a Houston mover and shaker couple. His wife Lynn Goode is owner and founder of Lynn Goode Art Gallery in Houston and Marfa Book Company in Marfa. Carlos Jimenez, the architect who designed the vacation home, completed in 2004, wrote a book Crowley (Oro Editions March 1, 2009, photography by Paul Hester) $29.95 at Texas Tech Architecture Library NA737.J48 A4 has the book in its stacks


————————– is a map of pre-Civil War Army forts in Texas depicting the frontier with Indian activity farther west. On the Rio Grande there was Fort Brown [Brownsville ], Ringgold Barracks [Rio Grande City ], Fort McIntosh [Laredo ] and Fort Duncan [Eagle Pass ]. Inland from Corpus Christi there was Fort Merrill and Fort Ewell on the Nueces River. The road west from Bejar [San Antonio] or the San Antonio – El Paso Road was Fort Lincoln , Fort Inge [Uvalde ] Fort Hudson [near Comstock, on a Devil’s River tributary ], Fort Lancaster [on Pecos River ] see , Fort Stockton , Fort Davis , Fort Quitman [Esperanza on the Rio Grande ] and finally Fort Bliss [El Paso ].


At this same time the containment and transportation security forts stretching from North Texas down to the Rio Grande included Fort Belknap [controlling Brazos River Indian Reservation, near Newcastle, the Butterfield Overland Mail route from St Louis and Memphis ran to Fort Smith Arkansas, then through Indian Territory, then crossing the Red River, then to Fort Belknap ], Camp Cooper [controlling Clear Fork of Brazos River Comanche Reservation, near Throckmorton ], Fort Phantom Hill [near Abilene ], Fort Chadbourne [near Bronte, from here the Butterfield Overland Mail route went west to Horsehead Crossing on the Pecos River, then Fort Stockton, Fort Davis, Fort Quitman and Fort Bliss ], Fort McKavett [near Menard ], Fort Clark [near Brackettville ], and Fort Duncan [Eagle Pass on Rio Grande ]. This was the so-called Line of Defense against Kiowa, Comanche, Lipan Apache and Mescalero Apache. Fort Concho at San Angelo wasn’t established until 1867, after the Civil War ended. Fort Concho was quite new when Colonel Ranald Mackenzie of New York was its commander.


During this pre-Civil War era more than seventy camels were imported from North Africa to Indianola Texas by U.S. Secretary of War Jefferson Davis and his successor, and stationed at Camp Verde near Bandera Pass Texas. They were trained for travel west to Fort Bliss and beyond through Fort Hudson and the other forts on that route. Chris Emmett, Texas Camel Tales: Incidents Growing Up Around an Attempt by the War Department of the United States to Foster an Uninterrupted Flow of Commerce Through Texas by the Use of Camels (Naylor Printing Co 1932) [reprint Steck-Vaughn 1969 at Texas Tech Library Southwest Collection TEX 26.3 C181 E54]. See also Odie B. Faulk, The United States Camel Corps: An Army Experiment (Oxford University Press 1976) Tech Library UC350.F38


Fort Union National Monument, New Mexico north of Las Vegas NM about 18 miles exit Interstate 25 at Watrous exit 366 then travel northwest on state highway 477 Old Santa Fe Trail The fort was essential to provide security for the Santa Fe Trail. Chris Emmett, Fort Union and the Winning of the Southwest (University of Oklahoma Press 1965) Texas Tech Library F801.E46





Chesley Sullenberger captain on US Airways Flight # 1549 on January 15, 2009 will be the after dinner speaker at Lubbock Womens Club on Thursday January 10, 2013 6:30 p.m. reception 7:00 p.m. dinner at the Club 2020 Broadway Street Lubbock 79401. Tickets are $75 per person and go on sale Friday November 30, 2012. They may be ordered by phone 806-763-6448.


He took off from LaGuardia Airport in Queens and almost immediately ran into a flock of birds that clogged the jet engines and the plane lost power. He could not bring it back to the airport so he made a controlled ditching of the aircraft in the Hudson River where the plane floated while rescue craft arrived and took everyone away to safety. Two people were injured and no fatalities. 


Quick decisive thinking and action to take the best option available and avoid a catastrophe. It was the kind of heroism everyone appreciates and honors.


Lubbock Womens Club 



Friday – Saturday evenings December 14-15 and Friday – Sunday evenings December 21-23 at 7:00 p.m. is a Lubbock Moonlight Musicals production of A Madrigal Dinner: Christmas Joy Past and Present $45, $60, $75 and $100 per person depending upon which character Jester, Knight, Queen or King is sitting with you at that festive Table in the Christine DeVitt Icehouse Theatre at LHUCA Louise Hopkins Underwood Center for the Arts at 517 Avenue J in Lubbock. Tickets are available through Select A Seat outlets. Here is a description of the Madrigal Dinner style of mixed chorus events and the voices will be excellent selected by Gerald Dolter, Professor of Musical Theatre at Texas Tech University who is the impetus and driving force behind Lubbock Moonlight Musicals. The gowns and garb worn by the singers are themselves a delight and often spot on as replicas of the finest festival at a medieval monarchical court. Some audience participation may occur so gargle and cleanse your palate preparatory to breaking into song.


This is an event like no other in the community, so if you haven’t partaken here’s an opportunity for a special treat.













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