Arts History Update for early February 2013

25 Jan

Arts History Update for early February 2013 by David Cummins


Timothy Egan’s latest book is Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher: The Epic Life and Immortal Photographs of Edward Curtis (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 2012) Texas Tech Library TR140.C82 E43. Here is a 45 minute radio interview broadcast on National Public Radio’s show On Point with Tom Ashbrook in October Curtis 1868 – 1952 was, at the turn of the century, a successful Seattle Washington portrait photographer who had an epiphany at age 32, realizing that Native Americans were disappearing onto the margins of American society and living on marginal lands and not doing well there. He pledged to photograph people in the tribes while there was still time and opportunity. He started with Seattle’s lone Native American resident Princess Angeline, the aged daughter of Chief Sealth for whom the city was named. The rest, as they say, is history befriended by Teddy Roosevelt and financed by John Pierpont Morgan 1837 – 1913 the project produced twenty volumes of photographs many of which are today priceless.


The book is $18.18 hardcover and $9.24 Kindle at




Another recent book of interest is Susan Jacoby, The Great Agnostic: Robert Ingersoll and American Freethought (Yale University Press 2013). The author is interviewed on a National Public Radio show On Point with Tom Ashbrook and this is the Yale University Press website


See also an older book Cameron Rogers, Colonel Bob Ingersoll: A Biographical Narrative of the Great American Orator and Agnostic (Doubleday, Page & Co 1927) Texas Tech Library BL2790.I6 R6 and another book is The Best of Robert Ingersoll: Immortal Infidel: Selections From the Writings and Speeches (ed. Roger E. Greeley, Prometheus Books 1983) Texas Tech Library AC8.I622


Robert Green Ingersoll 1833 – 1899 story is told here. A small town Ingersoll Texas was named for him in the 1870s, but the name was changed in 1886 to Redwater after a Christian Revival group came to town and made conversions. Redwater is twelve miles southwest of Texarkana.,_Texas Colonel Bob Mountain in the Olympic Peninsula Mountain Range in the southwest portion of the Olympic National Forest, is named for Ingersoll.




Lubbock Chapter of Archaeological Institute of America released its list of free lectures for Spring 2013 at Acronyms in academia can cause the eyes to glaze so MCOM 359 means Media and Communication Building Room 359 which is the former Rawls College of Business Administration Building retrofitted for the College of Media and Communication [formerly Mass Communications]. It is at the corner of 15th Street and Flint Avenue with an entry station at that corner to provide you with a free visitor’s parking card for your windshield.


The speaker Ian Morris from Stanford University on March 27 is brought to campus by the newly [2012] established Institute for Study of Western Civilization located in the Honors College at Texas Tech University The free talk is at 5:30 p.m. in the Escondido Theater of the Student Union Building.




Is beer produced in Lubbock? Sograte BBQ and Brew at 8405 Ash Avenue can help a person get into home brewing and Lubbock Homebrew Supply at 901 E. 66th Street is another avenue. The Ale-ian Society is a home brewing club that meets monthly at Sograte to enjoy the members’ common pursuit of gastro-pleasure.


Is beer produced commercially in Lubbock?


Triple J Chophouse & Brew Company is a Lubbock brewpub and restaurant with a substantial list of beer brewed on site. Some of this is seasonal. It does not have a record of winning prizes or awards but many like the beers. Formerly Hub City Brewery at 1801 Buddy Holly Avenue, the brew masters have remained professional at this craft micro-brewery.


Wicked Beaver Brewery in Wolfforth Texas southwest of Lubbock produces a short list of beer; viz. Cream Weaver Ale, Timber Ale, and Midnight Ale. It is not open for touring or tasting except by special arrangement. You can drink it at three bars in Lubbock, The Lantern 3502 Slide Road, Overton Hotel Bar 2322 Mac Davis Lane, and The Craft House Gastropub 3131 34thStreet, formerly Home Cafe. You can purchase 22 ounce bottles at Host & Toast 2703 26th Street or Ollie’s Liquors 3411 34th Street or Spec’s Wine, Spirits & Finer Food 6818 Slide Road # 12 or United Supermarkets Market Street 19th Street and Quaker Avenue in Lubbock or at Doc’s Beer and Wine 641 E. Highway 62 in Wolfforth.


Yellow House Canyon Brew Works at 601 North University Avenue Building B [at Erskine Street], Lubbock is a small craft micro-brewery that produces four beers Dusty Panhandle Wheat, Rolling Thunder Porter, Texas Highland Scottish Ale, and West Texas Green Chili Ale call or contact 806-744-1917 for new releases, tastings, and locations to find the product. I’m told by a friend of the owner that Yellow House Canyon may be “about four months away from having product in stores available to the public for purchase”. That may mean he doesn’t know where to purchase it or it may mean that the permit process through TABC Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission is still ongoing. At TABC Yellow House Canyon has licenses to produce the four listed beers from April 29, 2011 through April 28, 2013.


Spec’s Wine, Spirits & Finer Foods of Houston Texas now has store # 107 in Lubbock at 6818 Slide Road # 12 and a larger beer selection than any other store in Lubbock. Of course it has good relations with breweries in Texas including Karbach Brewing Company of Houston where there is a tour and tasting every Saturday noon – 3:00 p.m. Telephone Spec’s to ask if it carries or will carry Wicked Beaver or Yellow House Canyon beer 806-794-3500. The more folks inquire the more likely it will be carried. Here’s a Craft Beer and Food Pairing Guide from Spec’s


Beer produced in Texas includes these large quantity brands with city of production: Alamo at San Antonio, Hops and Grain at Austin, Independence at Austin, Karbach at Houston, No Label at Katy, Rahr & Sons at Fort Worth, Real Ale at Blanco, Saint Arnold at Houston, Shiner at Shiner, Southern Star at Conroe, and Ziegenbock at Houston. A brand is not the same thing as the name of the brewery; e.g. Shiner is a brand produced by Spoetzl Brewery in Shiner Texas a list of additional breweries is at







Brent Baggett, Sky Drill (2012) is a painted steel and aluminum sculpture on two year loan to the Art on the Llano project and em-placed at a juncture of South Loop 289 and Spur 327 with the assistance of Texas Department of Transportation Lubbock District. Here’s the fund-raising project by Baggett to underwrite the fabrication of his design Funding and fabrication came together and in July 2012 the moment came for installation Here is Baggett’s website with a gorgeous photo of Sky Drill installed. He is a professor of art at Austin Community College in Austin Texas and a member of Texas Sculpture Group .


The other installed sculptures are Eric McGehearty, Texas Landscape (2008), Michelle O’Michael, Moon River (2007), and Will Cannings, Black Pink (2012). McGehearty’s website is and here is Texas Landscape before it was moved to South Loop 289 and Quaker Avenue . O’Michael’s gallery is Xanadu and her website is on which you see Moon River before it was moved to South Loop 289 and the access flyover ramp onto Interstate 27 heading north. Finally, Cannings is a professor of art at Texas Tech,%20William/cannings.php and here is Black Pink sited at Marsha Sharp Freeway and the south frontage road between Quaker Avenue and 19th Street heading east.


Congratulations to Texas Department of Transportation Lubbock District 135 Slaton Road for its willingness to introduce sculpture into the highway environment and donating the concrete pads and labor for secure placement of art into the landscape.


Art on the Llano project and is described here.





Some really strong lectures are coming up at the British Museum sponsored by London Review of Books. Hilary Mantel on February 4 “Undressing Anne Boleyn”, David Runciman on February 11 “The Crisis of American Democracy”, and Nicholas Spice on February 25 “Is Wagner Bad For Us?”. All are held at the British Petroleum Lecture Theatre inside the British Museum.




New York City just awarded a contract in a competition to construct 55 micro-unit apartment building living units, this time at 250 to 370 square feet per unit in the Kip’s Bay district of Manhattan on city-owned land and building shell at 335 East 27th Street. Each of the units is pre-fabricated locally by Capsys at its Brooklyn Navy Yard factory site. The units will be hoisted into place by cranes. The winning design was made by Mimi Hoang of nArchitects acting in collaboration with Monadnock Construction that previously built pre-fabricated units for Harborfront Inn in Greenport Long Island–See-the-Winning-Design


To introduce the concept to the public and solicit applications for residency in the new facility before it is built, the city has placed the designs and related items on view at the Museum of the City of New York where there is also a full-scale model micro apartment for people to experience. The exhibit is called Making Room: New Models for Housing New Yorkers and will be on view through September 15, 2013.


Zoning Codes in the City currently allow nothing smaller than 400 square feet so an amendment will have to be made but that should be accomplished since various interests are on board including Citizens Housing and Planning Council.


What I’m wondering is how many people are psychologically minimalist enough to live successfully in a micro-unit? How does one live without “stuff” and if one owns “stuff” where does one store it and still have easy accessibility and at what additional cost?


Here’s a small house in the country that seems to suit one family.–A-Family-of-4-Unwinds-in-540-Square-Feet


The only micro living units known in Lubbock are assisted living facilities, mostly for seniors whose choices are limited by their physical and health conditions.




Valentine’s Day is coming up. Flowers wilt, chocolate is fattening, and lingerie is a gamble. Try a book: The Mysterious Life of the Heart: Writing from The Sun Magazine About Passion, Longing and Love (eds. Sy Safransky et al., The Sun Publishing Co 2009). The publisher grants permission for portions of the book to be read aloud to a loved one, by candlelight, between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 2:00 a.m. $17.95 at








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