Arts History Update for early March 2013

5 Apr

Arts History Update for early March 2013 by David Cummins


Circuit of the Americas opened on November 18, 2012 as a Formula 1 Grand Prix road race track southeast of Austin Texas. At its biggest annual event it attracts 100,000 spectators in person and 500 million television spectators globally. The 3.4 mile track is curvy hilly and dangerous, particularly at these speeds. It has straightaways, switchbacks and sharp corners. It is and will be, for a ten year run, one of the most prestigious and attention-gathering road races in the world. The site is 1,300 acres and includes the track, a 14,000 person amphitheater, a main grandstand for 8,000 people, and auxiliary grandstands for another 88,000 people.


The last Formula 1 Grand Prix in the United States was in Indianapolis Indiana through 2007 and now it is in Texas, Are those Central Texans happy, unless of course you live in that idyllic rural area southeast of Austin and now are afflicted with helicopter traffic bringing in the notables, noise levels previously inexperienced, and highway traffic on two lane country roads that immediately become clogged for long periods of time.


Tavo Hellmund and his sponsors are paying $23 million per year to Formula 1 Management to put on this event for this ten year run. Except he isn’t paying it, Susan Combs Comptroller of Public Accounts for the State of Texas, is paying that amount out of the state’s Major Events Trust Fund created by the Governor and Legislature for tamping up the Texas economy. Tavo Hellmund and his sponsors told Texas that the economic impact for the area would be $288 – 500 million annually. and here is the 2011 article advising us about the state’s participation




Alan Charles Kors is a chaired history professor at University of Pennsylvania. He will speak at Texas Tech University on The Rise of Religious Toleration in the West from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. Tuesday March 5. The location is Escondido Theatre in the basement floor of the Student Union Building. The event is free for the public sponsored by The Institute for the Study of Western Civilization in the Honors College at Tech. Here’s a short bio on this scholar including a few of his recent publications.


Encyclopedia of the Enlightenment (editor in chief Alan Charles Kors, four volumes Oxford University Press 2003) $685 at Texas Tech Library B802.E53 non-circulating. For The Great Courses Professor Kors taught “Birth of the Modern Mind: The Intellectual History of the 17th and 18th Centuries” that sells for $179.95 in CD format, $254.95 in DVD format, and $129.95 digital download from the Internet website. I purchased audio cassette tapes of these lectures in 1993 for $55 and can vouch for this speaker.


Weekday evening parking for an event in the SUB is negotiable with ease. The band parking lot R11 south of the SUB – pay at the pay station, the Development Office / Honors College parking lot east of the SUB on Akron Avenue – pay at the pay station, and Administration Building parking lot R07 north of the SUB – pay at the pay station. Parking is $1.50 per hour and free after 8:00 p.m. on a weekday.




Lubbock area artists are continually donating their art for worthy causes. Perhaps there is a commercial benefit in widening the public awareness of those artists and alerting the public to future opportunities to acquire art from those artists. That said, these artists continually offer their creative product to support other people’s causes, not their own. It seems to be a cultural trait of artists that enriches the community in which they reside and work. Perhaps that’s why arts organizations use the logo ART LIVES . Art has a contagious impact on our culture and civilizes it in many ways.


The latest example is the members of Llano Estacado Clay Guild donating small bowls for the 6th Annual Wishing Bowl Affair to support patients of Covenant Women’s and Children’s Hospital, the children’s division. The event is Saturday March 2 from 6:30 – 9:00 p.m. at Christine DeVitt Ice House 511 Avenue J on the campus of LHUCA Louise Hopkins Underwood Center for the Arts at 511 Avenue K one block to the west. Entry fee to the Affair is $25 and for that one gets one of those small bowls, the bowl of your choice, into which you may pour the soup of your choice aside a beverage and dessert item for a glamorous light meal. You get to take home the bowl. Also, larger and other less utilitarian ceramic items donated by Clay Guild members will be available for acquisition through a silent auction format. Some of those items have been painted on by children who were patients at Covenant Women’s and Children’s Hospital in Lubbock.


The largest public event for the Llano Estacado Clay Guild is its annual Wine and Clay Festival at Llano Estacado Winery, this year on June 8-9. A wide display of pieces is viewable and most of it is for sale. I have gone to view and lost restraint while purchasing. Admission is free. Wine is purchasable by the glass. Usually there are some food items for sale. Saturday 10:00 – 5:00 p.m. Sunday noon – 5:00 p.m. The winery has expanded its entry and visitor space, and is the largest producer of wine in West Texas a superior wine grape growing region. 3426 East Farm to Market Road 1585 about 3.2 miles east of U.S. Highway 87 at a point south of Lubbock.




Art appreciators react to images of all kinds. The Associated Press has dealt with images for a long time, a picture being equal to a thousand words, and its current website launches a new platform for accessing images on March 4, 2013. Check it out. The free access is minimal but enticing since the site wishes to sell its digitally stocked cache of artistic and historic images. Usage in commercial venues is purchasable by permission from copyright holders and arrangement for payment of a small fee.




Judith Braun finger painted a wall size 12 by 48 feet mural Diamond Dust (2012) over seven days in February 2012 before a live audience at the Chrysler Museum of Art in Norfolk Virginia. She made fine powder from ground charcoal, dipped her fingers into the mixture, and painted. She moved from the abstract and symmetrical to a literal landscape, evoking nature and its Fibonacci number sequence of repeated patterns. It was on display at Chrysler Museum through December 31, 2012. We are told that it was then ceremoniously painted over for future wall use at the Museum. Chrysler Museum of Art tells the story and shows Judith with her blackened fingers.


Here’s a two minute You Tube Video of Judith explaining how she came to finger paint a wall at Indianapolis Museum of Art for its exhibition Graphite December 7, 2012 – June 2, 2013 and here is the exhibit information


Many thanks to an Update reader for alerting me to Judith’s singular style.





Saturday March 2 from 4:00 – 9:00 p.m. is a special exhibit of art at eight different locations in Slaton Texas. It’s called International Arts on the Slaton Square in downtown Slaton. The artists are from fifteen different countries. Here is a three minute video in which Adewale Adenle, a Nigerian-American artist, displays and speaks about his mixed media pieces in wood, fiber, and paint





Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: