Arts History Update for late June 2013

17 Jun

Arts History Update for late June 2013 by David Cummins


Abernathy Jamboree on Main Street is a monthly street fair in Abernathy Texas 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. second Saturday of each month in Summertime. Check it out on July 13 and August 10. One of the unique aspects is a display of classic automobiles. There is music, vendors, activities and more.


From Hale County Facts and Folklore comes this description of the founding and progress of Abernathy.




The exhibition Chagall: Modern Master is on view at Tate Liverpool museum June 8 through October 6, 2013. Marc Chagall (1887 – 1985) began painting folklorist narratives and became a combiner of fauve, cubist, expressionist and suprematist styles, while reflecting his native Jewish Russian culture. Here is some of his work


While in that city be sure to take one of the many tours focused on the Beatles this is only one at your disposal.




Preston E. Smith Correctional Institution is a state prison three miles east of Lamesa Texas on Farm to Market Road 827 east of US Highway 87 in Dawson County. It contains male inmates with a maximum capacity of 2,234 persons. Trusted inmates can work at a mattress factory, in farming and grazing operations, and in gardening. Education programs are contracted with Windham Education operating as Windham School District of Texas and Western Texas College (Snyder) . The warden is Stephen Swift.


It employs 419 people and is a significant industry for Lamesa.




Laverne Roach (1925 – February 23, 1950 age 25) was a welterweight and middleweight boxer from Plainview Texas and Ring Magazine Rookie of the Year in 1947. He suffered a tenth round knockout at St Nicholas Arena 69 West 66th Street in New York City, was taken to a hospital and died from a subdural  hemorrhage. His record was 27 wins [11 by KO] and 5 losses [2 by KO]. There is now a book in manuscript form by Frank Sikes titled The Laverne Roach Story: Boxing’s Unsung Hero, including a forward by Angelo Dundee famed trainer and boxing manager.


Homer Marquez, New Book Looks at Famed Local Boxer, Plainview Daily Herald, April 24, 2013 His widow Evelyn Trice is in her 90s and lives in Canyon Texas. She assisted the author in his researching the life and activities of Laverne.




The photograph by Malcolm Browne on June 11, 1963 of a Buddhist monk Thich Quang Duc who drenched himself with gasoline and was immolated, is still on our minds. This suicide was a protest on behalf of all Buddhists against the repressive actions of Roman Catholic Ngo Dinh Diem, South Vietnam’s ruler. another view Nearly a decade later a photograph of a naked Vietnamese girl whose clothing had been burned off her, running in terror toward the camera, equally invaded our consciousness.


Rebellion and war may be about nations but it is experienced by individual people, in so many and various ways that often seem unconnected to the national narrative. It never happens in any other way.




June 27 – August 2, 2013 is an exhibition Renzo Piano Building Workshop: Fragments at the Gagosian Gallery on West 21st Street in New York City. Gagosian Gallery release–june-27-2013 It looks fascinating as it allows us into the process of a master architect.




Architect Michael Graves, the siren of post-modernism, is featured in a 26 minute video at and his contributions to whimsical functional architecture are widely known. His website is He was strongly influenced by the liberating thoughts expressed by Robert Venturi in Complexity and Contradictions in Architecture (Museum of Modern Art 1966) Texas Tech Library OVERSZ NA2760.V46 That book is so influential for so many that it continues to be reprinted into the current century.





















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