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Arts History Update for mid August 2013

28 Jul

Arts History Update for mid August 2013 by David Cummins


James Turrell: A Retrospective at Los Angeles County Museum of Art LACMA , and James Turrell at Guggenheim Museum New York City , and James Turrell: The Light Inside at Museum of Fine Arts Houston, are three current major exhibitions on this artist and his fifty year career.


The catalogue for the first exhibition is a 304 page book James Turrell: A Retrospective (eds. Michael Govan & Christine Y. Kim, Prestel 2013) described by John Hill as Turrell’s career to date is covered in ten chapters interspersed by four essays—two introductory essays by Govan and Kim, the others by Alison de Lima Greene and E.C. Krupp. Kim’s essay is required reading, since it not only gives a biography of Turrell’s life but also features his words through interviews; after direct experience, Turrell’s work is best understood through his own concise but complex descriptions. The ten chapters focus on particular themes and types of works (painting in space, blind light, sky light, etc.) that end up tracing a roughly chronological path. This means that his ongoing work at Roden Crater in Arizona is found near the end of the book; logical, since it is the culmination of his years of working with light and perception.
The longest chapter is the one devoted to what Turrell calls “Skyspaces,” typically one-room constructions with a square or circular oculus open to the sky. Skyspaces can be found all over the world, and they are the pieces that architects most appreciate because they are spatial but also transcendent. In addition to the many photographs in the book, architects should appreciate the occasional construction drawings documenting the Skyspaces and other installations. Like a magician’s secrets, they reveal what is hidden and what enables the spaces to be perceived in certain ways, while also illustrating how they are physical constructions that rely on particularly complex details.
Not surprisingly, Turrell’s installations and Skyspaces are best experienced firsthand (this points to the obvious recommendation to visit at least one of the museums holding a Turrell exhibition). They can be discussed and documented, as they are in this book, but that is hardly a substitute for the tangible effects that happen when sensing one of his works, ideally for long durations. That said, kudos should go to Florian Holzherr, whose large color photos grace most pages of the book and help to make it such

a remarkable document of an artist worth all the attention. Here is a twelve minute video clip from the PBS broadcast on Spirituality featuring Turrell and here is a four minute clip on another broadcast.


Other catalogues for his work include:


Craig E. Adcock, James Turrell: The Art of Light and Space (University of California Press 1990) Texas Tech Library N6537.T28 A84

Richard Andrews, James Turrell (Henry Art Gallery Seattle 1992) Tech Library N6537.T78 A4, and

James Turrell: The Other Horizon (MAK Center for Art and Architecture 2001) Tech Library N6537.T78 A4




Ray Freeman, M.D. age 90 led a tour of murals in Hale Center Texas on July 23, 2013. Officers from the Southwest Collection Special Collections Libraries at Texas Tech University video-recorded the session for the archives. The project started in 1998 as part of an overall beautification project for the town and particularly for the center of town on Main Street. Some vacated buildings fronting Main Street were gutted and removed and a pocket park inserted there including one or more murals on adjoining building walls that face into the park space. There is a Welcome to Hale Center mural at the north and south entrances to the town, and an interior mural in Security Bank Building 701 North Main Street. The rest are exterior murals prompted by historic events or activities for which the town or area is known. Thus the social history of Hale Center is recorded in these murals. Dr. Freeman was the impetus and visionary for the project as well as painter of murals. Long-time art teacher in the local high school Ruth Barnett, and a professional artist Glenn Lyles who had been her student, were enlisted. There is a You Tube video of Ruth Barnett winning third place in April’s Muleshoe Art Association show. She is 99 years of age and a resident in a Muleshoe nursing home. Freeman’s wife Marjorie started as a helper and became a co-painter. As many as nine artists worked on a single mural. Many of the murals are dated with the date of the event depicted; e.g. Waiting For The Bank To Open is dated 1907 when the bank first opened its doors for business. Whistle Stop is dated the same year 1907 for the year when the Santa Fe Railroad line was extended south from Plainview to Hale Center.


The tree plantings and landscaping are excellent and suitable for the selected sites. They provide beauty, shade, and places for congregating and reflection.


Freeman distributed a brochure to viewers that lists the murals and identifies their location in town, so people can pick up the brochure and take a self-guided walking tour. Weaning Time, Chief to Chief, Iowa Avenue Stage, Welcome to Hale Center south entrance, and Antelope are murals not listed in the brochure but eighteen are listed. Hale Center Beautification Association is the non-profit corporate entity through which the project operates, corporation status as of August 3, 1998 Texas Secretary of State corporation # 0149984701 Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts franchise tax exemption and retail sales and use tax exemption # 17527816429 and here is the Texas Comptroller’s filing information


Who would have thought there would be twenty-two murals in a town the size of Hale Center? I must plead mea culpa because in an earlier Arts History Update I stated that there were eight or nine murals in Hale Center and reported that as a phenomenon. From several websites on the Internet I collected that number of images. Attending the tour impressed everyone with how prolific and persistent Dr. Freeman and his colleagues really are.


In the last two years two students in Wayland Baptist University’s art department have performed restoration, maintenance and preservation work on some of the murals so an ongoing program is in place to maintain and preserve these murals.


Dr. Ray Freeman receives a lifetime of public service award, is on a website devoted to the area


Dr. Freeman is a fine water-colorist and recently won both first and second place in a Plains Art Association annual showing of works in Plainview


Despite his contributions as an artist and improver of the community, he will always be known in Hale Center, first and foremost, as its physician practicing from his office at Hi-Plains Hospital, arriving in 1946 a year after the hospital opened, and devoting his entire career to the health of Hale Center and environs people. Hi-Plains Hospital at 203 West 4th Street was an 84 bed facility, services now being provided 13 miles away at Covenant Hospital Plainview, or 35 miles away at Covenant Health System Lubbock or UMC Health System Lubbock. The hospital was a cooperative and closed in October 2001 following a refusal by voters to approve a property tax levying hospital district to take over the hospital.




I must be reading too much of the newspaper, and magazines, and watching television. I have a sense of an apocalypse. That it is all for nothing. But what is it? And what is nothing? Would it be any different, if it were nothing?


When I pay less attention to the news of the world, as the media sees that world and creates that news, I am not afflicted with a sense of an apocalypse. Perhaps it is the vacuity of the media’s output that is the disjunctive agent, especially for those of us not naturally given to depression or melancholy.


Recently tested this thesis by eschewing all media for forty-eight hours. I felt refreshed and invigorated. There is no apocalypse, so far as I can tell.


Another valuable byproduct of media avoidance is that during social intercourse people say “have you heard XXXXXX” and when I answer “no” they get a chance to inform, which is more about their perspective on the datum than the datum itself. People enjoy informing and since I am more interested in their perspective than the datum itself, they sense my interest in them and that pleases and lubricates the conversation.


You may ask, what brought on this introspection? I was reading Victor Serge, Memoirs of a Revolutionary, 1901 – 1941 (1951 posthumously in French in Paris)(transl. Peter Sedgwick, Oxford University Press 1963, New York Review of Books Classics 2012) Texas Tech Library DK254.S39 A313. He had such a high degree of sensibility, was born an expatriate revolutionary with hatred for tsarist Mother Russia, spent himself in anarchy and radicalism and embraced it until each step forward in the Communist Internationale became a step against his own sensibilities and ambition. He gradually became the sworn enemy of his own machinations. Even his hero Trotsky treated him with disdain and disrespect. His hero was assassinated by Stalin while exiled in Mexico. Serge ended up exiled in Mexico, too unimportant to be assassinated and unaware of what he might have to share with the world even though he knew his literary skills. His last two novels and memoir were unpublished, laying about in manuscript, at his death. He came to no good end, nor will Bradley Manning or Edward Snowden. Pity they couldn’t have held onto a keen interest in gardening.


Victor Serge, the former Victor Khibalchich, wrote passionately to rescue the honor of the idealists who participated in the Russian Revolution, chiefly the Bolshevik Revolution which succeeded while the previous three failed. Susan Sontag wrote about him as “an ethical and literary hero”. Rachel Polonsky said “He exemplified the virtuous writer activist, the political intellectual without property or nationality, cleansed of the stain of revolutionary violence by his own marginality and failure, and by the eloquence of his conscience.”


Born in Brussels Belgium he lived his early life in Paris France on the streets making daily bread and survival rations by translating Russian novels and poetry into French for the local readership. He lived among the proletariat whom Karl Marx wanted to liberate from monarchical autocratic governance and bourgeoisie economic slavery. He became a Marxist without understanding that Marx was a Utopian who had just a few years of journalist activity in Germany and lived the rest of his long mature life as a rhetorical dialectic idealist, living as an expatriate in France and England. Marx wasn’t a practical man, wasn’t even a pragmatic, and proposed that the proletariat throw off their chains and engage in self-governance, but never could say exactly how that self-governance within a large community could or should work. He assured the world that it would be ideal, not chaotic. A prescriptive theorist, Marx preached revolution but was, Texans would say “all hat and no cattle”. Serge however was smitten. He was devoted to the ascendancy of the common man.


Serge never knew during his lifetime, that Vladimir Lenin while riding the train from his exile in Switzerland to Finlandia Station in Saint Petersburg was drawing up working plans for implementing the Revolution including the Theory of the Vanguard. Freedom and self-governance for the Russian proletariat would be deferred while the vanguard, a coterie of folks picked by Lenin and his supporters, would be the autocrats who ran the country and everyone’s lives. Years later we would call government by an autocratic vanguard totalitarianism. Communism, the liberation of the proletariat, never happened in Russia, the Soviet Union, or anywhere else. It was just Karl Marx’s theory, and he was a Utopian.


Serge lived from 1890 to 1947; by January 1919 when he first arrived in Saint Petersburg, then named Petrograd, he had already served five years in a French prison near Paris 1912 – 1917 and told to leave the country, hadn’t, so was interned for fifteen months in a Loire camp 1917 – 1918 and then exchanged by French authorities as a “Bolshevik suspect” and sent to Petrograd. He traveled with the family of a veteran of the first Russian revolution in 1905, Alexander Russakov, and ultimately married his daughter Liuba. By 1922 he was posted as a Comintern agent in Central Europe and returned to Leningrad [former Petrograd] in 1926 to support Trotsky’s opposition that failed the following year, yielding Trotsky’s deportation to Kazakhstan, Norway and Mexico. Serge became a struggling writer but was arrested in 1928 and again in 1933 and deported to a gulag at Orenburg,_Russia near the Kazakh border from which he was released in 1936 and expelled from the Soviet Union. He never saw his homeland again.


Victor Serge, The Case of Comrade Tulayev (1949) (transl. Willard R. Trask 1967, New York Review of Books Classics 2004) a novel about Stalin’s purges.


Victor Serge, The Unforgiving Years (1971) (transl. Richard Greeman, NYRB Classics 2008) about World War II times. Texas Tech Library PQ2637.E49 A813


Victor Serge, Conquered City (1932) (transl. Richard Greeman, Doubleday 1975, NYRB Classics 2011) a documentary novel set in Petrograd in the year 1919. Texas Tech Library PQ2637.E49 V7213


Victor Serge, The Long Dusk (transl. Ralph Manheim, The Dial Press 1946)


The body of Serge’s work is listed here


Susan Weissman, Victor Serge: The Course Is Set On Hope (Verso 2001) biography Texas Tech Library CS71.F5897


Paul Gordon, Vagabond Witness: Victor Serge and the Politics of Hope (John Hunt Publishing Co. 2013 Zero Books 2013) ABE Books new $11.24 paperback $10.95 Kindle $7.69



Wyman Meinzer, Texas State Photographer 1997 as designated by the Legislature and Governor, will speak on Sunday August 11, 2013 at the Texas Tech University Museum in Jones Auditorium at 2:00 p.m. “A History in the Demise of the Southern Plains Bison”. You can expect that he will show some of his photographs in support of the talk. The very best things in life are free and this is free for the public. I purchased two of his coffee table photography books and have spent countless enjoyable hours with them, and will spend more in the future. Go to his website Exploring West Texas and let that gallery of photographs burnish your soul. Don’t be fooled by an address in Benjamin and a willingness to improve your Sunday afternoon. This is the highest quality fine art photography in the world. We aren’t accustomed to “world class” but we shouldn’t miss it or be unappreciative when we fall into the honey pot.











Arts History Update for early August 2013

20 Jul

Arts History Update for early August 2013 by David Cummins

At DeGolyer Library, Central University Libraries, Southern Methodist University there is a digitized collection Texas: Photographs, Manuscripts and Imprints that includes a postcard photograph of a two-story Merrill Hotel in 1920s Lubbock Texas In Lomer Nelson’s 1979 oral history interview he mentions both the Nicolett Hotel and the Merrill Hotel; Texas Tech Library Southwest Collection Oral History Collection. I had not previously known about the Merrill Hotel. In doing a bit of research Will “Papa” Sedberry, a Black man, moved with his family to Lubbock in 1922 and he became the chief cook at the Merrill Hotel. The Rotary Club of Lubbock was chartered on February 21, 1921 at a meeting at the Merrill Hotel.

The Nicolett Hotel was originally a two story wood frame structure in Old Lubbock (north town section 20 block A, i.e. north of Yellow House Canyon) prior to the town’s merger with Monterey (south town section 7 block A) in 1891 to found Lubbock at a nearby third and neutral site, and was physically moved [literally torn down, carted and rebuilt] to Lubbock to become its first hotel. It was owned by Frank Wheelock who brought in George M. Hunt to manage the hotel. Old Lubbock is essentially the site of the current Lubbock Industrial Park east of Lubbock Country Club. The site of Monterey is essentially 4th Street and University Avenue. The site of Lubbock in 1891 is essentially Broadway Street and Texas Avenue, the current downtown. George Singer moved his original store [initially at current Lubbock Lake Landmark] to Lubbock in 1891. Paul H. Carlson, The Nicolett Hotel and the Founding of Lubbock, Wst texas Historical Review vol. 90 page 8 (2014)

I had thought Old Lubbock was called Estacado before the merger but Donald Abbe corrected that impression. Estacado was founded in 1879 by English Quakers led by Isaac Paris Cox, a buffalo hunter, and first named Marietta in honor of Isaac’s wife Mary Cox. The community was renamed Estacado in 1886 but by 1893 it had disintegrated. Estacado was very close to or straddling the Crosby County line and not centrally located in the newly demarcated Lubbock County so Old Lubbock and thereafter Monterey were founded at the center of the new county. At the same time Emma was chosen as a more central Crosby County location for its county seat. This was dispiriting for the Estacado settlement because it had built a frame building to serve as a county courthouse and indeed that building was moved to Emma when it was chosen as the county seat. Estacado Cemetery remains, south of the Estacado community on County Road 3900. Here is the layout of the cemetery and graves and some history of the place

To get there go east on US Highway 62/82 from Lubbock past Idalou but not so far as Lorenzo and turn north on North Farm to Market Road 789 for about seven miles then turn east on Farm to Market Road 1527 for two miles.

There is nothing present in Estacado that relates to the period of its founding. A shuttered cinder block Baptist Churchand an operating cotton gin, the Medlock Estacado Gin, and six nearby residences appearamidst prosperous farming. A historical marker was erected in 1936 for the site of Estacado. Abbe reports that George M. Hunt was managing a small hotel at Estacado when Frank Wheelock lured him away to come to Old Lubbock/North Town and manage the Nicolett Hotel. Lorenzo is in Crosby County.

By 1909 the Nicolett Hotel was owned by Mrs. Mollie D. Abernathy. An annex on South Singer Street was acquired by Van Sanders and Mr. Harden and reopened as Clyde Hotel and Cafe. Mollie and her husband James Jarrott arrived in Lubbock in 1901 but her husband was shot and killed the next year during a land development dispute and she remarried Monroe Abernathy in 1905 and remained active in real estate. Here is an article by attorney Chuck Lanehart about the murder

In 1909 the Santa Fe Railroad was extended south from Plainview to Lubbock and the future of the town was established. Slaton became a major station on the Amarillo to Sweetwater line in 1911.

Fort Worth and Denver South Plains Railway extended to Lubbock in 1928, its successor being Burlington Northern.

Sixty-four miles of unused right of way was re-opened in the 1990s as Caprock Canyons State Park Trailway System from Estelline in the rolling plains at U.S. Highway 287 to South Plains in the high plains on the Caprock north of Floydada on Texas Highway 207. The Fort Worth and Denver South Plains Railway Lubbock depot is the western portion of the current Buddy Holly Center at Crickets Avenue and 19th Street and that depot is the namesake for the city’s Depot Entertainment District.

In 1912 plans were announced for the Nicolett Hotel’s two story brick-faced replacement. I had thought the Nicolett Hotel as a brick structure was later renamed Broadway Hotel. Abbe reports that it competed with the newer and larger hotels including the Broadway Hotel and gradually morphed into a boarding house. The older wood-framed hotel was painted by Bess Hubbard in 1948. It is that image that most of us recall when we think of the Nicolett Hotel. Why was it called the Nicolett? Because Frank Wheelock had been in Minneapolis Minnesota and stayed in the Nicollet Hotel there. Spelling in those days was a moveable feast. We needn’t be fussy about it. George C. Wolffarth was a Lubbock pioneer rancher from the late 1880s and Wolffarth Elementary School at 3202 Erskine Street is named for him. But southwest of town a new municipality grew and he was honored by its name spelled Wolfforth in 1916.,_TX

Abbe reports that the Merrill Hotel was built about 1915 as a two story masonry building at Main Street and Texas Avenue and was demolished in 1930 to make way for the new Hilton Hotel at that location. Both Donald and Sally Abbe are on the Lubbock County Historical Commission.

Lubbock Hotel was built in 1925 as a six story structure, later added five stories, was renamed Pioneer Hotel, and is currently being redeveloped into Pioneer Hotel Condominiums by McDougal Companies.

Conrad Hilton 1887 – 1979 purchased existing hotels beginning in 1919 in Cisco (Mobley Hotel) until 1925 when he built the Dallas Hilton Hotel followed by other Hilton Hotels in Abilene (1927), Waco (1928), San Angelo (1928, still in operation as the fourteen story Cactus Hotel), Plainview (1929, eight stories), El Paso (1930) and Lubbock (1930, twelve stories 200 rooms Main Street and Texas Avenue northwest corner). The latter was sold in 1952 to the Alsonett Hotel chain and renamed Caprock Hotel. Not sure when it was razed. San Antonio, New Mexico Territory was an unincorporated village on the Rio Grande when Conrad Hilton was born there. His father managed the Harvey House in San Antonio and young Conrad learned the hotel trade.,_New_Mexico His schooling was at New Mexico Military Institute, Santa Fe University of Art & Design, and New Mexico Tech.

Many of these hotels are viewable in Lubbock and the South Plains: An Illustrated History by Paul H. Carlson, Donald R. Abbe and David J. Murrah (Windsor Publications 1989, 2d ed. Preferred Marketing 1995) Lubbock Public Library 976.4847 A124L in reference section Texas Tech Library F392.L8 A23

or in

Nancy Brooker Bronwell, Lubbock: A Pictorial History (Donning Co. 1980) [caution: captions are inconsistent so this is a pictorial

but undocumented history] F394.L9 B76

or in

A Pictorial History of Lubbock, Texas, 1880 – 1950 (eds. William C. Griggs et al., Lubbock County Historical Commission 1976) Lubbock Public Library R976.406 G857.

The United States Post Office and Courthouse (1932) at 800 Broadway Street is now owned by Lubbock County and is offered for sale in hopes that a buyer will use the 20% of renovation costs federal income tax credit, and restore while re-purposing the structure.

The first Lubbock County Courthouse 1891 – 1916 [wood frame] was replaced with the second 1915 – 1968 (stone classical revival style) that continued to be used as an eastern adjunct to the third courthouse 1950 – the present, with a 1968 addition replacing the second courthouse structure.

It’s also interesting to trace the history of hospitals. The first Lubbock Sanitarium (1912) was built by Dr. M.C. Overton and operated by Dr. Clayton until 1920 when it was renovated to become the Saint Francis Hotel with Clark Smith as hotel manager. That building was razed after the May 11, 1970 Lubbock tornado.

The second Lubbock Sanitarium (1918) at Broadway Street and Avenue L opened with 25 beds, was renamed Lubbock General Hospital in 1941 then Lubbock Memorial Hospital in 1945 and ultimately demolished and replaced by Dunlaps department store that was later renovated to become First Federal Savings & Loan Association and is currently an office building for several entities. This Lubbock Sanitarium was the predecessor of Methodist Hospital that opened in 1954 on 19th Street and is a part of the current Covenant Health System.

In 1923 Lubbock was awarded by the State of Texas with Texas Technological College and it opened in 1925 with six buildings, bounded by College Avenue on the East, 6th Street on the north, Flint Avenue on the west and 19th Street on the south. Lubbock citizens had earlier competed for West Texas State Normal College, which was awarded in 1909 to Canyon Texas, a community of 1,400 people in the central part of the Panhandle.

Plains Hospital and Clinic was founded in 1937 as a ten bed facility and was named St Mary of the Plains Hospital in 1939 when it was purchased by the Sisters of St Joseph of Orange, which moved it in the 1960s from its initial 2605 19th Street location to the present site of Covenant Medical Center – Lakeside. The merger of St Mary of the Plains Hospital and Lubbock Methodist Hospital System created Covenant Health System with its constituent hospitals.

West Texas Hospital (1922) was built at Main Street and Avenue L. It was demolished and replaced by another West Texas Hospital in the 1950s that was converted to offices and classrooms in the 1990s. Adjacent to it was built Llano Specialty Hospital with 30 beds at 1409 9th Street.

Current hospitals in Lubbock include:

Concord Medical Group Inc Lubbock
Covenant Childrens Hospital Lubbock
Covenant Health System Lubbock
Covenant Medical Center Lubbock
Covenant Specialty Hospital Lubbock
Covenant Women’s and Children’s Hospital Lubbock
Grace Medical Center Grace Clinic Lubbock
Llano Specialty Hospital Lubbock
Lubbock Heart Hospital Lubbock
Sunrise Canyon Hospital Lubbock
Texas Specialty Hospital at Lubbock Lubbock
Texas Tech Univ Health Sciences Center Center, School of Medicine Lubbock
TrustPoint Hospital Lubbock
University Medical Center

Concord Medical Group is not itself a hospital but supplies independent contractor physicians to rural hospitals including Castro County and Bailey County Hospital Districts in Dimmit and Muleshoe. TrustPoint Hospital and Texas Specialty Hospital are adjacent at 4302 Princeton Street south of Clovis Highway and east of North Quaker Avenue. Grace Clinic is at 4515 Marsha Sharp Freeway while Grace Medical Center is located at 2412 50th Street, the former Highland Hospital. Sunrise Canyon Hospital is a mental health and substance abuse specialty hospital.

Joseph Alvin Chatman, M.D. came to Lubbock in 1939 and in 1945 became the founder and owner of Chatman Hospital at 2301 Cedar Avenue east of Avenue A at 23rd Street. Remember When? A History of African Americans in Lubbock, Texas (ed. Katie Parks, PrinTech at Texas Tech University 1999). It is now operated as Chatman Community Health Center by Lubbock County Hospital District as an adjunct facility within the UMC Health System.

Plains Funeral Home on Broadway Street was renovated to become the current Lubbock Women’s Club.

Lubbock Leader newspaper began in 1891 but was moved to Plainview in 1899. Lubbock Avalanche began in 1900. Plains Agricultural Journal began in 1922 and became the Lubbock Daily Journal which absorbed the Lubbock Avalanche to become the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal in 1926. Morris Communications of Augusta Georgia purchased both Amarillo Globe-News and Lubbock Avalanche-Journal in 1972.

There are many other brief histories of Lubbock, and it must be said that details will not jibe in all accounts. You choose what you wish to accept without checking it out, and what you will expend effort to check out.


The Institute for the Study of Western Civilization at Texas Tech University has announced its speaker series for Fall semester 2013. All these events are free to the public. The offices of the Institute are in the Honors College in McClellan Hall east of the Student Union Building. Escondido Theatre is in the basement of the Student Union Building. At the website there is an invitation for people to contact the Institute and if you do so you will be on its mailing list for notification of speakers and other events.


Arts History Update for very late July 2013

14 Jul

Arts History Update for very late July 2013 by David Cummins


2nd Annual Wines & Vines Festival at McPherson Cellars address will be Friday August 2 from 4:00 – 10:00 p.m. and Saturday August 3 from noon – 10:00 p.m.


Admission at the door is $20 per person including wine-tasting or $12 without wine tasting. The $20 admission includes ten tickets for wine-tasting that can occur either by one ounce sips for one ticket each or a five ounce glass of wine for five tickets. Additional tickets can be purchased for $1 each.


Eight food vendors will participate, display and offer morsels for tasting. On Saturday afternoon at 2:00 p.m. the Hub City Master Chef Competition takes place. Hard to imagine that winners won’t have a morsel for us to taste.


Seventeen wineries will participate, display and offer tastings. It would take many trips to wineries to gain access to tastings of their products, so this is an opportunity to learn about the product of the burgeoning wine industry in Texas and not even leave town.


Bar Z Winery, Canyon Texas

Becker Vineyards, Stonewall Texas

Brennan Vineyards, Comanche Texas

Cap*Rock Winery, Lubbock Texas

Christoval Vineyards and Winery, Christoval Texas

Flat Creek Vineyards, Marble Falls Texas

Hilmy Cellars, Fredericksburg Texas

Hye Meadow Winery, Hye Texas

La Diosa Cellars, Lubbock Texas

Lewis Wines, Johnson City Texas

Llano Estacado Winery, Lubbock Texas

Los Pinos Ranch Winery, Pittsburg Texas

Lost Oak Winery, Burleson Texas

McPherson Cellars, Lubbock Texas

Pedernales Cellars, Stonewall Texas

Wedding Oak Winery, San Saba Texas

William-Chris Vineyards, Hye Texas


Music by The Alma Quartet Friday evening 6:30 -9:30 p.m. and by Hayley Burton Band Saturday evening 6:30 -9:30 p.m. Alma Quartet and Hayley Burton Band







Modern Nature: Georgia O’Keeffe and Lake George is an exhibit June 15 – September 15, 2013 at The Hyde Collection Art Museum in Glens Falls New York. Beginning in 1918 for fifteen years she spent part of each year at the Stieglitz family estate on Lake George in upstate New York. This exhibit examines her work while there and her work that depicts the area.


Here are the four lectures that will take place during this exhibition.


A companion exhibit on the same dates is A Family Album: Alfred Stieglitz and Lake George.





Alternative Histories: New York Art Spaces, 1960 to 2010 (eds. Lauren Rosati & Mary Anne Staniszewski MIT Press 2012) is a part catalogue part cultural history book, and fascinating. It is reviewed by Robert Atkins in Art in America Magazine. $24.22 at


In the wondrous world of art, it has long been the case that the location of encountering and viewing art is so very significant to the experience of appreciating art. A cultural history of these spaces in this unique city is a history of when and how so many lives were irrevocably changed and improved.




Alexander Dumbadze, Bas Jan Ader: Death Is Elsewhere (University of Chicago Press 2013)


Bas Jan Ader’s art career lasted only five years. From 1970 to 1975 he played out his notions of the weight of gravity in short films that showed him hanging from trees (Broken Fall, Organic), biking into an Amsterdam canal (Fall 2, Amsterdam) or sitting in a chair atop a roof before propelling to the ground (Fall 1, Los Angeles). “Supremely self-confident,” he met his wife while in graduate school “by lifting his shirt… and he possessed one of the five most beautiful belly buttons in the world.” On July 9, 1975 Ader set out from Chaltham on Cape Cod Massachusetts in a 13-foot sailboat on a solo voyage to England. He was never seen again. His damaged boat was captured a year later off the Irish coast. Art historian Dumbadze paints a fascinating portrait of the young artist; his childhood during World War II in Amsterdam, his youthful days at Otis Art Institute in Los Angeles, his quest for truth through philosophy, his love of Marcel Duchamp, and his participation in the Los Angeles art scene. Dumbadze sometimes speculates too broadly on the meaning behind Ader’s work, but through letters, artwork and interviews by Ader’s contemporaries, he illuminates the brief life of a man content to let gravity take him where it would. 44 halftones. (May)

Matthew Jesse Jackson “Alexander Dumbadze is a wonderfully engaging writer. He concentrates tremendous psychological energy in the telling of a taut and revealing story. This is one of the most compelling pieces of art writing that I have yet encountered.”
Tacita Dean “At last, there exists a well-researched and authoritative account of the life and work of the artist Bas Jan Ader, who has for too long resided in the romanticized shadow cast by his disappearance at sea in 1975. Alexander Dumbadze fleshes out Ader’s working practice, particularly in Los Angeles, giving detailed analysis of the context in which he was working, and so bringing a more comprehensive perspective and understanding of both the man and the artist, that has hitherto been missing.”
Getty Research Institute Andrew Perchuk “Bas Jan Ader offers a sophisticated examination of the debate around representation in seventies art, and Alexander Dumbadze offers one of the most theoretically compelling justifications for the use of an artist’s life in recent scholarship. Dumbadze skillfully provides an archival study of Ader’s work that corrects many of the mythic aspects it has taken on since the artist’s death. Thoughtful and meticulous, Bas Jan Ader points out why the terms that have characterized the recent reception of Ader’s work have such a powerful hold on contemporary discourse.”



An earlier biography did not suffice, apparently. Jan Verwoert, Bas Jan Ader: In Search of the Miraculous (Afterall Books 2006). See also Maike Aden-Schraenen, In Search of Bas Jan Ader (Logos Verlog 2013)


Here is Always Somewhere Else (documentary film in DVD format, director Renee Daalder, 2007, run time 170 minutes) in which the principal actor is Bas Jan Ader, the performance artist, because this is a collection of all his film and video work back in the 1970s. $12 at




Brigadier General Flora Darpino was nominated in early July 2013 to become The Judge Advocate General of the Army. She is currently Commander of The Judge Advocate General’s Legal Center and School at Charlottesville Virginia on the campus of the University of Virginia. She will be the first female TJAG.




West Texas taps S.A. artist

San Antonio Express-News (TX) – Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Author: Lydia Duncombe

San Antonio artist Danville Chadbourne is the 2013 West Texas Triangle sculptor, an honor, which includes exhibitions at five museums, that has been previously bestowed upon Jesus Moroles, Joe Barrington, James Surls, Sherry Owens, George Tobolowsky and Catherine Lee – lofty company in the Texas art world.

The West Texas Triangle – consisting of the Ellen Noel Museum of the Permian Basin in Odessa, the Grace Museum in Abilene, the Museum of the Southwest in Midland, the Old Jail Art Center in Albany and the San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts – features a native Texan’s artwork every year for a few months in the summer.

“The Triangle picks some of the best artists in the country, so it is a big honor to be chosen,” said Chadbourne. “I am very happy to be associated with this crowd.”

The concept dates to 2008 as a way for the five museums to reach a wider audience in an area roughly the size of Ohio.

“Every year we collaborate on an artist to pick,” said Wendy Earle, Curator of Collections and Exhibitions at the Museum of the Southwest. “It’s often hard for small museums to bring in prominent sculptors to exhibit, so with this we share the costs.”

Chadbourne’s vast body of work is featured at each museum; San Angelo has the largest exhibition, with four outdoor works, 10 wall-mounted pieces and 75 ceramic vessels. The five-part retrospective dates back to 1970.

The 63-year-old Bryan native’s work can resemble recently unearthed ancient artifacts.

“I am very passionately interested in multiple cultures, including pre-Columbian, African, and ancient Chinese and Japanese,” Chadbourne said. “Ancient and primal tribal arts are primary influences, which have been a part of my work from early on.”

Chadbourne’s wife, arts writer Diana Roberts, whom the artist affectionately calls his “project manager,” worked with the curators at each museum on exhibition logistics.

“Trying to negotiate five different projects simultaneously is very difficult,” Chadbourne said. “I couldn’t have done it without Diana, who corresponded with everyone, constantly trying to figure out what pieces went where.”

Roberts said all five museums are important cultural building blocks in their West Texas communities.

“This is a big honor, a lot of work, and it’s been great working with the curatorial and administrative staffs at each of these museums,” Roberts said. “Each institution is a different size, with different focuses and perspectives. People don’t tend to think about art centers in little remote towns, but they are all fully accredited. They do an enormous amount in the community and have great exhibitions, from historical to contemporary.”

For the first time, a catalog was produced for the five exhibitions, which run through late August and early September, depending on the venue.

“I really like having a record of the exhibitions that will last beyond its time and can be used as a reference point,” Chadbourne said.

Earle said Chadbourne’s work has been well-received at her museum.

“His pieces are very bright and inviting, which draws kids in from the children’s museum we have on campus,” Earle said. “Chadbourne’s work is really engaging our viewers. Viewed indoors or outdoors, alone or within a larger installation, these exhibitions give us an unprecedented understanding of this important Texas artist.”


Danville Chadbourne website is


Ellen Noel Art Museum of the Permian Basin, Odessa


The Grace Museum, Abilene


Museum of the Southwest, Midland


Old Jail Art Center, Albany


San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts


Congratulations to Mr. Chadbourne.





CITYSCAPE; Hipolito F. Garcia Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse

San Antonio Express-News (TX) – Sunday, June 30, 2013

Author: Benjamin Olivo

The polygonal, Beaux-Arts-style Hipolito F. Garcia Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse has overlooked Alamo Plaza since it opened in 1937. The six-story building was one of the largest local projects of the Works Progress Administration, an endeavor during the Great Depression intended to relieve unemployment nationwide.

Howard Cook’s epic, 360-degree, 16-panel fresco mural depicting Texas history looms over the lobby. It was restored in 1999.

The building houses a post office, bankruptcy courts and the local offices of several federal agencies including the U.S. Housing and Urban Development Department.

It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2000. In 2004, the building was rededicated and named after the San Antonio-born federal judge who died in 2002.

Last year, the building received LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, platinum certification thanks to a $56.6 million renovation funded by the Recovery Act. and are two websites that provide an introduction to this painter who was one of the Taos New Mexico School of artists. He lived 1901 – 1980.


Howard Norton Cook, San Antonio’s Importance in Texas History (1937-1939 restored 1999) is the title of the series of 16 mural panels in the building. Here is a good photo of some of those murals Books to consider include Philip Parisi, The Texas Post Office Murals: Art for the People (Texas A&M University Press 2004); Kathryn A. Flynn, Public Art and Architecture in New Mexico, 1933 – 1945 – A Guide to the New Deal Legacy (Sunstone Press 2012); Roger J. Kennedy, When Art Worked: The New Deal, Art, and Democracy (Rizzoli 2009, photographs by David Larkin)


LEED Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification at the platinum level is the highest level of contemporary “green” building and renovation.


The Recovery Act” is American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, legislation that offers a huge amount of money to stimulate improvements in infrastructure. The website is In Lubbock County 177 projects have received a total of $208,406,894. Click on Recipient Projects and fill in the category Lubbock County Texas and you will be able to “follow the money” to see who is paying attention to governmental detail and getting their share or more of the stimulus money. Rise Academy Charter School [$186,200], the YWCA [$33,915], Professio by Matt Henson Inc. [$259,483], Allen Butler Construction Inc. [$872,963] and others like Texas Tech University and several Independent School Districts are alert.





Had occasion to be at the Preston Smith Lubbock International Airport with time to spare before a flight and walked aimlessly through the terminal. Ran into a Crossroads of Texas Music Archive exhibit that was really enjoyable. The Archive is located at the Southwest Collection / Special Collections Library at Texas Tech University. The exhibit at the airport collects into glass cases some of the artifacts for music legends in Texas and particularly on the Llano Estacado; e.g. Maines Brothers Band, Tommy X Hancock and Charlene Hancock Supernatural Family Band and Charlene and daughters performing as Texana Dames, David Box and Box Family Music, etc.


In that vein the Maines Brothers Band is having a reunion concert at Lubbock Memorial Civic Center Theater August 24, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. Steve, Donnie, Lloyd, Kenny, sister La Tronda and other younger next generation Maines will appear. The original 1950s band included brothers James and Wayne Maines, then added Wayne’s son Raymond, and in the 1960s James’s sons Lloyd, Steve, Kenny and Donnie, sometimes called the “Little Maines Band”, were added. Richard Bowden, Cary Banks, Jerry Brownlow and Randy Brownlow at one time or another completed the band. The rest as they say is history. Tickets are $35 and $30 and a sellout is expected.







Arts History Update for late July 2013

10 Jul

Arts History Update for late July 2013 by David Cummins


Nolan E. Barrick professor emeritus of architecture at Texas Tech University died at age 99 in Lubbock on July 4, 2013. He joined the faculty at Texas Technological College in 1953 and retired in 1979. He was department chair of architecture as an academic and he was the supervising architect for the College as an institution. He studied under William Ward Watkin at Rice Institute in the 1930s, later Rice University, in Houston and married his daughter Rosemary Watkin. William Ward Watkin was the architect who chose the Romanesque / Spanish Renaissance Colonial Revival style of architecture for the first four buildings that was the campus at its opening in 1925. Wyatt C. Hedrick of Fort Worth continued that style and after 1953 Nolan Barrick continued that style, leaving a legacy that James A. Michener called the finest university campus buildings in the state of Texas.


An oral interview in 1973 was conducted with Nolan and Rosemary Barrick, now in the Southwest Collection archives.




The public art program at DFW Airport is amazing. It’s inside five terminals, on the Skylink train platforms, and in an outdoor sculpture garden.


Part of the appeal is beneath the travelers ………… on and in the terrazzo flooring. Richard Zapata, The Highest Power (2005), Viola Delgado, Untitled (2005), Linda Guy, Dance! Don’t Walk (2005),Lane Banks, Untitled (2005), Pamela Nelson, Destination Game (2005), Beatrice Lebreton, Celebration (2005), Ted Kincaid, Untitled (2005), Billy Haskell, Early Morning Flight (2005), Linda and Ed Blackburn, Louise (2005) my favorite as it depicts three figures from the movie Casablanca and shows the influence of film noir, German expressionism, and comic strip art of Milton Caniff. Arthello Beck, Cypress Trees (2005), Jane Helslander, Floating in Space, a Waltz (2005), Judy Smith Hearst, Untitled (2005), Nancy Lamb, Get There On Time (2005), Dan Blagg, Spirit Walk (2005), Philip Lamb and Susan Magilow, Flower Power (2005), Benito Huerta, Wings (2005), and Brad Goldberg, Over the High Plains of Texas (2005) that should have been my favorite.


A sculpture garden underneath the International Terminal D arrivals level canopy features four sculptures on loan from the Nasher Sculpture Center. They are Anthony Caro, Fanshoal (1971-1972), John Newman, Torus Orbicularis (1988), Mac Whitney, Chicota (2001), and Isaac Witkin, Hawthorne Tree, Variation III (1990)


An interior sculpture is Dennis Oppenheim, Crystal Mountain (2005) that is so inviting that one expects to see children and some adults climbing on it to reach some mythical location. Other interior pieces are Christopher Janney, Circling (2005), and in International Terminal D there are large striking pieces on walls Sol Lewitt, Untitled (2005), Beat Streuli, Untitled (2005), Tom Orr, Untitled (2005), and John Holt Smith, Untitled (2005).


Outside security in the ticket entrance halls and hotel atrium are: Peter Halley, Untitled (2005), Dennis Blagg, Cosmic Big Bend Landscape (2005) a painting over a photograph of Boquillas Canyon in Big Bend National Park, Anitra Blayton, Standing Ovation (2005), Terry Allen, Wish (2005), and David Driskell and Jerome Meadows, On the Wings of a Dragon (2005).


One is tempted to drop the airport a note of congratulations at P.O. Box 619428 DFW Airport Texas 75261-9428.





National health care reform, officially known as the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010, is the most ambitious piece of health care legislation since the establishment of Medicare and Medicaid in 1965. Many major provisions are less than six months away from being implemented; viz. January 1, 2014.


A major feature is designed to expand access to health care by expanding health care insurance coverage [a way to pay for health care] to previously uninsured or inadequately insured Americans through:


1. an individual mandate requiring adults to have health insurance or pay a fine

2. an employer mandate requiring firms with 50 or more employees to offer health insurance coverage or pay a fine

3. a requirement that each state establish a health insurance exchange or accept a federally established exchange in which individuals and small businesses can purchase coverage

4. an expansion of Medicaid eligibility to cover more lower income people


The federally established exchange in Texas will open on October 1, 2013 and individuals and small firms will be shopping in it for health insurance coverage.


Another major feature is designed to implement new health care delivery systems or reform existing systems, in order to bend the health care cost curve down and reduce costs over time. Realigning the delivery systems to drive out inefficiencies will reduce costs while simultaneously improving the quality of health care. Five areas for systemic reform are set out in the legislation:


1. payment reform

2. primary and preventative care

3. measuring and reporting quality

4. administrative simplification

5. health information technology


Because of the lead time in the legislation, many of the desired reforms have already taken place in some health care institutions. It’s pleasing to report that management at Covenant Health System and UMC University Medical Center Health System both decided to get out in front of the expected reforms and be leaders rather than waiting and playing catch-up and dealing with governmental pressures. An example is that each has opened a number of stand alone clinics located near the residences of under-served populations, diverted those populations from using hospital emergency rooms as non-emergency or crisis care health care sites, and registered people into the Medicaid system and offered care despite an average 30% reimbursement [payment] on sticker price services to Medicaid patients. Even as state government officials backed away from funding ten percent of federal Medicaid, Covenant and UMC knew it was the right thing to do and eventually a robust Medicaid system would return for low income Texans. Long-term, most people know that health care will eventually be a universal commodity rather than a commercial product in a market place from which many are economically excluded.


The expectation in 2010 when the legislation was passed, was that in 2014 about 32 million people, previously without health insurance coverage, would have such coverage and would be active users of health care services. Probably a more realistic figure will be 27 million people, due in large part to political refusal in some states to cooperate in this endeavor. Health care is a major industry in America accounting for more than 17 percent of the country’s gross domestic product. It is also the most expensive health care in the world, and notably as compared with other developed nations. Yet its outcomes in most areas are poorer than many other developed nations. This is a situation that begs to be improved, and it is being improved.







session beer n.
Any beer that contains no higher than 5 percent ABV [alcohol by volume], featuring a balance between malt and hop characters (ingredients) and, typically, a clean finish, a combination of which creates a beer with high drink-ability. The purpose of a session beer is to allow a beer drinker to have multiple beers, within a reasonable time period or session, without overwhelming the senses or reaching inappropriate levels of intoxication. Yes, you can drink and enjoy beer without getting drunk.



In Britain during the World War II period and afterward, workers worked shifts and there were periods of time after the first shift of the day and before the second, and after the second and before the third shift, that were referred to as sessions in which a worker could relax and knock back a pint or two and still go in for work at the next shift. A session beer was one that was light enough in alcohol and balanced and tasty enough that it was refreshing and yet not filling or bloating, and also low enough in alcohol content that it didn’t impair the worker in doing his/her work.


Another category of beer is a saison or seasonal beer. Historically these beers were made in Winter for Summer consumption, and also often were made in small enough quantities that they were designed just for that Summer of that year. Not all were made with spices but I just drank a saison beer made with spices. If the spice and the aromatic flavor imparted from the hops are balanced, the beer can taste quite good.


The beer was Swing Session Saison from Victory Brewing Company of Downingtown Pennsylvania. It is an ale; i.e. a top fermented beer. and the spices in this case were peppercorns, orange peel, and lemon zest. The ABV is 4.5%.


Real Ale Brewing Company of Blanco Texas brews a Pilsner style lager called Hans’ Pils that is a German pilsner lager, as contrasted with a Bohemian pilsner lager where the style was invented so many years ago in Pilsn, Czech Republic. Hans’ Pils is only 4.3% alcohol by volume and is a refreshing beverage particularly in warm weather in the Summer. This brew won the Silver Medal for a German style pilsner at Great American Beer Festival in Denver Colorado in 2012. The Gold Medal winner was Troegs Brewing Company of Harrisburg Pennsylvania for its Sunshine Pils. Real Ale Brewing Company


Lagers are bottom fermented beers.


Some breweries are event centers in their communities. Community Brewing Company of Dallas Texas was designed as such from the get go. On July 13 it scheduled an art show, concert and brewery tour for only $8 per person. It has regular Saturday afternoon brewery tour periods.


Wicked Beaver Brewing Company of Wolfforth Texas just held its first public tour and tasting at the brewery on June 29, 2013. It brews three Belgian style ales and an American style India Pale Ale with pronounced hop characteristics. They are planning another public event sometime in the Fall. Please encourage a new craft brewery in the South Plains area.


On the last Friday evening of each month brew makers and friends meet at Yellow House Canyon Brew Works of Lubbock Texas on North University Avenue at Erskine Street for a tasting and swap 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. Next event is July 26. Phone 806-744-1917.This brew supply house doesn’t have its product in stores yet, but you can taste its production by showing up at the monthly event. It makes a porter, a Scottish ale, a wheat beer, and a green chile ale.


Sograte BBQ & Brew has a similar first Friday of the month tasting and swap at 8405 Ash Avenue. phone 806-319-5227. Next event is August 2, 2013.


The 4th annual Brewmasters Craft Beer Festival of Texas is August 30 through September 1, 2013 at Moody Gardens Hotel & Convention Center in Galveston Texas that includes multiple tastings, food pairings, a party bus pub crawl through Galveston pubs, and more, with lower ticket prices for designated drivers who agree to limited consumption.