Archive | September, 2013

Arts History Update for just past early October 2013

25 Sep

Arts History Update for just past early October 2013 by David Cummins


Ed Ruscha 1937 – today see also Five Views From the Panhandle, 1962 – 2007 The bottom right photograph is of the Conoco Tower gasoline service station in Shamrock Texas. The building also included the U-Drop Inn Restaurant. Located at the intersection of Route 66 and US Highway 83 it opened in 1936 designed by architect J.C. Berry of Pampa Texas using the art deco style so popular then. Today the building is owned by the City of Shamrock, renovated in 2005, and is occupied by a museum, visitors center, gift shop and Shamrock Chamber of Commerce. The other museum in town is Pioneer West Museum at 2nd and Madden Streets in the former two storey Reynolds Hotel (1925). St. Michael’s & All Angels Episcopal Church, a wood frame church at 300 South Madden Street, is 100 years old.




Lisa Moore, The Farthest Shore, Azure Magazine September 2013 notices that architect Todd Saunders built the ultimate escape on Fogo Island, an inn that celebrates Newfoundland’s raw beauty. The seaside restaurant features new Newfoundland cuisine, based on fresh-caught fish and locally foraged vegetables and berries prepared by chef Murray McDonald here is his website yes he’s Canadian but based in Norway. And here is the five star Fogo Island Inn completed 2013 Here is how one gets to Fogo Island Commercial air will take one to Newfoundland at either St. John’s, Gander or Deer Park. From there either take a charter plane to Fogo Island or take the 45 minute Ferry to Fogo Island.




Oracle Team USA won two races September 19 and 20 so has now won five races to Team New Zealand’s eight. The point score is 8-3 because Team USA is penalized two points for an infraction a year ago. The 72 foot catamarans racing in San Francisco Bay are gorgeous to watch. The first team to nine points wins the America’s Cup Challenge so Team New Zealand needs to win only one more race. Team USA must win six straight races in order to defend the Challenge. Saturday September 21 race was postponed to Sunday September 22 due to poor wind conditions. Team USA won on Sunday and again on Monday September 23 so each team has won eight races but the score is 8-6 in favor of New Zealand due to the two point penalty against Team USA. Larry Ellison’s crew has now won five straight races to make this Challenge thrilling. Something in my gut tells me that Tuesday September 24 will be the last race, a Team New Zealand victory. My gut was wrong. Two races were run Tuesday September 24 and Oracle Team USA won both, so it has won ten races and Team New Zealand has won eight races and the teams are tied in points 8-8. The winner of a single race on Wednesday September 25, 2013 wins the America’s Cup Challenge. and that winner is Oracle Team USA winner of eight consecutive races and 11 overall to Team New Zealand’s eight wins.


This means that the next Challenge will be in the location that Larry Ellison and his team choose, somewhere in the United States, and that teams from many countries will compete to yield one team that will then compete with Oracle Team USA in a best of seventeen races format.




Sunday October 13, 2013 is Visions of Art 3:00 – 6:00 pm at Lake Ransom Canyon $10 for a tour of Lawson Rock House (2009) designed and built by the late Robert Bruno, sometimes called Lawson Castle, followed by an exhibition in the Ransom Canyon Ranch House by ten Canyon artists.,_TX_IMG_0162.JPG The Lawson Rock House is just yards away from the Steel House that Bruno also designed and built.


For more information call Carla Temple 806-829-2132 or Joyce Runyan 806-829-2512




Abstract art and minimalism are among my favorites. Became emotional when first seeing this piece Kate Shepherd, Circling Around Yellow, Bigmouth (2010) screenprint, all yellows on Coventry rag


Geometry is the language of space, as we know from astronomy, that can so adeptly be charted. Visualization of geometry removed from physical space still brings us back to space but now it is a metaphysical return. My soul is affected.




James Jones, From Here to Eternity (Scribner 1951 lightly censored by publisher) (Dial Press ed. 2012 with original language restored) Texas Tech Library PS3560.O49 F7 is one of those novels like War and Peace that few have actually read. It is 976 pages. This to my thinking is authorial conceit. If an author really cares about his/her audience the author doesn’t write even a 500 page novel. At 976 pages I always read about this novel but never seriously picked it up to read it. Besides, it was well known to have made vividly clear the brutality of the peacetime Army at Schofield Barracks in Hawaii and described barracks life. There was never anything new to me about that experience. I served four years as an enlisted member in the United States Army before taking a direct commission as an officer. In Norman Mailer’s essay Evaluations (1959) he praised Jones as the best of the current novelists and then proceeded to skewer all the rest. Mailer had a vicious tongue and no friends.


Still, one is inclined to forgive Jones 1921-1977 because, conceit or not, he lived what he wrote. He was in the Army at Schofield Barracks on December 7, 1941 when the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor occurred. He went on to serve valiantly in the Pacific theater of operations. He wrote a more mature book The Thin Red Line (1962) PS3560.O49 T4 about that experience. He also wrote Some Came Running (1957) and Whistle (1978 published posthumously) PS3560.O4 W57. The film From Here to Eternity (1953) directed by Fred Zinnemann, starred Montgomery Clift as Prewitt, Frank Sinatra as Maggio, Burt Lancaster as Sergeant Warden, Deborah Kerr as Karen Holmes, and Donna Reed as Lorene.



White Buffalo Days in Snyder Texas October 5-6 will be preceded by a Quanah Parker Trail arrow installation by Charles A. Smith, sculptor, on Friday October 4 at 3:30 p.m. at the courthouse Downtown Plaza 2503 College Avenue. On Saturday at 11:30 a.m. after the Parade ends, members of the Quanah Parker family will provide a traditional Comanche Blessing at the site.


Unaware of the legend of the White Buffalo? Here is a photo of the bronze white buffalo cow at Downtown Plaza




Exhibition The Age of Picasso and Matisse: Modern Masters from The Art Institute of Chicago is at the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth Sunday October 6 – February 16, 2014 $18 The day prior on Saturday October 5 at 10:00 – 12:30 p.m. is a free series of talks to introduce the exhibit. Kimbell members who appear by 9:40 a.m. will be seated first.






Have you admired the windmill in front of City Bank at Indiana Avenue and 50th Street, southeast corner? Restored and rebuilt in essential details it is a windmill from the farm/ranch of John Keithly Caraway, the Skillet Ranch. A mulberry tree was planted near the windmill in 1892. The Ranch was five miles from Lubbock in those days but in 1984 a portion of land at 50th  Street and Indiana Avenue on the southwest corner was still owned by a Caraway family member and the mulberry tree and windmill were still resident there. Most of that corner was the Winchester Square Shopping Center including a movie theater, the Winchester. The last Caraway owner sold the land in 1984, and the mulberry tree became diseased and was cut down at age 104 years in the year 1996. The windmill was meticulously removed and replaced across Indiana Avenue onto the City Bank lot. It reminds us of early ranching in the South Plains.


John Keithly Caraway’s grandson John K. Caraway died age 93 on December 15, 2011. He had a career as a postal letter carrier. He spoke at Market Street’s coffee shop about growing up on the ranch and saw the windmill and mulberry tree every day.


Here is a watercolor painting of the historic windmill by Tim Oliver and another and another










































Arts History Update for early October 2013

20 Sep

Arts History Update for early October 2013 by David Cummins


A federal appeals court is affirming a judge’s decision that Google overstepped its bounds by enabling its vehicles to collect emails, Internet passwords and Web surfing behavior while photographing neighborhoods for the search giant’s popular “Street View” mapping feature. The U.S. Court of Appeals in San Francisco said in a report Tuesday that the Google cars with cameras mounted on their roofs went far beyond listening to accessible radio communication. A Google spokesperson says “attorneys for the Internet giant are disappointed in the 9th Circuit’s decision and are considering our next steps.” Google has apologized for the snooping, promised to stop collecting the data, and said what it did was inadvertent but not illegal. (Copyright 2013 The Associated Press)

Patently, it was illegal as two levels of federal courts have said. We like to go online and view our landscapes in Google Earth. We like to travel about and use global positioning systems GPS to find our way to destinations. We don’t however, want our privacy violated as a cost of gaining those services. Nor is there any reason that it should be. What is disturbing is how casual Google and other large companies are in collecting data, both needed and un-needed. Close and vigorous regulation is essential. Heavy fines and sanctions is all that these companies understand, and will only adjust their behavior when they must.


Apple announces its new smart phones iPhone 5c and iPhone 5s. The 5c is designed to be competitive world-wide, is priced at $99 with a two year activation contract, and is a 16GB device, has an A6 chip for its iOS7 operating system, a 4 inch Retina display, and an eight megapixel iSight camera. It comes in colors. It is a significant improvement over iPhone 5.

iPhone 5s is top of the line $199 with a two year activation contract, a 32GB device, has an A7 chip for its iOS7 operating system , an eight megapixel iSight camera with True Tone flash, and a fingerprint scanner for the owner and only the owner, to unlock the device. Available in gold, silver or space gray.

In America and Great Britain iPhone3, 4 or 5 is the most popular smart phone while globally it’s Android and Samsung operating system phones. iPhone 5c will make a dent in the burgeoning global market for Apple, and iPhone 5s will push forward the top of the line in British and American markets.

For iOS6 users anxious about how iOS7 will work, here is a walk through at Gizmodo


Oktoberfest Beer Festivals, while cultural in Bavaria in southern Germany, are now becoming popular in America.

Leavenworth, Washington October 4-5, 11-12, 18-19

Cincinnati, Ohio Sept 20-22

Glendale, Wisconsin (10 miles north of Milwaukee, a sudsy city) September all Fridays and Saturdays

Helen, Georgia Sept 12-15, Sept 19 – October 27

Mount Angel, Oregon (40 miles south of Portland) Sept 12-15

Denver, Colorado September 27-29, Oct 4-6

San Francisco, California Sept 20-22 at Pier 48

Texas Oktoberfest Festivals include but none in Lubbock

You can make your own by visiting United Supermarkets Market Street where there is a section with a fold out empty carton for a six pack into which you can place any six bottles or cans. Try Oktoberfest styles from different breweries.

If you shop at Spec’s 6818 Slide Road, former Linens & Things location, try a 22 ounce bottle of Avery Kaiser which is an Imperial Oktoberfest or Marzen style beer $8.41

Triple J Chophouse & Brew Company [a brewpub] at Buddy Holly Avenue at 19th Street has a Marzen similar to what one might find in Munich Germany.


In June 2013 Emanuel Martinez of Morrison Colorado, the artist who painted the exterior mural in Aztlan Park in 1994, traveled back to Lubbock to lead a community restoration and re-painting effort. It was a $7,000 project funded by Bayer Crop Science.

More recently a plaque was revealed in Aztlan Park honoring the late Carlos A. Quirino, Sr, naming a part of the Jim Bertram Canyon Lakes System the Quirino Arroyo & Esplanade. Aztlan Park is in the north part of the Guadalupe district at 1st Street and Avenue K. Travel north on Buddy Holly Avenue [former Avenue H] from 4th Street and enter the southeast corner of the park at 1st Street and Avenue J.


Storytelling, Self, Society: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Storytelling Studies (Wayne State University Press 2013) annual subscription two issues $44 senior or student $14

Telling Stories: Language, Narrative and Social Life (2010) by Georgetown University Round table. Texas Tech Library P302.7 G48

29th Annual Texas Storytelling Festival is March 6-9, 2014 at Denton Civic Center, Denton Texas. George West Texas is the boyhood home of J. Frank Dobie 1888-1964. It’s located on US highway 281 off Interstate Highway 37 halfway between San Antonio and Corpus Christi in Live Oak County. Dobie Dichos [sayings] is an event in that hometown, this year on November 2, 2013 where storytellers and authors gather and proceeds go toward restoration of the Dobie/West Performing Arts Theatre in downtown George West. The grounds for the event are often outdoors near the old Oakville Jail now re-purposed as a B&B

Eric Strong is a Lubbock storyteller

At Texas Tech University Library there is an Archive of Turkish Oral Narrative created by English professor Warren S. Walker and his wife Barbara Walker during their many trips to Turkey and here is the website The Walkers sat around campfires after a day’s work was done, and were the only English speakers for miles around, listening to and recording for this archive, tales told by the village elders. They are translated in the Archive. Dr. Walker taught at Texas Tech from 1964 to 1986 and thereafter worked on the Archive tirelessly. He was a Paul Whitfield Horn professor from 1971 onward.

Closest storytelling guild to Lubbock is Storytellers of the High Plains led by Dr. Trudy Hanson at West Texas A&M University at Canyon phone 806-359-6103 e-mail

Society of the Muse of the Southwest is a storytelling guild in northern New Mexico. On October 5, 2013 Terry Allen and his wife Jo Harvey Allen, Santa Fe residents, will tell stories “The Bleeding Walls of Taos” at the Taos Center for the Arts 7:00 pm $20. One can expect them to use music in the telling. 


Station to Station: A Nomadic Happening is an art exhibition that is itself a train and is carried by a train across America coast to coast September 6 – 28, 2013 New York City, Pittsburgh, Chicago, Minneapolis-St Paul, Kansas City, Santa Fe, Winslow, Barstow, Los Angeles, Oakland-San Francisco. A public art project, the train is itself wrapped so that it is luminous as it moves along, especially thrilling after dark. Aboard there is art, film, and music that spills out into each station stop, a ticketed event for the public.

Aaron Koblin is a data visualization artist. He boarded the train at Chicago intent on projecting a series of color bands onto the landscape using an RGB laser. He calls this extremely temporary installation Light Echoes. He takes video of the lighted landscape so this momentary art installation is best seen by viewing the video.

At Santa Fe New Mexico’s Railyard, a sold out venue, here is the lineup of performers at nearby Farmers Market Pavilion and here is the lineup of art for viewing at Railyard Plaza

Think this train station is dead? Not true. Rio Metro operates a Rail Runner train schedule from this north Santa Fe station to Belen, south of Albuquerque. Twelve stops

Even Winslow Arizona is a sell-out the food offering here is Ed Ruscha’s Cactus Omelet. La Posada Hotel & Gardens in Winslowwas built by the Santa Fe Railway in 1929 so it is a most appropriate performance and art exhibit venue. Route 66 Art Museum is located in the newly restored La Posada Railway Depot Plans for the conversion of the adjacent parking lot include: convert part to an orchard, a potager garden, and a sculpture garden with the central feature being a sky space by James Turrell, thus becoming an in-town gateway to Turrell’s Roden Crater project northwest of Winslow. Depot and plans refer back to Tina Mion and husband Allan Affeldt current owners of La Posada Hotel & Gardens, Paul Ruscha owner of El Gran Art Garage, and Ann-Mary and Dan Lutzick owners of Snowdrift Art Space. A note about Roden Crater 

Tom McGrath, Roden Crater’s project director, greeted us at the gate, from which we could barely make out a structure of some sort rising up on the other side—the closest view most people can attain, since the site itself is strictly off-limits to all but those who receive personal invitations (the art-world equivalent of Willy Wonka’s golden ticket). We followed him through the green checkpoint and up the road seeing little except raw nature, and it began to dawn on us just why James Turrell’s giant artwork, now four decades in the making, was such a monumental project: the artist was literally carving out the core of mountain, making a hollow piece of earth.

We came to an impeccable visitor lodge, and Tom gave us a tour of various drawings, memorabilia, and books on display in an attempt to provide us with the architectural vocabulary needed to understand the Crater, which Turrell has cored out to create apertures framing views of the sky above, each rigorously chosen to show show a patch of the heavens notable for either phenomenological or astrological reasons—an infinitely more complex version of one of the artist’s signature “skyspaces.”

Again, as at the Chinati Foundation, our curious crew—particularly the up-and-coming architect Tarek Shamma and the mechanical engineer-turned-investment banker Rayan Fayez—peppered our obliging guide with questions. Afterward, Tom led us down a long black corridor into the volcano that is known as the Alpha Tunnel, stopping at an aperture called the Keyhole—which provided one of the singularly most incredible snapshots our eyes had ever seen. Where do you focus your eyes? What are you exactly seeing? There’s no way to explain to yourself what is on the other end, other than to recognize its sublimity.

Tom took us through the paths, curves, loops, and rings that led from one skyspace to another, stopping us at each of them for moments of quiet contemplation. We finally emerged at the pinnacle of the center of the crater, and the astounding vista of the Arizona sky and landscape of the breathtaking Painted Desert was revealed, viewable from atop a structure inspired by the Jai Prakash Yantra astrological observatory in Jaipur. Many of us had traveled to India the previous February for another crazy group journey, and we understood the connection between Turrell and the scientist who built that observatory, Maharaja Sawai Jai Singhthese: both were men who wanted to distill and unveil the universe. Our evening ended with sunset spent at the Crater’s Eye trading stories and paying homage to the heavens and man’s indomitable power to create.

La Posada means the resting place. The hotel’s architect was Mary Elizabeth Jane Colter who was architect for The Fred Harvey Company, owner of the new hotel in 1929. She was famous for her Grand Canyon structures but this hotel was her favorite design. Here is an 8 minute 40 second video Tribute to Mary The hotel ended its run as a hotel in 1957 until the current owners’ 1997 restoration that is ongoing. Tina Mion Art Museum is inside the hotel as is the Tina Mion Art Gallery. The hotel also includes sculptures by Dan Lutzick.

Window Rock Arizona is capitol of the Navajo Nation and its huge reservation 130 miles northeast from Winslow on Interstate Highway 40 and BIA [Bureau of Indian Affairs] Highway 12. Hopi Third Mesa is 75 miles north from Winslow on Arizona Highway 87. The Hopi Reservation is within the Navajo Reservation.

Flagstaff is 68 miles to the west of Winslow on Interstate Highway 40 old Route 66 and has two historic hotels Weatherford Hotel (1900)  to 1929, hostel opened 1978, changed to fine dining in 1990 and became a hotel again, two stories 11 rooms and Hotel Monte Vista (1927) 4 stories 50 rooms

At Barstow California the ticketed event is off-site from the railyard. It’s a lightly used drive-in movie theatre surrounded by sagebrush.


America’s Cup Challenge by Team New Zealand against Oracle Team USA as of September 15 stands New Zealand won 7 races and Team USA won 3 races but penalties reduce that two points so it stands 7-1 against Oracle Team USA. First team to win nine points wins the Challenge and Team New Zealand is only two races away from victory. First team that has nine points wins. Next races were on September 18 and Team new Zealand won another race and the other was postponed due to high winds. Score is 8-1 New Zealand.


One person’s art is another person’s billboard, and when you get the Texas Department of Transportation doing the classification, well we’re at small remove from trouble. Prada Marfa (2005) roadside installation by Michael Elmgreen and Ingar Dragset, went up and has been remarked about globally. Ashton Thornhill’s photo of it is fine art photography. Will it now have to come down because it is an illegal billboard, rather than art? Nice to have the New York Times commenting on art outside the small town of Marfa Texas in the Chihuahuan Desert.


One more Art Fair? Surely not. Yet it’s true and its location is the New York City building that housed the famous 1913 Armory Show in which Marcel Duchamp exhibited to a scandalized audience. The rest of the story is the history of modern art. 69th Regiment Armory is the building and the Fair is Downtown Armory Art Fair May 8-11, 2014 conflicting with the Frieze May 9-12, 2014.


Conversations between visionaries and artists are stimulating. Christopher Vroom is the founder of Art Space He is interested in teaching the public about the economic value of having a thriving art scene in each community. Toward that end he created a Fund that would respond to artists’ request for funds and finance them Artadia: The Fund for Art and Dialogue

Watching Vroom’s video I couldn’t help but notice that much of what he is saying is directly pertinent to the drive to raise funds for a private performing arts center in Lubbock headed up by Lubbock Entertainment and Performing Arts Association.

The primary vehicle to achieve that public education in Lubbock is the annual Arts Festival April 10-13, 2014. A secondary vehicle is the annual invitation to visit studios of Lubbock artists and interact with artists showing their own work and willing to explain and introduce it to potential patrons. Local Color Artist Studio Tour November 9-10, 2013 Lubbock Arts Alliance sponsors both events


Vortex (2004) by Steve Teeters, an organic steel piece representing tornadic activity and that’s the Panhandle South Plains Fair buildings in the background. The annual Fair continues through September 28.

Arts History Update for late September 2013

14 Sep

Arts History Update for late September 2013 by David Cummins

Khan Academy is a section 501(c)(3) non-profit entity that offers educational materials, videos and resources online free to anyone who asks, teachers students and others. Its art history offerings begin here and I accessed the contemporary art division that sensibly described minimalism and pop art, explaining why those themes blurred the line distinguishing fine art from more ordinary aspects of life like commercial activity. This invites the reader/viewer to reconsider the place and purpose of art in the world. The reason that these are post-modernism movements is that in modernism each phase was a new style or used new materials or used existing materials differently than before.

The subdivisions of Contemporary Art include the Postwar Figure, Pop & After, Minimalism and the Land, Process Art, Conceptual Art, and an overview of Post-Modernism. Founder is Salman Khan in 2006. Site has financial backing from Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Google, and other large donors. There are 4,300 videos available at the website or at You Tube.

For college level educational resources OpenCourseWare by MIT is another free educational resources website. Course 4.661 is Theory and Method in the Study of Architecture and Art. Harvard and other premier universities have joined in a consortium to provide materials on its curriculum.


Mary Ann “Molly” Dyer Goodnight Day, proclaimed by the Texas legislature, is Thursday September 12, 2013. She worked hard to preserve a few remaining bison, and those ultimately became the Official State Bison Herd of Texas, some of which are pastured at the Goodnight Historical Center Goodnight Texas, Armstrong County, U.S. Highway 287 twelve miles east of Claude on the south side of the highway. There is a bronze statuary of Molly feeding a bison calf. Pioneer Woman Feeding Bison Calf (2012) by Veryl Goodnight The Goodnight Historical Center consists of the restored 1887 Charles and Molly Goodnight House and the J. Evetts Haley Visitor & Education Center. There is on site a Quanah Parker Trail arrow sculpture by Charles Smith commemorating the lifelong friendship between Goodnight and Parker. goodnightlegacy/

The film Old Texas (1916) was shot on the JA Ranch including many Kiowa and Comanche who returned from the reservation to wear dated clothing and use dated gear to re-enact Kiowa and Comanche life on the plains before conflict with Anglos. Silent film with English subtitles 30 minutes, DVD remastered (2004) by Lindley-Ochander International Television. Goodnight left his management partnership of the JA Ranch [John Adair ] in 1888 three years after Adair’s death and opened his own Goodnight Ranch at the site of Goodnight east of Claude.

Mary Ann “Molly” Dyer Goodnight 1839 – 1926. The birthday party at 2:30 p.m. is free. Tours of the Center are $7 adults $3 children. Contact for more information is Tom Novak executive director Armstrong County Museum e-mail or phone 806- 226-2187.

West Texas TravelHost Magazine can be read online at It includes information about the Goodnight Historical Center.


Historic hotels in West Texas would include the two story Orient Hotel (1904) in Pecos Texas. The Hotel and No. 11 Saloon were restored and reopened in 1963 as the West of the Pecos Museum

Bluebonnet Hotel (1927) in Sweetwater was seven stories, closed in 1967 and razed in 1970.

Crosbyton Inn (1908 expanded 1926) was no longer a hotel during World War II and became the Lamar Building and is now the Prairie Ladies Multi-Cultural Center after a 2006 restoration. The current Smith House B&B in Crosbyton was a rooming house in 1920 when it first opened.

The Commercial Hotel (1913) in Floydada two stories and 21 rooms was built by William P. Daily and renamed Lamplighter Inn in 1964 but is not now open for business.

The Cottle Hotel (1930) in Paducah three stories, is boarded up and out of operation.

The Simpson Hotel (1916) in Seagraves is now operated as The Simpson Inn at 302 Main Street.

Hotel Settles (1930) in Big Spring closed in 1974 but was recently renovated and reopened in 2012.

Baker Hotel (1929) in Mineral Wells had 14 stories and a third floor health spa for taking the famous mineral waters. It had 450 rooms. Closed 1963, re-opened 1965, finally closed 1972. Plans to spend $54 million to renovate and re-open are still plans.,_Texas)

Yates Hotel (1929) in Rankin was an oil boom three story hotel closely followed by Harlan Hotel (1930) now razed. Yates Hotel has been re-purposed as Rankin Museum.

Reynolds Hotel (1925) in Shamrock, two stories, is re-purposed as Pioneer West Museum

Herring Hotel (1926) in Amarillo at 311 S.E. Third Avenue at Pierce Street is 14 stories and been shuttered for thirty years. Plans for renovation and restoration are hazy.

Lubbock Hotel (1925 six stories, added another six stories 1929) renamed Pioneer Hotel later Pioneer Retirement Hotel is now being renovated by McDougal Companies as Pioneer Hotel Condominiums.

Hilton Hotel (1929) in Plainview is eight stories, shuttered since 1975 and

Hilton Hotel (1928) in San Angelo is 14 stories, renamed Cactus Hotel, is now an event center but not a hotel

Gateway Hotel (remodeled 1929) four stories in El Paso was open until it was ordered closed in 2011 by a federal judge sentencing its owner Song U. Chon to 15 years jail time for smuggling, money laundering, tax fraud, harboring illegal aliens, etc. Architect at least for the remodeling was Henry C. Trost of El Paso.

Hotel Paso del Norte (1912) in El Paso architect Henry C. Trost. Seventeen story addition on north side in 1986 so it now has 359 rooms. Remodeled in 2004 and re-opened as Camino Real Hotel El Paso. five star hotel

Hotel El Capitan (1930) in Van Horn has 52 rooms, dining Room and Gopher Hole Bar, and conference room. Converted in 1970s to Van Horn State Bank but purchased in 2007 by Lanna and Joe Duncan of Fort Davis and restored into a hotel with same management as El Paisano Hotel. Architect Henry C. Trost same floor plan as

El Paisano Hotel (1930) in Marfa. Architect Henry C. Trost. I stayed here and enjoyed it.

Holland Hotel (1928) in Alpine. Architect Henry C. Trost.

Gage Hotel (1927) in Marathon. Architect Henry C. Trost.

Gholson Hotel in Ranger is now an apartment complex,_Ranger,_TX_IMG_6454.JPG

Hotel Turkey (1927) in Turkey and Hotel Garza (1915) in Post are two story hotels operated as B&Bs.

Van Horn Residential Hotel (1938) in Odessa morphed into Mellie’s Historic Inn due to a 1996 renovation and has 16 guest rooms. Mellie Lasseter Van Horn is the namesake.

Hotel Matador (1915) in Matador is now operated as a B&B Inn with nine rooms by sisters Linda Roy, Caron Perkins and Marilynn Hicks. 1115 Main Street phone 806-347-2939 82 miles northeast of Lubbock in the rolling plains close to the his

toric Matador Ranch.

Historic Hotels of America


Esther J. Cepeda is a syndicated columnist with the Washington Post Writers Group and her column Minutemen of Arizona Long for America’s Past, Lubbock Avalanche-Journal, September 7, 2013 caught my attention. Her website is Minutemen privately provide armed men to assist in interdicting border crossings in Arizona.

She mentioned a book by Harel Shapira, Waiting for Jose: the Minutemen’s Pursuit of America (Princeton University Press 2013) Texas Tech Library electronic book # 1400846764 $19.78 hardcover $15.37 Kindle. She described the Minutemen’s longing for a hard-working, striving, civic engagement, cooperative culture “long past now” without noticing that the very people who immigrate are exactly those kind of people. The only difference is their ethnicity. Why don’t Minuteman notice what happens to immigrants who have to live “underground” off the grid at sub-standard wages, and instead of hunting them at the border, bring them out of the shadows and let them be the very people Minutemen admire? Of course if it really is a racist activity then I’m wasting breath and ink.

Free or reduced price meals at public schools are now funded at the $3.4 billion level since by 2014 all school districts that have 40% or more qualified [low income family] children, will be eligible for all children in the district to receive free or reduced price meals funded by US Dept of Agriculture Food & Nutrition Service. This expansion is in force now for ten states and will be available everywhere in July 2014 Boston schools are participating since 76% of those children qualify for free or reduced price meals. Parents will like the new system because a parent can choose to supply the meal or let the school supply the meal on any given day. Lubbock ISD is reported to have 73% – 75% of children on free meals so this program will be in force in Lubbock for school year 2014-2015


Texas Biennial 2013: An Independent Survey of Contemporary Art in Texas September 5 – November 9 is located at Blue Star Contemporary Art Museum in San Antonio. Texas Tech professor of art Will Cannings has Kink (2008) a blue painted inflated steel sculpture in the show. Zach Nader, a Texas Tech School of Art graduate, has entered The New West Texas Sky Project.


Leon Kossoff: London Landscapes exhibition May 8 – July 6, 2013 at Annely Juda Fine Art travels to Paris, New York

City, and Los Angeles. The aged expressionist painter is 87. In NYC at Mitchell-Innes and Nash November 7 – December 21 at 534 W. 26th Street

The catalogue for a 1995 exhibition Leon Kossoff: Recent Paintings is at Texas Tech Library OVERSZ ND497.K66 A4. and

The British are driven to underscoring class distinctions. Kossoff served in World War II in a British unit comprised of Jews. He was born in England to expatriate Russian Jews.


Ben Davis, 9.5 Theses on Art and Class (Haymarket Books 2013) critical essays on art and art theory addressed to contemporary art $11.50 paperback $9.90 Kindle, ABE Books new $12.41 incl s&h


Tobin Center for the Performing Arts in San Antonio is slated to open in Fall 2014 a $203 million project of which $43 million is committed. It would include HEB Performance Hall 1,750 seats, Studio Theatre 250 seats, River Walk Event Plaza, and residency space for arts organizations.


Phyllis Lambert, Building Seagram (Yale University Press 2013) Lambert is the daughter of Seagram [Canadian Distillery] founder Samuel Bronfman. Architects were Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Philip Johnson for the 1958 building at 375 Park Avenue between E. 52nd and 53rd Streets. The Seagram Building is notable as one of the most important buildings in America.


It is accurately estimated that only one percent of French citizens actively resisted the Nazi occupiers in France during World War II. The rest accommodated their lives to the reality. It should be said that active complicity with De Gaulle and the Free French headquartered in London was dangerous.

Matthew Cobb, The Resistance: The French Fight Against the Nazis (Simon & Schuster 2009) ABE Books new $31.13

Matthew Cobb, Eleven Days in August: The Liberation of Paris in 1944 (Simon & Schuster 2013) ABE Books new $28.97

Olivier Wieviorka, Histoire de la Resistance (Perrin 2013 in French)

The sad reality is that many French who were a part of the Vichy, claimed after the war ended not to have been, many who collaborated with the Vichy claimed not to have done so, and many who did not resist claimed to have resisted. Historians are now rewriting the period and demanding evidence. The Cobb books are by a historian based on evidence.


Jean-Claude Izzo died age 54 in 2000 but not before writing Total Chaos (1995, transl. Howard Curtis, Europa 2005), Chourmo (1996, transl. 2006) and Solea (1998, transl. 2007) collectively known as the Marseilles Trilogy neo-noir crime novels translated into English posthumously. He has become something of a cult figure. A collection of his mini-essays is now published Garlic, Mint, and Sweet Basil: Essays on Marseilles, the Mediterranean, and Noir Fiction (transl. Howard Curtis, Europa 2013) ABE very good condition $8.81

Total Chaos ABE good condition $3.97 incl s&, Chourma ABE good $4.98, Solea ABE good $5.94

I haven’t read the trilogy. I read The Lost Sailors (1997 transl. Howard Curtis, Europa 2007) a story of a contract for hire crew on a contract for hire small freighter ship that plies the Mediterranean. The crew had been hired on at various points in time and locations, representing various ethnicities, languages and experiential backgrounds. Essentially they are adrift humans whose job is to render the ship moveable beyond its mechanical ability to do so. The sailors make port but are never at home, least of all when near their former residences from which they initially sailed. Both the captain and his sailors are willing to seize the next lucrative opportunity and are not risk averse when an illegal opportunity arises. The captain neither owns the ship nor, except occasionally, manages its itineraries.

Izzo was born in Marseilles, a French citizen at birth, but his father was an Italian in France and his mother a Spaniard in France. For social purposes Izzo was classified as an immigrant and when his primary/secondary schooling was concluded he was not allowed into a humanities or writing program but was forced into a mechanical tradesman training program. He was bitter about this his whole life, a lost sailor himself.


Lubbock Regional Public Safety Memorial (2013) will be dedicated Wednesday September 11, 2013 at 6:00 p.m. Leroy Elmore Park 6601 Quaker Avenue. It is also a 9/11 anniversary and first responders in the area will gather for the event. Garland Weeks statuary is in place. Another observance of 9/11 is the American Tribute Field of Flags at Miller Park south of Loop 289 at 74th Street west of Indiana Avenue. 800 American flags will fly and buglers will play taps at 7:46 8:03 8:13 and 9:10 p.m.


Andrew Butler Statues and Sculptures in Texas photo gallery 42 pages Cities such as San Angelo and Salado have many pieces of statuary.


Texas Book Festival is October 26-27, 2013 on and near State Capitol, Austin Texas. 225 authors will attend including best-selling book authors.


The Contemporary Austin at its 12 acre Lake Austin estate Laguna Gloria 3809 West 35th Street including villa, meadow grounds and waterfront was just granted $9 million from the Edward and Betty Marcus Foundation of Dallas. The grant is to commission site specific permanent installations that will make The Contemporary Austin a major outdoor-indoor space.

Contemporary Austin also operates Jones Center in downtown at 700 Congress Avenue Austin Texas.–9-million-grant#.UjJTTkoo45s


Mexican War of Independence from Spain 1810 – 1821 started September 16, 1810 which ultimately became Mexican Independence Day. It is celebrated in Lubbock by the 26th annual Fiestas Patrias: Friday September 13 Chamber of Commerce Luncheon at Lubbock Memorial Civic Center Banquet Hall with speaker George P. Bush nephew of George W. Bush son of Jeb Bush former Governor of Florida , and Miss Hispanic Lubbock Pageant at Civic Center, and Saturday September 14 10:00 am Parade from First Baptist Church on Broadway Street east to downtown and then north to Civic Center.

Grito de Dolores, the Cry of Dolores, was uttered in the small town of Dolores by a priest Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla on September 16, 1810. It was a cry of independence from Spanish colonial rule. Four days later armed men in revolt laid siege to nearby Guanajuato where colonial authorities were gathered. Here is a sculpture in Mexico and another in Texas by Jesus Contreras, Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla (1941) bronze in San Antonio!i=1684320258&k=L9FDw9K

To my knowledge this was the first “liberation theology” practiced in Latin America. As it became common in the second half of the 20th century the papacy objected and counseled for another approach to those issues.


Tablet computers

Microsoft produces Surface for Windows RT and Surface for Windows 8 Pro tablet computers. On September 23 it will launch Surface RT version 2 and Surface Pro version 2 with faster processors, and through late October will offer a minimum $200 trade-in for all iPad tablets. Will the top of the line Surface Pro 2 be as good as the latest version iPad? Surface Pro wasn’t. What should we make of this promotion not being available online but only at Microsoft bricks and mortar stores nationwide?

Even if Microsoft has improved its Windows 8 operating system software, has it improved it enough to be as nimble as the latest versions of Android and iOS? And has it synchronized its applications software with its operating system software for ease of user interface? It hadn’t as recently as twelve months ago. If Microsoft again rolls out new products that are inferior, it will kill its own brand.

It will also make us realize that its management misunderstands the markets into which it is selling.


Arts History Update for slightly past mid September 2013

10 Sep

Arts History Update for slightly past mid September 2013 by David Cummins


Repairing and protecting wildlife is a strategy at an intersection between science, environmental activism, and popular culture. When polar bears get too close to villages in the Canadian north country, they are sedated and then air-lifted to remote areas that should be natural habitat for them. Certain plants are harmful to Lange’s metalmark butterflies so those plants are removed from an area that contains the rare species. Ultralight aircraft are used to teach and guide whooping cranes to migrate at appropriate times to appropriate locations.


It sounds quite bizarre and these activities take place on a small scale so cannot make a large or distinctive difference in terms of species support. Yet taking an active role in protecting and preserving species is an alteration of our popular culture and teaches everyone to be alert to natural habitat preservation and promotion of additional habitat even if marginal.




Rene Magritte, The Enchanted Pose (1927) has been regarded by the art world as lost for some eighty years. It is now discovered by an X-Ray applied to The Portrait (1935) when that painting was being prepared for MoMA’s exhibition Magritte: The Mystery of the Ordinary, 1926 – 1938 September 28 – January 12, 2014. The artist over-painted The Enchanted Pose to yield The Portrait. The exhibit features 80 works by the Belgian surrealist.




September 9 – October 20 is the exhibit Vaquero: Genesis of the Texas Cowboy, a traveling exhibit sponsored by Humanities Texas curated at Texas State University at San Marcos. It goes up at National Ranching Heritage Center at Texas Tech.




Barclays Center in Brooklyn has an overhang that includes an oculus opening. On Friday August 30, 2013 an abstract sculpture was placed into the oculus titled Ona [she or her in Polish] by Ursula von Rydingsvard. In an instant it became a major piece of public art in the borough.


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Vintage Magazine is a biannual and its fourth issue Quatrienne (2013) is published, an homage to architecture and home décor. It includes a photo tour of Robert and Cortney Novogratz’s townhouse at 400 West Street in New York City




In the Sunday September 1 issue of Lubbock Avalanche-Journal Bill Kerns reviewed the sold out Maines Brothers Reunion concert at Civic Center Theatre August 24. People who walked up to the door to buy tickets were turned away when the house was sold out. Unadvertised ahead of the concert, Terri Hendrix and Terry Allen showed up and performed at the event. Latronda, sister of Lloyd, Steve, Donnie and Kenny Maines, performed. Terri Hendrix often performs with Lloyd Maines in the Austin area, and she did again for this Lubbock audience. One can only hope that this talented family, each with his/her own careers, will come together again for yet another reunion concert. We their audience were filled with pleasure.




Southwest School of Art at 300 August Street, San Antonio has programs in Book Arts, Ceramics, Design and Professional Practice, Digital Media, Drawing, Fibers & Textiles, Glass and Mosaics, Jewelry & Metals, Painting, Papermaking, Photography, Printmaking & Mixed Media, Sculpture, and has special programs for teens and children. It also has an exhibition gallery in which Alice Leora Briggs, Lubbock artist, will be featured La Linea September 5 – November 10. She provides a gallery talk on October 19.


Southwest School of Art annual events include Fiesta Arts Fair in April with 100 invited artists displaying their work, Savor the Arts cocktails followed by gourmet food and music in the Spring, and Gala in the Garden in October a black-tie event with dining by Club Giraud and location is the gardens at the Ursuline Academy campus. Throughout the year visiting artists and adjunct faculty provide public talks.


Alice Leora Briggs




National Cowboy Symposium & Celebration September 5- 8 2013 is its 25th anniversary event. Lubbock performers included musicians Michael Carlton, Andy Hedges, Lone Prairie, Texas Stardust, Ballet Folklorico Nuestra Henricia, poets Mike Querner and John Levacy, and introducers Ken Davis and Len Ainsworth. The stars from elsewhere are numerous including R.W. Hampton of Cimarron New Mexico here singing Born to Be a Cowboy and Waddie Mitchell here reciting Walking Man. The location is Lubbock Memorial Civic Center including its Exhibit Hall, Banquet Hall, Theatre and other spaces including the grassy area north of the building.


The founder of the symposium many years ago is Alvin G. Davis.




Nokia of Helsinki Finland, once the planet’s leading cell phone maker with the best software in the world, now has only 15% market share and only 3% of smart phones. It stopped using its own software in 2007 and adopted Microsoft Windows Phone software, not an industry leader, rather than Google’s Android or other open source software. On September 2 Microsoft announced its purchase of Nokia’s phone business for $7.2 billion. This is a mistake by Microsoft which should have used that cash to make its own software better. Microsoft’s strategy of buying its way into market share rather than working its way, is a mistake. Its shoveling of cash outside the door makes it less flexible and adaptable in the future. New leadership at Microsoft can’t arrive too soon.


Verizon Wireless announced that it is paying $130 billion to Vodafone, the British company, to purchase that company’s shares of stock in Verizon, one of the big four in providing phone power to wireless units of all types including the burgeoning smart phone market. Verizon once needed that cash to grow its services company but now is secure. Other wireless companies are AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile. Some mobile customers use a smaller company for power, but are actually placed by that small company on one of the big four’s system. The federal government has an interest is seeing to it that not too much space is taken up on the wireless band width and so it forces piggy-backing onto one of the big four systems.





Brad Stone, The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon (Little Brown 2013) will issue forth in October. What will Jeff Bezos do with his purchased Washington Post? Transform it into a digital media communications company rather than a newspaper. He previously said he thought newspapers would be passe in twenty years. He will facilitate and lead that process. He has such deep pockets that he can experiment with techniques along the way without regard to short term profits and losses. A smart bet is to bet on Bezos. I’m going to start reading and noticing the Washington Post, particularly the online Post.




Macro-brewers can and do make micro-brews. Behemoth MillerCoors is such a micro-brewer with its Blue Moon lineup of so-called craft beers. They are good which is why there is some objection by small micro-brewers. Blue Moon’s Belgian style wheat beer with hints of coriander and orange spices is a leader but Blue Moon produces a lineup of artisan beers. Aficionados will continue to purchase whatever tastes good regardless of whether it meets internal trade definitions of craft brewing.




America’s Cup, yacht sailing’s biggest trophy sport, and playground for very wealthy sportsmen, suffered a black eye just days before September 7 when two teams Oracle Team USA and Team New Zealand would square off in a best of 17 races Challenge. An international jury announced that Oracle Team USA had violated the strict measurements rules about a year ago when sailing 45 foot prototypes of the 72 foot catamarans to be used in the Challenge on San Francisco Bay. A key sailor Dirk de Ridder was barred from participating in the Challenge along with two key shore persons. Further, the Team was judged to have already lost two of the seventeen races so it starts off Saturday September 7 not having to win 9 races but rather eleven races. The jury was hopping mad at Oracle Team USA and its having given the sport a black eye.

Arts History Update for mid September 2013

7 Sep

Arts History Update for mid September 2013 by David Cummins

Peter Sarkisian is a Santa Fe New Mexico artist who just concluded an exhibition at New Mexico Museum of Art in Santa Fe. He spoke relative to the exhibit on August 23. Here is his video Pounding Study (2004) which was part of the exhibition


Taos Art Museum at Historic Fechin House hosts its annual Russian Night Gala Saturday August 24, 2013. Nicolai Fechin 1881 – 1955 and his family emigrated from Russia to the United States in 1923 and settled into Mabel Dodge Luhan’s apartment in 1927, later moving into a nearby adobe home now called Fechin House. Divorce caused him to quit Taos in 1933. He was an exceptionally talented painter. The closest Fechin painting is at Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum in Canyon Texas. Whoops. That changed recently when the Margaret Talkington Estate donated to the Texas Tech Museum the 1923 oil painting by Nicolai Fechin titled Peasant Girl. In a brochure printed by the museum that painting is featured among a group of paintings that will be exhibited as a revolving display in the Talking Art Gallery at the museum.


a gallery specializing in Fechin paintings is

Mary N. Balcomb, Nicolai Fechin (Northland Press 1975) Texas Tech Library ND699.F43 B34


Lubbock County History.

Becton is a former community in northeast Lubbock County. It is now farmland. Take US Highway 62 east, then north on Farm To Market Road 789 about 7miles. Becton is to the west. Petersburg in Hale County is another five miles north. A historical marker erected in 2003 at Becton Cemetery is located as follows: US Highway 62 to Idalou, then north on FM 400 for 8 miles, then east on County Road 5300 4 miles, then north on County Road 3600 for one-half mile.

Abner M. Becton moved from Tennessee to the area in the late 1890s. He wed Cornelia Bryant in 1898 and they moved to the Becton site near the large W.E. Bledsoe ranch known as Three Circle Ranch.,_Texas The Fort Worth Denver and South Plains Railway line passed through Becton but in 1989 its successor BNSF closed and removed that trackage. The school at Becton was within the Bledsoe School District that was absorbed into Idalou School District in 1936. As the community grew it was originally called Bledsoe but in 1917 a postmaster application was made and it was discovered that there already was a town in Texas named Bledsoe. It was then named Becton and the postmastership was granted. There were still about 125 residents in the Becton area in 2000.

Don’t know the relationship of W.E. Bledsoe the rancher at the beginning of the century and Willis Bledsoe father of William Harrison Bledsoe 1869 – 1936 who was elected to Texas House of Representatives 1915-1919 and Texas Senate 1919-1929 authoring the bill in 1923 that established Texas Technological College.


CASETA Center for the Advancement and Study of Early Texas Art moved its offices to San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts under the management of executive director Howard Taylor. Its annual Texas Art Fair & Symposium is May 2 – 4, 2014 at St Edward’s University in Austin.


Team New Zealand won the Vuiton Cup in San Francisco Bay to advance as the America’s Cup challenger against Oracle Team USA September 7 in the best of 17 races with 72 feet catamarans. These handsome tall sail yachts glide along at phenomenal speeds in the Bay and are gorgeous to watch.


During the harvest season for fresh fruit, vegetables, melons and more the Downtown Farmers and Art Market astride Tornado Gallery on Buddy Holly Avenue at 19th Street is open on the second and fourth Saturdays of the month 9:00- 3:00 p.m. from June 22 – October 12, second Saturday only the rest of the year. The Farmers Market part is supplied by a number of vendors but the regulars include Sunburst Farms operated by Bernie J. Thiel, Jr Inc. Sunburst Farms has been an incorporated vegetable and melon patch since 1972 located at 1802 E County Road 7130 Lubbock 79404-1310 for more information and a chance to visit the farm phone 806-745-6971.

Another regular is Crazy Hoe Farms, a division of Watson Farms that operates 2,000 acres in Floyd County Amanda Watson is the fourth generation Watson family farmer who grows and markets the produce. She offers a CSA Community Supported Agriculture share and half share investment opportunity for consumers who pay $600 or $325 per season and usually receive 10 or 5 pounds of produce each week throughout the harvest season, with a Lubbock pickup location to receive the produce. Farm location is 2811 County Road 211 Floydada Texas 806-759-0148 or e-mail Ms. Watson sells her produce at Farmers Markets in Floydada on Monday mornings and Matador on Wednesday mornings. Lubbock restaurants that purchase her produce include Texas Tech Club, Rain Uptown, Stella’s, The Crafthouse Gastropub, and Covey Smokehouse.

Another regular is Hardin Farms LLC at 15409 County Road 1300 Ropesville Texas James K. and Kimberly A. Hardin operators.

Another is Apple Country High Plains Orchards 12206 E. US Highway 62 4 miles east of Idalou Texas operated by Calvin and Susan Brints. At the orchards on September 14-15 is the annual Apple Butter Festival $3 admission. Other events are regularly held so this is a destination for good eating and to buy jars bottles and other goods made from apples.

Another is the GRUB program of the South Plains Food Bank Growing Recruits for Urban Business involving youngsters ages 14 – 21 in growing crops, harvesting crops, and marketing crops. The resource is the Carolyn Lanier Farm at 76th Street and Avenue B southeast of the interchange of South Loop 289 and Interstate Highway 27.

Wolf Creek Farms started in 2010 on 1.3 acres at which sometimes it’s possible to purchase from an online produce stand. Located at 5301 County Road 1260 north of Wolfforth off W. 50th Street.

The Art Market rotates vendors but they include jewelry, beadwork, wood carving. leather detailed items, gourds, soaps, and craft art of all types. Sandstorm Glass Works is open for blown glass items.


Yarn storming continues as a popular phenomena nationwide. On June 8, 2013 there was an open public yarn storming at the National Ranching Heritage Center. Folks arrived with their knitting tools and chose a location to work on a project. One of them was the school bell outside an old schoolhouse. Another installation of yarn work will occur in October.


Ranson Canyon is a town south east of Lubbock that includes Lake Ransom Canyon within its borders. The Canyon is within Yellow House Canyon in which the North Fork of the Double Mountain Fork of the Brazos River flows. At various points within Ransom Canyon there are springs that bring forth potable water so this place was used by Indians and by Comanchero who traded with them. The Comanchero traded for food, beadwork, bison based goods but sometimes the Indians would have Anglo captives and the Comanchero would trade for the captives and later take them to the closest Anglo settlement and ransom or sell them back to their families. This Comanchero purchase of Anglo captives and reselling them back as ransom to their families is what gave Ransom Canyon its name; Canon de Rescate or Ransom Canyon.


On September 29 there will be a one hour carillon bells concert at 5:00 pm in the west tower of the Texas Tech University Administration Building. The carillonneur is Dr. Thomas Hughes and the program is dedicated to the late Judson Maynard of the School of Music faculty who first played these bells. Many people enjoy these concerts by bringing a lawn chair and sitting on the Memorial Circle grass.

——————— Cantina Antinori Winemaker opened its new headquarters in Spring 2013 at Bargino Italy and it is tastefully designed while functional. Archea Architects of Florence specializes in structures that fit into and become part of the landscape. This ten year project cost $100 million and the result is world class phenomenal. 540,000 square feet includes the winery, cantilevered tasting rooms set above the look-down-into wine cellars, a 200 seat auditorium, museum, restaurant and shop. The multilevel metal corkscrew staircase is a central access point, the uppermost level being an overlook onto the Tuscan countryside.

———————————- Gold Dome Building (1958) in Oklahoma City Oklahoma on Route 66 was originally built for Classen State Bank. Based on Buckminster Fuller’s geodesic dome design, by the architects Bailey Bozalis Dickinson and Roloff, it is on the National Register of Historic Places. It has 625 gold anodized aluminum panels each 60-70 pounds overhanging a 27,000 square foot space. TEEMCO engineering firm of Edmond Oklahoma just acquired it and will move 65 of its headquarters staff into the building. see also


Mark Saka, For God and Revolution: Priest, Peasant and Agrarian Socialism in the Mexican Huasteca (University of New Mexico Press 2013) here’s the author’s radio interview about the book Native Mexicans, i.e. Indians in the Huasteca region of northeastern Mexico, were already radicalized against the gradually capitalist nationalist Mexico but became in the 1870s strong opponents of the Porfirio Diaz regime and wanted control over their ancestral lands held in common rather than in private ownership by non-Indians. Saka is a history professor at Sul Ross State University in Alpine. Hardcover $45 e-book $40.


The Museum of North Texas History and Wichita County Archives at Wichita Falls has a new facade with three paintings Oil Pump at Sunset by Karyl Barbosa, Paper Boy by J. Bradford M, and Texas Legend by Linda Rust

ory/ Karyl Barbosa J Bradford M Linda Rust The original paintings, selected from a competition, were reproduced into 10 by 15 feet panels that were em-placed into the building’s facade.


September 3 is the scheduled date to open for traffic the rebuilt eastern sections of the San Francisco – Oakland Bay Bridge, including the Self-Anchored Suspension Tower. Here are eight photos Earthquakes damaged these eastern sections and this was a 12 year rebuilding project.


Friends of TTU School of Art:


Texas Tech School of Art will be well represented in the Art Galleries surrounding the Slaton Town Square this coming Friday, August 30 when Slaton presents its 5th Friday Art Show on the Square, from 6pm to 9pm.   School of Art faculty and graduate student work will be on display in the galleries dotting the Square, including In Between Gallery, WaterSpace Gallery, Multiplicity Gallery, Jennifer Greer Gallery, V2 Gallery, and others.  All the merchants on the Square will also be open for business that evening and the sidewalks will be overflowing with crafts, food, and other fun. A great way to ease into the Fall Semester. 


Mark your calendars now for School of Art’s Welcome Back exhibition celebrations with an opening reception for 4 new exhibits on First Friday, September 6th from 5:00 – 7:00 PM in Art Building.  Exhibitions include:


·         The Annual Art Faculty Exhibition, on display in the Landmark Gallery through Oct. 13.

·         The Annual MFA Candidate Group Show, in the Studio Gallery through Sep. 29.

·         The New West Texas Sky Project, through Sep. 22 in the Folio Gallery.  Presented by Zach Nader, this exhibition is an investigation into collective image making, image ownership, and distribution.  Participants in West Texas were invited to make a photograph of the sky on September 29, 2012 and then upload it to a designated server, without maker information.  All told, 642 images are presented in this exhibition.

·         Maury Gortemiller: All-Time Lotion, is in the SRO Photo Gallery through Sep. 29.


All about Yemen: The state in the southwest tip of the Arabian peninsula is Yemen. Back 3,200 years ago it was Sheba. Who hasn’t heard of the Kings and Queens of Sheba?

On the southern coast is Aden, a major port city that the British seized in 1839 and occupied as a “British Protectorate” until 1967. Without Aden the Suez Canal would have been useless. The USS Cole Navy ship was berthed at Aden in 2000 when a terrorist bomb ripped a hole in the ship and killed 17 USA sailors.;r?o=2800&qsrc=999&ad=doubleDown&an=apn& It was a thirty year rule by the autocrat Ali Abdullah Salih 1977 – 2007 that was ended by Yemen’s version of an Arab Spring uprising.

USA has conducted drone strikes in Yemen.

Paul Dresch, A History of Modern Yemen (Cambridge University Press 2000) Texas Tech Library DS 247.Y48 D74

Engseng Ho, The Graves of Tarim: Genealogy and Mobility Across the Indian Ocean (University of California Press 2006)

Gregory D. Johnsen, The Last Refuge: Yemen, Al Qaeda and America’s War in Arabia (Scribe Publications 2012)

Noel Brehony, Yemen Divided: The Story of a Failed State in South Arabia (Tauris 2011)


Philipp Meyer, The Son (Simon & Schuster 2013) is a novel that reconstructs the history of Texas through four generations of fictional McCullough family members beginning in 1836. It is an epic storyline but unlike the earlier James A. Michener novel Texas (1985). Eli McCullough at age 13 is captured by Comanche and raised as a boy warrior learning their ways and culture, a clear reference to the historical capture of Cynthia Ann Parker when a girl. In another episode in the new Texas Republic Anglo Texans [then known as Texians] turn on and destroy Tejano Texans [Mexican Creole or Spanish descent], another reference to historical activity. $16.79 hardcover $ 13.53 paperback $12.80 Kindle but $16.27 new at ABE Books incl s&h

One recalls that Michener’s novel Texas (Random House 1985 page count 1,096) was not well received inside Texas, garnering a Bum Steer Award from the magazine Texas Monthly. I think the rather more historically accurate and multiple perspective Michener book was more spot on than some Texans were willing to admit, but then some Texans cling to a simplistic mythic origin for Texas.

Meyer’s depiction of a single family line with greed and self-interest served by violence at its core, may be more appealing to readers. It also may not fairly represent actual historical facts.

Juan Seguin is an example of a Texas Revolutionary hero who was driven in 1842 from San Antonio, his birthplace, by Anglo Texians and forced to seek asylum in Mexico. He died, embittered, in Nuevo Laredo across the river from his home for which he valiantly fought. In 2000 his remains would be removed and reburied in Seguin Texas and a bronze statuary of him riding his horse during the Texas revolution would be installed in Seguin. The sculptor is Erik Christianson.