Archive | March, 2014

Arts History Update for early April 2014

22 Mar

Arts History Update for early April 2014 by David Cummins


Distilled alcohol beverages is a growth industry in Texas. In 2011 there were 25 distilleries in Texas and now there are 56. New businesses start small so micro-distilling is the topic. While it may be an inaccurate perception, many consumers view national large distillers as engaged in machinery driven assembly line factory processes, and those consumers see craft distilling as a pains-taking hands-on distilling process with trial and error techniques used. People queue up to taste and hopefully like the craft-produced product.


Black-eyed peas or cow peas are used as the source of starch in the vodka being produced by a new distiller TreyMark Vodka Distilling in Fort Worth and its first product is TreyMark Black-Eyed Vodka but the target date for a first batch and bottles is still a month or more ahead


Who are Trey Nickels and his mother Deborah Jane Nickels, long-time residents of Muleshoe Texas? He’s just past 30 years of age and his older brother Chad Nickels is still farming in the area growing, inter alia, black-eyed peas or cow peas. Deborah, their mother, graduated from Muleshoe High School in 1973 and owns Muleshoe Pea & Bean, Inc. that processes locally harvested peas and beans at 1680 County Road 1044 phone 806-272-5589. She moved to Fort Worth in 2012 and is president of Tejas Spirit Inc at 9140 Timber Oaks Drive that processes bulk dry beans. She continues to own Unhinged Productions LLC at 904 West 11th Street Muleshoe TX 79347-4412 phone 806-470-1842 processing distiller’s dried grains and solubles. What this tells us is that this new Fort Worth business will be using Bailey County black-eyed peas from which to make its vodka.


The address of the new distillery is the former Fire Station # 5 building at 503 Bryan Avenue Fort Worth Texas 76104 and here is a photo,-97.325079,3a,75y,92.8h,90t/data=!3m4!1e1!3m2!1sPXQ1odUBmC_O47tyCTSCFw!2e0 It is not far from a large successful brewery Rahr & Sons


Raise a glass to mother and son, entrepreneurs in Tarrant County Texas, with hopes for their success.





Paul R. Williams 1894-1980 was the first African-American architect who was a member of the American Institute of Architects AIA and practiced from 1923 through the 1950s in Southern California Here is a website devoted to his legacy Many of the homes he designed in and around Los Angeles used the Spanish Colonial Revival style with which we are familiar in Lubbock because William Ward Watkin adopted that style for Texas Technological College in 1923 shortly after being commissioned to design the first four buildings.


Williams was commissioned to design homes for many Hollywood stars and movie executives. He designed the John Bishop Green home, the Walter D.K. Gibson, Jr. home, and the Katherine B. Flint home in Flintridge California, then about two hours north of Los Angeles, at a time when the deed restrictions for the community proclaimed that no African-American could spend even a single night in the community.


Eventually AIA selected him to enter its College of Fellows, an elite group within AIA for outstanding architectural leaders.


Karen E. Hudson, Paul R. Williams, Architect: A Legacy of Style (Rizzoli 1993) Texas Tech Architecture Library NA737.W527 H84


Karen E. Hudson, The Will and the Way: Paul R. Williams, Architect (Rizzoli 1994)


Karen E. Hudson, Paul R. Williams: Classic Hollywood Style (Rizzoli 2012)


Hudson is Williams’s granddaughter. Mr. Williams’s Collection of House Plans (Hennessey & Ingalls 2006) is still in print and includes his Small House of Tomorrow (1945) and New Homes for Today (1946)




The Shape of Texas was a radio program produced by the Texas Society of Architects from 1998 into 2011, more than 500 two minute episodes. They were and sometimes still are broadcast on national public radio affiliates in the state including KTTZ-FM 89.1 in Lubbock. Here is the index of those episodes where you can listen online






Adobe: Building a Nubian Vault in West Texas with Simone Swan, Architect and see a book Dennis Dollens, Simone Swan: Adobe Building (SITES Books 2005) Texas Tech Architecture Library NA7165.D65 that describes what has come to be called Swan House on a bluff overlooking Presidio Texas. Nubia is the historic region south of Upper Egypt, now in the country of Sudan. The historic Nubian style of mud and straw vaulted roofs and thick adobe walls suited for that east African desert was adapted by Simone Swan for Presidio and the city of Ojinaga Mexico across the river. Adobe Alliance is a group encouraging construction of low cost but contemporary functionality in adobe structures.




Brooklyn Museum exhibit Witness: Art and Civil Rights in the Sixties March 7 – July 6, 2014 focuses on the anti-war and civil rights protests and those of us who lived through that decade know of those phenomena first-hand but there was much more to that decade. The country had broken free from the constraints of post- World War II production and style and was freely embracing a future style.


Jacob Lawrence, Soldiers and Students (1962) is in the exhibit on loan from Hood Museum of Art and




Announced on March 20 for viewing on March 25, thus with insufficient time to build an audience or appropriately publicize it, is the free screening of a classic film A Fistful of Dollars (1964) directed by Sergio Leone starring Clint Eastwood at LHUCA Louise Hopkins Underwood Center for the Arts Firehouse Theater at 6:30 pm Tuesday March 25, 2014. If you learn of this in time, it will be enjoyable. 99 minutes running time, it is the first of Sergio Leone’s “spaghetti westerns” so enjoyed by Italians and also Spaniards as it was filmed in Spain. It set the template for this genre of western movie.


This is a showing by the Texas Tech University College of Media and Communication International Film Series that replaces the Global Lens Series of Spring 2013. Contact person in the college is Robert Peaslee, Ph.D. phone 806-834-2562





It was Spring, the vernal equinox, on March 21, 1965 when thousands of marchers led by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. left Selma Alabama on foot on a highway headed for the state capitol Montgomery. They had attempted this trek twice before during the month, and had been viciously beaten on the first and ordered back by state troopers and county sheriff’s deputies on the second. President Johnson interceded and a federal court order was issued to state and county officials ordering them to allow the marchers to proceed. King and the few marchers who had started before, were now joined by thousands as they left Selma and proceeded to Montgomery. A small number of watchful federal troops and marshals were observers rather than escorts.


I watched from afar in Seattle Washington, a young lawyer working hard to make partner in a law firm, and a first lieutenant in the U.S. Army Reserve with a keen eye on what was happening in Vietnam and imagining when and how I would participate. I had gone to college with Black students and didn’t see overt discrimination on the streets of Seattle but knew things were different in the Deep South. It would be years later when I would meet lawyers who had closed their law offices and traveled cross country to join the marchers in Selma, like Bruce Babbitt who became governor of Arizona, and national Secretary of the Interior. I would then wonder if I had been selfish and self-centered not to have gone to the aid of southern Blacks when that aid was needed. In the back of my head Granny’s advice spoke “don’t borrow other people’s trouble and make it your own” but the Good Samaritan parable in the Bible taught otherwise, and those ceaseless contradictions throughout life would always make well-intentioned advice meaningless and require each of us to quickly assess the situation and make a choice to act or not, and then live with that choice. There were Black soldiers in my Army Reserve unit and I cogitated about how they were free to fight and perhaps be wounded or die for our country, but were not free to walk an Alabama highway or eat at any lunch counter of their choice.


I watched from afar, and saw joinder of 25,000 people with King by the time they reached Montgomery. Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel marched in the front line and later said: “For many of us, the march from Selma to Montgomery was about protest and prayer. Legs are not lips and walking is not kneeling. And yet our legs uttered songs. Even without words, our march was worship. I felt my legs were praying.” King had marched to establish the spirit or tenor of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (signed July 2, 1964) and was present in Johnson’s office later in the year when he signed the Voting Rights Act of 1965 (August 6, 1965).


King had received the Nobel Peace Prize on October 14, 1964, symbolizing planetary approval of his non-violence approach toward seeking cultural changes. King had organized several voting rights marches in Selma in January 1965. Each ended by violent clashes with police. On February 1, 1965 King was arrested in Selma for violating an anti-parade ordinance. King was sitting in jail on February 4 when Malcolm X arrived in Selma and publicly stated that many civil rights leaders like himself did not believe in King’s non-violence approach. The next day King was released from jail and his Letter From a Selma Jail was published in The New York Times as his earlier Letter From a Birmingham Jail, April 16, 1963, had been published.


Dead by an assassin’s bullet at age 39 he would posthumously receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Congressional Gold Medal, and Martin Luther King, Jr. Day would become a national holiday.





Wendy Brown, Walled States, Waning Sovereignty (Zone Books 2010) 168 pages hardcover (Zone Books 2014 paperback) Texas Tech Library JC327.B75 is an appropriate book to read in light of Russia’s takeover and annexation of the Crimea section of The Ukraine, a former republic in the Soviet Union and independent nation-state too weak to resist the takeover. The author reflects on the current proliferation of nation-state walls in a time of eroding nation-state sovereignty mostly due to globalization of commerce and communications. The phenomenon of walling off one’s internal population and reducing passage by foreigners, essentially weakens the nation-state that participates in this activity. Both Russia and The Ukraine are thus weakened by this current wall. If The Ukraine promotes egress and ingress across its western border with European countries, it can counteract the wall created on its eastern border with Russia.


The bellicose action invites reprisals by those who feel themselves victimized. A current major pipeline of Russian oil to Europe passes through The Ukraine and one can expect disruptions in that flowage. Russia is building a major oil pipeline to Europe from its eastern sector oil fields that bypasses The Ukraine. One can expect attempts to sabotage that endeavor. Sanctions by economic power nations including the United States are not the only consequences for Russia’s taking this unilateral action.





































Arts History Update for late March 2014

15 Mar

Arts History Update for late March 2014 by David Cummins

Tea For Three: Ladybird, Pat & Betty, a one woman play starring Elaine Bromka, will be performed at 3:00 pm and 7:00 pm on Friday April 11, 2014 at Cactus Theater in Lubbock $25. tickets at See for her credits and other video. These three former first ladies of the nation are revived by an excellent script and their characters displayed by a skillful performance.


Slaton’s Santa Fe Railway Station Depot is now Slaton Harvey House, originating in 1912 a century ago. It’s used today to exhibit memorabilia, as an event center, and as a bed & breakfast lodging [four units] at 400 Railway Avenue, Slaton Texas 79364 phone 806-828-5900 for general information. Call Sandy Self for reservations for an event or lodging 806-632-5536. Slaton Railroad Heritage Association, Inc. is a non-profit corporation behind this preservation, restoration and support activity EIN Employer Identification Number 75-2439515.

Spruced -up 1920s luxury is on offer for lodging in the Navajo Room $100 per night, double bed, bathroom in hallway; Hopi Room $100 per night, two single beds, hallway bath; Zuni Room $135 per night, double bed plus a single bed, interior bath and a refrigerator; Apache Room $125 per night, queen size bed, interior bath. Breakfast is served in the upstairs common area sitting room. Lunch is served each Wednesday at noon. Call Sandy ahead of time to get an inkling of the one item or few items menu for that day. When the cook is unavailable that day, it might be a box lunch from the Slaton Bakery but that’s not a bad thing.

The Santa Fe Railway Station Depot in Lubbock was removed many years ago. Slaton Harvey House was used as intended for a thirty year period 1912 – 1942

Fred Harvey Company, established by Fred Harvey 1835-1901, owned the Harvey House chain of restaurants, hotels, dining car food service and other hospitality industry businesses alongside railroad station depots in the western United States beginning in 1876. Harvey House “girls” were wholesome young women brought to the west as employees/waitresses/staff to operate those Harvey House restaurants. A number of former Harvey House girls employed at the Slaton Harvey House have returned to this restored Harvey House. Their photographs and memoirs of the experience are on display. Rosa Walston Latimer, Harvey Houses of Texas: Historic Hospitality from the Gulf Coast to the Panhandle (The History Press 2014) Lubbock Public Library 647.95764 LATI


Anonymous 4 is a four person female voice ensemble that sings original polyphony and chordal and non-chordal musica cappella [without musical instrumentation as opposed to a cantata which is accompanied singing] and is in concert on Friday March 28 at Texas Tech Student Union Building Allen Theatre at 7:00 pm $18 per person. This ensemble has a unique sound and flair for dealing with difficult and challenging music. Here is the website The sponsor for this concert is Tech’s Presidential Lecture & Performance Series that is so uniformly excellent that one may well just buy the series when it arrives in early Fall semester and look forward to enjoyment and high culture all year. The College of Visual and Performing Arts operates this program for the President’s Office. Jo Moore is the college’s front lady.

This concert is titled Grace and Glory: Sacred Song from Medieval France and Early America. The first half comprises French motets from the Montpellier Codex, and the second half includes shape note tunes, gospel songs, and folk hymns such as the original Amazing Grace. is a website where you can download the sheet music for these motets and their contemporary arrangements for voice and for instrumentation. A motet [little word in Medieval French language] was a choral composition technique

Amazing Grace as sung today is extracted from New Britain (1779) a folk hymn, text by John Newton in his Olney Hymn (1779), music by Benjamin Shaw and Charles H. Spilman in Columbia Harmony (1829) and we may hear this more original version recorded earlier by Anonymous 4 in a disc album titled American Angels: Songs of Hope, Redemption and Glory track 7, 3:05 minutes Let your imagination flow backward in time to the Second Great Awakening at a tent revival meeting in mid-America in the 1830s and reflect on how Amazing Grace might have been sung then. This quartet may sing that authentic earlier version for you in concert. Enjoy.


Annual International Arts and Culture Symposium is Thursday March 27, 2014 from 6:00 pm-9:30 pm at Texas Tech Museum Helen DeVitt Jones Auditorium including a reception with the visiting South Korean artists. Traditional Irish folk music will be discussed and performed by Dr. Christopher Smith of Texas Tech School of Music faculty after which South Korean geomungo playing will be discussed and performed by Dr. Jaehwa Lee, and then South Korean dances will be discussed and performed by Dr. Sung Ok Yang. These two Korean art forms are presented by Sowoon Arts & Heritage Association and this website provides more information phone 806-853-7257. Announcement at

This is a free event and unique to a large academic institution with an international presence. Please take advantage and attend.


B. Byron Price, director of the Charles Russell Center for the Study of Art of the American West at University of Oklahoma at Norman, will receive the Chester A. Reynolds Memorial Award for his enduring commitment to perpetuate the legacy of the American West. He will receive the award on Saturday April 12, 2014 during the Western Heritage Awards Banquet at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City Oklahoma at 5:00 pm, following the annual Wrangler Awards 1700 NE 63rd Street phone 405-478-2250 and and and here to reserve a place at the table $175 per person black tie not optional.

Price is also director of the University of Oklahoma Press and among other writings is author of Fine Art of the West (Abbeville Press 2004) $62.47 hardcover at $28.44 at ABE Books in very good condition incl s&h. Price holds an MFA Master of Fine Arts degree from Texas Tech University in 1977. Oral history interviews with Price are in the Texas Tech University Southwest Collection Library.

When he is in Lubbock one can speak with him about the art collection of the National Ranching Heritage Center in its basement, a location to which he has access and knows what’s there. He can also take you into the board of directors conference room library and explain the precious art in that room. A few pieces from the collection dribble out into the public viewing areas occasionally but Byron is a “big dog” who can get you into the sanctum sanctorum [holy of holies in Latin].


Tom Sachs, Barbie Slave Ship (2013) was exhibited last year at the 12th Biennial of Art in Lyon France. He says that his sculpted miniature piece is about how advertising and pop culture can be seen as a contemporary form of slavery over the mind. The cannon on the sides of the miniature ship actually work and here’s a You Tube video of his demonstration of firing a cannon He is very interested in engineering and design and sees the detritus of contemporary consumerism. On the “other” side of the slave ship there is no hull and the interior is exposed including rows of steerage slaves set up like Barbie dolls, hence the title of the art work.

A solo exhibit American Handmade Paintingsopens March 29 through May 3, 2014 at Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac in Paris France. He will be present at the opening.

Only 46 years of age, his work is collected at the Metropolitan, Whitney and Guggenheim museums in New York City, and at Los Angeles County Museum of Art and Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, and at San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.


Annual meeting of the West Texas Historical Association is Friday – Saturday April 4-5, 2014 in Odessa Texas at MCM Grande Hotel registration $25. Begins with a reception at that hotel on Thursday evening 6:00 – 8:00 pm, Friday morning sessions 8:30 – 11:30 Women’s History Luncheon to 1:00 pm and afternoon sessions to 5:00 pm, Banquet 6:30 – 8:30 at Commemorative Air Force Museum [changed to Petroleum Museum in Midland] with speaker Bill O’Neal, Texas State Historian. Saturday morning sessions 9:00 am to noon, Awards and Business Luncheon to 1:30 pm, and bus tour in Odessa 2:30 to 7:00 pm with an itinerary of Tom Lea mural Stampede (1940), White-Pool House Museum, Parker House Ranching Museum, Presidential Leadership Museum and Leadership Center, Ellen Noel Art Museum, and Odessa’s Stonehenge. Tour patrons eat at Barn Door and Pecos Depot Steakhouse and hear a ghost story [most western towns have one or more of those][this one may be the “Billy Story”].

Tom Lea mural Stampede(1940) was moved from the original Post Office building to the newly constructed 1970 Post Office building at Texas Avenue and 2nd Street on U.S. Highway 20 Business Route. It’s immense in size and the horse has stumbled and fallen with its cowboy rider, both likely to be trampled to death by the spooked cattle. The black Longhorn steer at the center is a symbol of the natural violeneruption caused by a lightning bolt that turns a mellow bellowing herd into an instrument of death and destruction.

Parker House Ranching Museum is the restored 1935 home of Jim and Bessie Parker who operated ranches covering 175 sections of land in two counties.

White-Pool House Museum is the oldest remaining structure in Odessa, built in 1897 restored 1979-1984. Its rooms depict the pioneer era of the White family and the 1930s oil boom era of the Pool family. There is an Eclipse windmill and wood water tank, barn, farm buildings and outhouse from the pioneer era.

Presidential Museum started in 1964 downtown and was moved to UTPB University of Texas Permian Basin campus in 1999. Artifacts, memorabilia, and office of the presidency materials are supplemented by reference materials and digital access to other collections.

Ellen Noel Art Museum of the Permian Basin opened in 1985 as Art Institute for the Permian Basin and is now located on the UTPB campus. This is the same Noel for whom the new Wagner Noel Performing Arts Center is named.

Stonehenge replica (2004) is located on the eastern edge of the UTPB campus,_Texas) .

If all that isn’t excessively stimulating, you can arrive a day early and take a Thursday April 3 Trans-Pecos Wagon Trail Tour where the bus departs the hotel at 8:00 am and heads south to Horsehead Crossing, Girvin Social Club, Mendoza Trail Museum, Castle Gap, Museum of the Desert Southwest, and back to Odessa; detail follows: Horsehead Crossing on the Pecos River, lunch near the closed Girvin Social Club, Mendoza Trail Museum in McCamey Texas [in 1683-1684 Spanish Army Lieutenant General Juan Dominguez de Mendoza set out from El Paso del Norte east to explore the Pecos Plains. Two centuries later part of the Mendoza Trail was traveled by Goodnight and Loving going west], Castle Gap [Horsehead Crossing is 12 miles west of the western opening in Castle Gap] through which the Comanche passed, emigrants passed, the Butterfield Overland Mail passed, and more, see Patrick Dearen, Castle Gap and the Pecos Frontier (Texas Christian University Press 1988) Texas Tech Library GR110.T5 D43, Museum of the Desert Southwest in Crane Texas, and back to Odessa .

This crossing of the Pecos River was a landmark on the Goodnight-Loving Trail, but it was known and used long before the post Civil War Texas cattle drives, perhaps even by early Spanish explorers. It was traversed by Indians following the Great Comanche War Trail to and from Mexico; forty-niners, emigrants, and surveyors; passengers on the Butterfield Overland Mail route; Texas cattlemen driving herds to California to feed the miners after the 1849 gold rush; U.S. Army troops transporting supplies to military posts and Indian agencies in Arizona and New Mexico; and after the Civil War Texas cowboys driving feeder stock to the northern and western ranges over the Goodnight-Loving Trail. Charles Goodnight and Oliver Loving had blazed the trail in 1866 from central Texas into New Mexico and Colorado Territories thus skirting Comanche bands. Elmer Kelton, Horsehead Crossing (Ballantine Books 1963) Texas Tech Library Southwest Collection 42 K298 H817

In private ownership today, the crossing is in much the same condition as it was in cattle drive days. Isolated from main highway travel routes, it is virtually lost in the barren desert but not lost in historic significance.

It’s guaranteed that you will be exhausted but when back in Odessa the meeting’s Opening Reception is 6:00 – 8:00 pm at the MCM Grande Hotel. Tell the new arrivals about your trip. Notice that hotel rooms at MCM Grande are reserved for this meeting for $109 per room. You know that Permian Basin hotel rooms are sky high these days so someone is subsidizing your trip. Might as well take it and smile.


Lubbock Entertainment / Performing Arts Association 1500 Broadway Street, Wells Fargo Center, Suite 1254 phone 806-747-3200 is poised to make an announcement at a news conference called for Wednesday March 26 at 5:15 pm at Charles Adams Gallery 602 Avenue J downtown. This may be another step toward beginning construction of a new private performing arts center in Lubbock.


Arts History Update for mid March 2014

13 Mar

Arts History Update for mid March 2014 by David Cummins


George F. Kennan 1904 – 2005 was an American diplomat, political scientist and historian who was enormously influential in establishing the containment policy that existed throughout the Cold War between the two superpowers United States of America and the Soviet Union. X is his famous 1947 article issued from his position inside the U.S. Embassy in Moscow. It arose out of his 1946 Long Telegram from Moscow


He wrote volumes so his theses and their founding principles are well-known, as they needed to be, since there were always hawks who wanted a war with the Soviet Union. He studied his topic closely such as George F. Kennan, Soviet American Relations, 1917-1920 (Princeton University Press 1956) Texas Tech Library E183.8 R9 K4 a study of the foundations of the Soviet Union guided by Lenin before Stalin became a power figure. Presidents Truman and Eisenhower chose to follow Kennan’s policies and succeeding presidents continued those policies until the Soviet Union imploded from within in 1989-1991.


John Lewis Gaddis, George F. Kennan: An American Life (Penguin Press 2011) Texas Tech Library E748.K374 G34 earned its author a Pulitzer Prize. is Gaddis addressing the U.S. Naval War College


John Kukacs, George Kennan: A Study of Character (Yale University Press 2007) E748.K374 L84


Nicholas Thompson, The Hawk and the Dove: Paul Nitze, George Kennan, and the History of the Cold War (Henry Holt 2009) E744.T494


The Kennan Diaries (ed. Frank Costigliola, W. W. Norton & Co. 2014) Texas Tech stacks awaiting processing, reviewed by Fareek Zakaria, A Guest of My Time, The New York Times, February 21, 2014 Kennan had referred to himself as “a guest of my time”.




Jenny Offill, Dept. of Speculation (Knopf 2014) a novella at 179 pages, it chronicles in a most deft way the unraveling of a marriage in Brooklyn. Reviewed at Roxane Gay, Bridled Vows, The New York Times, February 7, 2014 This is another message for Tolstoy, Joyce and others that literary quality may be accomplished in smaller doses. Hardcover $17.34 Kindle $ 9.59 ABE Books $16.22 incl s&h.




The Plow That Broke the Plains (1937) 27 minute documentary film written and directed by Pare Lorentz is viewable on You Tube seeks to explain how we got to the Dust Bowl conditions of the 1930s.




James Salter, All That Is: A Novel (Knopf 2013 paperback Vintage 2014) 290 pages reviewed at Malcolm Jones, A Changed Man, The New York Times, April 26, 2013. Here’s a You Tube video of Salter reading from the book in May 2013 ABE Books in very good condition $4.99 incl s&h Lubbock Public Library FIC SALT





Manuel S. Franco, Quanah Parker, Last Chief of the Comanches (2011) 18 inch bronze bust is on display through March 28, 2014 at The Art Center 1819 South Dumas Avenue in Dumas Texas adjacent to the Window on the Plains Museum. His paintings, mostly realist style watercolors, are also on display and his website is


A photographic exhibit Our People, Our Land, Our Images depicts indigenous peoples and their culture in photographs taken by indigenous photographers February 24 – March 28, 2014 at The Abraham Art Gallery at Wayland Baptist University in Plainview


Yasaman Moussavi, I Was Hidden From My Own Sight (2013) and other paintings by her are on exhibit at the Texas Tech Satellite Gallery at 5th Street and Avenue J in Lubbock north of LHUCA Louise Hopkins Underwood Center for the Arts March 7-15, 2014 Moussavi will soon receive her MFA at the Texas Tech School of Art.




The combined choirs of Lubbock Christian University and Wayland Baptist University will sing a Haydn composition with orchestra on Friday April 4, 2014 at McDonald-Moody Auditorium on the



LCU campus at 7:30 pm. Free event.





Ra Paulette makes sculptural art in caves in northern New Mexico. Here is a trailer for Cavedigger (2013) 39 minute documentary film and and here is his website He ran into difficulties with his commissioning patrons who found him uncontrollable and uncooperative toward carrying out his patrons’ intentions, preferring his own artistic intentions. He jettisoned them and went off on his own. Eventually his hope is to invite people, the public, to visit his caves and experience the underground luminosity and carved bio-morphic art he is sculpting with hand tools.


For obvious reasons his current destination is not made public.


The documentary film was nominated for an Academy Award but did not win. The Oscar went to The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life. Here are the Oscar winners and nominees for 2013 films




I was a Soldier (1970) 40 minute documentary film by the late British film-maker Michael Grigsby 1936 -2013 was followed by his last documentary film, a look at those same three Vietnam War veterans from that small sheep-herding Texas area in We Went to War (2013) 77 minute documentary film by Michael Grigsby and Rebekah Tolley. The locations are Menard, Brady and Mason Texas north of the Hill Country.


Michael Grigsby‘s haunting Granada television documentary is perhaps the first sustained treatment on film of the phenomenon of the ‘Vietnam veteran’, later a familiar cultural archetype, and in particular a recurring character type in Hollywood feature films. The vivid quality of some of the fictional Vietnam War vets is in no way prefigured by the three real war veterans recently returned to small-town Texas who are the subjects of Grigsby‘s film. The camera observes them in awkward silence as well as in speech, for to varying degrees they struggle to articulate their feelings about how the war affected them. Among other things this makes it immediately obvious that these men are not used to being asked to recount, let alone reflect upon, their recent experiences. The film includes no war footage, and is instead filled with gentle pastoral images of rural and small-town Texas, leaving the viewer to imagine what searing memories may remain stuck in the subjects’ heads.

The quiet and sympathetic approach is in keeping with almost all Grigsby‘s films, dedicated to giving a ‘voice to the voiceless’. As distinct from some of his more outspoken films, however, a political agenda is not to the fore and the film is a more straightforward exercise in humanism.

A number of Grigsby‘s other television films enjoyed a later life on non-theatrical film circuits, but I Was a Soldier has remained generally unseen since its first screening. Seeing the film today, viewers are likely to be just as moved by it as those who tuned in in 1970. They are also likely to wonder how life has treated its likeable but haunted, inarticulate subjects in the years that have followed.

Patrick Russell Went to War (2013) is 77 minutes reviewed at is a sad unhurried film Michael Grigsby’s documentary We Went to War, his last film before he died this month at 76, is a poignant footnote to his 1970 film I Was a Soldier, which interviewed three dazed US soldiers in Texas, back from Vietnam. These figures are now revisited, 40 years on. They look heart-breakingly young from the original footage, although with a lifetime’s agony in their eyes: men prematurely old in spirit. Now we see how age has caught up with two of them; the other has died, and Grigsby talks to his family about the anger and depression they had to live with. This is a sobering film, conveying a sense that time and space stood still for these veterans. It seems that they were frozen emotionally by the war’s impact and this film is a rebuke to anyone who assumes that the pain gradually lessens. Perhaps the reverse is true: the pain gets worse, the world moves on and there are fewer people who will understand or want to know. This sad, unhurried film is like a short story by Larry McMurtry.

Rebekah Tolley, co-filmmaker, spoke to a Lubbock audience on March 6, 2014 and screened both films. Ms. Tolley thinks that exposure of her film to general audiences will influence American politicians not ever to go to war again. Her naïve view of American politics is disappointing.

There is art in these films, but there is bathos and pathos as well and I am too close to this scenario to comment with objectivity. Four years as an enlisted member, then a direct commission, and served out through Lieutenant Colonel, I have a sense of comrade-ship with enlisted members not shared by most officers. Have had many inter-actions with veterans who suffered Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome long before it was identified and awarded that name. The Vet Center at 3106 50th Street Suite 400 has an active counseling program that serves veterans who need conversation and perspective on what happened during their active duty. Veterans Resource Coordination Group is another Lubbock entity that is a resource for veterans in need of counseling.


Diana Kersey grew up in Lubbock, daughter of Jim and Sally Kersey, and has a BFA [Bachelor of Fine Arts] degree from Texas Tech University. She is now a San Antonio ceramics artist and has an exhibit Equipoise at LHUCA Louise Hopkins Underwood Center for the Arts John F. Lott Gallery through March 29. On March 7-9 she was in town to conduct a clay workshop at the Helen DeVitt Jones Clay Studio at LHUCA.

Back in 1993 while an undergraduate student Diana played on the Women’s Basketball team under Coach Marsha Sharp and those Lady Raiders won a national championship. Diana is still a champion.


The British Museum exhibit in London England October 17, 2013 through March 23, 2014 is ending, but looks fascinating on the Internet at Beyond El Dorado [the golden one] Power and Gold in Ancient Colombia focusing on the culture of Colombians before Europeans discovered them in the 16thcentury.


March 16, 2014.  ART EXHIBIT OPENS AT FORT STANTON MUSEUM AND RUIDOSO PUBLIC LIBRARY.  “Fort Stanton, Inc. and the Ruidoso Public Library are collaborating to present an unprecedented exhibition of artwork and photographs created in New Mexico during the Great Depression. Featuring numerous artworks at both the Fort Stanton Historic Site Museum and the library, “The New Deal in New Mexico Art & Photographic Exhibit” will be open to the public from March 16 to June 1 (June 15 for Fort Stanton Historic Site Museum.) . . . The Ruidoso Public Library is located at 107 Kansas City Road. Library hours are Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  For more information, call the Fort Stanton Historic Site Museum at 354-0341. The museum hours are Monday, and Thursday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday noon to 4 p.m.” To see the complete article go to “New Deal In New Mexico Art & Photo Exhibit comes to Fort Stanton Museum and Ruidoso Public Library,” Ruidoso News (NM) – Thursday, March 6, 2014. The opening event at Fort Stanton Museum Galleries is March 16 from 4:00 – 6:00 pm suggested donation $5 Nineteen original watercolor paintings in the collection of Fort Stanton Inc will be on display at Fort Stanton Historic Site Museum, from the days when it served as a Marine Hospital for injured sailors, along with forty prints of New Deal art and photographs. The Civilian Conservation Corps opened a camp at Fort Stanton during the Great Depression.

The National New Deal Preservation Association is headquartered at Santa Fe New Mexico.





























Arts History Update for early March 2014

9 Mar


Arts History Update for early March 2014 by David Cummins


James Meek, Where Will we Live?, London Review of Books, January 9, 2014 is an essay about the housing disaster in England or rather the United Kingdom. It drew a number of letters to the editor which assert that the answer is that plotlanders, smallholders and amateur home builders ignore the planning officials and building standards enforcement or lack of enforcement, and produce their own lodgings as shacks, cabins, yurts, tipis, converted caravans [English for recreational vehicles] and abandoned sheds, pigstys and barns.


James Clark letter published January 23 and Chris Walker letter published February 6, 2014 tell the tale, essentially of dropping out of the capitalist mortgage lending system and scavenging for whatever it takes to put together a lodging off the grid sans debt, expenses of utility companies, and property taxes. Here in America we call these people survivalists. It’s not an easy life, and to a real extent they are freeloaders because they use the paid for infrastructure of the economy from which they have dropped out.


In my view, this activity is a consequence of the employment problem. If these people were employed at an above poverty level compensation job, they wouldn’t be survivalists or off the grid. We shouldn’t demonize them and say “they won’t work” when such a

job for them is unavailable. It also doesn’t wash to excoriate them for not taking a minimum wage job or slightly better compensated job only to find they can’t pay their bills on that compensation or provide a life worth living within the grid, so living off the grid becomes an option.


Objectively, many unemployed people aren’t qualified for the few jobs that are available. President Clinton worked hard to get job retraining programs established but in reality what occurred is that retraining worked well when it was provided by a current employer and the worker was paid by his/her employer a wage while being retrained. The other retraining programs were activities for unemployed people and for those 35 years of age or older, a very low percentage of people were helped. Retraining without an assured job at the end of the retraining, just doesn’t make a dent in the problem.


In economics people are seen as labor, and labor is seen as a supply and demand input in the chain of producing a good or a service. That’s well and good as long as labor is employed, but when it’s not employed, and unemployment persists, it’s obvious that unemployed people are not expendable items even in a supply and demand chain. Such people are a hazard to themselves, to those around them, and to society. They cost the rest of us dearly, but apparently not dear enough to bring them back into fairly compensated employment. Tax credits for employers who employ the chronically unemployed, hasn’t worked for the unemployed who are thereafter laid off, it’s only worked as tax relief [corporate welfare] for the employer. What is the solution?


A seminar on The Occupational Hazards of Being Poor will be presented Friday April 11, 2014 at Texas Tech University International Cultural Center free from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm lunch provided if one rsvps to 742-3667 ext 226 or by



Barbara Ehrenreich, Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America (Metropolitan Books 2001) Texas Tech Library HD4918.E375 Lubbock Public Library 305.569 EHRE


David K. Shipler, The Working Poor: Invisible in America (Knopf 2004) Lubbock Public Library 305.569 SHIP


For young people we know some new things work. Sarah E. Goode STEM Academy in Chicago partnered with IBM and other blue-chip firms to design a curriculum that so completely equips high school age students with marketable skills, that IBM guarantees them a $40,000 per year or more compensated job upon graduation. It’s a six year course rather than a four year program. There are many P-TECH [pathways in technology] schools in the country, five of them in Chicago, and science technology engineering and mathematics are a focus hence the acronym STEM. They are mostlybut not exclusively six year programs. There is a STEM Academy at Cypress Creek High School in Houston, at Robert E. Lee High School in San Antonio, at Stony Point High School in Round Rock, and at Waxahachie Global High School in Waxahachie. At six year programs the graduates get an associate degree as well as a high school diploma, and pretty much a guarantee of admission at most colleges if that is the graduate’s track. Rana Foroohar, The School That Will Get You a Job: A New Kind of Education Shows Why Four Years of High School Isn’t Enough, Time Magazine, February 24, 2014 at pages 22-29.,9171,2165479,00.html


The Texas High School Project has a T-STEM Network. In the West Texas Panhandle region there is one ECHS Early College High School, five T-STEM Academies, two combination STEM/ECHS schools, and one T-STEM Center.


STEM programs at many colleges match up with the high school graduate’s interests such as Texas Tech University.









Announcement.  Whither Thou?–Tom Lea’s WPA Era Painting The Nesters, 1937 Oil.  Commissioned in 1935, “The Nesters” hung in the entrance vestibule of the Benjamin Franklin Postal Station of Washington, D. C. beginning in 1937.  According to Adair Margo of the Tom Lea Institute in El Paso the work was commissioned after Lea was declared the winner of a national search to find an artist to paint the mural.  The prestigious job brought the young Tom Lea acclaim and notoriety.  However, the painting was removed when the building was undergoing renovation in 1947 and was mislaid and not seen again.  Some speculated that it was stored in the Washington Auditorium in the Civil Service building which was eventually demolished.  Margo asked First Lady Laura Bush for her help in locating the mural.  In spite of these efforts the mural has never been located.  Perhaps a modern day sleuth may run across some evidence as to its location.  If you find information please forward it to the Tom Lea Institute at To see Lea’s preliminary mural sketches go to  Also, PBS’s Antique Roadshow lists the mural on its “Most Wanted” List.  Go to FBI File

—- submitted by Tai Kreidler





Charles Adams received the first Catalyst for the Arts Award on February 22 at the annual LHUCA Louise Hopkins Underwood Center for the Arts Gala. Adams has long been the operator of an art gallery and frame shop in Lubbock [first opening at 2109 Broadway Street in 1985, then re-opening at Kingsgate Center North 4210 82nd Street Suite 216 near Quaker Avenue in 1997] and in that capacity hosted many events and artists, particularly artists who traveled to Lubbock at his or another person’s invitation. He became an unofficial art ambassador for Lubbock.


In 2010 he moved both his business and home to 602 Avenue J across the street from LHUCA to the south and purchased the property and built Studio Flats at 1010 Mac Davis Lane where four gallery spaces rest atop residential flats. Then he opened CASP Charles Adams Studio Projects a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization to include those Studio Flats gallery spaces plus a formerly used City Police Garage space now renamed the 5th & J Studios at 1106 5th Street that was renovated to include four spaces, the Helen DeVitt Jones Print Studio, the CH Foundation Metals Studio, the 5th & J Gallery, and the Texas Tech University School of Art Satellite Gallery. The LHUCA campus is now ringed on three sides by Adams entrepreneurship and zeal. Adams, the patron of this arts district, isn’t done quite yet. He has more plans through CASP for more artist spaces in the area.






Ronnie Miller, general manager of National Travel and Sidecar Theatre Company, resigned so the 2014 season of that new community theatre company is now canceled Season ticket holders are being refunded. We wish him well but hope that the theatre enterprise will be revived.




Donald Judd, Untitled # 96 (1978-1979) aquatint print in black, edition of 175 on paper signed and numbered $5,500 by the master minimalist but I prefer David Tremlett, Drawing # 7 (2012) pastel and graphite on paper in three parts in artist’s frames, signed and dated by artist on verso of frame $11,000. explanation of verso of frame is


If these minimalist offerings are not quite to your liking how about Richard Tuttle, Hey Diddle Diddle, the Cat and the Fiddle (2004) lithograph edition of 48 on paper in eight colors $4,000


Someone recently asked if she purchased a particular piece on display at First Friday Art Trail for $2,000 could she expect to get that much for it five years later when she unloaded it. For that piece and that artist, there is no current established market for his works and certainly not for similar pieces to this work. What that means is that if she can get $2,000 worth of enjoyment out of the piece during her possession of it, buy it, but then when unloaded any fraction of that amount as a sale price is just a bonus. There will be no disappointment in that closed circle transaction. The pieces listed above are pieces for which there is an established market and probably that market will continue to exist five years hence, so if the piece is properly printed and framed and kept without damage, one can expect to unload it for about the same price, and end up the transaction out no funds whatsoever but only rented a piece for five years that brought thousands of hours of enjoyment. It doesn’t get much better than that.


Collectors often buy for resale at a profit, but to be successful at that one has to enter the auction at a high price. For most of us, we enter at a much lower level and need to think about amortizing our investment by hours of enjoyment so that we have very little or nothing still invested at the time we unload the piece. Indeed, we might even unload it by donation to a favorite charity and take the tax deduction offset of income subject to taxation, as our economic prize.All the art in my home has been enjoyed to its full cost and totally amortized, but keeps on energizing its owner.





Annual Symposium and Texas Art Fair sponsored by CASETA Center for the Advancement and Study of Early Texas Art, is at Mabee Auditorium, Ragsdale Center, St Edward’s University, 3001 South Congress Avenue, Austin Texas Friday through Sunday May 2-4, 2014. Registration is now open $175 for non-members of CASETA. Tours of the Texas Capitol Art Collection and two private Austin collections are available. Notice the interesting announcement cover art is a painting by Henry Arthur McArdle, Settlement of Austin’s Colony (1875) a very nice piece of early Texas art that hangs in the hall outside the Texas House of Representatives chambers in the capitol.





Georges Braque: A Retrospective is an exhibit first at the Grand Palais in Paris France but now at Museum of Fine Arts Houston in the second floor of the Law Building February 13 – May 11, 2014 that contains 75 of his works. Generally regarded as the co-founder with Pablo Picasso of Cubism in 1907, the more laconic and less flamboyant Braque developed cubism more intentionally and more expansively than Picasso. Another recent exhibit Georges Braque and the Cubist Still Life, 1928 – 1945 was on view at The Phillips Collection Washington DC from June 8 – September 1, 2013 at which website there is an audio tour, a video tour, and several examinations of the materials he used and their consequences in the end result. He stayed in Paris during World War II and its occupation, not exhibiting his work but continuing to produce it. The catalogue by Karen K. Butler and others (Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum 2013) runs to 239 pages. Texas Tech Library OVERSZ ND553.B86 A4.


The Retrospective exhibit traces his artistic development beginning with his training and initial paintings and sketches. Then, in 1905, he went to the Salon d’Automne annual exhibition and saw the canvases of Henri Matisse and Andre Derain that shocked the critics and connoisseurs of the day who labeled the artists les fauves [the wild beasts]. Braque was smitten and the rest is art history. Without purporting to tell the whole story, too long and detailed for this setting, Braque left Paris for the south of France to look again at Cezanne’s work with a new eye, the fauvist eye, and imagine how he might depict the landscape of Cezanne. L’Estaque Landscape, Autumn (1906) was the result, a fauvist abstraction. Back in Paris, in 1907, Braque met Picasso who was working on the painting Les Demoiselles d’Avignon (1907) , and was invited to Picasso’s studio to see it. Braque appeared in the studio and was stunned by the power of the piece. Each man, independently, had invented cubism and for some time would collaborate before going off on different paths.


Braque rushed to his canvas and produced Trees at L’Estaque (1908) an abstraction of the “faceted forms into more solid volumes and tectonic plates, intersecting planes that represent hillsides and woodlands without exactly depicting them. The painting was no longer a view, a report on the appearance of a scene from a fixed position, but a conceptual work – a postcard from the mind’s eye, which had traversed the motif, then digested and reassembled what it had seen.” Richard Lacayo, Space Invader: Georges Braque’s Radical Vision Finally Finds Perspective, Time Magazine, February 24, 2014 at page 54. Cubism was established.Braque then wanted to paint a woman as Picasso had painted the prostitutes in the brothel at Barcelona, and Braque producedWoman Reading (1911) that was something like a figure in space from multiple perspectives, very difficult for the average viewer to even locate segments of a represented woman or genderless person. He was exploring the uses to which cubism could be placed. Two years later Fruit Dish, Ace of Clubs (1913) is a fully realized multimedia cubist painting that anticipates surrealism,_1913,_Nature_morte_%28Fruit_Dish,_Ace_of_Clubs%29,_oil,_gouache_and_charcoal_on_canvas,_81_x_60_cm_%2831.8_x_23.6_in%29,_Mus%C3%A9e_National_d%27Art_Moderne,_Centre_Georges_Pompidou,_Paris.jpg





How do architects preserve historic structures while modernizing them for functional use? Here is a home at 308 Mulberry Street, Lewes Delaware where the historic home is preserved from the street while made contemporary from the rear and inside. This was done in 2011 designed by Robert M. Gurney architect.




Youth Orchestra of Lubbock provides a free Spring Concert at 4:00 pm Sunday March 9, 2014 at Lubbock Memorial Civic Center in the Civic Center Theatre Pay attention to the clock that day as Daylight Savings Time begins.




Viva Aztlan Festival in its 20th annual iteration will be March 14-15 at Lubbock Memorial Civic Center admission $15 Lubbock Centro Aztlan educates the community on the richness of the Mexican Mestizo culture.



Allusions to Antiquity: The Photography of Emily Verkamp is an exhibit at Buddy Holly Center’s Fine Arts Gallery from February 28 through April 6, 2014. Ms. Verkamp is a Texas Tech senior and this is her senior show.


Eddie Dixon, famed Lubbock sculptor, will provide a free demonstration of his technique at the Buddy Holly Center 1801 Crickets Avenue [former Avenue G] on Saturday March 8 from 1:00 – 3:00 pm. Public is invited.




SXSW South by Southwest Film Music and Interactive is March 7-16, 2014 in Austin Texas with a great deal on offer and scheduled.
Unscheduled stuff will also happen. Enjoy. A host of sessions exist on many topics. Here are the legal topics that would interest me Thousands of people flock to Austin for this festival/convention event at various locations including the Austin Convention Center.




Michael Riojas of GE Lighting

will speak on A Lighting Revolution in the College of Human Sciences Cottage east of the main college building on the Texas Tech campus. Free event hosted by the West Texas branch of the North Texas chapter of USGBC United States Green Building Council. Thursday March 6, 2014 from 9:00 – 10:50 am rsvp by e-mail to




Get your calendar out and make travel plans. The Texas Book Festival at the State Capitol in Austin is October 25-26, 2014 and the Austin Teen Book Festival has been renamed Texas Teen Book Festival and is the previous weekend on October 18 at St Edward’s University in Austin