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.



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