Arts History Update for early August 2014

24 Jul

Arts History Update for early August 2014 by David Cummins

Texas A&M University Press is partnering with CASETA Center for the Advancement and Study of Early Texas Art http://www.caseta.org/ and is providing discount code 3B to gain a 30% discount for purchase of any of the Joe & Betty Moore Texas Art Series books, a series at the Press devoted to art by Texans. http://www.tamupress.com but also notice Michael Duty & Susan Hallsten McGarry, Texas Traditions: Contemporary Artists of the Lone Star State (Fresco Fine Art Publications 2010) 240 pages $75 that will balance off the art of Texas past with the art of its present. Latter at Texas Tech Library Southwest Collection TEX 68 A1 D981 T355 that includes passages on Glenna Goodacre Rosie Sandifer and other once local artists whose beauty we live with daily. ABE Books new $75.44 incl s&h no sales tax for the moment.

William Keyse Rudolph, Julian Onderdonk: American Impressionist (Yale University Press 2008) 160 page catalog for an exhibit at Dallas Museum of Art, Witte Museum at San Antonio, and Stark Museum of Art at Orange, Texas. Texas Tech Library Southwest Collection 68 o58 R917 J94 on sale commercially for over $100. Onderdonk 1882-1922 was born raised and died in San Antonio http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Julian_Onderdonk

Harold Dow Bugbee: The Original Cowboy Artist of the Plains is an exhibit at the National Ranching Heritage Center in Lubbock from July 19 – January 16, 2015 a six month period and the catalogue is gorgeous. The content of the exhibit is on loan for this period from Panhandle Plains Historical Museum, West Texas A&M University in Canyon Texas. Bugbee’s parents bought a ranch outside Clarendon Texas on the advice of his father’s cousin T.S. [Thomas Sherman] Bugbee who owned another ranch from early ranching days 1876 following the removal of the Comanche. Young Harold Dow Bugbee was thirteen years of age when his family moved from Lexington Massachusetts to ranch life near Clarendon. He wanted to be two things, a cowboy and an artist, and “in this the best of all possible worlds” [so says Pangloss in Candide] he succeeded at both. He died at his home on the ranch 1900-1963 at age 62.

Michael Grauer, Curator of Art & Western Heritage at PPHM in Canyon put together the exhibit and spoke at the opening reception on July 19. He had tramped through the H.D. Bugbee home with Olive the artist’s widow, and so had personal experiences in collecting the art and artifacts of this early cowboy regionalist plains painter and sculptor. He spoke well and we can only hope that NRHC will bring him back again this Fall for another talk on Bugbee and his art.

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A family collection of art will soon have a home in a new museum at Stanford University http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/arts/la-et-cm-ca-hunk-moo-stanford-anderson-collection-20140713-story.html#page=1 Harry “Hunk” Anderson and his wife Mary Margaret “Moo” Anderson are donating most of the art in their Atherton California home to Stanford University for display as The Anderson Collection. Hunk age 91 and Moo age 86 have donated before to the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and to the De Young Museum in San Francisco, but this donation outdoes them all, with Lucifer by Jackson Pollock, and originals by Willem de Kooning, Mark Rothko, Philip Guston, Hans Hoffman, Sam Francis, Morris Louis, Ellsworth Kelly, Richard Diebenkorn, Agnes Martin and Robert Motherwell. Stanford’s new art and art history building McMurtry Building designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro http://www.dsrny.com/ will open early in 2015 containing The Anderson Collection. No one else in America has such a collection of original abstract expressionist, color field, and pop art paintings. The article in the Los Angeles Times is a fascinating read.

Department of Art & Art History
School of Humanities & Sciences
Stanford University
https://art.stanford.edu/ Galleries and Spaces https://art.stanford.edu/galleries-spaces/overview/ Burt and Deedee McMurtry Building http://news.stanford.edu/news/2011/april/mcmurtry-building-arts-041411.html

One of our Arts History Update readers is touring in the Golden State and sent me this information. Thanks for sharing.

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Turn! Turn! Turn! (To Everything There is a Season) was composed music and lyrics by Pete Seeger in 1959, was recorded by Judy Collins as the closing song in her album Judy Collins # 3 (1963) and recorded by The Byrds in 1965 as a single and in an album, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W4ga_M5Zdn4 and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Turn!_Turn!_Turn! and by Wilson Phillips (vocal trio Carnie Wilson, Wendy Wilson, and Chynna Phillips) in their album California (2004) http://www.pandora.com/wilson-phillips/California. Of course Seeger lifted all but the repeated Turn Turn Turn from chapter 3 of the biblical Book of Ecclesiastes.

And here is Pete in the 1960s singing his own song https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ivshYkrNWrg that you can purchase on Google Play, Amazon MP3 or Apple iTunes. Here is Pete on his 94th birthday in 2013 trying to lead the assembled group in this, one of his signature songs https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7_7NATyqaBU Pete Seeger May 3, 1919 – January 27, 2014 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pete_Seeger

It was Pete Seeger who heard Guy Carawan sing a spiritual song “we will overcome” at a Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee meeting in 1960. Pete changed the word to We Shall Overcome as being more singable and wrote the music that Joan Baez and many other singer-activists recorded and sang http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/We_Shall_Overcome until it became an anthem for the civil rights movement.

Pete was an original, a folk singer like Woody Guthrie 1912 – 1967 with whom he played and sang, Pete on the banjo and Woody on his guitar or violin http://earthside.typepad.com/.a/6a00d834516ae369e201a5115cdbc3970c-popup They are remembered as historic figures, larger than life, men who live long after their protoplasm [earthly physical body].

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The 29th Annual Texas Cowboy Poetry Gathering is February 27-28, 2015 on the campus of Sul Ross State University at Alpine Texas on US Highway 90 between El Paso and San Antonio http://www.texascowboypoetry.com there are a surprising number of places of lodging in Alpine but book early for your choice. The historic Holland Hotel at 209 West Holland Avenue is always a good choice http://thehollandhoteltexas.com/ and Prude Ranch near Fort Davis is only 30 miles away http://www.prude-ranch.com/ and Sunday House Inn at Alpine is a choice http://www.sundayhouseinntx.com/ for folks who have forgotten or don’t know that a century ago or more folks would ride wagons a fair distance to get to a church on Sunday and would require a lodging or sunday house while there, spending a good part of the first day of the work week returning to the ranch.

Both mornings you may join the performers, local folks, and friends [made instantly in the trans Pecos region] at Poets Grove on Loop Road next to KVLF Radio station, warm your backside by the campfire and sip cowboy coffee, and eat eggs and hot biscuits and gravy made in dutch ovens in front of you off a chuckwagon. $5 per person 7:30 – 8:30 am.

Day sessions are free. Friday and Saturday evening sessions are $12.50 per person. Friday afternoon show by Cowboy Celtic is $5.

To get warmed up for Alpine, try the 26th annual National Cowboy Symposium & Celebration at Lubbock Texas September 4-7, 2014 at Lubbock Memorial Civic Center downtown http://www.cowboy.org There are Friday and Saturday concurrent sessions of poetry, music, stories, history sessions, and gathering activities, chuckwagon cook-offs, Quanah Parker Society activities exhibiting Comanche culture, old-fashioned mouth watering bbq, a series of sessions on western family feuds, and of course the theater shows on both evenings. Saturday morning is the Parade of the Horse featuring some old carriages and surreys drawn by skilled horses. If you’ve had way too much fun, there’s always the Sunday morning open air cowboy church service where you can unload some of that Puritan guilt and shame. If you’re a first-timer to the Cowboy Symposium, pop over to the National Ranching Heritage Center on the Texas Tech campus on 4th street where you’ll see restored historic ranch structures and original tack and equipment, veritably a museum for a cowboy. It’s genuine and authentic.

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hONEyhoUSe is a four woman band that is having a CD Release Party for “Sweep” its latest album at Peggy’s Garden adjacent on the north to Tornado Gallery 1822 Buddy Holly Avenue [former Avenue H] in the Depot Entertainment District in downtown Lubbock Sunday July 27 from 7:00 – 9:00 pm $15 at the door BYOB and BYOFood or just arrive for the music by a band that plays and sings rock, gospel, folk, country, blues, even a little funk, that is so authentic and genuine that fans are multiplying geometrically. Here’s the video press kit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vGavmEduksU produced by Rolling R Productions in Albuquerque New Mexico.

Hillary Smith vocals and guitar, Yvonne Perea vocals and guitar, Mandy Buchanan vocals, and Savannah Thomas djembe/percussionist is hONEyhoUSe http://honeyhouse.me/about/ Hillary blasts it out, Yvonne has a smooth balanced mellow tone, Mandy is a sweet feminine songbird at a high register, and Savannah makes her hands one with the drum to drive the beat. You can listen to Root Beer Float and Beautiful You at http://honeyhouse.me/media/ Their previous two albums as a trio were Medicine Lodge and Sun. Song segments are here http://www.allmusic.com/artist/honeyhouse-mn0002832872/songs

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Celebrated artists show at Abraham
Plainview Daily Herald (TX) – Saturday, July 19, 2014
Author: Abraham Art Gallery

The American Watercolor Society’s One Hundred Forty-Seventh International Exhibition — 2014, is now on view in the Abraham Art Gallery, Malouf Abraham Family Art Center on the campus of Wayland Baptist University. Forty exceptional works in watercolor by some of the most celebrated watercolor artists in America, as well as works by international artists from Italy, Spain, Australia, Canada and Singapore are included in this exhibition.

“The Abraham Art Gallery is one of only five venues in the United States selected to receive this show, and we are very excited and honored to present this outstanding exhibit to our patrons in the West Texas region,” said Dr. Candace Keller, curator of art for the Abraham Art Gallery and Museum of the Llano Estacado. “Helen Napoly, the New York Exhibition chair, and John Patt, executive director at AWS, assisted in extending the exhibition dates through October to allow scheduling for out-of-town groups and individuals to see this show, which always draws a large audience.” In addition, Dr. Keller stated that “collectors will be particularly interested in viewing this exhibit as these award-winning watercolor works will be available for sale in the Gallery.”

This annual juried exhibition of the American Watercolor Society is open to all artist members, associates and independent artists worldwide, and their awards total 40,000 annually. Signature members of the Society number about 500 with 1,200 associate members.

The history of this society of artists begins in 1866, when a group of 11 painters met at the studio of Gilbert Burling in the New York University Building to form “The American Society of Painters in Water Color.” The newly formed society held its first exhibition in the fall of 1867, and these annual exhibitions have continued to the present time. In 1878, the name was changed to the American Watercolor Society, and it was incorporated in 1903. In 1933, the AWS Silver Medal was established, with the AWS Gold Medal of Honor first awarded in 1948. Traveling shows, first termed “rotary shows,” were initiated in 1905, visiting Buffalo, Cincinnati, Detroit, Indianapolis and St. Louis.

The three watercolor works honored with the Silver, Gold and Bronze Medals are included in this exhibit, along with all the other works receiving major awards in this year’s competition.

There is a long and continuing tradition of watercolor painting in America, and the goal of the society is to raise public awareness of this history and to honor the excellence of watercolor artists.

Show dates for the American Watercolor Society One Hundred and Forty-Seventh International Exhibition — 2014, in the Abraham Art Gallery are July 11 to Oct. 31, 2014. The gallery is located in the Mabee Learning Resource Center on the WBU campus, and gallery hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday, and 2-5 p.m. Saturday, or by appointment. Catalogs of the show will be available for sale to benefit the scholarship fund. Admission is free.

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PETER ROGERS, ARTIST OF ICONIC TEXAS MURAL, TO SPEAK AT STATE LIBRARY AND ARCHIVES. AUSTIN, Texas, July 17 – “Peter Rogers, the artist of “Texas Moves Toward Statehood,” a dramatic mural of Texas history https://www.tsl.texas.gov/mural-artists.html) that has been a fixture in the lobby of the Lorenzo de Zavala State Archives and Library Building (https://www.tsl.texas.gov/landing/contact.html) for 50 years, will return to Austin for a public talk at the Zavala Building, Thursday, July 31, at 6 p.m. The building is located at 1201 Brazos Street, Austin, Texas, just east of the State Capitol. Rogers, who lives in New Mexico, will speak about his experience painting the mural, his acquaintance with two governors – Price Daniel who participated in the mural’s commission, and John Connally, governor when it was completed in the summer of 1964 – details of the mural, and his career in art. A limited quantity of high-quality versions of the mural on paper and canvas signed by the artist will be available for a contribution to the Friends of Libraries & Archives of Texas. Please rsvp at rsvp@tsl.texas.gov or (512) 463-5460. Targeted News Service (USA) – Friday, July 18, 2014.

Pelican books, a non-fiction imprint of Penguin Books, is being published again after a long hiatus [stopped in 1984]. An example of exceptional quality and value is Ha-Joon Chang, Economics: The User’s Guide: A Pelican Introduction (Penguin Books Ltd 2014) new at ABE Books $11.42 incl s&h no sales tax. http://www.theguardian.com/books/2014/apr/25/pelican-books-take-flight-relaunch

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Medicare Made Clear Blog http://www.blog.medicaremadeclear.com includes a four part series on Meditation that is excellent

Meditation 101: Part 1 Managing Stress With Meditation Part 2 What Is Meditation? 6 Myths Set Straight Part 3 How to Meditate in 3 Easy Steps Part 4 How Meditation Changes Your Brain http://blog.medicaremadeclear.com/blog/bid/205945?_ga=1.240174218.866427828.1406220772 is the first part with a link to the next three parts.

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