Arts History Update for mid January 2015

14 Jan

Arts History Update for mid January 2015 by David Cummins

We now know that the Robert Bruno metal sculpture will be moved from its location at 66th Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard to the lawn in front of the College of Architecture building at Texas Tech University on Tuesday January 20. It will take several hours for the crane to lift the piece onto a truck / trailer assembly to make the journey. If you want to experience the historic event just amble out to its location in the morning and wait for the exodus, a slow procession through the city.

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Bella Karr Gerlich, Ph.D. will be the next Dean of Libraries at Texas Tech University and will assume the post on March 1, 2015. http://today.ttu.edu/2014/10/texas-tech-names-new-dean-of-libraries/ She is currently dean of libraries at University of Alaska at Fairbanks, presumably enjoying her last winter in the freezer. http://www.depts.ttu.edu/provost/news/2014/GERLICH-TTUDeanofLibraries-CV.pdf

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Marianne Stockebrand et al., Donald Judd: The Multicolored Works (Yale University Press 2014) 304 pages $32.10. This new book covers the last series of pieces by the sculptor before he died in 1994. It is an expansion of the 55 page catalogue for an exhibit by the same title at the Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts in St Louis Missouri http://www.pulitzerarts.org/exhibition/donald-judd-multicolored-works

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Louis Vuitton is an international clothier http://us.louisvuitton.com/eng-us/homepage?campaign=sem_BRAN-BROT The Foundation Louis Vuitton building opened in October 2014 designed by Frank Gehry and costing upwards of $130 million. It was commissioned by the holding company LVMH Moet Hennessey-Louis Vuitton that owns and merchandises labels such as Dior, Givenchy and Guerlain. The Foundation building houses the LVMH collection of art and much more, as a private art museum in the north side of Paris in the Bois de Bordogne [wooded area of Bordogne]. Since it’s by Frank Gehry it’s obviously not a box but is the equivalent of a 15 story commercial building in bulk, and uses more steel than the Eiffel Tower.

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Iris Nowell, Harold Town (Figure 1 Pub. 2014) 224 pages $31.18 hardcover ABE Books new $24.82. Town was a major Canadian painter and printmaker sometimes called the Picasso of Canada. http://www.gallery.ca/en/see/collections/artist.php?iartistid=5495 Here is why he was referenced to Picasso http://www.gallery.ca/en/see/collections/artwork.php?mkey=17467

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Prairie View A&M University School of Architecture and Art has a new building and its architecture was the topic of a Texas Society of Architects radio program The Shape of Texas. Listen here https://texasarchitects.org/v/sot-detail/Prairie-View-A-M-University-School-of-Architecture-and-Art/dt/ Designers of the new building were RoTo Architecture of Los Angeles California http://www.rotoark.com/ and HKS Architects of Dallas Texas http://www.hksinc.com/offices/dallas/

You can view a series of exterior and interior spaces http://www.rotoark.com/projects/education-cultural-civic/prairie-view-university . Prairie Vew A&M, established 1876, is a part of the Texas A&M University System and is located in Waller County at Prairie View Texas 48 miles northwest of Houston on US Highway 290.

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Lubbock Heritage Society’s first meeting of the year will be Sunday February 8 at 2:00 pm at the Southwest Collection’s Formby Room on the campus of Texas Tech University. Dr. Paul Carlson professor emeritus of history will speak on a historic Lubbock structure, the Nicollet Hotel the first hotel in Lubbock. The public is welcome and the event is free. People will be invited to become members of the Society at an annual cost of $30 adult $15 senior and $100 corporation. http://www.lubbockheritagesociety.org

Look for a future meeting of the Society at Landwer-Manicapelli House (1936) in the Buddy Hollly Recreation Area at Conquistador Lake in the Jim Bertram Canyon Lakes System. Here is the provenance of the Landwer-Manicapelli House http://lubbockheritagesociety.bravehost.com/Landwer-Manicapelli%20House.pdf

The City of Lubbock, owner of the House since 1972, closed it in 2008 due to dilapidation and renovated it in 2014 at a cost of $750,000. It is now rentable for parties and other events. An official grand reopening will occur soon.

The Jim Bertram Canyon Lakes System within the city of Lubbock includes six lakes named, from northwest to southeast: Conquistador Lake [site of Buddy Holly Recreation Area with Fiesta Plaza south of the lake and Landwer-Manicapelli House north of the lake] that is west of North University Avenue, Llano Estacado Lake east of North University Avenue, Comancheria Lake east of North Avenue U, Vaquero Lake in Mackenzie Park north of 4th Street E. Parkway Drive that is the confluence of Yellowhouse Draw or Creek and Blackwater Draw or Creek that forms the North Fork of the Double Mountain Fork of the Brazos River at this point and Yellowhouse Canyon officially begins at this point [Vaquero Lake is visible from Joyland Amusement Park looking north and east], Canyon Lake in Mackenzie Park north and south of East Broadway Street, and Dunbar Historical Lake east of Martin Luther King Jr Boulevard. There have been discussions about constructing two more dams and creating lakes # 7 and # 8 but it’s never happened.

The next lakes on the North Fork of the Double Mountain Fork of the Brazos River are Buffalo Springs Lake and Lake Ransom Canyon southeast of the city of Lubbock. Between Comancheria Lake and Mackenzie Park is Aztlan Park, a city park through which runs Yellowhouse Draw at that point a flowing creek or small stream. Technically, where Yellowhouse Draw and Blackwater Draw converge in Mackenzie Park is the beginning of the North Fork of the Double Mountain Fork of the Brazos River and the beginning of Yellowhouse Canyon. Blackwater Draw runs through Lubbock Country Club and then south into Mackenzie Park. A resourceful hiker could travel from Conquistador Lake abutting North Loop 289 highway all the way downstream to the spillway dam on Dunbar Historical Lake east of the City of Lubbock Cemetery.

John Montford Dam and Lake Alan Henry are not on the North Fork of the Double Mountain Fork of the Brazos River but are on the Double Mountain Fork [sometimes mistakenly referred to as the South Fork of the Double Mountain Fork] of the Brazos River that rises in southeast Lynn County near the hamlet of Draw Texas [near the town of O’Donnell on US Highway 87]. http://www.twdb.state.tx.us/surfacewater/rivers/reservoirs/alan_henry/index.asp About three miles east of Montford Dam the North Fork flows into the Double Mountain Fork that then passes south of Aspermont where there are two flat topped uprisings [mesas] known as Double Mountains about five miles southwest of Aspermont, thus giving way to the naming of the Fork. East of that area on the border of Stonewall and Haskell Counties the Salt Fork and the Double Mountain Fork converge to form the Brazos River.

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Federico Fellini and Fantasy: The Making of an Auteur is the title of a lecture on Tuesday January 27, 2015 by Peter Bondanella, Ph.D. professor emeritus at Indiana University. It will be at 4:00 pm in the Qualia Room in the Foreign Languages Building at Texas Tech University. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Fellini 1920-1993 was an Italian film director and scriptwriter who made La Dolce Vita (1960), 8-1/2 (1963), La Strada (1954), Amarcord (1973), and Satyricon (1969) among others. http://www.fellini.it/ A list of his top ten films follows http://www.imdb.com/list/ls053706330/

Auteur is a French word for author. In law a film is treated as a work of art, and the auteur, as the creator of the film, is the original copyright holder. Under European Union law the film director is considered the author or one of the authors of a film, largely as a result of the influence of auteur theory.

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Texas Tribune in Austin Texas is sponsoring a lunch and panel discussion on the future of higher education in Texas on Monday January 26 from 11:30 am – 1:00 pm at McKenzie Merket Alumni Center on the Texas Tech University campus. http://www.texastribune.org/events/2015/jan/26/higher-ed-the-next-five-years/ It is a free event and open to the public but one must register online or by telephone or e-mail to reserve a seat and meal. For those who can’t attend it will be live streamed from the Texas Tribune website http://www.texastribune.org/livestream/ and archived for watching at a later time.

Panelists are Rober Duncan, Chancellor of Texas Tech, Juliet Garcia, Executive Director of University of Texas Institute of the Americas, State Senator Charles Perry, and Wynn Rosser, President and CEO of Greater Texas Foundation with Evan Smith of Texas Tribune as moderator.

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