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Arts History Update for mid March 2015

27 Feb

Arts History Update for mid March 2015 by David Cummins

Texas Declaration of Independence was issued by a convention at Washington on the Brazos on March 2, 1836 and the date is celebrated annually as Texas Independence Day. The trail toward independence from northern New Spain and since 1821 from Coahuila y Tejas state in the Mexican Empire and later Mexican Republic is told at and ended on April 21, 1836 at San Jacinto Monument in La Porte Texas east of Houston where Santa Ana’s Army was defeated.

The state was the poorest and most lightly settled in the Mexican federation and its capital was moved from San Antonio de Bexar to Monclova to Saltillo. The new Mexican government had no funds to raise and support an Army for protection of the settlers against Apache, Kiowa and Comanche attacks, so a liberal immigration policy under the 1824 General Colonization Law was enacted and settlers were encouraged to defend themselves. Stephen F. Austin’s Old Three Hundred settled in 1822 under a New Spain land grant to the emprasario prior to Mexican Independence.


Carolyn Summers Bledsoe Goebel 1931-2015 died February 19, 2015 in Lubbock. Her grandfather William H. Bledsoe was a pioneer Lubbock lawyer (from 1908) and state representative (1915-1919) and state senator (1919-1927) whose portrait hangs in Chancellor Robert Duncan’s Lubbock home. Senator Bledsoe wrote the bill in the Texas Legislature that passed in 1923 establishing Texas Technological College.

Inventory of William H. Bledsoe papers at Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library at Texas Tech University

To identify materials in the Collection, go to Texas Archival Resources Online or TARO at and at the website select a repository, in this case select Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University. You can then browse through the collection files or go directly alphabetically to Bledsoe, William H or Bledsoe, William Harrison, 1869-1936 and open the index to files on this person. The second file has photographs and you cannot view those online so go to the Southwest Collection Library building on the Lubbock campus and provide the name of the file to the attendant and he/she will bring the file containing the photographs to you for your perusal. You cannot take it outside the building but you can make copies if you like and take away copies.


Santa Fe Opera Spring Tour will be in Lubbock in conjunction with the annual Lubbock Arts Festival April 17-19, 2015. Apprentice program singers Abigail Mitchell, soprano from Washington state, and Shea Owens, baritone from Arizona, will sing and Kirt Pavitt, pianist, will play. A special concert for school children will occur on Friday April 17 while the concert for the public is Saturday April 18 at 7:00 pm in the Lubbock Memorial Civic Center Theatre, a free event Funding is in part supplied by the CH Foundation and by Lubbock Friends of the Spring Tour.

Click on this link and then click on the speaker symbol to hear Abigail Mitchell sing and here are videos of Shea Owens singing

Here’s a photo of Kirt Pavitt on December 24, 2014


For the City: The Dallas Festival of Ideas is presented by the Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture, and the Dallas Morning News newspaper. Here is the schedule on February 27 and 28, 2015.

A corollary of this event is Imagine Lubbock Together but it seems to have lost momentum and may be stalled.


Aneurin “Nye” Bevan 1897-1960 was a Welsh Labour Party politician who was Minister of Health in the post-World War II Clement Attlee-led government from 1945-1951. His portfolio was to establish the National Health Service granting universal free health care to Brits at point of use.

Nicklaus Thomas-Symonds, Nye: The Political Life of Aneurin Bevan (I.B. Tauris 2014) $50.78 hardcover $17.60 e-book ABE Books new $29.92. Aneurin – Nye – Bevan was one of the pivotal Labour Party figures of the post-war era in Britain. As Minister for Health in Attlee’s government, his role in the foundation of the National Health Service, the world’s largest publicly-funded health service, changed the face of British society forever. The son of a coal miner from South Wales, Bevan was a life-long champion of social justice and the rights of working people, as such becoming one of the leading proponents of Socialist thought in Britain. In this book, acclaimed author Nicklaus Thomas-Symonds provides the first full biography of Bevan.

The Manifest Destiny Billboard Project is a series of artist-produced billboards being put up across the United States tracing the history of western territorial expansion in the 19th century. The first set of ten billboards is by Los Angeles artist Daniel R. Small They are astride Interstate Highway 10 west of El Paso in New Mexico. introduces the project.

There have been other billboard art projects that are more whimsical and essentially fill up space that hasn’t yet been sold to advertisers.


Independent publishing houses in Austin Texas include Typewriter Rodeo A Strange Object The Austin Review AWST Press Litragger NANO Fiction Write Bloody Publishing American Short Fiction
smoking glue gun fields magazine Asatte Press Black Buzzard Press Blooming Tree Press Dos Gatos Press Greenleaf Book Group LLC Plain View Press Virgogray Press Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review Foxing Quarterly Unstuck and
Raspa Magazine

DFW Houston and San Antonio publishers include Arte Publico Press Pecan Grove Press Wings Press Amarillo Bay Camera Obscura Journal Carve Magazine Dappled Things The First Line Huizache: The Magazine of Latino Literature Illya’s Honey Overtime Red River Review Story/Houston TORCH Journal Voices de la Luna Slough Press Queen’s Ferry Press Weasel Press Silver Boomer Books 1966 Lone Star Legacy: Poetry Prose and History in Texas The Literati Quarterly MOLT Literary Journal Nat.Brut Crack the Spine Workers Write! Sakura Review and haijinx

escarp Travis A. Everett, Editor, 3203 45th Street, Lubbock TX 79413

Authors seeking an outlet for their work might consider these houses. University-related journals, listed below, rarely publish submissions from outside academia.

Analecta UT-Austin

American Letters & Commentary UT-San Antonio

The American Literary Review University of North Texas

Aries: Journal of Art & Literature Texas Wesleyan University

Bat City Review, an annual graduate student operated literary magazine sponsored by the English department at UT-Austin

Concho River Review Angelo State University

descant Texas Christian University

Expositor Trinity University

Iron Horse Literary Review Texas Tech University

Front Porch Journal Texas State University

Glass Mountain Magazine University of Houston

Gulf Coast Magazine University of Houston

Hothouse Literary Journal UT-Austin

Langdon Review Tarleton State University

Persona Texas State University

Quicksilver UT-El Paso

REAL: Regarding Arts & Letters Stephen F. Austin State University

Reunion: The Dallas Review UT-Dallas

Rio Grande Review UT-El Paso

RiverSedge UT-Pan American

R2: The Rice Review Rice University

Sagebrush Review UT-San Antonio

Southwest Review Southern Methodist University

Texas Review Press Sam Houston State University

The Thing Itself Our Lady of the Lake University

Trinity Review Trinity University

Writing Texas Lamar University

13th Annual Texas Art Fair and Symposium on Early Texas Art is April 24-26, 2015 in Houston Texas. The event hotel is Hilton University of Houston directly across the street from the University of Houston Student Center where the Fair and Symposium will be held in Ballroom 210 East and UC Theater 203. Reservations at the hotel by phone 1-832-531-6300. The sponsor is CASETA Center for the Advancement and Study of Early Texas Art

Prior to the Fair and Symposium there are two CASETA events: Thursday March 5 at 5:30 pm at San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts Margaret Blagg will provide an illustrated lecture “The Work of Texas Artist Cynthia Brants”. Ms Blagg is the former Director of Old Jail Museum at Albany Texas north of Abilene.

On Friday April 3 a bus tour will depart Wichita Falls Museum of Art on the campus of Midwestern State University at 1:30 pm for Electra Texas [27 miles distant on US Highway 287] to view Allie Victoria Tennant’s New Deal Era mural in the Electra post office. Professor of History Light Cummins will provide a lecture on the mural and the bus will return to Wichita Falls Museum of Art around 4:00 pm.

Both these events are free but attendees should register in advance.

The town of Electra was named for the daughter of W.T. Waggoner and granddaughter of Daniel Waggoner, founder of the historic Waggoner Ranch

Alice Kaplan, Camus Redux: Today Albert Camus is Still Alive But Changed, Thanks to the Art of David Oelhoffen and Kamel Daoud, The Nation Magazine, February 23, 2015

movie – Loin des hommes [Far From Men] (Pathe Films 2014 director David Oelhoffen) is a remaking of the story The Guest by Camus and the movie will be released in the United States on May 1, 2015

novel – Kamel Daoud, Meursault, contra-enquete [Meursault, counter-investigation] (Actes Sud 2014 paperback at 153 pages) ABE Books new $ 26.71. Meursault is the narrator and remorseless French Algerian murderer of an Arab Algerian in Camus’s novel The Stranger and Daoud, a contemporary Algerian writer, uses the character to a different and surprising effect.

Albert Camus 1913-1960 wrote a short story The Guest (1954) when the eight year Algerian Revolution [1954-1962] was just starting and Camus, born in Algeria, was in exile in France. The story appeared later in the collection Exile and the Kingdom (1957, Quality Paperback Book Club 1995, The Guest appears at pages 85-109) (translation by Justin O’Brien can be read on Internet Study Guide discussion of L’Hote [The Guest] Exile and the Kingdom includes The Adulterous Woman, The Renegade, The Silent Men, The Guest, The Artist at Work, and The Growing Stone.

Camus wrote a story Misery in Kabylia (1939) and for which because of his sympathy for Algerian Arabs and Berbers Camus lost his job as a journalist with a French Algerian newspaper. Algerian Chronicles (Harvard University Press 2013) includes Misery in Kabylia.

His unfinished autobiographical novel The First Man was published in 1994. Here is a summary and study guide

Albert Camus, La Chute [The Fall] (novel in 1956) (transl. Justin O’Brien, 144 pages) can be read here

Albert Camus, La Peste [The Plague] (novel in 1947) (transl. Stuart Gilbert) can be read here

Albert Camus, L’Etranger [The Stranger] (1942 novel) (transl. Stuart Gilbert 1946, three other later translations so you have choices)

Albert Camus, The Rebel: An Essay on Man in Revolt (1951) (transl. Anthony Bower, Alfred A. Knopf 1956) can be read here

Absurdist existentialism is reflected in his essays Betwixt and Between (1937) Nuptials (1938) The Myth of Sisyphus (1942 a literary essay) Letters to A German Friend (1945) included in a collection of essays Resistance, Rebellion and Death (1960, transl. Justin O’Brien, Alfred A. Knopf 1961),_Rebellion,_and_Death Texas Tech Library PQ 2605.A3734 A25 ABE Books good condition $3.49. Internet philosophy article on Camus

Camus won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1957 and, due to his untimely death at age 46 in a car accident, passed quickly into legend. So much has been said, so many interpretations made, so many speculations assumptions and projections, so much labeling, that taken as a whole it only proves his own absurdist existentialism. We live our history but don’t make it.

Siglo de Oro [golden age] Drama Festival is March 18-22 at Chamizal National Memorial in El Paso

Outlaws and Legends Music Fest is March 27-28 at Back Porch of Texas located at Interstate Highway 20 and US Highway 277 in Abilene, a fundraiser for the Ben Richey Boys Ranch admission for all weekend is $49 in advance $65 at the gate

Buffalo Gap Wine & Food Summit is April 24-26 at Perini Ranch in Buffalo Gap south of Abilene tickets by phone 1-800-367-1721 haute cuisine on ranch grounds

Arts History Update for early March 2015

22 Feb

Arts History Update for early March 2015 by David Cummins

At the weekly Arts History Lecture Series on Fridays in the Texas Tech Museum Jones Auditorium, the lecturer Christian Conrad advised that he is putting his lecture on Renoir on the You Tube platform in several parts, each about 13 minutes in length. Go to and in the search box type christian conrad renoir and you will find six segments of his two lectures on Renoir. Type in christian conrad whistler, and you will find four segments of his lecture on James Abbot McNeill Whistler.

Donald Antrim, Elect Mr. Robinson for a Better World (Viking 1993) Announcing a bold new American voice laced with pitch black humor and as taut as a victim on a rack, this spectacularly provocative debut novel is graceful, electric, a wickedly funny tale of a world made riotous by life’s mysterious and sometimes violent accidents. (Picador paperback $12.02 e-book $10 189 pages ABE Books good $7.49)
The Hundred Brothers: A Novel (Crown Publishing 1997)

A family reunion of 99 brothers–the oldest 90, the youngest 20. The event gives rise to the usual conflicting memories, hurt feelings, rivalries and alliances, but with so many emotions at work, little wonder the reunion explodes. Part comedy, part serious study of family relations. By the author of Elect Mr. Robinson for a Better World. (Picador 2012 paperback $12.18 e-book $10 ABE Books good $3.98 at 208 pages)

The Verificationist: A Novel (Alfred A. Knopf 2000)

A gathering of psychoanalysts and a narrator with a dissociated personality whose vantage point is the ceiling of a pancake house–these are the basic elements of this deadly serious, desperately playful, off-the-wall and perfectly on-target new novel. (Picador 2011 paperback $10.14 e-book $10 ABE Books $3.99 at 189 pages)

The Emerald Light in the Air: Stories (Farrar, Straus & Giroux 2014)

“A masterful story collection–heartbreaking and hilarious–from one of America’s greatest writers Nothing is simple for the men and women in Donald Antrim’s stories. As they do the things we all do–bum a cigarette at a party, stroll with a girlfriend down Madison Avenue, take a kid to the zoo–they’re confronted with their own uncooperative selves. These artists, writers, lawyers, teachers, and actors make fools of themselves, spiral out of control, have delusions of grandeur, despair, and find it hard to imagine a future. They talk, they listen, they hope, they dream. They look for communion in a city, both beautiful and menacing, which can promise so much and yield so little. But they are hungry for life. They want to love and be loved. These stories, all published in The New Yorker over the last fifteen years, make it clear that Antrim is one of America’s most important writers. His work has been praised by his significant contemporaries, including Jonathan Franzen, Thomas Pynchon, Jeffrey Eugenides, and George Saunders, who described The Verificationist as “one of the most pleasure-giving, funny, perverse, complicated, addictive novels of the last twenty years.” And here, at last, is the story collection we have been waiting for, The Emerald Light in the Air, Antrim’s best book yet” (2014 hardcover $16.74) (Picado 2015 paperback $11.60) e-book $10 ABE Books new $17.14

Here is a You Tube video 43 minutes in length of Antrim reading the last story in The Emerald Light in the Air which is the title story

An actor prepares —
Pond, with mud —
Solace —
Another Manhattan —
He knew —
Ever since —
The emerald light in the air.

Donald Antrim, The Afterlife: A Memoir (Farrar Straus & Giroux 2006) family biography

“In the winter of 2000, shortly after his mother’s death from cancer and malnourishment, Donald Antrim, author of Elect Mr. Robinson for a Better World, The Hundred Brothers, and The Verificationist, began writing about his family. In pieces that appeared in The New Yorker and were anthologized in Best American Essays, Antrim explored his intense and complicated relationships with his mother, Louanne, an artist and teacher who was, at her worst, a ferociously destabilized and destabilizing alcoholic; his gentle grandfather, who lived in the mountains of North Carolina and who always hoped to save his daughter from herself; and his father, who married Louanne twice. The Afterlife is not a temporally linear coming-of-age memoir; instead, Antrim follows a logic of unconscious life, of dreams and memories, of fantasies and psychoses, the way in which the world of the alcoholic becomes a sleepless, atemporal world. In it, he comes to terms with–and fails to comes to terms with–the nature of addiction and the broken states of loneliness, shame, and loss that remain beyond his power to fully repair. This is a tender and even blackly hilarious portrait of a family–faulty, cracked, enraging. It is also the story of the way the author works, in part through writing this book, to become a man more fully alive to himself and to others, a man capable of a life in which he may never learn, or ever hope to know, the nature of his origins” (Picador 2007 paperback $13.21) e-book $8
Texas Tech Library PS 3551.N85 Z46 hardcover 196 pages ABE Books good condition $3.45
Flatlands Dance Theatre presents its Spring Concert Friday and Saturday April 10-11, 2015 at LHUCA Firehouse Theatre titled Wanderlust: Think Globally, Dance Locally at 8:00 pm $17 general admission, seniors $12
Friday, April 10 and Saturday, April 11, 2015 at 8:00 pm in the Firehouse Theatre – Wanderlust: Think Globally, Dance Locally ; Our spring concert is comprised of two interdisciplinary works, each exploring travel, adventure, transformation, and the idea of “home.” The first act, called Acts of Absence features performances by esteemed guest artist Sarah Gamblin and the choreography of the Big Rig Dance Collective. The second act, called Nivedita tells the epic tale of Sister Nivedita through music composed and performed by Curtis Peoples and choreography by Ali Duffy, Sarah Mondle, Kyla Olson, and Rachel Ure. You don’t want to miss this exciting evening of live dance and music, digital media, and guest artists from all over the state of Texas. Here is information about Sarah Gamblin and Big Rig Dance Collective
Coffee in the Afternoon
by Alberto Rios Arizona Poet Laureate
It was afternoon tea, with tea foods spread out
Like in the books, except that it was coffee.
She made a tin pot of cowboy coffee, from memory,
That’s what we used to call it, she said, cowboy coffee.
The grounds she pinched up in her hands, not a spoon,
And the fire on the stove she made from a match.
I sat with her and talked, but the talk was like the tea food,
A little of this and something from the other plate as well,
Always with a napkin and a thank-you. We sat and visited
And I watched her smoke cigarettes
Until the afternoon light was funny in the room,
And then we said our good-byes. The visit was liniment,
The way the tea was coffee, a confusion plain and nice,
A balm for the nerves of two people living in the world,
A balm in the tenor of its language, which spoke through
our hands
In the small lifting of our cups and our cakes to our lips.
It was simplicity, and held only what it needed.
It was a gentle visit, and I did not see her again.

Madame Cézanne
Through March 15 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City

“Superb… It is an exhibition not to be missed.”—Wall Street Journal

There are only a few weeks left to view this exhibition of works by Paul Cézanne (French, 1839–1906) that traces his lifelong attachment to Hortense Fiquet (French, 1850–1922), his wife, the mother of his only son, and his most painted model.

Hamline University School of Law, St Paul MN and William Mitchell College of Law, St Paul MN will merge They are only three miles from each other, and will continue at Mitchell’s facility. Both had suffered 40% drops in recent enrollment. University of St Thomas School of Law is also in St Paul The big boy next door is University of Minnesota School of Law in Minneapolis

Paul Stevenson Oles, FAIA Architect Steve Oles is a graduate of Texas Tech University and a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects. He spoke at his alma mater on January 28 and an exhibit Prefiguring the Real: Perspectival Visions of Paul Stevenson Oles is in the College of Architecture ninth floor library viewable by the public.

Book Fairs and Festivals in 2015

Savannah Book Festival February 12-15

Tucson Festival of Books March 14-15

Virginia Festival of the Book March 18-22

AWP [Association of Writers and Writing Programs] Conference and Book Fair April 8-11

Los Angeles Times Festival of Books April 18-19

Border Book Festival in Las Cruces April 24-27

BookExpo America and BookCon May 27-31 in the Javits Center in New York City

Chicago Tribune Printer’s Row Literary Festival June 6-7

Bay Area Book Festival in Berkeley June 6-7

Northwest Book Festival in Portland July 25

West Texas Book & Music Festival in Abilene September

Library of Congress National Book Festival September

Texas Book Festival October 17-18

Boston Book Festival October 24

Howard Zinn Book Fair in San Francisco November 14

Miami Book Fair International November 15-22

Lone Star Literary Life will keep us up to date on book fairs, festivals and similar events in and around Texas.

Caprock Writers’ Alliance is a new organization of aspiring and established writers who seek a network and outlet for their literary efforts. To join or learn more e-mail The next meeting is Tuesday February 24 at 7:00 pm at Mahon Library downtown Lubbock where author Sarah Negovetich will speak about her young adult dystopian fiction. Authors who might attend such meetings include Carol Morgan, Bear Mills, Richard Jespers, Barbara Brannon, Kay Ellington, Melissa Brewer, Michelle Kraft and Marilyn Westfall.’-alliance/

Here is an introduction to Lubbock author Richard Jespers and here’s a local book store Hester Books on 34th Street some may not have visited operated by Renee Hester

Another Lubbock author is Thomas J. Nichols, former Chief of Police of the City of Lubbock who authored three mystery books Color of the Prism (2000) Lubbock Public Library 6 copies FIC NICH Adult Fiction $17.95 paper $5 e-book ABE Books good condition $10.87, Voices in the Fog (2008) $19.95 paper $5 e-book ABE Books good $11.08, and Sweet Emily (2012) $17.95 paperback $5 e-book ABE Books new $17.31 incl s&h.

Arts History Update for even later February 2015

15 Feb

Arts History Update for even later February 2015 by David Cummins

More than halfway through the Big XII Conference basketball season Texas Tech women’s team is 5-8 tied for 6th place with Texas, Kansas State and West Virginia while Kansas has the cellar spot at 4-9. Texas Tech’s men’s team is 2-11 holding down the cellar position behind ninth place Texas Christian at 2-10. Texas Tech has a February 17 game versus # 16 Baylor at 6:00 pm TV-ESPN2, February 21 against # 17 Oklahoma, February 25 versus Texas Christian, February 28 against # 21 Oklahoma State and finally March 6 against # 16 Baylor.

It looks like an interesting but losing season for both programs. The coaching is strong so we expect to see positives that form a building platform for improved teams later in the season and next year.


Rev. Libby Lane became the first Anglican female bishop, the eighth Bishop of Stockport, on Monday January 26, 2015 consecrated by the 97th Archbishop of York, Metropolitan of the Province of York and Primate of England, Most Rev. John Sentamu and attending bishops who gathered around her. She was one of the first women in England ordained to the priesthood and is married to a priest. She is suffragan bishop in the Diocese of Chester in the Province of York, England. The title Stockport takes its name from the town of Stockport in Greater Manchester. She will speak ex cathedra from the Chester Cathedral

Her first pronouncement was on the subject of human trafficking “an evil” at the launch of Manchester Airport’s Travel Safe Week on Monday February 9, 2015. Her husband is chaplain at the Airport.

The other Primate in England is the 105th Archbishop of Canterbury and Primate of England, Most Rev. and Right Honorable Justin Welby

The Primate in America of the Protestant Episcopal Church of the United States of America is the 26th Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, Most Rev. Dr. Katharine Jefferts Schori The American church began ordaining women in 1976 and never imposed a limitation on their reaching the episcopate as was done in England. Thus, there are two dozen female bishops in America and in 2006 Bishop Schori was elected by the House of Bishops confirmed by the House of Deputies as Presiding Bishop or first among equals to guide the Episcopal Church.

The Bishop in the Episcopal Diocese of Northwest Texas headquartered at Lubbock Texas is Rt. Rev. J. Scott Mayer You can bet he sent Rt. Rev. Libby Lane a note of congratulations.

Presiding Bishop Schori’s duties sometimes force her to manage errant priests and even bishops, as in the case of Rt. Rev. Heather E. Cook, Bishop Suffragan of Maryland consecrated only last September 2014 who has a problem with alcohol and was arrested for DWI and Manslaughter resulting from her car colliding with and killing a bicyclist

Michael Heizer is a large scale and earthen works sculptural artist who lives in the Nevada desert near Hico and has been working 40 years on a project he calls City Complex (1972-present) that is not yet finished and not open to the public during construction. It is massive and a city in the sense of the pre-Columbian societies including the Mississippian mound builders in North America It is approximately ¼ mile long and is a series of earthen works on land owned and controlled by Heizer.

Adjacent, Against, Upon (1976) by Heizer is in Seattle’s Myrtle Edwards Park on the Elliott Bay shoreline north of Pier 70. There are three concrete plinths one five sided, one four sided and one three sided. Three granite boulders quarried in the Cascade Mountains were barged and transported by train to the site. One boulder lays adjacent to a plinth, one resting against a plinth, and one resting on top of a plinth.

Heizer told a quarry site operation in remote desert Riverside County California that if it dislodged a large granite boulder, to let him know. It did and he arranged financing to purchase it. Then he arranged for Los Angeles County Museum of Art to repurchase it, transport it on highways 105 miles to the downtown LACMA location, and that was done in 2012. Here is Levitated Mass (2012) at LACMA a 340 ton granite boulder situated within a strong concrete steel reinforced depressed tunnel. A reader of these updates provided me with the opportunity to view a DVD Levitated Mass: The Story of Michael Heizer’s Monolithic Sculpture (2014) purchased from Netflix, one hour 29 minutes documentary film. The acquisition, transportation, and placement of the boulder taken together is an art installation of great magnitude and engineering capacity. It is an event within the field of art history and 21st century art in America.

Heizer did a previous piece of carved and incised granite titled Levitated Mass (1982) that is on the street in New York City at 590 Madison Avenue at 56th Street in front of the IBM Headquarters Building. The stone rests in a pool of onrushing water and is 11 tons rather than the 340 ton piece in Los Angeles

He came to the attention of the art world with Double Negative (1969-1970) in the Nevada Desert near Overton Nevada demonstrating the power of negative space within an expansive space of land mass.

Effigy Tumuli (1983-1985) is in Buffalo Rock State Park near Ottawa Illinois astride the Illinois River. Carved into the earth are effigies of five animals referenced to the ancient mound builder civilization, viz., a water strider, a turtle, a catfish, a frog, and a snake

This Equals That (1980) geometric forms west of the capitol in Lansing Michigan for 22 years but now disassembled and trashed

North East South West # 1 (1967-2002) for Dia Art Foundation at 3 Beekman Street in Beacon New York on the east side of the Hudson River north of New York City and south of Poughkeepsie. is geometic forms in steel depressed into a floor on the second floor of a building, here again visually producing negative space. The viewer strides out on the floor and looks down into the negative space shapes, and many people experience a displacement of reality and foundational support, and they cling to the window wall rather than be engulfed by the negative space. It is a hugely successful installation.

North East South West # 2 (1981) in the courtyard of the 444 South Flower Street Building in downtown Los Angeles, upstanding geometric spheres in burnished sheet stainless steel demonstrating the positive space antithesis.

Isolated Mass / Circumflex # 1 (1968) at Massacre Dry Lake near Vyo Nevada is now no longer visible, but Isolated Mass / Circumflex # 2 is at Menil Collection art museum in Houston Texas

Arts History Update for late February 2015

8 Feb

Arts History Update for late February 2015 by David Cummins

Third annual International Arts and Cultural Symposium is Saturday February 28 from 10:30 am – 5:00 pm at Texas Tech Museum Jones Sculpture Court. The theme is coming of age within a culture, focused on Native American, Ghanaian, Jewish, and Korean cultures The public is welcome.


Ronald K. Fierstein, A Triumph of Genius: Edwin Land, Polaroid, and the Kodak Patent War/Battle of the Century (American Bar Association Publishing Co 2015) $35 hardcover $25.82 e-book $7.99 ABE Books new $24.45 incl s&h at 644 pages it tells the back stories of inventiveness, the Polaroid Corporation, and Eastman Kodak Corporation trials and appellate litigation.
Steve Jobs outspokenly admired Edwin Land, the creator of Polaroid’s instant photography. Jobs revered Land as “a national treasure,” and modeled much of his career after his. Neither had a college degree, but both men built highly successful, innovative organizations. Both were perfectionists, micromanagers with fanatic attention to detail, consummate showmen and marketers. In many ways, Edwin Land was the original Steve Jobs. This riveting biography from the American Bar Association visits the spectacular life of Edwin Land, breakthrough inventor. At the time of his death he stood third on the list of our most prolific inventors, behind only Thomas Edison and one of Edison’s colleagues. Land’s most famous achievement of course, was the creation of a revolutionary film and camera system that could produce a photographic print moments after the picture was taken. The book takes you behind the scenes of his discoveries, his triumphs, and also the defeats of this reclusive genius.

You’ll learn details of Land’s involvement over four decades with top secret U.S. military intelligence efforts during World War II and through the Cold War in the service of seven American presidents. Additionally, you’ll thrill to the compelling firsthand look at one of our nation’s most important legal battles over intellectual property—Polaroid versus Kodak. This corporate and legal struggle is a story of almost operatic dimension. What began as a cooperative and collegial relationship ended in Kodak’s betrayal. The conflict led to an epic legal battle, a dramatic event for Land who, from the witness stand, personally starred in a compelling courtroom drama.

More than a simple biography, this fascinating book is a biographical legal thriller that is not to be missed.
More Light! More Light! (1964) a poem by Anthony Hecht 1923-2004 from Collected Early Poems (Alfred A. Knopf 1990)
We move now to outside a German wood.
Three men are there commanded to dig a hole
In which the two Jews are ordered to lie down
And be buried alive by the third, who is a Pole.

Not light from the shrine at Weimar beyond the hill
Nor light from heaven appeared. But he did refuse.
A Lüger settled back deeply in its glove.
He was ordered to change places with the Jews.

Much casual death had drained away their souls.
The thick dirt mounted toward the quivering chin.
When only the head was exposed the order came
To dig him out again and to get back in.

No light, no light in the blue Polish eye.
When he finished a riding boot packed down the earth.
The Lüger hovered lightly in its glove.
He was shot in the belly and in three hours bled to death.

No prayers or incense rose up in those hours
Which grew to be years, and every day came mute
Ghosts from the ovens, sifting through crisp air,
And settled upon his eyes in a black soot.

Anthony Hecht, “ ‘More Light! More Light!’ ” (1964) from Collected Earlier Poems. Copyright © 1990 by Anthony Hecht. Used by permission of Alfred A. Knopf, a division of Random House, Inc.
Source:Collected Earlier Poems (Alfred A. Knopf, 1990)
The poet had been in the American Army that liberated a concentration/prison camp at Klausenberg Germany in the Rhineland-Palatinate in 1945 and saw the detritus of humanity the Nazis had left.
Jan Jarboe Russell, The Train to Crystal City: FDR’s Secret Prisoner Exchange Program and America’s Only Family Internment Camp During World War II (Scribner 2015) 400 pages $30 hardcover $22.44 e-book $14.99 ABE Books new $20.73 incl s&h reviewed by Michelle Newby at Lone Star Literary Life: Texas Books for Texas Readers published by Lubbock’s Kay Ellington at MediaGarden, 1923 29th Street, Lubbock TX 79411

Crystal City Texas is 45 miles east of Eagle Pass Texas that is on the border and on the Rio Grande River, reached by US Highway 83 south, Farm To Market Road 191 west, and US Highway 277 west. Crystal City is the county seat of Zavala County and has a population of 7,800 people. Here is the sign marking the location of the former Camp
Annual Splash of Red Exhibit and Show by West Texas Watercolor Society includes 60 paintings, all for sale, plus jewelry crafted by Linda Adkins and Jackie DeVore, beginning February 9 Monday – Friday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm ending March 6 at YWCA Legacy Event Center 14th Street and Avenue O, Lubbock. Free admission.
Opening event for this exhibit and show is Friday February 6 from 5:30 – 8:00 pm at Legacy Event Center as part of First Friday Art Trail.
Beyond the Border is a four part award-winning journalism piece by Melissa del Bosque for Texas Observer Magazine that humanizes the desperate and dangerous immigrant border crossings into Texas. Part 1 Into the Wilderness part 2 This Is Our Home part 3 A Cemetery For Our People and part 4 Lawman’s Burden. It focuses upon a US Border Patrol checkpoint near Falfurrias [military folks would call it a chokepoint on one of two main highways that leave the Rio Grande River border area] in Brooks County Texas on US Highway 281 some 80 miles north of the border at Hidalgo on the River and the forced walk by immigrants led by a people smuggler/”coyote” in the Texas shrub mesquite around that checkpoint. That walk is arduous and lethal. US Border Patrol Rio Grande Valley Sector, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
All this brings to mind the book Luis Alberto Urrea, The Devil’s Highway: A True Story (Little Brown 2004) Lubbock Public Library 4 copies 304.873072 URRE Adult Nonfiction, Texas Tech Library 2 copies JV6475.U77 in which Urrea describes the crossing by immigrants of the Arizona border’s Sonoran Desert. This book was used several years ago at Texas Tech University for incoming freshmen/women to read in advance of attending their core curriuclum courses and Professor Urrea arrived from Chicago to speak at Texas Tech with many freshmen/women who had read his book. I was present for one of his talks and had read this book.

Harper Lee, Go Set a Watchman (Harper Collins 2015) will be published this Summer. Lee is 88 years of age. When she wrote this novel and squirreled it away, is unknown but it was written before To Kill a Mockingbird (1960) and the scene is set 20 years after the scene in Mockingbird when Scout Finch, the 12 year old narrator in Mockingbird, is an adult woman Jean Louise who returns home to South Alabama after living and working in New York City Lee and her sister Alice lived together for many years in Monroeville but Alice died recently and Lee continues to live in an assisted living facility near that same family house, alone. She is blind, deaf, and infirm. It is said that her [actually a partner of her late sister Alice who was a lawyer] lawyer found the manuscript and her literary agent [but then she didn’t have a literary agent, did she, because she steadfastly refused to publish] processed it for publication by Harper Collins. The lawyer won’t talk and the literary agent is un-named so the news of future publication has an unbelievable quality to it. Hopefully, these folks are not hoodwinking an aged one-novel author who hasn’t the cognitive ability to know what’s happening and stop it. Elder abuse happens too often in America. We’re all curious.

What makes one dubious is that millions of people have read Mockingbird and so a hitherto unknown sequel will be purchased by millions. Why would a reportedly blind deaf and infirm 88 year old author who steadfastly refused to publish this manuscript for more than fifty years, now be willing to publish? What evidence of that willingness exists?;_ylt=A0LEVxoUqtJUxosAttxXNyoA Is publication of this manuscript low-hanging-fruit or dollars to line the pockets of the lawyer, agent and publisher while defying the long-expressed wishes of Harper Lee not to publish this manuscript? Why the rush when the author is obviously aged and frail? Is the rush “required” because Harper Lee’s will expressly requires destruction and non-publication of the manuscript, and therefore these people are creating a sham approval to avoid the consequences of her will? The is just one possible elder abuse scenario. I am not accusing anyone, only asking for clear evidence of her voluntary reversal of position and willingness to publish. That should be forthcoming prior to, not after publication, and prior to, not after her death.

Harper Lee and her father lived in Monroeville Alabama and he was a lawyer and member of the state legislature from 1926-1938. Go Set a Watchman is a novel about a 32 year old Southern woman returning home to south Alabama and discovering that what she knew and believed about her father is untrue. He is in fact a racist rather than an ethical role model and hero. It’s a novel about fallen idols and disillusionment, about growing up and “killing the Buddha” and so having to invent one’s own world view without the guidance of an elder or mentor. If Mockingbird was the novel of the century as heroic mythology, perhaps Watchman is the reality check and Mockingbird’s actual hero is the young Black man erroneously charged with rape not Atticus Finch his defender. It is all very clear why Harper Lee, after publishing Mockingbird to acclaim, knew she could not and should not publish the previous manuscript Go Set a Watchman. A golden egg must not be cracked by the hen.


The French Club is sponsoring a talk on Henri Matisse and Fauvism on Tuesday March 10 at 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm in the Qualia Room in the basement of the Foreign Languages Building, Texas Tech Building. Contact Carla Burrus for the identity of the speaker Images of the work of Matisse 1869-1954


TEDx Texas Tech University second annual Conference is Saturday February 28 beginning at 8:00 am at the Allen Theatre in the Student Union Building at Texas Tech University. The format is sixteen or more talks each at 18 minutes or less describing something that is cutting edge and innovative. Each of the speakers is a Texas Tech University System faculty staff or student. Registration $40 students $10 available through February 21 online. Here is the description from last year’s conference TEDxTexasTechUniversity – 02/08/14
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TEDxTexasTechUniversity is aimed toward increasing human connectivity and shared innovation in and around the Texas Tech University System and local communities. The inaugural event was held February 8, 2014, in the Mark and Becky Lanier Center at the Texas Tech University School of Law. This was an opportunity for faculty, staff, students, and community members to learn about the exciting research, innovation, and idea generation taking place within the Texas Tech University System.

The program included 17 speakers with backgrounds in a vast range of areas, including art, science, music, and research. The theme for the inaugural event was Open Skies, Open Minds, representative of the wide open skies of West Texas and the innovations at Texas Tech. Visit us online at:

and here are the presentations from last year’s conference on the Texas Tech You Tube Channel Registration includes a light breakfast and lunch. However, if you cannot or are unwilling to pay $40 and commit many hours to this endeavor, you can wait until perhaps a month or two later when the talks will go up on the Texas Tech You Tube Channel and you can watch individual talks a few minutes at a time at your leisure/convenience and free.

Geshe Kelsang Gyatso is founder of New Kadampa Tradition Tibetan Buddhism in 1991 headquartered at Ulverston [South Lakeland district, Cumbria shire or county, on northwest coast] England where he resides, age 84 having been born 1931 in Tibet and was part of the 1959 exodus to India. It is called Manjushri Kadampa Meditation Centre. In 1982 Gyatso became a British citizen. He wrote books while meditating at Tharpaland in southern Scotland and Tharpa Publications is his longtime publisher. He defers to and involves the protective deity Dorje Shugden and meditational deity Yidam and demanded that Buddhist recruits study only with him, thus causing controversy within Tibetan Buddhism and unkind words were exchanged with the Dalai Lama and other revered Tibetan Buddhism figures. Gyatso was formally expelled August 22, 1996 from his Sera Je Monastery where he trained as a youth.

Temples have been built at Manjushri Centre in 1998 and Kadampa Meditation Center New York at Glen Spey New York in 2005 Kadampa Meditation Centre New York is 11 miles north of Port Jervis New York that is on Interstate Highway 84 astride the Delaware River and a junction of the borders of Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York.

The formal name of New Kadampa Tradition Buddhism is NKT-IKBU or New Kadampa Tradition-International Kadampa Buddhist Union. A local chapter is Bodhichitta Kadampa Buddhist Center at 6701 Aberdeen Avenue, Suite 4, Lubbock Texas 79424 phone 806-787-2499 led by resident teacher Kelsang Chondzin, a Buddhist nun and the Lubbock chapter is affiliated with Kadampa Meditation Center of Texas in Arlington Texas

Tibetan Buddhism in the West

There are other Tibetan Buddhism temples, retreat and meditation centers, and monasteries in Western countries. Karma Triyana Dharmachakra – KTD is located at 335 Meads Mountain Road above Woodstock New York in the Catskill Mountains This lineage venerates the 17th Karmapa, His Holiness the Gyalwa Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje. He is 29 years of age and left Tibet at age 14 for India where he resides in Tergar Monastery in the city of Bodhgaya, northeast India in Bihar state. The city contains two Buddhist pilgrimage sites, the stupa at the place where the first Buddha was enlightened, and the Bodhi Tree under which he sat while meditating. The Karmapa visited the Woodstock New York KTD in 2008 and revisited the United States in 2011. I have been to this facility and witnessed an impressive Green Tara ceremony. KTD affiliates [chapters] around the country include centers in Austin, Corpus Christi, Irving, Houston and San Antonio Texas. The 14th Dalai Lama and 17th Karmapa are in close communication in India where they both reside.

Arts History Update for mid February 2015

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Arts History Update for mid February 2015 by David Cummins

Texas Tech Spring football scrimmage game is March 28 in Midland Texas due to an ongoing seat replacement project in Jones AT&T Stadium. The game is at 11:00 am at Grande Communications Stadium broadcast on TV-Fox Sports. The location is 801 North Loop 250 West, Midland Texas at the junction of Loop 250 [around Midland] and Texas State Highway 191 the principal highway between Odessa and Midland [in addition to Business Route Interstate Highway 20]. The stadium seats 15,000 and has synthtic turf suitable for football and soccer. It is the home field for Midland Lee (Rebels) High School and Midland (Bulldogs) High School teams.


Mark Lamster, Unfinished: Robert Bruno’s Steel House, Dallas Morning News, January 30, 2015 is the story of the life and work of Robert Bruno by the Architecture Critic of the Dallas Morning News newspaper. If the link is broken by the newspaper you can access the article from Mark Lamster’s blog


Mildred and Shirley L. Garrison Geriatric Education and Care Center 3710 4th Street was sold by Sears Methodist Retirement System and Life Care Services to Knight Health Holdings LLC of Dallas Texas, a subsidiary of The Ensign Group, on January 5, 2015 due to a debtor in possession bankruptcy position by Sears/Life Care. The Lubbock Avalanche-Journal and local television stations have not picked up on this yet, but there is a sign in the grass out front of the Garrison that says “under new ownership” but does not disclose the name of the new owner. Knight’s address is 1999 Bryan Street Suite 900 Dallas TX 75201-3140. The Ensign Group website list of locations does not yet list Lubbock but its address is 27101 Puerta Real Suite 450, Mission Viejo CA 92691 phone 949-487-9500.

More information on this could be obtained from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center office Sharon Bennett, executive director, phone 806-743-2907 extension 236 e-mail

Here is the Spring 2015 Reading Series of the Texas Tech University English Department’s Creative Writing Program It kicks off with a poetry reading by David Yezzi of Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore at 3:00 pm Monday February 2, 2015 at English/Philosophy Department Building Room 106 at 3:00 pm. The Texas Tech Institute of Western Civilization has David Yezzi speaking at 5:30 pm at the Student Union Building Escondido Theatre. Both events are free and open to the public. In the vernacular “yuh’ahll come”.

February 19 at 7:30 pm English Lecture Hall Room 001 reading by Rowan Ricardo Phillips
March 5 at 7:30 pm English Lecture Hall Room 001 reading by Jeffrey Harrison
March 6 at 7:30 pm same location reading by George David Clark and Henrietta Goodman , Texas Tech alumni
March 26 same time and location reading by Tiphanie Yanique
April 2 at 4:00 pm same location reading by Sherwin Bitsui a Navajo writer
April 10 at 7:00 pm Student Union Building Allen Theatre Presidential Lecture and Performance Series poet Robert Haas United States Poet Laureate 1995-1997 $18 ticket
April 23 at 7:30 pm English Lecture Hall Room 001 reading by Jacqueline Kolosov
May 5 same time and location reading by John Poch

Here is the Spring 2015 Lecture Series of the Texas Tech University College of Architecture:

Thursday February 5 at 5:30 pm in the First Floor Gallery is Charles Waldheim, the John E. Irving Professor and Chair of Landscape Architecture at Harvard University Graduate School of Design

Friday April 3 at 5:30 pm in the First Floor Gallery are Mauricio Pezo and Sofia von Ellrichshausen d/b/a Pezo von Ellrichshausen Architects from Concepcion Chile


Texas Tech University School of Art sculpture students have items on display at LHUCA Warehouse 1010 Mac Davis Lane [former 6th Street] one block east of Charles Adams Gallery at 6th Street and Avenue J. The Warehouse is open at First Friday Art Trail times and other times as noticed at LHUCA


Here is the Black History Month calendar of events at Texas Tech University in February 2015.