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


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