Archive | May, 2015

Arts History Update for late May 2015

26 May

Arts History Update for late May 2015 by David Cummins Lubbock Heritage Society event

On Sunday May 31 at 2:00 Lynn Whitfield, Southwest Collection, will present a program at the Home Management House on the Texas Tech University campus. Now called the “cottage”, the building is located between Weeks Hall and Doak Hall east of College of Human Sciences building on Akron Avenue. Heritage Society members will be at the Broadway/University Avenue entrance and at the 15th Street/University Avenue entrance to help guide guests to parking and the HMH building. Reservations are required as the small house will only accommodate 40 – 44 people. Please email Sonja Gotcher at or phone 806-790-9337 for reservations.

The Home Management House (HMH) Program at Texas Technological College began shortly after the new college’s opening in 1925. For over forty years the program provided practical experience for those interested in the scientific methods of child rearing and household management. In the booming years of the early 1940s, occupants of the HMH also had to deal with situations such as rationing, planting victory gardens, canning and other contributions to the war effort.

In 2001 the Texas Tech University Archives acquired a large collection from the College of Human Sciences among which were 59 scrapbooks, many of which detailed the activities of the Home Management House and the women who lived there as part of their education. The scrapbooks also contain information on similar programs in other states. The Home Management Houses, also called Practice Houses, were part of a national movement to offer female students the opportunity to hone their home economic skills under a supervised and academic setting. Ray Westbrook, The A-J Remembers: Students Once Developed Skills at Practice House, The Lubbock Avalanche-Journal, May 3, 2015.


Documentary film Frank Reaugh: Pastel Poet of the Texas Plains (2014) showcases the life and work of Charles Franklin Reaugh 1860-1945 who lived in Dallas and made journeys out onto the Plains and painted those landscapes and activities The film will be screened at the historic Texas Theater in the Oak Cliff section of Dallas on Sunday June 7, 2015 at 4:00 pm. 82 minute film directed by Marla Fields.


4th Annual Wines & Vines Festival

May 29th 6-10 pm
May 30th 12-10pm
McPherson Cellars 1615 Texas Ave.

Wines & Vines is a unique event, focused on giving back to the community by bringing several of the best wineries from the state of Texas to one central location. All proceeds are donated to Lubbock’s Meals on Wheels.

The Hub City Master Chef Competition and Triple J’s Brewers Tasting makes Wines & Vines truly one-of-a-kind. Come enjoy outstanding Texas wines with live music, local food trucks and vendors featuring Texas specialty products!

General Admission:

$20* for one day only (Friday OR Saturday)

$30* for two days (Friday AND Saturday)

$15 per day without wine or beer tasting

Tickets purchased at the door

*One-day rate includes 10 wine tasting tickets

*Two-day rate includes 20 wine tasting tickets

Includes commemorative wine glass

Each wine tasting ticket may be used for a complimentary tasting of wine (1 oz.).

Participating Wineries:

Bar Z Winery 19290 FM Road 1541, Canyon Texas

Bending Branch

CapRock Winery

Flat Creek Estate

Hilmy Cellars

Hye Meadow

La Diosa Cellars

Landon Winery

Llano Estacado

Los Pinos Ranch Vineyards

McPherson Cellars

Pedernales Cellars

Wedding Oak Winery

William Chris Vineyards

Participating Food Trucks:

Chopped & Sliced Custom Catering

Crusty’s Pizza

Jody’s BBQ

La Picosita

StrEat Truck – Saturday only

Twist’d Texan – Friday only

Texas Specialty Products:

Kelle B Jammin’

Paddle Tramps
Simply Decadent Bakery

Weekend Schedule:

Friday, May 29th

Gates open at 6 pm, gates close at 10 pm

Wine and beer tastings

6:00-10:00pm – Triple J Beer Booth (samples and glasses)

6:30-9:30pm – music by Hayden Hughes

Saturday, May 30th

Gates open at 12 pm, gates close at 10 pm

Wine tastings only

2:00pm – Hub City Master Chef Competition

2:00-5:00pm – music by Alma Quartet

6:00-9:30pm – music by Keegan Peck
National Hockey League Eastern Conference Final is New York Rangers v. Tampa Bay Lightning and Western Conference Final is Anaheim Ducks v. Chicago Blackhawks.
National Basketball Association Eastern Conference Final is Cleveland Cavaliers v. Atlanta Hawks and Western Conference Final is Golden State Warriors v. Houston Rockets.

On the evening of May 15 under cover of darkness U.S. Army Delta Force commandos using Black Hawk helicopters and V-22 Osprey aircraft, darted from Iraq into eastern Syria for an ISIS leader of oil and gas operations, and killed him and twelve ISIS members and captured his wife and brought her back to Iraq for questioning before daylight May 16. No Americans were injured or killed.
Did you like the television docudrama Wolf Hall by PBS-TV? Let’s review the bidding.
Hillary Mantel, Wolf Hall: A Novel (Henry Holt & Co 2009) Lubbock Public Library FIC MANT 2 copies, winner of the Man Booker Prize and National Book Critics Circle Award, Bring Up The Bodies: A Novel (Henry Holt & Co 2012) Lubbock Public Library FIC MANT 2 copies, winner of the Man Booker Prize and Costa Book Award, The Mirror and the Light: A Novel (expected 2016). This is the historical novel trilogy on the life of Thomas Cromwell who became King Henry VIII’s principal minister despite being a commoner, and was stripped of his offices and titles and sent to the Tower and executed on July 28, 1540. He was beheaded by the axe and his boiled head was placed on a spike and displayed at London Bridge The first two books in the trilogy sold three million copies and are phenomenally popular.
Robert Hutchinson, Thomas Cromwell: The Rise and Fall of Henry VIII’s Most Notorious Minister (Weidenfeld & Nicholson 2007, reissued Thomas Dunne Books 2009) 360 pages, paperback $14.42 e-book $8. Texas Tech Library DA 334.C9 H88 (2009) Hutchinson is a qualified historian and this is a biography of Cromwell. It is not a novel.
The popularity of the Mantel novels led directly to a script for the stage by Mike Poulton, Wolf Hall and Bring Up The Bodies The Stage Adaptation (Nick Hern Books 2014) 272 pages paperback $12.52 e-book $10 and its current performance by the Royal Shakespeare Company at the Winter Garden Theater in New York City March 20-July 5, 2015. Direction is by Jeremy Herrin
Peter Straughan wrote the screenplay for the television docudrama and it was directed by Peter Kosminsky produced by BBC/Masterpiece/PBS in six episodes broadcast initially April 5 – May 10, 2015. DVD $23 as Masterpiece: Wolf Hall (2015)
A contemporary audience would not and could not see depicted two major facts of 16th century English royal life, one being the obsession with titles/landed estates/heraldry, and the second being that everyone at some level “does God” as an animating presence in daily life. It was true that when Queen Catherine did not produce a male heir, King Henry VIII interpreted this as God’s curse on him for marrying his older brother the Prince of Wales’s young and new wife. While this sounds today like a psychological construct and scientifically false, in those days the operating causality for daily life events was the unseen and often misunderstood God. Another feature of life in that age and time was that brutality in the name of God and as a service to God was normative behavior. Today we might think Henry VIII mentally unstable and religiously bizarre, but he was accepted as being closer to God than other men, even those of royal blood but not King.
Harold Bloom, The Daemon Knows: Literary Greatness and the American Sublime (Speigel and Grau 2015) $35 reviewed at Cynthia Ozick, The Daemon Knows by Harold Bloom, The New York Times Sunday Book Review, May 18, 2015
What to do in Lubbock? Many calendars or event listings are online. Here’s a lineup. Select a Seat upcoming events and tickets Texas Tech School of Music events calendar Lubbock Christian University campus events South Plains College calendars

May 18 – June 28, 2015 is the Plains Art Association 54th annual Spring Celebration of Art at the Malouf Abraham Family Art Center, The Abraham Art Gallery, located in the atrium level of the Mabee Learning Resources Center building on the campus of Wayland Baptist University 1900 West 7th Street in Plainview telephone 806-291-3710 for hours and special events.
If you go, allow time for a visit to the Llano Estacado Museum on the northeast side of campus, free admission, for a better understanding of regional history Here is my take on Runningwater Draw but a visit to the Museum might improve this perspective – Runningwater Draw rises in New Mexico and runs east to Bovina Texas and on east to Plainview where it becomes White River and runs through Blanco Canyon east of Crosbyton and farther southeast where it is dammed to form White River Lake, a recreational opportunity and water supply for the towns of Spur, Post, Ralls and Crosbyton. White River continues and merges into the Salt Fork of the Brazos River that converges with the Double Mountain Fork of the Brazos River in east Stonewall County east of Aspermont Texas to commence the Brazos River on its flow to the Gulf of Mexico. Plainview Country Club is situated in Runningwater Draw!club-house/cq4e so the vistas at the golf course are significant for cogitating about early explorations and settlement of the area. Runningwater Draw Park is both west and east of the golf course and there is a bicycling and walking trail in the park. As one drives east southeast to Lockney and Floydada on US Highway 70 Runningwater Draw and the White River are to the south.

If there is to be any sensible political discussion of health care in the United States, it is likely to be in 2015, not 2016 as that is a presidential election year. What is there to discuss in 2015, five years after passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Health Care Act of 2010 and a shorter period of time as it was phased in? Its opponents have named it Obamacare and offered up many bills to repeal it, always failing to pass them, and never offered any bill to amend or improve it. The reality is that Obamacare represents a pragmatic compromise solution to the hitherto intractable problem of substantially reducing the numbers of uninsured and under-insured people. Access to health care is obtained in America by holding health insurance coverage that will pay for it or for most of it. Obamacare has added nearly twenty million people to the rolls of insured people, but it also has not added another 25 million people to those rolls. Its reforms are internal to the existing health care system which it did not seek to change or replace. It implements a series of policies designed to reduce the continuing growth rates of health care costs that consume more than 17% of gross domestic product, and growth rates have slowed but remain as growth rates. No price controls or explicit rationing of health care has been imposed. Integration of accountable health care organizations within the Medicare system has been used, and steps are being taken toward value-to-the-patient based payments to health care providers. Federally funded studies are conducted to compare and educate about the effectiveness for patients between drugs, devices and medical procedures.
Obamacare is messy but it can and does work, primarily because it has buy-in from key stakeholders that make up the American health care quilt that includes patients, health care providers, not for profit and for profit health insurers, and the bio-pharmaceutical industry.
Sensible Americans are gaining an awareness that, working within the existing framework for health care will likely not lead to universal health care coverage in the near future, and that the plan to expand Medicaid and provide free health care to uninsured people is not acceptable to political officials in half the states. If the taxation base for Medicare and for subsidies to health care providers were increased, the goals of Obamacare might be reached, but there seems to be no political will for such an increase in taxation. Meanwhile, millions of Americans can’t access the health care system because they are ineligible for free care, have little or no health care insurance, and simply cannot afford to pay the prices of health care providers after limited insurance co-pays have been made, even when those prices are discounted. Working Americans and their children are becoming unhealthy and their untreated conditions worsen and affect them more severely, hindering them from continuing to work and from improving their work skills and performance.
If sensible Americans refuse to engage in the sound-bite confrontational rhetoric and address the problem, what do we talk about? France and Germany have a universal coverage rule by law, but they have a public system of insurance, and there are multiple payers for health care including private insurers. There are no coverage differentials between private health care insurance and public health care insurance since those are dictated by the public system of insurance, and low profit margins for private insurers are acceptable. Switzerland and the Netherlands have fully privatized the health insurance function and those insurers cover and pay for health care under strict government regulation, under a law calling for universal health care coverage for all citizens, and thus requiring that it be purchased by the entire citizenry. Under both models everyone pays into the health care system either through taxes or insurance premiums. The government is the insurer of last resort.
It is obvious that European nations went at the problem from the other direction than we did in America. They started by assuming universal health care coverage as the outcome and asked how that could be constructed and managed. In America we started with the private economic system of a fee for each health care service or product delivered to a patient, and adopted a shared-payment financing technique to provide for payment of those fees.
I pose the question and invite your thoughts and actions. I am not a political savant and cannot offer a single or preferred solution, or at best think that would be unhelpful. It’s a social but also an economic problem and it requires the creation of a system serviceable for 330 million people both now and into a future.
Some things are clearer today than they were decades ago. The Medicare model for determination of the amount of payments to providers for specific procedures, services and pharmaceuticals, has become the standard formulary against which insurance company negotiated price plans with providers are contracted. That eases the problem of acceptable levels of payment of fees for services and products. It says nothing about how to finance those levels of payment. The financiers are employers, patients, insurance pools of funding and the government. How much and why should they each pay? How can government raise taxes to finance its share or subsidize the share of others? How can employers average all their benefit packages for employees to include a ratable segment for health care and what is a ratable segment?



Arts History Update for mid May 2015

10 May

Arts History Update for mid May 2015 by David Cummins

The new Whitney Museum of American Art opens in the meatpacking district of New York City on May 1 at 290 Park Avenue South at 23rd Street and here is a set of slide show pictures at an invited walk through before the opening The architect for the nine story building is Renzo Piano.

Various views of the Whitney;_ylt=AwrTHQZOBztVMCsAN7lXNyoA;_ylu=X3oDMTEzOGVwMXNwBGNvbG8DZ3ExBHBvcwMyBHZ0aWQDVklQNTc4XzEEc2VjA3Nj Alicia Powell, Reuters, April 23, 2015.


The Corcoran Gallery of Art with its 17,000 piece collection worth $2 billion was given to The National Gallery of Art in 2014 and the collection will be reopened to view later in 2015 as the Corcoran Collection within the second floor display space. The buildings and School of Art & Design were given to George Washington University The deal was a structured one with court approval The Corcoran Foundation and Endowment goes out of existence.


The Last Book Store 3203 34th Street phone 806-792-8858 is closing and is now liquidating its inventory specializing in used books, vinyl records, audio cassette tapes, CDs, and DVDs. Hours are 10:00 am-6:00 pm Mon-Thur close at 8:00 pm Fri-Sat and 1:00 – 6:00 pm Sunday. Lane Anderson operated the book store for many years and his photography studio is adjacent d/b/a Cloudstone Photography


Can we talk innovation? California State Polytechnic University at Pomona California, commonly referred to as Cal Poly Pomona, includes a Center for Training, Technology and Incubation within its Innovation Village. Within the Center is Innovation Brew Works located on campus at 3650 W. Temple Avenue, Pomona CA 91768 phone 909-979-6197. It is a brewery and brewpub that is also a cafe and is open to the public. It brews craft beer and students at Cal Poly work in the brewery and brewpub. They experience applied propagation of custom yeast strains, and the nitrogenation and carbonation process, and the development of unique hop and malt blends. Pomona, while in Los Angeles County, is east of the city and has always been agriculture-oriented and annually holds the Los Angeles County Fair in September at the Fairgrounds.

The similar characteristics with Lubbock and the South Plains are obvious.

Why couldn’t Texas Tech University do something similar? Its College of Agriculture Sciences and Natural Resources CASNR already has a thriving enology [wine-making] and viticulture [wine grape vineyard operations] program. Why couldn’t hops, grains, malting process, yeast cultures, and brewing be another academic program?

Texas Tech could start by getting involved with a local home brew supplies company that wants to be a licensed brewery but hasn’t the capital to do so. It brews excellent beer it can’t sell. Yellowhouse Canyon Brew Works at 601 North University Avenue Lubbock TX 79415 phone 806-744-1917 e-mail operates in a former cotton delinting plant building on a service road headed west from North University Avenue just north of the Clovis Highway and railroad tracks.

Bill Hardy and his son Tim Hardy enrolled in The World Brewing Academy Master Brewer Program and spent eight weeks in Chicago at Siebel Institute of Technology and twelve weeks in Munich Germany at Doemens Academy. Bill’s wife and Tim’s mother Cindy Hardy stayed home and is the office manager.

Craft Beer production can be a technological cutting edge process. Schlafly Beer in St Louis Missouri uses the Siemens BRAUMAT Compact system and


You Tube videos by Christian Conrad Ph.D., instructor for the Arts History Lecture Series at Texas Tech Museum Jones Auditorium are here.


July 8-12 are the dates for the 18th annual Woody Guthrie Folk Festival in Okemah Oklahoma, his birthplace and boyhood before he moved to Pampa Texas to rejoin his father A single day pass is $30, three day pass by May 13 is $50, and $60 thereafter. Daytime performances are mostly at The Crystal Theater and evening performances at Pastures of Plenty. Other venues are Brick Street Cafe, Rocky Road Tavern, and Okemah History Center. Okemah is east of Oklahoma City off Interstate Highway 40 and south of Tulsa, population about 3,500.

Woody Guthrie wrote the lyrics and music for Pastures of Plenty so the venue was named for that song. In contemporary music The Flatlanders wrote and perform Homeland Refugee in which the lyrics say:

“I’m leaving California for the dust bowl, They took it all, There’s nowhere else to go, The pastures of plenty are burning by the sea, And I’m just a homeland refugee”. CD is Hills & Valleys (2009)

Woody Guthrie Center is at 102 E., Mathew B. Brady Street, Tulsa Oklahoma

Woody Guthrie Folk Music Center is at 320 South Cuyler Street, Pampa Texas in the location that once was the Harris Drug Store where Woody worked as a boy and learned to play the guitar.

Woodrow Wilson “Woody” Guthrie 1912-1967 discography


George Bernard Shaw, The Intelligent Woman’s Guide to Socialism and Capitalism (1928, reissued and revised with chapters on Sovietism and Fascism in 1937) Texas Tech Library HX 246.S53 was written in response to a letter of request by his sister in-law Mary Stewart Payne-Townsend nee Mrs. Hugh Cholmondeley in 1924

“You will think me a dreadful bore when I tell you that I want you to send me a few of your ideas on Socialism. Unfortunately the “Study Circle” to which I belong have got hold of the fact that you are my brother in-law, so I promised I would write to you. We want to know so many things. One is – when frightful class warfare results from Socialism how would that be averted – Also, one human being is clever, intelligent, pushing and his neighbor is exactly the reverse; how could they be on an equal footing, how could we all be equally poor or equally rich for more than a week; the money might be divided to a penny between us all but you know the pushing ones would get it all from their idle brothers in a month or two, then what would you do? Then, the equality: you put me into a dress maker’s establishment but I do not know how to make a dress therefore I must work under a supervisor who orders me about, tells me how to the dress and pays me for my work. Where is the equality? – And so on, and so on. Will you answer my questions quite plainly and forgive this letter? Yours Sissy.”

The fact is that Hugh [Colonel, later Brigadier General] and Sissy Cholmondeley were members of the fox-hunting landed gentry, a group many Socialists would see as representative of the enemy. Shaw’s plays and his friendships were often at odds with the dogmatism of his political writings, to the extent that some said the latter were intended to be a “send-up” rather than serious. Shaw’s ends always seemed to justify any means to achieve them, and he failed to appreciate that a means that is brutal can become an indispensable component of the ends. That occurred in the Soviet and Chinese revolutions.

G.B. Shaw 1856-1950


New York Islanders, a National Hockey League team, has been playing at Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale New York [Hempstead Long Island area in Nassau County] for many years, but the ice has been put down and taken up for the last time on April 25 and next season it will play at Barclays Center Arena/Stadium 620 Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn New York. The New York Rangers hockey team’s home ice is Madison Square Garden, Manhattan, New York New York The Brooklyn Nets NBA basketball team also plays at Barclays

Ebbets Field Dodgers may be long gone to some heathen location in southern California, but there’s plenty of fine athleticism in Brooklyn and the New York Mets baseball team is only a bus ride away in Queens, still a distance away from Manhattan or The Bronx, home of the New York Yankees in their new Yankee Stadium.


Joe Queenan, Museums, It’s Time to Sell those Duds on the Walls: Purists May Squawk But Museums Are Loaded with Crummy Paintings, Why Not Sell Them Off?, Wall Street Journal, May 8, 2015

What’s your opinion? Mine is distinctly an answer to a different question than asked by a newspaper given over to the glorification of money and owned by a person well-known to be megalomaniac and controlling of editorial and opinion content.

Even a “dud”, and of course that’s a conclusion that is a matter of artistic opinion and taste, is quite instructive and influential on the patrons who see it “on the wall” so I think the question is wrongly asked. What might have been asked is what should be done with the art in the basement or other storage that rarely if ever is displayed where patrons can see it?

If the museum has a program whereby a distinct group or sub-group of its patrons does in fact have access to it “in the basement or other storage” then that may be reason enough and justification enough to retain rather than dispose of un-displayed art. Texas Tech Museum is part of an academic Museum Science program under which bachelor’s degree and master’s degree candidates do explore the basement collections and use them in writing their papers and in understanding their curatorial significance. Moreover, when I was on the Museum’s Art Collection Committee we pressed the managers of the Museum to regularly “bring up from the basement” the very art we were spending foundation grant money to acquire, and not let it be consigned to be un-enjoyed. Gradually we made headway and today the Museum at most times in the year has one or more “Up From the Basement” displays for the general public to enjoy, and Museum managers have found that its patrons enjoy seeing those items and are pleased that they were acquired.

Gaining and exploiting the value of museum collections by better practices at the museum is key to valuing and using the collection sensibly and to its maximum potential. Selling off is a last resort option after all else has failed for a museum. Museum managers can use their patrons appreciation for the accessible collection to leverage those patrons financial support for the museum and the institution or foundation should plan for and budget for roof maintenance, repair and replacement in the normal course of building operations. Let’s not create false dichotomies or rush to judgment about selling off collections when a budget becomes unbalanced or badly performed/executed. Let’s balance the budget and improve the management of operations.