Arts History Update for early July 2015

1 Jul

Arts History Update for early July 2015 by David Cummins

Denison Dam (1943) on the Red River creates Lake Texoma, a very large reservoir. When the lake is full as it currently is, the US Army Corps of Engineers opens sluices or floodgates at the bottom of the dam, and that creates on the surface of the lake one or more vortexes or swirling holes in the surface water that direct water down to the bottom of the lake and dam where it is sluiced through downstream of the dam.

The entire area where this vortex effect takes place is off limits to boats and people, and is marked off with buoys and signs, as it would be disastrous if a boat or person were sucked into and under the surface of the lake.


The Architecture League of New York, Thirty Years of Emerging Voices: Idea, Form, Resonance (Princeton Architectural Press July 7, 2015) 304 pages $55 by publisher $41.25 hardcover at


At its triennial general convention on June 27, 2015 the Protestant Episcopal Church of the United States of America elected Bishop Michael Curry, Bishop of North Carolina, as its next Presiding Bishop or primate within the Anglican Communion and chief executive of the nation’s Episcopal Church. He will take office on November 1, 2015 succeeding Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts-Schori who was the first female primate in the Anglican Communion. Bishop Curry is the first African-American presiding bishop. He will serve a nine year term of office.

Jefferts-Schori’s election by the House of Bishops confirmed by the House of Deputies in 2006 shocked many in the United States, and many will be shocked by Bishop Curry’s election in 2015, but liberalism persists and thrives in America and around the world, the best person at the present time for the particular position being chosen by open hearts and minds.

This of course is not the “liberalism” spoken of recklessly in political rhetoric by manipulators of the electoral process seeking and maintaining power and authority over others, mostly for their own well-being and prosperity.


A patriotic concert God Shed His Grace on Thee: An American Festival will occur Thursday July 2 at 6:30 pm performed by First United Methodist Church Chancel Choir and Westwinds Brass Band at First United Methodist Church 1411 Broadway Street downtown. A free event followed by hot dogs and ice cream in the parlor.


Pre-historic Indian peoples in the Panhandle of Texas

From the New Mexico border east to Tascosa are two “pueblo” ruins south of the Canadian River. Tascosa and Old Tascosa are on the south bank of the Canadian. Alibates Flint Quarries National Monument near Fritch Texas is on the south bank of Lake Meredith and ruins of an ancient Indian culture are there. Alibates Ruin # 28 is identified at Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum in Canyon Texas. Antelope Creek enters the Canadian River from the south a mile east and downstream of Sanford Dam that creates Lake Meredith. That area is east of Fritch and was explored by Floyd V. Studer during his 1930s excavations and includes Antelope Creek Ruin # 22 and # 32 that are preserved at Panhandle Plains Historical Museum. The ruins are permanent structures for people who were not nomadic but they lack characteristics of the pueblo culture in northern New Mexico.

North of the Canadian River in southeast Ochiltree Country is The Buried City ancient Indian ruins of a plains culture that is clearly not pueblo, on Wolf Creek not far from Wolf Creek County Park. and that site is still subject to occasional archeology digging see also supported in part by the current owner of the land Kirk Courson. Carbon dating indicates the habitations were present from 1100 CE to 1500 CE.


Variations (2015) by Aaron Stephan is a public art installation across 9th Street on the north side at Indiana Avenue on the Texas Tech campus from the new Bayer Crop Science laboratories and greenhouses building formally named Bayer Crop Science Seeds Innovation Center Research & Development The brushed aluminum poles in various shapes and contortions will sway in the wind and be particularly interesting at dusk and after dark since led lighting is imbedded in the poles.


University of Texas at Austin is opening a medical school which they are calling Dell Medical School and Travis County taxpayers are paying $35 M per year for it and related programs. Seton Health Care will operate four teaching hospitals for training of medical students enrolled at Dell Medical School. They are Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas, University Medical Center Brackenridge to be replaced in 2017 by Dell Seton Medical Center at the University of Texas, Seton Medical Center Austin [the largest hospital in the area], and Seton Shoal Creek Hospital


Clinton Correctional Facility is a New York State maximum security prison in the Village of Dannemora in northern New York’s Adirondack Mountains 15 miles west of Plattsburgh New York on Lake Champlain.

On June 6, 2015 inmates Richard Matt and David Sweat, both serving sentences for murder, escaped from the prison. Two prison employees, Joyce Mitchell and Gene Palmer, were charged with aiding the escape. On June 26, 2015 inmate Richard Matt was shot and killed by a Vermont Border Patrol Agent in the town of Malone New York. Two days later inmate David Sweat was shot by a New York State Trooper and captured near Constable New York just two miles from the border with Quebec Canada. Malone and Constable are at a lower elevation in the Saint Lawrence River Valley so the inmates were leaving the mountains and heading toward the River Valley and another country, smart choices for guys on the lam.


Putting On The Dog: Dogs Without Borders is a photographic exhibition at Texas Tech University International Cultural Center through August 25, 2015. The opening reception is Friday July 10 from 5:00 – 6:30 pm. During the reception there will be two showings of a 30 minute animated film by Paul and Sandra Fierlinger animation filmmakers Still Life With Animated Dogs (2001) that won a Peabody Award in 2002, in the ICC Auditorium at 5:30 and again at 6:00 pm. Free event. Philadelphia newspaper review of the film is here as shown on PBS-TV bio of the Fierlingers is here that tells the story of how they became AR&T Associates Inc. animated films in a Philadelphia suburb and indicates much of their work for television.



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