Arts History Update for late November 2015

15 Nov

Arts History Update for late November 2015 by David Cummins

15th Annual High & Dry Photograph Exhibit where the subject is the people and places in the world’s dry lands/semi-arid or arid lands, is at Texas Tech University International Cultural Center November 24 – January 14, 2016 at 6th Street & Indiana Avenue The opening reception is Friday December 4 from 5:00 – 7:00 pm including a short talk by juror Miguel Gandert delivering his impressions of the 72 images and what struck him about the winners.


What to do in Lubbock? Many calendars or event listings are online. Here’s a lineup. A caution is that sometimes, rarely but sometimes, you will see conflicting information. To commit to something it’s best to telephone ahead to discover if the advertised event is actually happening. Example: One of these calendars says that Outlier is playing at Mean Woman Grill on a weekly gig but if you go to Outlier’s website you discover that it is in San Antonio doing a residency in November and not playing in Lubbock. KLBK-TV Today In The LBK Texas Tech Events Calendar Texas Tech TechAnnounce Daily Announcements of Events/Activities Select a Seat upcoming events and tickets All Events In Lubbock Lubbock Events Calendar Lubbock In The Loop Events Calendar Lubbock Arts Alliance Visitor Center, Lubbock Economic Development Alliance LEDA Texas Tech School of Music events calendar Lubbock Fun Club Lubbock Christian University campus events South Plains College calendars


Marion Weiss & Michael A. Manfredi, Public Natures: Evolutionary Infrastructures (Princeton Architectural Press 2015) 376 pages $50 publisher 373 color illustrations $32.48 hardcover Texas Tech Architecture Library NA737.W398 A4 (2015)

new terms, conditions, and models that insist architecture must evolve to create more productive connections between landscape, infrastructure, and urban territories. Public Natures is both monograph and projective manifesto and suggests a new paradigm for infrastructure that is distinctly public in nature.”


Gustave Caillebotte: The Painter’s Eye exhibit is November 8, 2015 – February 14, 2016 at Kimbell Art Museum Renzo Piano Pavilion, Fort Worth Texas


Private Foundations created by artists such as Robert Rauschenberg, Joan Mitchell, Andy Warhol and Helen Frankenthaler are a new force in cultural philanthropy and artistic heritage stewardship. The Aspen Institute Artist-Endowed Foundations Initiative and The Clark Art Institute presented a public panel discussion examining the factors that are shaping this important phenomenon.

AEFI’s National Study of Artist-Endowed Foundations, the first research effort to examine this small but fast-growing field, has documented more than 360 foundations, many created in the past two decades, holding $3.5 billion in assets, including $2 billion in artworks and intellectual property. These organizations make grants to nonprofits, artists and scholars. They steward art collections, operate study centers, conduct scholarship, contribute artwork to museums, manage artist residency facilities and administer art education programs. Some focus solely in the arts while others also address social issues, such as HIV/AIDS and the environment. In 2010, artist-endowed foundations expended $132 million for charitable purposes. The Study Report may be viewed online at

Panelists include:

  • Christa Blatchford, CEO, the Joan Mitchell Foundation
  • Elizabeth Smith, Executive Director, the Helen Frankenthaler Foundation
  • Nancy Mowll Mathews, Senior Curator Emerita, Williams College Museum of Art
  • Stephen K. Urice, Professor of Law, University of Miami School of Law
  • Christine J. Vincent, Project Director, The Aspen Institute’s Artist-Endowed Foundations Initiative/AEFI

The panel was held in July at Williamstown Massachusetts, site of the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, and here is the link for the report issued by the Artist Endowed Foundations Initiative

Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute website is 160 miles west of Boston and close to the Vermont border off US Highway 7.
Mary Wollstonecraft 1759-1797 [died age 38] or Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin [due to her brief marriage to Williams Godwin at the end of her life March 29, 1797 to September 10, 1797 when Mary died in childbirth of Mary Godwin who would later write as Mary Shelley wife of Percy Bryce Shelley] was an English author and political theorist who is known by current standards as the mother of the feminist movement. That status is due to her writing of A Vindication of the Rights of Woman (1792) preceded by her A Vindication of the Rights of Men (1790).

She wrote these works in response to Edmund Burke’s Reflections on the Revolution in France (1790) in which he defended constitutional monarchy, the aristocracy, and the established Church of England. He was an absolute power theorist and was on the right of the political spectrum. Mary Wollstonecraft and her circle of friends were on the political left that sought freedom for the people and thus praised both the American Revolution and the French Revolution. She even moved to Paris France in December 1792 just a month before King Louis XVI was guillotined. She and her circle on the left were divided between liberalism and republicanism, the former [liberals] seeking freedom of the people to do as they wished or freedom of choice, and the republicans seeking freedom of the people from being subject to the will of someone else, what most people called oppression, dependency or worse, servility.
Mary Wollstonecraft was a republican. Lena Halldenius, Mary Wollstonecraft and Feminist Republicanism; Independence, Rights and the Experience of Unfreedom (Pickering and Chatto 2015) 192 pages $150 hardcover $40 e-book.
We know her status from her novels and especially her second novel published by her husband Godwin posthumously Maria: or, The Wrongs of Woman (1798).
William Godwin was besotted with his capable, proud, independent wife and author, and devastated by her passing in childbirth. He wrote Memoirs of the Author of A Vindication of the Rights of Woman (1798) and the public responded by shunning Wollstonecraft’s writings due to, in the public’s view, too libertine a lifestyle including her birth of Fanny Imlay out of wedlock in 1794.
.Thoughts on the Education of Daughters: With Reflections on Female Conduct, in the More Important Duties of Life. London: Joseph Johnson, 1787.

Charlotte Gordon, Romantic Outlaws: The Extraordinary Lives of Mary Wollstonecraft and Her Daughter Mary Shelley (Random House April 28, 2015)s

Romantic Outlaws is the first book to tell the story of the passionate and pioneering lives of Mary Wollstonecraft – English feminist and author of the landmark book, The Vindication of the Rights of Women – and her novelist daughter Mary Shelley, author of Frankenstein.

Although mother and daughter, these two brilliant women never knew one another – Wollstonecraft died of an infection in 1797 at the age of thirty-eight, a week after giving birth. Nevertheless their lives were so closely intertwined, their choices, dreams and tragedies so eerily similar, it seems impossible to consider one without the other.

Both women became famous writers; fell in love with brilliant but impossible men; and were single mothers who had children out of wedlock; both lived in exile; fought for their position in society; and thought deeply about how we should live. And both women broke almost every rigid convention there was to break: Wollstonecraft chased pirates in Scandinavia. Shelley faced down bandits in Naples. Wollstonecraft sailed to Paris to witness the Revolution. Shelley eloped in a fishing boat with a married man. Wollstonecraft proclaimed that women’s liberty should matter to everyone.

Not only did Wollstonecraft declare the rights of women, her work ignited Romanticism. She inspired Coleridge, Wordsworth and a whole new generation of writers, including her own daughter, who – with her young lover Percy Shelley – read Wollstonecraft’s work aloud by her graveside. At just nineteen years old and a new mother herself, Mary Shelley composed Frankenstein whilst travelling around Italy with Percy and roguish Lord Byron (who promptly fathered a child by Mary’s stepsister). It is a seminal novel, exploring the limitations of human nature and the power of invention at a time of great religious and scientific upheaval. Moreover, Mary Shelley would become the editor of her husband’s poetry after his early death – a feat of scholarship that did nothing less than establish his literary reputation.

Romantic Outlaws brings together a pair of visionary women who should have shared a life, but who instead shared a powerful literary and feminist legacy. This is inventive, illuminating, involving biography at its best.

Lubbock Public Library BIO WOLL


Ballet Lubbock has committed to an $8.6 million campaign to fund Ballet Lubbock Dance Center in the northeast wing of the future Buddy Holly Hall of Performing Arts and Sciences to be built at the juncture of Avenue K and Mac Davis Lane in downtown Lubbock north of Lubbock Memorial Civic Center a project of LEPAA Lubbock Entertainment and Performing Arts Association

Ballet Lubbock website

LEPAA website


Filing period for candidates for office in the Republican Party and Democratic Party primary elections on March 1, 2016 begins Saturday November 14 and continues through Monday December 14, 2015. Unregistered voters must register to vote in those primary elections on or before February 1, 2016. Early voting in the primary elections is February 16-February 26.

Last day for a registered voter to apply to receive a primary elections ballot that the voter can complete and mail in to the voting registrar, is February 19 but I would encourage old/disabled/plan to be absent from the county on election day voters to apply well before that date at Lubbock County Elections Office 1303 Crickets Avenue Lubbock phone 806-775-1339. If you apply on the basis of age [65 or older] or disability, and you actually vote by mail, you will continue to receive a ballot by mail automatically for each succeeding election so long as you continue to use that procedure to vote. For some people that’s a nice service and they don’t have to be alert to changeable early voting locations or changeable election day locations or make a trip on a specific day.

There are 153,449 registered voters in Lubbock County Texas.



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