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Arts History Update for early January 2016

18 Dec

Arts History Update for early January 2016 by David Cummins

Art to the People !!!

Free is the operative word for the following items. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City has many books available to read online or download free

Many are collection catalogue books, exhibition catalogue books, or educator publications books. An example is Monet’s Years at Giverny: Beyond Impressionism. Another is The Monets in the Metropolitan Museum, Metropolitan Museum Journal, volume 3 (1970). Another is Stephen D. Rubin, John Singer Sargent’s Alpine Sketchbooks: A Young Artist’s Perspective (Metropolitan Museum of Art 1991). In all there are 448 books/articles/other items digitized and accessible free at the Met.

Getty Publications Virtual Library at J. Paul Getty Museum has 250 free art books online

The Guggenheim has 109 free modern art books online

Of course many museums have for years been digitizing individual items like paintings and sculptures and those are often accessible free online. The Met has 400,000 of those images, down-loadable directly from the website for non-commercial use, and usable at no charge without the bother of asking permission from the Met. Look for the OASC acronym symbol for each item, meaning “Open Access for Scholarly Content”.

The Getty has more than 99,000 such images

The Google Art Project has 57,000 such images

The Los Angeles County Museum of Art LACMA has 20,000 such images

Google Street Art has 10,000 such images

ARTstor Digital Library is a fantastic collection of not only images but recordation and provenance information about the pieces of art. It is available only by having access to an institution that subscribes to ARTstor. Texas Tech University Library is such an institution.

Through our computers and other electronic instruments art is coming to the people. Please spend some time searching and discovering what interests you. Then enjoy.


The annual Sundance Film Festival is January 21-31, 2016 at Park City, Salt Lake City, Sundance and Ogden, all in Utah. Premier films, documentary, films, films for children, and special events will occur.


The Patient Protection and Affordable Health Care Act of 2010 requires most Americans to be covered by some kind of health insurance. For 2015 that requirement is implemented by health care insurance providers being required to submit to covered persons and to the Internal Revenue Service a Form 1095-B It must be mailed to covered persons by January 31, 2016 and if you haven’t received it by February 15 or later it’s best that you call your provider of health care insurance.

For older persons they may expect to receive a Form 1095-B from The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, and they will receive another Form 1095-B from their supplementary health insurance carrier [medi-gap coverage] like United Healthcare, Community First, Kelsey Care, Scott & White, Tricare, AARP, Humana etc. Some people have a separate pharmaceutical drug insurance coverage and will receive another Form 1095-B from that carrier like CVS Caremark Prescription Drug Plan.

The mailings to you as a covered person establish that you have the minimum or better health and drug insurance coverages and the IRS will not fine you or threaten you about your health insurance or lack of it. If you don’t receive any Form 1095-B from anyone, and if you aren’t exempt from obtaining such coverage, you can expect to receive a letter and follow-up from the IRS. You will have a new unfriendly friend.


An exhibit on Hemingway is coming to a close Ernest Hemingway: Between Two Wars at The Morgan Library and Museum, New York City September 25- January 31, 2016. With The Sun Also Rises (1926) Hemingway became a literary figure of planetary significance, sealed by A Farewell to Arms (1929) but the question is how and when did he get to be that? The members of the Hemingway Society will gather at his birthplace in Oak Park Illinois 1899-1961 on July 17-22, 2016 and they can tell you.

The Letters of Ernest Hemingway, 1926-1929 (eds. Rena Sanderson & others, Cambridge University Press October 2015) $45 publisher

His first short story collection was In Our Time (1925) at 156 pages Texas Tech Library PS3515.E5 I352 and the second The Fifth Column [a play] and the First Forty-Nine Stories (1938) at 597 pages Texas Tech Library PS3515.E5 F3. Stories before 1926 were Indian Camp (1924) In Another Country, Now I Lay Me, and A Way You’ll Never Be.

What we learn from the early fiction is that Hemingway came to his art by becoming a relentless, almost ruthless revisionist of his own work. He pared his drafts. He would later say “the more you could throw away, the surer you could be that something of substance was there to begin with”. Early drafts would have an all-observing narrator whose presence would be how we discovered the action, and in the final manuscript the narrator is gone and we are left with dialogue and an afterthought. We the reader must fill in the story, sometimes by rank speculation with only a clue or clues that could lead in several directions. The Indian Camp story was 37 pages in “final” manuscript at one point, but the published story is seven pages. Less is more when refined to how he wanted, unlike anyone else, to tell that story.

Scott Fitzgerald suggested removing two entire chapters from The Sun Also Rises manuscript and Hemingway was happy to oblige, assisting its reception as a masterpiece.

He was an American ambulance driver with the Italian Army in 1918 when he was injured in a mortar attack in a trench in Austria on July 8, 1918. He would spend a long time recovering, first in a Milan Italy hospital. His stories In Another Country, Now I Lay Me, and A Way You’ll Never Be, are stories about soldiers recovering from battle injuries. His imagination was informed by his own experience and he would go to that well, seeking out experiences, throughout his life.

The first piece by Hemingway I ever read was The Killers, an eight page story, still resonating in my psyche more than 60 years later. Al and Max arrive in town to kill a Swede Ole Anderson, and the hit men enter a lunch counter for a meal. We learn about a man’s fate from which he cannot or will not run. We are unaware as readers, like the diner proprietor and a customer and the cook, until we are all too aware. Hemingway doesn’t show us or describe the death, rather he sets the stage of expectation of something that is a surety. It is as if it had already occurred.

His personal life may have been a shambles, as he was not a good or lasting friend to anyone, and even too often a bad acquaintance, but he blazed a literary path that makes it seem silly or notional to speak or think about his personal life.

Hemingway was estranged from his stern and disapproving mother, but here is a 1928 photograph with his physician father Clarence


Bibliophiles like myself, as the year closes and another begins, offer up an occasional poem to librarians and other library workers

think the 
lady who just 
shushed the baby 
in the Library has any 
idea how babies really work 

————————————– is arguably one of the best retailers in America, not just for its own produced or author printed on demand books but for books from many sources and thousands of pieces of merchandise that it has lured into its merchandising and delivery system. It focused on prompt low cost shipping and honed that down to a science. Then it turned that capability into a business of its own.

First it imagined how much and often it would be used and how much more often it would be used if customers paid a once per year charge and all their shipping was fast and free. Prime was sold for $99 per year [occasionally on sale for as low as $79] and in Lubbock the default service is free shipment in two days from anyplace in the United States. It met that goal even though it used third parties to perform some tasks in the shipping and delivery such as United States Postal Service, FEDex, United Parcel, DHL Express, and others. It interacts and plays well with others in the shipping and delivery system. Everybody is sharpening their skills and getting better at what they do.

Then it created distributorship locations at points in the country and offered Prime same day and next day free shipping in an area close to the distributorship. It met that goal.

Now it’s branched out further to products that it doesn’t retail, like meals from restaurants and food trucks. In San Antonio and the latest city, Austin Texas Prime Now is a delivery service from an expanding list of restaurants and food trucks in the area within one hour of ordering. Fifteen zip codes in and around Austin is the delivery range for the Austin service. is branding itself as the nation’s fast reliable shipper and deliverer of whatever people need, and they can do it from their computer or from a mobile device like a smart phone or tablet. Skip the store and the hassle and replace it with online shopping. It’s all paid for up front by the one annual payment that encourages us to use it more and more so as to reduce the average cost per use of the service. If you buy a lot or eat a lot delivered by you begin to think the shipping and delivery is very low priced and fast. You tend to like it better and better and prefer over its competition and it becomes your go to service for products and food. Excellent strategy that works only if actually does ship and deliver fast and reliably. So far it works and that dog hunts.

Order up — fish and chips malt vinegar on the side” I’ll be home in twenty and have put on my slippers and popped the cork by the time the doorbell rings for dinner to arrive. “Life is so good in this lane.”


UBER car service is now available in Lubbock It’a a worldwide transportation service phenomena where the local drivers become licensed and then use their own cars to pick up and deliver guests, who can ride alone or can agree to ride with others who may be picked up within the next several minutes and every passenger pays a lesser charge. The website says “fares are usually cheaper than a taxi”. From my home to the downtown courthouse the website says the fare is $15-20. These services change their rates in response to temporary and intensifying demand, so hailing them at the Alamodome after a big sporting or entertainment event closes, will be more costly. That’s called “surge pricing”.

The car service is only ordered by using a smart phone and cannot be ordered by a regular phone call. The owner of a smart phone can download the free app onto his/her smart phone and then register to open an account with a payment modality like a credit card or debit card. Once that is done, that person can at anytime order up a UBER car to take him/her somewhere. After a driver picks up the order and agrees to go to the location of the orderer, the charge for that trip is assessed and payment for it clears with the orderer’s credit card company, then the UBER car starts out to pick up the orderer. Thus, each conveyance has been prepaid by the person riding as a guest in the driver’s car. Many guests ride in the front seat and chat with the driver during the trip. Changes in destination later are noted by the driver and additional charges are imposed to correct the fare. A logo symbol on the car’s bumper or windshield or somewhere will identify it as a UBER car when it arrives curbside to pick up the passenger guest at the GPS location from which the guest called to order the service.

The regional manager for UBER Lubbock is Toneek Kant. The website does not indicate his name much less how he might be contacted.

UBER car service is available in other West Texas cities like Amarillo, Abilene and Midland.

Drivers are solicited by encouraging them to make $17.50 an hour by picking up and delivering passengers using their own car. However, if there are no passengers to pick up in a block of time, the driver makes nothing. UBER is the kind of business that requires minimal capital to start. UBER uses somebody else’s cars, drivers who are not employees [they are independent contractors] and don’t get paid except through an actual transportation event, and all the capitalist entrepreneur does is manage the transportation service, electronically.

Other car services in Lubbock are: Checkers of Texas at 5719 Genoa Avenue phone 806-771-8899; Yellow Cab of Lubbock at 2307 Erskine Street phone 806-765-7777; and Royal Coach Towne Car Service at 1917 49th Street phone 806-795-3888. White Knight’s Limousine Service at 1413 Texas Avenue phone 806-771-5466 is a party or group service, expensive chauffeuring.

UBER and its competitor company Lyft do not have a good track record of starting up in the business in a proper and legal manner. In Austin Texas both companies started operating in the Summer of 2014 without business licenses and blatantly operated illegally making no attempt to gain a license or permit, or disclose to the public its business structure or operation, or pay any taxes or fees. Problems in Austin continue 18 months later since neither company has registered all its drivers and their vehicles [numbering in the thousands] and put the drivers through the background checks for having safely operated vehicles in the past, and the two companies refuse to have their drivers fingerprinted so that background checks can be conducted for criminal and deviant activities. Yet UBER on its website advertises that its service is “safer than using a taxi cab”. Unfortunately, scaring a customer away from a business competitor has become one of commercial advertising’s tools to gain market share, despite the obvious lack of ethics. Most of the time it’s a business tort but no one is individually harmed to the financial extent that it is economically feasible to litigate against the tortfeasor.

Lyft is available in thirteen Texas cities but none in West Texas. It is only in the United States and is not worldwide.

Here is a third party comparison of the UBER and Lyft ride-hailing car services

Do not confuse Flywheel Hailo or Gett that are apps for your smart phone that connect you with a taxicab company and permit you to pay for your fare on your phone. That’s just a convenient way to order up a cab and pay for it, without fumbling for cash.



Arts History Update for late December 2015

10 Dec

Arts History Update for late December 2015 by David Cummins

John Cowper Powys 1872-1963 in his book The Meaning of Culture (W.W. Norton & Co 1929 reissued lately in 2008 so never out of date) said “the art of self-culture begins with a deeper awareness … of the marvel of our being alive at all; alive in a world as startling and mysterious, as lovely and horrible, as this one we live in.” He also said “culture is what is left over after you have forgotten all you have definitely set out to learn.”

This self-culture is something entirely different from a good education or a cultivated aesthetic taste. Those are good things to have, but those without them may be very cultured. We do well to recall Powys’s wisdom.


Texas Tech University School of Music is now using for selling tickets to its ticketed events. Most School of Music concerts and other events are free and not ticketed but for those that charge admission, this is a way to get preferred seats and quick entry into the venue. Example is


We don’t go there anymore” is a familiar trope. Lake Mead Lodge on the shore of Lake Mead National Recreation Area behind Boulder Dam (1936) renamed Hoover Dam in 1947, in Nevada is one of those places. concrete arch-gravity dam in Black Canyon of Colorado River at the border of Nevada and Arizona.

The Lodge closed in 2009 after visitors declined heavily after the Marina and its floating restaurant were moved in 2008 because of persistent lower water levels. Too bad, getting rid of the boating and dining crowd might have made it even nicer at a remote location. This Lodge was the first hotel on or near Lake Mead.

It was constructed by Grand Canyon-Boulder Dam Tours and opened in 1941 as Hualapai Lodge, the name of the area’s Native American tribe. It was this Boulder Beach area that was closest to the growing town of Las Vegas Nevada in the 1940s. In those days alcohol was banned in nearby Boulder City, Nevada so folks went to the Lodge on the lake for a party. In 1945 it was renamed Lake Mead Lodge. In 1954 Continental Hotel Systems became the concessionaire from the National Park Service. It constructed a swimming pool, a wading pool, and expanded the lodge. It was a popular location with 2 million visitors each year. Soon there were overnight facilities at Temple Bar and Echo Bay on Lake Mead, and Willow Beach, Cottonwood Cove and Katherine Landing on Lake Mohave. By the 1980s there were seven million visitors each year.

After closure in 2009 there were studies, surveys and bureaucratic reports and mutterings, and in 2012 a final decision was made to remove the buildings and restore the grounds to natural desert. Going, going, gone.

We don’t go there anymore”.


Have you been to Musical Arts Center 2806 Avenue A Lubbock Texas? That’s where Moonlight Musicals auditions, practices, conducts classes, rehearses, builds sets, and otherwise does the behind the scenes work that ultimately yields a fantastic production at Mackenzie Park or Lubbock Memorial Civic Center or other performance venue on 34th Street; travel east under Interstate Highway 27 for about five blocks and turn north on Avenue A to 2806 on the west side of the avenue.

Disney’s The Little Mermaid will be performed February 12-14 and 19-20, 2016 at Lubbock Memorial Civic Center Theater at 7:30 pm $65, $50, $40, and $25 at 1501 Mac Davis Lane as a Moonlight Broadway presentation and tickets are available now at Select A Seat.

Seussical will be performed June 10-11, 17-18, and 24-25 at Moonlight Musicals Amphitheater in Mackenzie Park at 8:00 pm. Pirates of Penzance follows July 8-9, 15-16, 22-23 same location, and then Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Carousel August 5-6, 12-13, 19-20 same location. Tickets are available now.

As they say, get with the program.


Thursday February 18, 2016 at 7:00 – 9:00 pm at the Student Union Building Allen Theater is the third annual performance of Lubbock Lights this year showcasing Terry Allen’s 1979 album Lubbock On Everything. I have the audio-cassette tape and have listened numerous times. Terry Allen, Jo Harvey Allen, their sons Bale and Bucca, members of the Maines Brothers clan and others will be present to play and entertain in a uniquely Lubbock manner. $15 general admission. If you’re new to Lubbock this will be an inoculation into the true red dirt Lubbock culture by the still very much alive and kicking legendary Terry Allen. This is the event of the year both before during and after it happens. Tickets are available now


Saturday February 27, 2016 at 7:00 pm at the Student Union Building Allen Theater is a National Public Radio live broadcast production of From The Top $26.75 adults $12 children general admission. Tickets available soon.


Biggin Hill Airport is a private airport 5 miles west of Shallowater Texas, a turf runway 3,000 feet long and 60 feet wide, owned by Biggin Hill Associates managed by Dennis Way, Route 1 Box 15 Shallowater TX 79363 phone 806-873-3400. It is 13 nautical miles west of Lubbock Preston Smith International Airport, 19 nautical miles east of Littlefield Taylor Brown Municipal Airport, and the same distance to the northeast from Levelland Municipal Airport. Here is a photograph


Google Cultural Institute is a free website that digitized and displays the collections of more than 800 art museums and historical archives. Now it’s moving into the performing arts.

Recently in San Francisco a few miles form Google headquarters, public events were conducted for people to come to a gathering and view a few clips of Institute items. It’s a happening of high quality haute culture. We can also do it solo at our computer.

It’s not quite the same as being at a Paris France Opera House or Museum, but it’s wonderful.


Ernst T.A. Hoffman 1776 – 1822 wrote The Nutcracker and the Mouse King (1816) in which a young German girl Marie Stahlbaum’s favorite Christmas toy the Nutcracker comes alive and, after defeating the evil Mouse King in battle, whisks her away to a magical kingdom populated by dolls. The first ballet performance of this story was at the Marlinsky Theatre in St Petersburg Russia with music composed by Tchaikovsky in 1892, and the first performance of the ballet in America was in San Francisco in 1944.

Ballet Lubbock offers it as a Christmas favorite at Lubbock Memorial Civic Center Theatre Thursday-Saturday December 10-12 at 7:00 pm Saturday-Sunday December 12-13 matinee at 2:00 pm $75-$25 tickets.


Texas Tech Campus Beautification Project is nearing completion, after two full years Tom’s Tree Place was the contractor for the trees at the Talkington Plaza entrance to the University and Memorial Circle at Broadway Street and University Avenue continuing to the west side of the Library Building to the Foreign Languages Building, Dairy Barn and English & Philosophy Departments Building, and then to Urbanovsky Park where a new aerated pond [not fountains], a rerouted jogging track, picnic area with seating, and a pavilion with barbeque area is going in. Here is more discussion Alex and Scott Scarborough are the principal landscape architects at Tom’s Tree Place, Tom Scarborough’s sons. Projects the firm completed at Texas Tech, include main entrance landscaping at National Ranching Heritage Center, entrance landscaping for United Supermarkets Arena, east side entrance to Jones AT&T Stadium, south garden area for Hance Chapel, and courtyard landscaping for the new Bayer Plant Science Building.


Mejo Okon is a contemporary western artist whose painting Western Skyline is on the cover of the Ranch Record Fall 2015 issue by Texas Tech University National Ranching Heritage Center We never tire of looking at longhorn cattle despite the historical fact that it was more than a full century ago that ranchers despaired of the breed and went to short horn, Hereford, Santa Gertrudis, Brahman cross-breeds and other breeds, more recently to Angus and Limousin breeds.


Ana Carolina Castillo Crimm, De Leon, a Tejano Family History (University of Texas Press 2003) 327 pages Lubbock Public Library XF DDELEON CRI Genealogy Collection, Texas Tech University Library F394.V6 C75 (2003) is a book about one of the founding families of Texas. Patricia de la Garza 1775-1849ón married Martin de Leon 1765-1833 in 1795 and lived with him and had a son south of the Rio Grande River. They moved in 1799 to the San Patricio County area of Tejas, received a land grant in 1804 near the Aransas River that flows into the Gulf of Mexico ten miles north of present day Rockport Texas. They returned to Mexico but came back to Tejas in 1824 to begin the De Leon Colony on the Guadalupe River near present day Victoria Texas. They prospered under four governments, Spain, Mexico, Republic of Texas, and USA State of Texas. From 1833 and the death of Don Martin de Leon, Dona Patricia became the matriarch of her large family of ten children. At her demise she donated the land where she lived to the Catholic Church so you may see her home by visiting St Mary’s Catholic Church in Victoria Texas.


On December 7, 2015 the author of this book gave an interesting free talk on the website of the Texas State Historical Association focused on Dona Patricia de la Garza De Leon. It is also available on You Tube.

TSHA presenter

Texas Talks with Dr. Caroline Castillo Crimm

Contrasting Cultures – Patricia de Leon and Petra Vela Kenedy



Monday, 7 December 2015

06:00 pm Central Time (US and Canada), GMT -6

Watch replay



We’ve recorded the webinar on video!

In case you missed the webinar session, or in case you’d like to watch it again, here’s the link to the replay video:


Title: Texas Talks with Dr. Caroline Castillo Crimm
Description: Contrasting Cultures – Patricia de Leon and Petra Vela Kenedy

Host: TSHA presenter

Date: Monday, 7 December 2015
Time: 06:00 pm Central Time (US and Canada), GMT -6

Enjoy the replay!



Other talks are: Bernardo de Galvez and the Impact of the American Revolution on Texas; Mending Fences: The Marques de Rubi in 1767 and the Spanish in Texas: and Understanding Spanish Texas through the Life of Fray Margil.