Arts History Update for early June 2016

27 May

Arts History Update for early June 2016 by David Cummins

If you’ve never heard of VoIP, get ready to change the way you think about long-distance phone calls. VoIP, or Voice over Internet Protocol, is a method for taking analog audio signals, like the kind you hear when you talk on the phone, and turning them into digital data that can be transmitted over the Internet.

How is this useful? VoIP can turn a standard Internet connection into a way to place free phone calls. The practical upshot of this is that by using some of the free VoIP software that is available to make Internet phone calls, you’re bypassing the phone company (and its charges) entirely.


You can get a residential VOIP phone system without a contract for a particular period for only $9 per month unlimited calling within the United States and Canada with the ability to include international calling for an additional charge Many folks have this system plus their cellular smart phone, retain their land line phone number but not the land line, and say goodbye to AT & T or whoever your phone service provider was.


A more popular but slightly more expensive service is Vonage.




An exhibit of portraiture by Carol Peterson, the late Lonnie Mason, Henry Salley and Sharon Beauchamp goes up June 3 through June 24 at Municipal Garden & Arts Center, 4215 University Avenue Lubbock. Reception is during First Friday Art Trail on June 3 from 6:00 – 9:00 pm.


Websites: Carol Peterson

Henry Salley

Sharon Beauchamp



Artist Talk: by Bale Creek Allen 11:30 am – 12:30 pm Saturday June 4, 2016 at LHUCA

My America (Texas) is a new body of work by American born artist Bale Creek Allen that is a survey of America, starting with Texas. It explores the things that make each state unique and the things that make all 50 states a one America. Each state will have its own body of work and a cumulatively be a larger body of work that will include found objects, photographs, video, roads maps, highway lines, roadkill, and more from all 50 states. This will be the first part of My America (Texas) on view at LHUCA Louise Hopkins Underwood Center for the Arts. Join us for coffee and donuts! This event is free to the public.


Want to see women play flag football? Blondes versus Brunettes will play at Peoples Bank Stadium, Donald Preston Drive, Wolfforth Texas on Saturday June 11 from 9:00 am – noon 2016 Blondes vs Brunettes Flag Football

Event Info (Cost/Website/Age): Blondes v Brunettes Lubbock is a trademarked event by the Alzheimer’s Association. This is our third year for the Blondes vs Brunettes football game. Every dollar raised benefits those affected by Alzheimer’s disease in our community. The Alzheimer’s Association is a global organization, working to advance care, support and research across the world. From face-to face support to online education programs and promising worldwide research initiatives, the money raised makes a difference in the lives of those facing Alzheimer’s. To register to play, visit:


Do you know the names of all the neighborhoods in Lubbock and the boundaries of each of those neighborhoods? Here are names and maps


Before The Great War, World War I, Galicia was a province of the Habsburg Austria-Hungary Empire [from 1772] that stretched from Krakow in the west to L’viv in the east. Krakow is now the most major city in southern Poland and L’viv is the most major city in western Ukraine. As Russia has become entrenched in Crimea and eastern Ukraine, the territoriality of Ukraine is in question if not in flux. What about the western Ukraine and the area around L’viv?

John Czaplicka, Lviv: A City in the Crosscurrents of Culture (Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute 2005) $40

Tarik Youssef Cyril Amar, The Paradox of Ukrainian Lviv: A Borderland City Between Stalinists, Nazis and Nationalists (Cornell University Press 2015) $35

Christopher Mick, Lemberg, Lwow, L’viv, 1914-1947: Violence and Ethnicity in a Contested City (Purdue University Press 2015) 480 pages $41

Lemberg is the German name for the city during the Austria-Hungary Empire 1772-1918, Lwov is the Polish name during the preceding Grand Duchy of Lithuania and Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth from the 15th century to 1772, and L’viv is the Ukrainian name. During the Soviet Union control period it was called Lvov in Russian.

Marci Shore, Where Brutality Meets Poetry: How the Ukrainian City of Lviv Was Shaped by its Violent Past, London Times Literary Supplement pp. 14-15, May 13, 2016

L’viv is 44 miles from the Polish border, 207 miles from Krakow, and is 336 miles west of Kiev, the capital of Ukraine, 5 hours by train.


Annual Summer Stampede Art & Gear Show is 5:00 – 11:00 pm on June 18 at National Ranching Heritage Center in Lubbock. $85 per person is ticket price. Most of the exhibiting artists will be present so collectors can meet the artist as well as purchase art. David Griffin, Crowning the Prairie is an oil painting on linen canvas and it will be for sale that evening


Art in the 21st Century television show

Announcing Season 8 of the Award-winning series
Art in the Twenty-First Century

Featuring sixteen artists from four cities
Premieres September 16 on PBS
Hosted by actress Claire Danes

The new season of ART21’s flagship program will debut with four one-hour episodes on two consecutive Fridays, September 16th and September 23rd, from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. EDT on PBS (check local listings). For its eighth season, ART21 engaged three exceptional documentary directors: three-time Academy Award nominee Deborah Dickson; MacArthur Foundation Fellow and Peabody Award-winner Stanley Nelson; and Emmy Award-winner Pamela Mason Wagner.

Sixteen Artists, Four Cities

For the first time in the show’s history, the episodes are not organized around an artistic theme. Instead the sixteen featured artists are grouped by their unique and revealing relationships to the places where they live: Chicago, Los Angeles, Mexico City, and Vancouver. The artists share universal experiences through their life stories and creative works: resistance, pleasure, mortality, and the hope for a better tomorrow.

“Art is increasingly being defined and described in relationship to a sense of place. In our time of hyper interconnectivity, where you choose to live and work matters like never before,” said ART21 Executive Director Tina Kukielski.

Artists and Episodes

Chicago (September 16; 9 p.m. ET)

Nick Cave

Theaster Gates

Barbara Kasten

Chris Ware

Mexico City (September 16; 10 p.m. ET)

Natalia Almada

Minerva Cuevas

Damián Ortega

Pedro Reyes

Los Angeles (September 23; 9 p.m. ET)

Edgar Arceneaux

Liz Larner

Diana Thater

Vancouver (September 23; 10 p.m. ET)

Hosted by Claire Danes

Golden Globe and Emmy Award-winning actress Claire Danes will join the Peabody Award-winning documentary television series Art in the Twenty-First Century as its broadcast host for the series’ eighth season.

“Growing up in a family where art was a part of everyday life, my parents taught me to question the world around me,” said Danes. “Artists today influence how we see the world, how we express ourselves, and how art can transform society.”


First Friday Art Trail is June 3 and it includes a new venue Community Health Centers of Lubbock at 1610 5th Street, a newly constructed and opened building east of the Avenue Q intersection with Marsha Sharp Freeway. Harry Hamlin’s abstract art will be shown and Shawn Pena will have pinstripe painting to display. A Cheese Chicks Food Truck will be on site in the parking lot for hungry patrons 6:00 – 9:00 pm.

Other community clinics or centers are here 3502 9th Street (UMC campus), 3301 Clovis Road, 1826 Parkway Drive, 406 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, 5424 19th Street, 2401 Fulton Avenue [west of Lubbock Christian University] 1318 Broadway Street downtown, and 2301 Cedar Avenue.

Another venue on the Art Trail is Culture Clothing at 2703 26th Street featuring Lauren McEntyre’s mixed media abstract paintings. Live music by Pierce Hardin from 7:00 – 9:00 pm and the band Scouts will perform to 10:00 pm. Free home brew is on offer. Culture Clothing is a resale clothing store [they would say boutique].


Emigration to developed countries like the United States is simply a fact repeated daily as a desperate exodus from unbearable conditions. Whether or not it is legal or illegal, dangerous or safely accomplished, and how the developed country manages it, is a choice of the developed country.

Aviva Chomsky, Undocumented: How Immigration Became Illegal (Beacon Press 2014) 246 pages Texas Tech Library JV6465.C46 (2014) $11.11 paperback $16 e-book ABE Books good condition $10 incl s&h. Immigrant rights activist Aviva Chomsky shows how ?illegality? and ?undocumentedness? are concepts that were created to exclude and exploit. With a focus on US policy, she probes how and why people, especially Mexican and Central Americans, have been assigned this status and to what ends. Blending history with human drama, Chomsky explores what it means to be undocumented in a legal, social, economic, and historical context. She also unmasks how undocumented people live? how they work, what social services theyre eligible for, and how being undocumented affects the lives of children and families. Undocumented turns a fresh lens onto one of todays most pressing debates.

Closer to home, at Texas Tech University and Baylor University, e.g. is the response to the facts referred to in her essay The Battle for the Soul of American Higher Education: Student Protest, the Black Lives Matter Movement, and the Rise of the Corporate University (2016)

Baylor’s recent refusal to appropriately respond to football players being condoned and enabled to commit recurring sexual assaults on Baylor coeds, now being unraveled in public and leading to the removal of Baylor President Kenneth Starr and football coach Art Briles, illustrates the existence of college administration values not practiced by those who declare them and wish to be admired for them. Students don’t tolerate hypocrisy and will speak out. Will they be heard or are there darker forces at work in college administrations? Philadelphia law firm Pepper Hamilton blew the whistle

These things can happen anywhere, like Montana’s university and the city of Missoula

University administrators must articulate their values and then “walk the talk” even if and when it applies to popular activities like big time athletics. The best way to do that is to employ and train athletic department directors and staff to do the right thing, and know that the university will support them and “have their back” when they butt heads with overpaid coaches and pampered fans. A culture of meeting or exceeding requirements by NCAA and similar organizations, not because we have to but because we want to, is essential.


Laura M Lopez, Growing Up a Texas-Mexican Woman is an essay within Entre Guadalupe y Malinche : Tejanas in Literature and Art (eds. Ines Hernandez-Avila & Norma E. Cantu, University of Texas Press 2016) 473 pages $60.30 hardcover $ 23.42 paperback catalogue

Entre Guadalupe y Malinche mean “between the Virgin of Guadalupe mother of God”, a widely admired female figure, “and Malinche” who accompanied the conqueror Cortes and bore him a child and is mostly despised in history by Mexicans, so the reference is to all Tejana women from the most to the least admired.

Malinche is a woman of many names. She’s also known as Malintzin and was later renamed

Marina by the Spanish.

The facts about Malinche are also obscured by myth, and by the interests of the men who wrote her into history. She’s believed to have been born sometime around the early 1500s. She was among twenty women given to the Spaniard in 1519 by a Mayan lord. Bernal Diaz Del Castillo, who traveled with Cortés wrote: “What the other women were named, I do not know, cannot remember all the names, and it isn’t important … Cortés allotted one of them to each of his captains and Doña Marina, as she was pretty, engaging, and hardy, he gave to Alonzo Hernández Puertocarrero.”

After Puertocarrero was sent back to Spain, Cortés kept Malinche by his side as an interpreter. They had a child, named Martin Cortés. (Strangely, Cortes also gave this name to his second child, with a Spanish woman.) Later on she married a Spaniard, Juan Jaramillo, and had a daughter.

Malinche’s translating services are described in various texts as instrumental to the Spanish conquest. Cortés, who like John Smith, had a nasty reputation, only mentioned her twice, briefly, in correspondence with the Spanish crown. “La lengua…que es una India desta tierra”: “the tongue (translator)… who is an Indian from this land.” Iconic Mexican writer Octavio Paz wrote about Malinche as both a victim and a traitor:“It is true that she gave herself voluntarily to the conquistador, but he forgot her as soon as her usefulness was over. Doña Marina becomes a figure representing the Indian women who were fascinated, violated or seduced by the Spaniards. And as a small boy will not forgive his mother if she abandons him to search for his father, the Mexican people have not forgiven La Malinche for her betrayal.”



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