Archive | June, 2016

Arts History Update for early July 2016

23 Jun

Arts History Update for early July 2016 by David Cummins

The Summer Solstice or Zenith [highest point] of the Sun in the northern hemisphere Nadir [lowest point] of the Sun in the southern hemisphere, is that point at which the sun seems to stand still and not be either farther from or closer to earth. In Latin solstitium sol=sun and stitium = stoppage or point at which the sun seems to sand still. Latin sistere = to come to a stop, make stand still.

June 21 or thereabouts is the Summer Solstice and December 21 or thereabouts is the Winter Solstice.


NCAA Division I Baseball College World Series June 18-29, 2015 at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha Nebraska The Texas Tech Red Raiders are making their second appearance at the culminating event in college baseball, having been there in 2014.

Oklahoma State def UC Santa Barbara 1-0 Saturday June 18 and meets Arizona on Monday June 20 at 6:00 pm. Bracket # 1 winners

Texas Tech v. Texas Christian Sunday June 19 at 2:00 pm TV-ESPNU Bracket # 2. Tech led 3-2 by scoring a run in the bottom of the eighth inning, but Horned Frogs exploded for 3 runs in the top of the 9th inning and held on to win 5-3. Florida and Texas Christian stay in the winners side of the bracket.

Texas Tech 46-19 v. Florida 52-15 Tuesday June 21 at 4:00 pm TV-ESPN2 in an elimination game, loser to go home from Omaha. Arriving in Omaha Florida was # 1 in the nation and highly rated to capture the crown. Coastal Carolina defeated the Gators 2-1 in their opening game. Red Raiders won 3-2 and stayed alive.

Texas Christian def Coastal Carolina 6-1 so is the lone team in the winner’s side of the bracket. Texas Tech 47-19 plays Coastal Carolina in an elimination game Thursday June 23 at 7:00 pm TV-ESPN2. Winner will play Texas Christian and if it wins will play Texas Christian again. The Horned Frogs will be well rested as it’s easier to win and wait to play rather than playing to stave off elimination. Red Raiders lost to Coastal Carolina 7-5 ending the season at 47 wins 20 losses.

Coastal Carolina won twice against Texas Christian 4-1 and 7-5 to come out of bracket 2. Arizona lost to Oklahoma State 1-0 in its second game but then def UC Santa Barbara and then Oklahoma State twice 9-3 and 5-1 to come out of bracket 1 so the final best of three games College World Series is the Chanticleers from Conway South Carolina a Big South team against the Arizona Wildcats of the PAC-12 conference. On Saturday June 25 two Big XII Conference teams were taken out of the College World Series.

Coastal Carolina def Texas Christian and made it to the finals against Arizona and lost the first game but won the next two games to win the College world Series and gain a # 1 ranking at the end of the season. Texas Tech finished as # 5 in the nation. June 30, 2016.

Thomas Paine 1737-1809 was an Englishman who became a tax officer and wrote The Case of the Officers of Excise (1772) then emigrated to America in 1774 and wrote Common Sense (1776) in defense of American independence from Great Britain. During the Revolutionary War he wrote a series of pamphlets in support of the War titled The American Crisis (1776-1783), then returned to England to proceed with agitation there and wrote The Rights of Man (1792) in defense of the recent French Revolution, pitting himself against widespread English criticism of the revolution, and he was forced to leave England for France. Eventually he was unappreciated there, imprisoned and he wrote The Age of Reason (1793-1794) against the controlling effects of the French Roman Catholic Church and its orthodoxy on French society. James Monroe, a future American president, used diplomatic connections to get Paine released from the prison in Paris. Paine would not be quiet but wrote Agrarian Justice (1797) with views on those who worked the land although not owning it. He returned to America in 1802 where he died in obscurity in Connecticut.

His views were so extreme that he was not accepted or welcomed by the founding fathers or their lineage in early American government, although he was respected as being a firebrand who helped the revolution get started and understood by many colonialists. His Common Sense was the best-selling most widely-read pamphlet in colonial history.

Thomas Paine was a “corsetmaker by trade, a journalist by profession, and a propagandist by inclination”. Don’t know who first said this, but it was repeated countless times. In reality Paine’s father and he as a young apprentice in Norfolk England [East Anglia] made thick woven rope stays (also called stay ropes) used on sailing ships, not stays for ladies’ corsets. Thus the repeated statement was intended to be derisive or dismissive and was about two-thirds accurate and one-third intentionally inaccurate.


From May 27, 2016 – August 24, 2016 there is an exhibit at Texas Tech Museum titled

ReTooled. It brings life to the unexpected subject of tools by profiling 28 visionary artists from the Hechinger Collection including Arman, Anthony Caro, Richard Estes, Howard Finster, Red Grooms, Jacob Lawrence, Fernand Léger, Roger Shimomura, and H.C. Westermann; photographers Berenice Abbott, William Eggleston, and Walker Evans; and pop artists Jim Dine, Claes Oldenburg, and James Rosenquist. Featuring more than 40 imaginative paintings, sculptures, works on paper and photographs, the exhibition consists of four sections that dynamically frame the themes of this collection into accessible categories: 1. Objects of Beauty; 2. Material Illusions; 3. Instruments of Satire; and 4. Tools: An Extension of Self.

Curry Holden: A Landmark Visionary

Exhibit October 6, 2015 – October 2, 2016

William Curry Holden, the first Director of the West Texas Museum (now the Museum of Texas Tech University), is credited with the discovery of Lubbock Lake in 1936.

It all started when the young Kimmel brothers brought him bones of ancient bison and a Folsom point found there. Throughout the decades, Holden’s research championed protection of the Lubbock Lake. He oversaw excavations, worked with community leaders, and raised community awareness with his own guided tours into the late 1960s. His ceaseless efforts are chronicled in celebration of the Landmark’s 80th anniversary of discovery. His vision is the foundation for the Lubbock Lake Landmark’s current mission and success.

The Curry Holden exhibition is located at the Lubbock Lake Landmark north of northwest Loop 289 and the Clovis Highway US Highway 84.

William Curry Holden was an anthropologist by training and studied and wrote social histories of major West Texas cattle ranches. He also wrote social histories of Yaqui Indians in north Mexico.

Texas Parks & Wildlife Department at 1702 Landmark Lane is on the entrance road to Lubbock Lake Landmark. The wildlife biologist there is Aaron Sisson phone 806-761-4940.


Roden Crater in northern Arizona’s painted desert area near Flagstaff is the lifetime design project of genius artist James Turrell. Started in 1977 it is ongoing in its construction within an extinct volcanic cinder cone so it is not available to the public except by special appointment and invitation. The thrust of the project and its design are well understood by the photographs taken at the site and shown on the website. Here is an eight minute video on Vimeo Skystone Foundation a non-profit fund-raising organization for the project now has an executive director Yvette Lee and a strategy for completion.

Location is northeast of Flagstaff Arizona Interstate Highway 40 and U.S. Highway 89 and east of Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument that is open to the public

This is what I wrote in 2013 about Turrell

James Turrell: A Retrospective is a current exhibit at Los Angeles County Museum of Art May 26, 2013 – April 6, 2014

James Turrell is a recently concluded exhibit at Guggenheim Museum in New York City June 21 – September 25, 2013. It included Aten Reign (2013) in the lobby-rotunda where the ceiling was bathed in mutation colors. 5,621 visitors per day was the average visitation, making a new record of attendance at the Guggenheim, with lines out the door and down the street most days. It also included Iltar (1976) a tungsten light installation.

James Turrell: The Light Inside is another recently concluded exhibit June 9 – September 22, 2013 at Museum of Fine Arts Houston

The Color Inside (2013) by James Turrell is a new commissioned permanent installation on the campus of University of Texas at Austin. It is a skyspace meditation and contemplation room in the new Student Activity Center. The room can seat 25 people who look up at a white cocoon roof oculus that is most spectacular as the light transitions at sunset and sunrise. Turrell programmed a computer-controlled LED light sequence recreation to make the experience stunning at any time of day or night. One can make reservations for experiencing the skyspace

Turrell is probably best known for his Roden Crater Project (1979 – ongoing)

that began when Dia Art Foundation purchased an inactive volcano site in Arizona northeast of Flagstaff.

Sooner than Later, Roden Crater is an exhibit May 25 – July 20, 2013 at Kayne Griffin Corcoran Gallery in Los Angeles

Roden Crater and Autonomous Structures is an exhibit March 14 – April 20, 2013 at PACE Gallery New York City

James Turrell: The Other Horizon (MAK Center for Architecture 2001) is a catalog for an exhibition found at Texas Tech Architecture Library N6557 T78 A4

Twilight Epiphany Skyspace (2012) by Turrell is located on the campus of Rice University in Houston Texas. Rice has a substantial public art program


Friends of the Lubbock Public Library FOL has a bookstore at Mahon Library 1306 9th Street downtown Lubbock that is open on Saturdays from10:00 am – 2:00 pm but the store is only open to FOL members, another reason to join This bookstore has been open since May 7, 2016 and is in the basement of the Mahon Library. There is an elevator as well as stairs to the cavernous basement. Friends of the Lubbock Public Library has an online book selling program through ABE Books, Ebay and online sites, makes quite a piece of change, and contributes over $70,000 per year to the operating funds of Lubbock Public Library.

Not all FOL books will be for sale on Saturdays but many are so it’s an opportunity to explore and come up with a bargain.

Lubbock Public Library website is One of the banner items on the home page is Databases and Online Resources, click on that. A number of electronic databases are listed. Click on Discovery Texas (formerly TexShare Databases). The login and password for entering Discovery Texas are RMN1234 and TX79401. Enter that login and password and you are at the TexShare Databases from the Texas State Library in Austin showing access through the Lubbock Public Library.

Any member of the public who is a Texan can access Texas Tech University Main Library and its satellite libraries College of Architecture, School of Law, Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, and Preston Smith Health Sciences Center Library by providing a picture ID, such as a Texas Drivers License, and a TexShare registered users card signed by the patron The TexShare users card may be obtained at either Texas Tech University Main Library circulation desk or at a Lubbock Public Library circulation desk. TexShare website is For more information contact Susan A. Hidalgo, Associate Librarian, Texas Tech University phone 806-834-2489 e-mail

The catalogue for Texas Tech Main Library is at The catalogue at OCLC WorldCat will tell you whether or not a book can be found at either Lubbock Public Library or Texas Tech University Library. Just type in your Zip Code and the presence or absence of the book in your area libraries is identified.

Friends of the Texas Tech University Libraries is having a meeting on Tuesday June 28 at the Main Library third floor Room 309 at which there will be an opportunity to learn about the Friends group [a support group] and how one can join, and the speaker for the evening is Brian Griggs an architect who’s been involved in the construction of several Texas Tech buildings. The time is 5:30 – 7:00 pm and tours of the Library for those who may wish to tour will be available then. All this is free unless you join the Friends and make a donation.


The Lubbock Arts Alliance and Lubbock Community Theatre are proud to present international touring company, Missoula Children’s Theatre, August 15-20, 2016.

Missoula Children’s Theatre will host a week long residency for students in grades 1st-12th. Students will work with professionals from Missoula Children’s Theatre to stage a production of SLEEPING BEAUTY with incredible sets and costumes. Approximately 40 roles are available for local students.

Missoula Theatre, the nation’s largest touring children’s theatre, has been touring extensively for more than 40 years now from Montana to Japan, and will visit nearly 1,200 communities this year with up to 44 teams of Tour Actor/Directors. A tour team arrives in a given town with a set, lights, costumes, props and make-up, everything it takes to put on a play … except the cast.

Auditions, rehearsals, and workshops for the local cast will be held on Monday, August 15th Friday, August 20th, 10AM-2:30PM at Lubbock Community Theatre, 4232 Boston Avenue, Ste. B, Lubbock Texas.

Public performances of “Sleeping Beauty” are scheduled for Friday, August 19th and Saturday, August 20th at 5:30 pm at Lubbock Memorial Civic Center Theatre, 1501 Mac Davis Lane Lubbock.

Cost of the week long residency is $175 per student until July 15th and after that date $200. Registration can be completed online at

This residency is made possible by Texas Women for the Arts, Evelyn M. Davies Foundation, Texas Commission on the Arts, and Aurora and Vern Farthing.

For more information call Lubbock Arts Alliance 806-744-2787. Missoula Community Theater website is


Texas State Agencies that have openings for mature volunteers include:

Texas Department of Family & Protective Services

Texas Department of Aging & Disability Services

Texas Juvenile Justice Department

Texas State Library and Archives Commission


Don’t mess with a Texas Indian’s feathers

Texas tribe wins 10-year fight over its use of eagle feathers by Maria Recio


June 15, 2016 7:52 PM


Ten years after a federal agent crashed a pow-wow of a Texas tribe and seized their ceremonial eagle feathers, the tribe has won a settlement that lets members keep the feathers – and get court costs paid, too.

The fight wasn’t for the feathers,” said Robert Soto, vice chairman of the Lipan Apache Tribe of Texas. “It was for the religious rights for Native peoples.”

When he and other members went to sign the settlement with the Interior Department Monday, they wore their feathers and had a celebratory dance with 150 people.

Read more here:


One of the major ways that hackers get to computers is through those computers’ use of the Internet (world wide web) where the Internet Protocol IP address of the using computer is identified and websites use tracking devices to the using computer, such as setting cookies. Many businesses avoid this vulnerability by purchasing a Virtual Private Network VPN for their computers at their business, that pushes all their usage of the Internet through a VPN server and masks or encrypts IP addresses and bars tracking devices. Colloquially, this is said to be using the Internet without the Internet watching what you are using, or using it privately. Computers are most vulnerable when they are mobile like a laptop, tablet, smart phone, or similar device, but the same applies to desktop computers.

At Texas Tech University its employees have a VPN that allows them access back to and through Texas Tech servers to continue to use Texas Tech computer resources even when those employees are in their homes, or traveling around the world, and most especially when they are using “public” Wi-Fi spots that are notoriously unshielded [minimally shielded] and easily accessible by hackers.

SaferWeb VPN has a low cost program for a VPN that is a two year contract for $120 [$5 per month if amortized]

SurfEasy VPN has a low cost program for a VPN that is a one year contract for $48 per year.

Most such VPNs are available for multiple operating system devices such as Windows, OSX, Android, and iOS.

Some Browsers like Opera are including some VPN features free Other high quality browsers are available and hackers focus on the big five so it’s worth a look at Citrio, Vivaldi, Slimboat, Orbitum, Sleipnir, Epic, Maxthon, Avant Cyberfox, Lunascape and more.

If you don’t purchase a VPN Virtual Private Network with special encryption and blocking devices, become capable in using a free password manager system to make sure hackers can’t get to your financial resources. Never download financial information from public Wi-Fi spots. Go to your browser [such as Google Chrome, Microsoft Internet Explorer,, Microsoft Edge, Apple Safari, Mozilla Firefox, Opera, etc., yes Apple Safari has a free browser for Microsoft Windows OS computers Safari 5.1.7 for Windows] regularly and use settings to delete cookies, all of them, and other tracking devices. Do not give your IP address to any business other than a security system you employ and trust [Microsoft Security Essentials, MalwareBytes, SUPERAntiSpyware etc.] or to Microsoft, Apple, Linux/Unix or other computer operating system company whose reliable software you are using. Many untraceable companies pretend that they are agents for Microsoft, Apple, Linux/Unix etc. so don’t fall for that. When you give out your unshielded or un-diverted IP address you are allowing the recipient to take over your computer and muck around through it to gain the data the anonymous hacker wants for his purposes. At the first sign of a breach of privacy in your financial affairs, change your debit and credit cards to new numbers, and change your access user names and passwords. You will become a different person by the time the hackers have acquired and sold your personage to criminals.


It is the centenary of World War I, then known as The Great War, 1914-1918 and trench warfare between the Imperial German Army and Allied Forces in Flanders Belgium was the scene of slaughter on a massive scale. Edith Wharton, American novelist and essayist, made her writing headquarters in Paris since 1907. She journeyed to the war zone repeatedly and wrote essays on what she saw. Dismissed as propaganda by some for its consequences, the reality was that it was exceptionally good writing on a subject most Americans knew little about. The town of Ypres usually known at that time by its French name rather than its Flemish name Ieper was visited by Wharton and she wrote on June 21, 1915

We had seen no emptiness like this. Not a human being was in the streets . . . . We had seen other ruined towns, but none like this. The towns of Lorraine were blown up, burnt down, deliberately erased from the earth. At worst they are like stone-yards, at best like Pompeii. But Ypres has been bombarded to death, and the outer walls of its houses are still standing, so that it presents the distant semblance of a living city, while near by it is seen to be a disemboweled corpse.

Repeated German bombardment turned Ypres/Ieper into that which Wharton so vividly and accurately described.

Edith Wharton, Fighting France, from Dunkerque to Belfort (essay collection C. Scribner’s Sons 1915) reissue (ed. Alice Kelly, Edinburgh University Press 2015) Texas Tech University Library D640.W5 e-book free photocopy from original, hardcover $15 paperback $5 e-book $1 at 94 pages. Edith Wharton 1862-1937 died age 75 at Saint-Brice-sous-Foret, France.


Arts History Update for late June 2016

12 Jun

Arts History Update for late June 2016 by David Cummins

Annabelle Selldorf, founder of Selldorf Architects is both author and a featured person in a new book Selldorf Architects: Portfolio and Projects (Phaidon Press 2016) 256 pages $80 hardcover

A comprehensive book on Selldorf Architects, with a detailed look at the museums, residences, and public buildings the firm has designed in the United States and abroad.

Founding principal Annabelle Selldorf was born in Cologne, Germany and educated at the Pratt Institute and Syracuse University. The firm launched into international prominence with the opening of New York’s Neue Galerie in 2001. Since, Selldorf Architects has become known for galleries, cultural projects, and as well as private homes. More recently, the firm has made its mark with Sims Municipal Recycling in Brooklyn in 2013. The design and construction won an Award for Excellence in Design from the Public Design Commission. In 2014, Selldorf Architects received the commission to build the expansion of the Museum of Contemporary Art in San Diego.

This book begins with an extensive conversation between Tom Eccles and Annabelle Selldorf, as well as an essay by architecture critic Ian Volner. A newly-shot, full color portfolio by renowned photographer Todd Eberle is complimented by an in-depth look at the story behind 30 selected projects, including architectural plans and sketches.


Format: Hardback
Size: 290 x 214 mm, 11 3/8 x 8 3/8 in
Pages: 256 pp
Illustrations: 600 colour and black and white photographs
ISBN: 9780714871172


Here are some of the firm’s admired projects and here is Artspace’s top ten


This was written by me a year ago

June 20 – September 27, 2015 at the Armand Hammer Museum in Los Angeles at 10899 Wilshire Boulevard is a solo exhibition by Mark Bradford titled Scorched Earth, twelve new paintings including the lobby mural. Paintings in his case means mixed media including scrap raw materials coaxed and teased into a painting outcome but clearly three dimensional pieces even if set on a canvas. Some pieces like Bell Tower (2014) suspended over the security screening area at Tom Bradley Los Angeles International Airport international terminal, are best described as abstract-painted sculpture. A recent magazine article is Calvin Tompkins, What Else Can Art Do: The Many Layers of Mark Bradford’s Work, The New Yorker, June 22, 2105 at pages 28-34

The news of June 2016 is that Mark Bradford is now the designated United States artist for the 2017 Venice Biennale that will open in May 2017.


Land Art has been fashioned from Houston’s trash-filled waterways. They provided the opportunity for photographer Jeremy Underwoods to assemble the trash and then photograph it placing it into a series Human Debris Here is the series of objects fashioned into art pieces and then left in place in situ for people to discover and enjoy.

Underwoods is a Kansas City Missouri based photographer.


Texas Tech Red Raider baseball team 43-17 hosted a NCAA post Big XII Conference season regional with three other teams Fairfield, Dallas Baptist and New Mexico. Texas Tech won the first game 12-1 against Fairfield on June 2 and the second game 4-3 against New Mexico in the winners bracket. Dallas Baptist defeated Fairfield in the losers bracket and then New Mexico and then defeated Texas Tech 10-6 to cause a final game [double elimination tourney] Monday June 6 at 2:00 pm, winner to host a super regional and loser to nurse wounds through a lazy Fall and Winter. The winners in the several super regionals will go to the College World Series.

Those Red Raiders do know how to prolong early Summer days in Rip Griffin Park for fans who sold out the arena, bought the hot dogs and yelled at umpires they couldn’t call be their given name, only an epithet like “bum’.

Texas Tech won 5-3 but heroics were required. Dallas Baptist tied the game in the top of the sixth inning 3-3 but Red Raiders immediately scored two runs in the bottom of that inning to go ahead again. They held on over nine innings to win 5-3. Dallas Baptist season ends with a 44-19 won loss record. Texas Tech moves on with a 44-17 record and hosts East Carolina in a best of three games series.

Texas Christian and Oklahoma State both came through regionals into the super regionals. Horned Frogs meet the Aggies of Texas A&M at College Station. Cowboys opponent was South Carolina and Cowboys defeated the Gamecocks in Columbia South to punch their ticket to the College World Series.

College World Series at Omaha Nebraska is double elimination in bracket play within two brackets, the winners of the two brackets then play a best of three games series for the championship.

Friday June 10 at 7:00 pm Texas Tech 45-17 v. East Carolina 37-21, Saturday June 11 at 2:00 pm and Sunday June 12 at 2:00 pm if necessary, all televised at TV-ESPNU. Pirates won the first game 8-6. Raiders won the second game, tied 1-1 after nine innings, in the 13th inning scoring two runs and shutting down the Pirates in the bottom of the inning 3-1. Raiders won 11-0 in the third game scoring three runs in the bottom of the first inning and then adding to that in many innings. Freshman Erikson Lanning pitched a 2 hitter through seven innings to shut down the Pirates.


Martin Filler is a top quality critic of architecture and writes about Roberto Burle Marx (1909-1994), the Brazilian landscape architect, in The New York Review of Books, June 2, 2016 while an exhibit on the master landscape architect is up at The Jewish Museum New York City May 6-September 18, 2016, then goes up at Deutsche Bank KunstHalle [hall of art] in Berlin July 7- October 8, 2017 and then goes up at Museu de Arte do Rio in Rio de Janeiro Brazil November 2017 to March 2018.

Filler said “Burle Marx freed horticulture from restrictively conventional European precedents and ushered his discipline into a new age of regional appropriateness on a global scale”. Marx’s own garden at his home is now a Museum, Sitio Roberto Burle Marx, Barra de Guaratiba, Rio de Janeiro. It is a world heritage site


The annual Texas Book Festival is Saturday-Sunday November 5-6, 2015 in Austin Texas on the State Capitol grounds and surrounding venues. It’s free for the public but some specific run-up and special events have ticket prices. Saturday 10:00 am – 5:00 pm Sunday 11:00 am – 5:00 pm Early Edition Literary Gala is November 4 Friday evening and expensive, a fundraiser.

West Texas Book Festival sponsored by the Abilene Public Library is September 19-24, 2016 at the Library 202 Cedar Street and at the Abilene Civic Center. For more information e-mail


June 7, 2016 was a primary election day in California. U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer did not run for re-election so the seat was “open”. In California primary elections party candidates do not run separately, within each political party, but against all candidates from all parties for that position, and the top two vote-getters win and are on the ballot in the November 8 general election. On June 7 the top three vote-getters were Kamala Harris [Attorney General of California and former San Francisco Prosecuting Attorney], Loretta Sanchez [U.S. Congresswoman from Orange County] and Duf Sundheim [former chair of the California Republican Party]. Harris received 40% of the votes, Sanchez 17% and Sundheim 8%, other candidates less votes. Harris and Sanchez are both Democrats so for the first time in California history the ballot in November will not include a Republican for the U.S. Senate position.

Other firsts are that both are women, Harris an African-American and Sanchez an Hispana. Senator Boxer is a Democrat so the national balance within the U.S. Senate between Democrats and Republicans will not change as a result of the California primary election.


Ron Atwood Art Gallery, 226 North Polk Street, Jefferson Texas is the only art gallery in town and he is actively marketing original art to the people in his area who want to buy that art. Most of the artists who supply art for sale are local area artists. Many of them paint scenes that are familiar to the people who enter the gallery, like Caddo Lake, and those paintings sell well. Caddo Lake is a 25,400 acre lake in the Piney Woods on the Texas Louisiana border named for the Caddo Indians who once lived in this area.

Jefferson has more history than people, now about 2,000, and is located on Big Cypress Bayou at U.S. Highway 59 in deep east Texas north of Marshall Texas and east of Longview and Tyler. Auntie Skinner’s Riverboat Club is a lively tavern/restaurant in a historic warehouse building. The historic Jefferson Railway and Depot is located there and once a year at Christmastime there are short rides through the Piney Woods.

In the 1840s a steamship could get on Big Cypress Creek or Big Cypress Bayou and take passengers and goods east to the Red River in Louisiana, so Jefferson was initially a river port town. By the 1870s river traffic declined and railroad traffic boomed on a new line from Texarkana to Marshall but it bypassed Jefferson whose fate was sealed

Jacques D. Bagur, Antebellum Jefferson Texas: Everyday Life in an East Texas Town (University of North Texas Press 2012) Texas Tech Library F394.J3 B34

Jacques D. Bagur, A History of Navigation on Cypress Bayou and the Lakes (University of North Texas Press 2001) A History of Navigation on Cypress Bayou and the Lakes examines water transportation and the natural and socioeconomic factors that affected it in Northwest Louisiana, East Texas, and the Red River. Jacques Bagur explains how the natural logjam called The Great Raft, a unique phenomenon on the Red River, formed a continuous water body west of Shreveport. In the 1800s, enterprising steamboat captains traveled east on the route—known as Cypress Bayou and the Lakes—and developed a system of ports and landings. Jefferson became the most important of these, tapping market areas to the north, south, and far to the west.

Bagur has analyzed old Corps reports, historic maps, early travel accounts, and period newspapers to reveal the story of the area from 1800 to the present. Farmers and ranchers from as far as Dallas loaded goods onto Jefferson steamboats bound for Shreveport and New Orleans. Despite an expansion in commerce after the war, the steamboat’s heyday on Cypress Bayou was over by 1880, seemingly because of the 1873 removal of the Great Raft by E. A. Woodruff and the Corps of Engineers. Bagur’s research, however, confirms that the ports and landings fell victim to the same source that helped extinguish many early settlements: the railroad. Today, a dam prevents boats from traveling between Shreveport and Jefferson, yet this remarkable water body still offers much to contemporary watercraft.

ABE Books $60


Fort Worth B-Cycle is a bicycle sharing system with 43 different stations across the city of Fort Worth Texas where a person can walk up and check out a bicycle and ride somewhere returning the bike to another station. There is a modest charge and for younger people adept at riding bicycles it is an option for transportation with exercise to get around without using the bus system This came to my attention because the cultural district where several museums including the Kimbell Art Museum are located, was featured in an event ride associated with that Museum. There are designated routes in the city such as Trail Ride, Museum Ride and Cowboy Ride. I am not familiar with Fort Worth streets so do not know how any bicycle lanes may be laid out in or alongside streets and avoid interference with motor vehicle traffic.


Arts History Update for mid June 2016

2 Jun

Arts History Update for mid June 2016 by David Cummins

Texas Tech University School of Theater & Dance in Summer terms conducts Wild Wind Performance Laboratory Experiences. For the public, free of charge, that means public readings of four new plays one each on Saturday evening June 4 and Friday evenings June 10, 17 and 24 at 7:00 pm in the Maedgen Laboratory Theater space. These will be exciting original contemporary drama events.

The playwrights are, in order of their appearance, Martyna Majok Patricia Crespin Basil Kreimendahl and Steve Yockey .

The venue address is 2812 18th Street west entrance to the building. 2812 is west of Boston Avenue and east of Flint Avenue when coming off 19th Street.

In the Fall and next Spring 2017 this is the lineup of theater offerings


Want great art in your home, a small home or apartment? Four ideas that work include: 1. the coffee table is a miniature sculpture garden, 2. give your books new friends, place small pieces of art into the bookshelf, 3. use your television set as a frame for viewing art, so much of which is digitized into electronically displayable images, and 4. stick interesting pieces in different media or mixed media behind and above your chair(s) or sofa [sounds hackneyed but still works].

Hold costs down using copies, knock-offs, and shop locally for affordable pieces. Commit to changing one or more pieces every 18 months, so your psyche is ready whenever you see something that is available and it exhilarates you. You deserve that exhilaration so just grab it immediately, place it where you want and remove the piece(s) it replaces and put that into the art recycle basket for donation to friends or charities that have resale capabilities. Never look back, always forward, enthused by the imaginative art near you that interacts with your life, daily.

When your art thrives, you thrive, and vice versa.


CUNY City University of New York is the largest urban public university in the nation with 274,000 students and has 11 four year colleges in five boroughs plus graduate and specialized schools and colleges, a total of 23 entities. It is under huge financing shortfalls from the state and city and has undergone repeated budget cuts while raising tuition. Maintenance of an aging infrastructure has been deferred. It shows and re-accreditation is becoming questionable. City College at Amsterdam Avenue and 138th Street in West Harlem is a flagship campus within the system, founded in 1847 as a tuition-free college and rebuilt with Gothic architecture in 1907.

System website is Recent emigrants to America and the working poor have been among the many New Yorkers who gained and are gaining an education at CUNY. Please don’t think of it as somebody else’s college system. The reality is that its performance made it one of America’s most valuable cultural resources. It belongs to all of us.

Manhattan has Baruch College, Hunter College, John Jay College of Criminal Justice and City College. The Bronx has Lehman College. Queens has Queens College and York College. Brooklyn has Brooklyn College, College of Technology and Medgar Evers College. Staten Island has College of Staten Island. These are the eleven four year colleges.

The Graduate Center at 365 Fifth Avenue at 34th Street, east of Herald Square in Manhattan, is the principal doctoral-granting institution in the CUNY system When you’re in the city look for events at the Center to attend, it’s like an academically oriented 92nd Street YMHA venue. upper east side at East 92nd Street and Lexington Avenue.

LIVE@365: Mexican Music, Dance, and Poetry: Zenen Zeferino with Radio Jarocho – See more at: is part of the Global Music Series and is Wednesday June 1 at 7:00 pm in Room 1201 Elebash Recital Hall $15 for the public to attend.

Recital Hall photographs The Martin E. Segal Theater is also in the first floor of the Graduate Center building a black box that seats 70.

Dining Commons operated by Restaurant Associates is on the building’s eighth floor 365 Express has daily food service on the first floor 8:00 am – 7:00 pm when classes are in session, and when they’re not, Dining Commons is open from 8:00 am – 3:00 pm

If you’re new to New York you are learning that in dense urban areas, individual buildings are communities that look after themselves and meet the needs of that community. Working New Yorkers don’t just hop in their cars and go up to Yonkers for lunch at a new spot. That’s a 2-1/2 hour carve-out of a working day that’s rarely permitted or tolerated. New Yorkers don’t even want to do that, they’re focused and driven people who are busy accomplishing something.


Christian Conrad continues his Relationship of Art lectures in June on Saturday June 11 Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo, and Saturday June 25 Alfred Stieglitz and Georgia O’Keeffe. Venue is LHUCA Louise Hopkins Underwood Center for the Arts Firehouse Theater 511 Avenue K, north end of downtown northeast of City of Lubbock Memorial Civic Center on Avenue K at Mac Davis Lane. Free events, coffee water and donuts provided.

If you missed a Conrad lecture catch him on You Tube under the handle conradmerz. He’s uploaded 239 short videos so there is a body of work there from which to choose.

Here is a lecture by Lisa Kurzner in Atlanta Georgia, 39 minutes in length, about Stieglitz’s photography of his subject Georgia O’Keeffe, his lover and later his wife Published on Apr 16, 2014

Independent scholar Lisa Kurzner discusses Alfred Stieglitz’s photographs of artist Georgia O’Keeffe. Educated in Berlin, Stieglitz studied engineering and photography before returning to the United States at the turn of the century and opening the 291 Gallery in 1905. He pioneered the art of photography, and single-handedly introduced America to the works of Picasso, Matisse, and Cezanne at the Gallery. Stieglitz took more than 300 portraits of O’Keeffe between 1918 and 1937. Most of the more erotic poses would be in the first few years of their marriage.

291 Fifth Avenue between 30th and 31st Streets was the address of the 291 Gallery during the years 1905-1917


Hotel Emma is a stylish 146 room upscale hotel, from 2015, in the renovated former brew house of Pearl Brewery on the San Antonio River north of Interstate Highway 35 off [west] McAllister Freeway at 136 East Grayson Street. It’s adjacent to Pearl Brewery Plaza and nearby eateries are Texas Farm to Table Cafe, The Granary Cue & Brew, Cured, Bakery Lorraine, Green Vegetarian Cuisine and La Gloria Mexican Street Food. Website is The Brewhouse and associated buildings were constructed and opened in 1894 designed by August Maritzen in the French Second Empire Style 1855-1885 popularized during the reign of Napoleon III 1852-1870 that came to an inglorious end by a Prussian invasion of Paris.

The Riverwalk in downtown San Antonio is being extended north and eventually may reach the 23 acre former Pearl Brewery site and Hotel Emma. Emma has rooms from $300 up to $500 per night, and is a Klimpton Properties boutique hotel.

An option is to walk past along the river on an existing path [future riverwalk] open to the public.

Fort Sam Houston, U.S. Army is east of McAllister Freeway off East Grayson Street. This is historic San Antonio. When stationed there in 1960 I worshiped at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church at 1018 East Grayson Street.