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.


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