Arts History Update for mid October 2016

12 Oct

Arts History Update for mid October 2016 by David Cummins

Georgia O’Keeffe’s Far Wide Texas is the current exhibit to October 30, 2016 at Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, 217 Johnson Street, Santa Fe New Mexico. The Georgia O’Keeffe Museum brings together the watercolors created by the artist during the years she lived in Canyon, Texas (1916-1918). This is a period of radical innovation and the moment when O’Keeffe’s commitment to abstraction is firmly established… While she was at West Texas State Normal College (now West Texas A & M University) she taught this curriculum, which became her life-long practice.
Twenty-eight of the 51 watercolors O’Keeffe created while living in Canyon, Texas will be on view… A gorgeous catalogue will accompany the exhibition of O’Keeffe’s Texas paintings… An essay by Amy Von Lintel, professor of art history at West Texas A & M University, will accompany the images. She has studied the original documents from O’Keeffe’s Texas years including her letters to Alfred Stieglitz as well as University documents to shed new critical light on this productive period of O’Keeffe’s life.
[from the Georgia O’Keefe Museum website]


Speaking of New Mexico, it is home to acequias or gravity flow irrigation ditches dug to channel water in semi-arid areas where water is not abundant. The digging of ditches and putting up headgate and sluicing controls on the tentacles from the main ditch is what allowed farmers and ranchers to have enough water on selected portions of their farms fields and ranches Such ditches can be found in four other southwestern states one of which is Texas.

The Milagro [miracle] Beanfield War (film 1988) directed by Robert Redford was a blockbuster movie about both cutting off water from such a ditch and a farmer who went out at night, trespassed and surreptitiously restored his water source. It pitted, as stand-ins for good and evil, the historic down in the dirt farming practices with the real estate purchase flip and sell market of entrepreneurs.

New Mexico Acequias Association and Taos Valley Acequias Association are current organizations of farmers and ranchers who maintain, cooperate, collaborate and control such ditches.

In the Middle Ages the near East Islamic world invented the practice of gravity flow ditching, that practice was brought to Andalusia in southern Spain in the late Middle Ages, and the Spanish conquistadors and mission system operators brought the practice to Mexico and the American Southwest.


Amazon@Lubbock is open for business at 2407 9th Street just east of University Avenue across from Texas Tech campus. It can be used two ways. Purchase an item online and ask for delivery to Amazon@Lubbock, receive an e-mail when it arrives, and pick it up locally on your schedule within 15 days. Return an item at the self-service return station with boxes and wrapping and labeling available, all free. Hours are Mon-Fri 9:00 – 9:00 pm Sat-Sun noon – 9:00 pm

The location tells you what the chief problem is for items purchased online by students and delivered by United Parcel, FedEx, DHA and US Postal Service to rooms where there is no receiving occupant, locked lockers, no one matching up with a purchser to sign for and acknowledge receipt of the package. However, the station is available to the general public so it’s a delivery option for us. For items purchased from Barnes & Noble they can be delivered to the B&N store in the Student Union Building and students can pick up there. didn’t want to put up a store on each campus.


Texas Tech University Humanities Center announced its 2016 Alumni College Fellows. These faculty members participate in Alumni College, which takes place on Saturday, October 15, 2016 during the university’s Homecoming Activities. Fellows’ presentations begin at 8:00 am inside the McKenzie-Merket Alumni Center enter at University Avenue and 17th Street ample parking. Each of the below listed fellows will present short talks on various subjects one after the other. Returning alumni are specifically invited to attend but the general public is welcome. Free event. A complimentary breakfast available.

Kanika Batra, Ph.D.
Associate Professor – English
“Imprinting Gender and Sexuality under Apartheid”

Curtis Bauer, Ph.D.
Associate Professor – English
“Scrittore Traditore: Examining Style and Influence in the Translations of the Mexican author Fabio Morábito”

Caroline Bishop, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor – CMLL: Greek & Roman History
“How to Make a Roman Demosthenes: Cicero’s Construction of a Tradition”

Idoia Elola, Ph.D.
Associate Professor – CMLL: Spanish
“Defining Linguistic Landscapes Through Written Signage in Four Hispanic Flea Markets in Texas”

Hannah Friedman, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor – CMLL: Classics
“Piecing Together The Ancient City: The Libarna Archaeological Project”

Andrea Jonsson, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor – CMLL: French
“Acting Vulnerable: Performed Sincerity and Authenticity in the Voices of Jacques Brel and Stromae”

Amy Koerber, Ph.D.
Professor – English
“The Hormonal Woman: A Critical Exploration of Expert and Public Discourses”

Victoria Surliuga, Ph.D.
Associate Professor – CMLL: Italian
“Peggy Guggenheim in Venice: A Self-Professed Art Addict”

Joel Velasco, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor – Philosophy
“The Principles of Rationality: Deciding What to Believe and How to Reason”

Heather Warren-Crow, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor – Visual & Performing Arts
“Magic Moments: Girlhood and Viral Theory in the Internet”

What are young Humanities faculty thinking about? This lineup provides an answer.


What was the most dangerous nuclear disaster in world history? Most people would say the Chernobyl nuclear disaster in Ukraine, but they’d be wrong. In 2011, an earthquake, believed to be an aftershock of the 2010 earthquake in Chile, created a tsunami that caused a meltdown at the TEPCO nuclear power plant in Fukushima, Japan. Three nuclear reactors melted down and what happened next was the largest release of radiation into the water in the history of the world. Over the next three months, radioactive chemicals, some in even greater quantities than Chernobyl, leaked into the Pacific Ocean. However, the numbers may actually be much higher as Japanese official estimates have been proven by several scientists to be flawed in recent years.

Radioactive Debris from Fukushima approaching North America’s western coast Credit – RT
If that weren’t bad enough, Fukushima continues to leak an astounding 300 tons of radioactive waste into the Pacific Ocean every day. It will continue do so indefinitely as the source of the leak cannot be sealed as it is inaccessible to both humans and robots due to extremely high temperatures.
It should come as no surprise, then, that Fukushima has contaminated the entire Pacific Ocean in just five years. This could easily be the worst environmental disaster in human history and it is almost never talked about by politicians, establishment scientists, or the news. It is interesting to note that TEPCO is a subsidiary partner with General Electric (also known as GE), one of the largest companies in the world, which has considerable control over numerous news corporations and politicians alike. Could this possibly explain the lack of news coverage Fukushima has received in the last five years? There is also evidence that GE knew about the poor condition of the Fukushima reactors for decades and did nothing. This led 1,400 Japanese citizens to sue GE for their role in the Fukushima nuclear disaster.
Even if we can’t see the radiation itself, some parts of North America’s western coast have been feeling the effects for years. Not long after Fukushima, fish in Canada began bleeding from their gills, mouths, and eyeballs. This “disease” has been ignored by the government and has decimated native fish populations, including the North Pacific herring. Elsewhere in Western Canada, independent scientists have measured a 300% increase in the level of radiation. According to them, the amount of radiation in the Pacific Ocean is increasing every year. Why is this being ignored by the mainstream media? It might have something to do with the fact that the US and Canadian governments have banned their citizens from talking about Fukushima so “people don’t panic.”

Farther south in Oregon, USA, starfish began losing legs and then disintegrating entirely when Fukushima radiation arrived there in 2013. Now, they are dying in record amounts, putting the entire oceanic ecosystem in that area at risk. However, government officials say Fukushima is not to blame even though radiation in Oregon tuna tripled after Fukushima. In 2014, radiation on California beaches increased by 500 percent. In response, government officials said that the radiation was coming from a mysterious “unknown” source and was nothing to worry about.
However, Fukushima is having a bigger impact than just the West coast of North America. Scientists are now saying that the Pacific Ocean is already radioactive and is currently at least 5-10 times more radioactive than when the US government dropped numerous nuclear bombs in the Pacific during and after World War II. If we don’t start talking about Fukushima soon, we could all be in for a very unpleasant surprise.


Landmark Art Gallery at the School of Art Texas Tech University exhibition October 14-December 18 is GUN SHOW! Art in the Era of Campus Carry with art on exhibit from ten artists. Opening festivities include artist talks by three of those exhibiting artists Shannon Cannings, Jarred Elrod and Dirk Fowler from 3:30 – 4:00 pm on October 14 followed by the opening reception at the Gallery.

The theme of the art exhibit is carried forward in readings by students and faculty in the English Department GUN SHOW! Literature in the Era of Campus Carry on October 18 at 7:00 pm in English/Philosophy Departments building LH 001

Day of the Dead Ofrenda in Memory of Those Who Have Died of Gun Violence is on exhibit at the School of Art South Gallery from October 17 – 30. A reception is October 28 from 6:00 – 8:00 pm.

Marnika Shelton and camp Bosworth are artists and they will engage in GUN SHOW! Discussion Forum on November 15 at 6:00 pm in School of Art building Room B-01 [two subterranean floors beneath the one story School of Art Building, and the bottom of those floors has a small lecture hall called Room B-01].

A poster exhibit is Stop It!: Posters Against Guns, Hate and Violence in Youth Culture from December 12 – February 5, 2017 at the School of Art Studio Gallery.


WESTAF (The Western States Arts Federation) located in Denver, Colorado, is now accepting applications for the position of Program Manager of the Public Art Archive

Position Summary
This position provides leadership for the further development of the Public Art Archive. The Archive is a 7 year old ongoing project that seeks to acquire and make available for both public and administrative use images and data related to installed works of public art across the United States and beyond. Public Art Archive Program Manager works with the senior management team at WESTAF to build the Archive into a comprehensive and financially self-sustainable resource. The position is a full-time, salaried opportunity at WESTAF’s lower downtown Denver office.

The Organizational Culture
WESTAF is operated by a staff of 30 employees many of whom have arts or creative backgrounds. The highly entrepreneurial organization is committed to building a diverse, inclusive and mission-oriented staff and applicants from under-represented populations are encouraged to apply. Ideal candidates will thrive in a setting where the day-to-day tasks vary, collaboration is critical, and employees are able to work as part of a team but are empowered to manage their workload and execute tasks independently.

Key Duties
The Public Art Archive Manager is responsible for the following key duties:
Collaborates with experts in the public art field to further develop and enact an ambitious vision for the Public Art Archive
Ensures that the current Public Art Archive site remains available to the public at a high standard of reliability and accuracy
Develops and maintains relationships with experts in the public art field in order to ensure that the development of the site reflects best practices
Manages the project in a way that guides it to a state of financial self sufficiency
Directs contractors in the task of validating, vetting and importing content
Works to relate the capabilities of the Archive to other WESTAF technology projects to take advantage of potential synergies
Represents the Public Art Archive at professional gatherings
Manages the Archive’s e-newsletter and the social media presence
Minimum General Qualifications
A bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution of higher education with a master’s degree preferred
Aptitude for completing work objectives under limited supervision
Proven entrepreneurial ability
Knowledge of the visual arts field
Strong written and verbal communication skills
A knowledge of the visual arts
Minimum Technology Qualifications
Knowledge of the basic architecture and processes of mid-level web sites, or the ability to quickly learn such basics
Proficient computer skills on both Mac and PC platforms
An understanding of basic social media platforms, including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.
The position has the following compensation and benefits:
An annual salary in the range of $43,000 to $46,000
Eligibility for an annual bonus at the conclusion of one year of work
Three weeks of paid vacation (10 hours/month)
Paid sick leave earned at the rate of eight hours per month
Eleven paid holidays per year
Health insurance
Dental coverage
An RTD Ecopass
A retirement plan with 403(b) matching opportunities after one year of employment
To Apply
To apply for this position, submit a cover letter that details how your education and experience will allow you to successfully complete the key duties of the position noted above.  In addition, please submit a resume that outlines your general qualifications for the position along with three professional references. Please send your application materials to Laurel Sherman at Questions about the positions should also be directed to Ms. Sherman. The position will remain open until it is filled.

WESTAF’s mission is to strengthen the financial, organizational, and policy infrastructure of the arts. In its work, the organization strives to reflect the values, insights, spirit and knowledge of communities of color, indigenous peoples, and other marginalized ethnic communities in the West and ensure its programs and initiatives incorporate the diverse perspectives of the region. For more information about the work of WESTAF please go to Information about the Public Art Archive can be found at

Issued September 28, 2016


In this day and age of health care in America largely being a function of financing and how well insured and by which company and program with which co-pays, deductibles, exemptions from coverage and payment caps, we need to be aware of insurance coverage options.

Pharmacy can be an expensive aspect of health care. Why do things change so much? Often it’s because contract negotiations between insurance companies and pharmacy providers and pharmaceutical companies, and government payors and pharmacy providers and pharmaceutical companies, yields a new relationship that provides more and better drugs for less expense and that is a very good thing. Thus, don’t despair because of changes forcing you to adapt since that is most often to your benefit both from a health standpoint and a cost standpoint.

Here is an understandable description of a change taking place on December 1, 2016, and if you understand this, then even if you’re not covered by Tricare, you will understand better what happens in your own program and insurance coverage

3 Things to Know: Tricare Pharmacy Shake-Up


Smithsonian Institution traveling Exhibition Service has an exhibit at Texas Tech Museum titled Green Revolution on display through January 15, 2017. In conjunction with that exhibit there is a community event at the Museum on Sunday October 16 from 2:00-4:00 pm titled Think Global Act Local: Get Your Green Up featuring a half hour talk by Dr. Katharine Hayhoe 2:00-2:30 and interactive booths open from 2:30-4:00 pm offering tips on how we can build a healthy conservation of resources oriented community. Hayhoe is director of Texas Tech’s Climate Science Center. Free event.


The British Museum in London is putting up an exhibit The American Dream: Pop to the Present from March 9 – June 18, 2017 focused on prints by American artists from the 1960s to the 2010s.|mktg|card|121016|amdream


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: