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This Week's Various

Friday, September 23, 2011

NYT slideshow and more of Rosh Hashanah food.  Jam cake is obvious, but jam-filled mandelbrot?  Must be tried.

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Tupelo Hardware Company, Tupelo MS
September 24 and 25, Guernsey's Auction House will sell among its other listings Elvis' first guitar, the one Gladys bought him at Tupelo Hardware.

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If you listed to Terry Gross on NPR, Fresh Air, you know she is a great interviewer.  This week's interview with Maurice Sendak was so raw and so truthful -- among the best ever.

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The T-P ran an article about Leah Chase's art collection.  *Love* her John Biggers piece.

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The NYT has a piece on food from the War.  Not so much sugar, lots more salt.

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A tin tree.

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Goodwill Industries of Middle Tennessee posted what's believed to be a rare photograph of Robert E. Lee on their auction website and it sold for $23k.

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Finally on September 19, Roberta Smith did what she needed to do.  The American Folk Art Museum seemed teetering on closing.  As arts critic for the NYT, she began her article with the words, "Please. Someone, everyone, do something to save the American Folk Art Museum from dissolution and dispersal."  She goes on:

But we should be clear about one thing: There was no failure of curatorial vision. During its 10 years in its new home the museum functioned more or less as the center of folk-outsider art research and development in this country, if not the world. It mounted exhibitions of outsider greats equal to any insiders the 20th century produced, among them Martín Ramírez, Adolf Wölfli and Henry Darger, the Chicago recluse who is represented by a gift of some 5,000 artworks and related materials. Drawing primarily from its collection it has organized inspiring exhibitions of quilts, painted furniture, whitework coverings and sandpaper paintings, and the thick-piled, often pictorial textiles known as bed rugs. It took the survey of Thomas Chambers, one of the great undersung masters of 19th-century American marine and landscape painting, originated by the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Wednesday night, it was announced that *the museum will stay open*.  Thursday I got an email from the Museum, noting:

In addition to developing a financial plan, the Trustees are also creating a strategy that will increase the visibility of the Museum’s renowned collections and extend the American Folk Art Museum brand. The Museum will seek to establish a revitalized and expanded program of loans to collaborating New York City institutions, as well as packaging traveling exhibitions around the U.S., as ways of sharing folk art with wider audiences. The Brooklyn Museum, the New-York Historical Society, and the Museum of Arts and Design have expressed interest in working with the American Folk Art Museum to identify potential exhibitions where the museums respective collections inform and excite one another. The Metropolitan Museum of Art will display approximately 15 major works of art from the collection in honor of the opening of the American Wing and The Henry R. Luce Center for the Study of American Art.

Well, yay!

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Rachel Bobo, I miss you terribly on FB!

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