The Public Domain Review

I’ve left evidence before that I am a fierce fan of the public domain. The idea of the public domain as a principal of law is based on the assumption that the author is dead and that the public interest is not necessarily being preserved by protecting the claims of ownership of valuable cultural property to survivors or heirs of the author.  (take a breath)  With all due respect to the bereaved, I’m all for it. I don’t take this civic-minded principle for granted – I think that my resultant personal claim to such property is thin at best: with plenty of opportunity to abuse and exploit the now-public legacy. It’s easy to cross the line into hypocrisy, defending one’s “right of access” to such a fabulous golden hoard.

Whatever.  Do you know about the Public Domain Review? They plumb the depths and bring discrete packets back up to the light of day – with the help of enlightened curators, researchers and lovers of the obscure and the timeless.  They are themselves best in describing their mission. Read their story.

I will continue to hungrily receive their newsletter and continue to steal from the best.

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Calls for submissions – Issue 7

Event Horizon is a home for literary and graphic arts and this is a call for submissions:

Event Horizon is seeking poetry, fiction, and non-fiction of many varieties.

Event Horizon is calling for graphic arts suitable for a 2D publication:  illustration of any variety, photography and photography of craft work, pictures with stories comprising manga, graphic novels, comics and cartoons.

There is no fee for submitting nor is there payment upon acceptance. Event Horizon is published bi-monthly. The best place to start for any questions is the website and glimpses at back issues.  Target publication date for Issue 7 is January 1, 2019.

The website, blog and free pdf downloads can be found at eventhorizonmagazine.com .

All submissions and inquiries should be directed to eventhorizonmagazine@gmail.com .

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Print version of Issue 6 is abailable

Go the Home page or go here to purchase the print version of Issue 6.  There is a link to the free pdf download on the Home page.

Here is a picture  of a painting from one of the more recently discovered Ice Age caves at Chauvet.  Regrettably, you will not be able to visit without the highest academic credentials.  I haven’t published an article on the caves but I hope to soon.

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Edward Gorey: an icon for Halloween

I was drawn to his picture in the article in the New York Times. “Who is this guy? Never heard of him.”  But of course I had heard of him or at least I had always loved his artwork without knowing who Edward Gorey was.  A celebration and the release of a biography of his life are reported by Steven Kurutz in the Style section of the New York Times. An apparently celibate, closeted gay man who listed cats as the love of his life and replied “looking out the window” to a question about his favorite journey, he was occasionally photographed on the streets of New York in majestic finery including a full-length raccoon coat. Gorey died in 2000 at age 75.

Gorey’s illustrations are understated, macabre, and fiercely funny. He did honor to childrens’ books, various animations and the many other genres of art and literature that he illustrated. Gorey revered George Balanchine and the New York City Ballet. The new biography is  Born to Be Posthumous, by Mark Dery.

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cool announcement; more pictures

Hyperallergic reports: Art Institute of Chicago Offers Thousands of Free, High-Resolution Images.    That would be unrestricted access to thousands of images — exactly 44,313, with more to be added — under the Creative Commons Zero (CC0) license. “This move is not unprecedented. According to Artnet News, the Metropolitan Museum of Art also made all of the public domain works in its collection available online back in February 2017.”

Here are the images from the Hyperallergic announcement.

Van Gogh, Munch

Monet, ancient Egyptian

Mondrian, Miller

Carriera, Seurat

Edward Burne-Jones at the Tate

I can’t forward notices of every exhibit or opening I would like to attend. There is always some point to be made or some hidden agenda to advance whenever I proffer such intelligence.  For example, there is a solo exhibit at the Tate in London from 24 October 2018 – 24 February 2019 of  the works of Edward Burne-Jones.  He was among the last and best of the Pre-Raphaelites. I love the Pre-Raphaelites.  This announcement is an opportunity to share the samples promoting the exhibit which can be found on the Tate website.

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Contemporary art, museums and mirrors

American Monument by lauren wood was set to open this past Sunday at the University Art Museum at California State University, Long Beach. It was pulled just prior to opening by the artist. If the museum did not already know, it received an urgent reminder of the role of a contemporary art museum.  It is an active and engaged role and not for the faint of heart.

The monument (so-called at woods’ insistence) includes 25 record players on podia with collected audio files (911 cell phone calls from distraught witnesses, etc.) about several killings of African-Americans by police officers.

The scheduled opening ceremony was uproarious – and not in a fun way. Kimberly Meyer, the museum’s director, had been fired six days earlier. Woods was an exhibitor by invitation of Meyer and woods considered Meyer a primary collaborator in producing American Monument. Dean of the art school, Cyrus Parker-Jeannette, was sharply questioned by the attendees when she tried to give her opening remarks.

Hyperallergic reports:

Following introductory remarks, woods opened by describing her initial enthusiasm for the project. “I saw the potential for a unique collaboration in creating the monument in proximity to young people who are actively discovering and staking out their place in the world, young people who are trying to understand what power and authority is.” She then played the record containing audio from the cell phone video taken by Diamond Reynolds as her boyfriend Philando Castile sat bleeding to death next to her on July 6, 2016, after being shot by Minnesota police officer Jeronimo Yanez. Several attendees wept as Reynolds’s words echoed through the stark space.

Woods then concluded, “Monument can only resume its co-creative process when restored, which can only happen with Kimberli Meyer retained as director of UAM. .. And so with great disappointment and profound sadness, I hereby declare the process to continue building American Monument paused.”  With that, she shut down the monument.

Meyer was fired without comment or explanation. That was ill-advised and the administration will find that they will have to back-pedal furiously from that stone-faced position.

Art historical exhibits in museums are rightly perceived as placid galleries – mostly – where we can examine portraits and snapshots of who we are and how we became that way. A contemporary art gallery is a potential powder keg.  The gallery is holding up a mirror.  Often enough, we will want to shoot the messenger. This role of simultaneous interpreter is not a matter of choice – it comes with the territory.

Of course this will not stand. The University Art Museum will take a more active role in its involvement with American Monument. The administrators have no choice. As it stands, the only view we can have of the museum’s position is one of spineless pusillanimity.

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The Library supports local musicians

Ya gotta love libraries.  My daughter taught music in the Madras, Oregon (pop. 6700) public schools through a rural outreach program. She became Band Director of the Madras Library Band (Jefferson County Library District).  The library put on a parade in the dead of winter (Christmas?).  The temp was sub-zero.  It was so cold many of the instruments didn’t work.  The parade was enthusiastically supported by the community and the participants had a blast.

The Multnomah County Library of Portland, Oregon, is producing the Library Music Project:

Submit to Library Music Project!  We are looking for the next group of artists to join the Library Music Project collection! Have you produced an EP or full length album in any genre? Do you live and regularly perform in the Portland region? We definitely want you to submit! The submission period is open from September 12 to September 30, 2018.

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