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Kim Gattle named to Indianapolis Museum of Art position

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Thursday, 24 July 2014 14:20
Kim Gattle. Image courtesy of the Indianapolis Museum of Art. INDIANAPOLIS – The Indianapolis Museum of Art has named Kim Gattle Deputy Director for Institutional Advancement at the Indianapolis Museum of Art.

This new addition to museum’s senior leadership team will assist in building a more secure financial foundation for the institution, said Charles L. Venable, director and CEO of the Indianapolis Museum of Art.

While Gattle will officially join the IMA in November, she will immediately become involved with strategic planning for the IMA’s membership and fundraising activities. In her role, Gattle will work with the staff and board to develop and implement a comprehensive fundraising plan for the institution. The strategic plan will focus on increasing the museum’s engagement with donors, members, and the public with the ultimate goal of growing the IMA’s annual support, major and capital gifts, membership revenue, foundation and government grants, corporate partnerships, and planned gifts.

“This is a critical time for the IMA – one of innovation and creativity – as we prepare to launch exciting new programming, unprecedented exhibitions and a monumental new art addition to our campus, Roy Lichtenstein’s Five Brushstrokes sculpture currently being installed on the Dudley and Mary Louise Sutphin Mall. These initiatives present fresh opportunities for donor engagement and financial growth, and I am confident that Gattle is the right person at the right time for the IMA.”

Gattle has more than 20 years of experience in fundraising and development work. She is currently the president and founder of Gattle & Company, an Indianapolis-based fundraising consulting firm. Previously, Gattle served as the director of fundraising and institutional advancement at the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University.

Gattle is a graduate of University of Florida and received her master’s degree in philanthropic studies from the Lilly Family School on Philanthropy at Indiana University.

Kim Gattle. Image courtesy of the Indianapolis Museum of Art.
Last Updated on Thursday, 24 July 2014 14:30

Mississippi father, son sculpting Civil War monument

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Written by KATIE WILLIAMSON, The Daily Leader   
Thursday, 24 July 2014 09:37
An existing Confederate monument at the Shiloh National Military Park. Image by Halpaugh. This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 License. BROOKHAVEN, Miss. (AP) – Kim Sessums and his son Jake Sessums work in a room of giants. Three eight-foot Confederate soldiers tower over the men as they form and shape clay around the giant bodies.

Kim and Jake are working to capture the spirit of Mississippians in the Civil War, specifically those who fought in the Battle of Shiloh, a task so monumental it would dwarf many artists.

On April 6, 1862, Confederate soldiers stormed federal troops camped around Shiloh hill. The bloody battle, which would lead to the control of the railroad junction in Corinth, Miss., lasted two days at the cost of 23,746 men who were killed, wounded or missing; 1,728 of them were Mississippians. This was the largest battle in the Mississippi Valley campaign.

In the sculpture, three Confederate soldiers proudly carry their flag into the battle. The color bearer is hit by a bullet and begins to fall as the flanking color guards reach for the flag and offer support to their fallen comrade. Kim Sessums captures the moment of recoil and heroism.

“This grouping would seek to be an action composition, the Color representing all that the soldiers are fighting for and thus must not fall or be lost,” he wrote in his artist's proposal for the project. “At the falling of the Color Bearer, the guards and their comrades are reminded in an instant of their reason to be in the midst of all the death and destruction around them ... duty and honor to push forward to victory or death.”

Kim Sessums begins every sculpture with research. The counters in his studio are lined with Civil War history books and narratives he references with every detail, which results in a sculpture meticulously true to the period. He said each detail will become a conversation piece for Civil War buffs because of the accuracy.

Sessums has modeled his three soldiers after sixth Mississippi regiment with a Hardee pattern flag. Every minute detail is historically accurate, from the button on a soldier's satchel to the bridle pike cutter atop the flagpole. To properly represent the physicality of the figures in a pose, Kim had three men act out the scene as he took photos to study the exact muscular systems of each performer.

“All the elements are implemented to give an overall narrative,” Sessums said.

He said even though everything is historically accurate, the actual men are fictional and by doing this, the piece does not reflect any individual, it reflects Mississippi Confederate soldiers as a whole. He is representing the anonymous Confederate soldiers, who lost their lives “struggling in the ultimate sacrificial way for a cause.”

Unlike the majority of his work, Sessums competed for the chance to erect the monument in honor of Mississippi soldiers at the Shiloh National Military Park. Since the founding of the park in 1894 there have been monuments for Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, Texas and Wisconsin. Sessums' sculpture will join as the tribute to Mississippi.

“As an artist you go to these national parks to see the great turn of 20th century figurative sculptures,” he said. “Not everyone can be there; pieces there last forever.”

This will be the fifth monumental statue constructed by the artist. Previous ones include a tribute to black troops at the Vicksburg National Military Park and the 6-foot statue of the legendary football coach John Vaught on the University of Mississippi campus.

However, this is the first time his son has been involved in the process.

“I've really enjoyed it, seeing the beginning and seeing it as it comes together,” said Jake. “I never thought about what went into these works. I thought it was something he could just do.”

Jake has been doing the majority of the manual labor involved in working with the giants, while also witnessing the process of how his father works in the studio.

“I'm giving him the assistance he needs to finish in a timely fashion,” said Jake. “I'm working harder than I normally would because this is part of my history, too, and I want to add to it. I learn as much as I can when I can.”

Kim and Jake are about five months into the sculpting process, not including the three months Kim spent researching.

The deadline for completion is April 6, 2015, when it will be unveiled at Shiloh on the battle's 153rd anniversary. The preparation includes six months at the bronze foundry.

Currently, the two men are adding and sculpting clay around the giant armature. They are using small loop tools, knives and brushes to carve every detail, perfect every fold, crease, and line, and to give a subtle texture to the piece that adds another dimension to the work.

“The big projects are more complicated to maintain the integrity of design,” said Kim. “It needs to look like it was created, scored and patina applied by the same artist's hand. I don't want an inconsistent design.” He added that it's a balance to have both personalities in the piece but with the same intentions.

Sculpture is not Kim's only artistic passion. He is also a talented two-dimensional artist, who utilizes several different media to create figurative work. Every artwork he creates conveys an emotion or idea, even if they are only understood by him. Nothing is objective.

Kim began drawing at an early age. He grew up in a small town in rural Mississippi. His work pays tribute to the Southern people who have in some way made an impact on him throughout his life. Even the smallest of his sketches has a remarkable amount of detail and reality that conveys an intimate connection he has with every subject.

Besides all this, Kim is also a local full-time OBGYN for the Brookhaven community at King's Daughters Medical Center. He has been practicing medicine for 25 years and has a passion for the medical field as well his art.

Throughout his medical career, he has never stopped creating art.

Kim said he has gotten his brain to work in small amounts of time. It's not easy for him to find six-hour increments to work on his sculpture projects, but all those 45-minute sessions add up over time.

“He lives a life of no wasted time,” said Jake.

The two men will continue their sculpting work on the Confederate giants until it's time to send them to the foundry, where the work will be bronze cast in 18 sections and reassembled as a whole. The monument will find its final resting place with fallen soldiers at Shiloh National Park.


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An existing Confederate monument at the Shiloh National Military Park. Image by Halpaugh. This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 License.
Last Updated on Thursday, 24 July 2014 09:55

Texas blues/rock legend Janis Joplin honored on US postage stamp

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Wednesday, 23 July 2014 08:47
Texas blues/rock singer Janis Joplin is honored on this USPS stamp that will be released on August 8, 2014. Image courtesy of USPS.

WASHINGTON – On August 8th, the USPS will release a Forever stamp honoring the groundbreaking Texas blues/rock singer Janis Joplin (1943-1970). The latest in the postal service’s Music Icons series, it follows the release of stamps featuring Ray Charles, Johnny Cash, Jimi Hendrix and Tejano star Lydia Mendoza.

Designed by Antonio Alcala, the Janis Joplin stamp is based around a famous photo of Joplin wearing a feathered hair ornament and round, rose-tinted glasses. The image is framed in bright orange, pink and yellow lettering of the psychedelic style typically seen in 1960s rock show posters.

The Janis Joplin stamp will be sold on sheets of 16 Forever stamps. The sheet is priced at $7.84 and can be pre-ordered online at

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Texas blues/rock singer Janis Joplin is honored on this USPS stamp that will be released on August 8, 2014. Image courtesy of USPS.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 July 2014 08:56

Australian mogul James Packer gives away $188M to arts

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Tuesday, 22 July 2014 08:42
One of James Packer's particular interests is Australian indigenous art. Shown here is a work by Harry Tjutjuna titled 'Kunakaku Mana Kuliningi' (2007). Est. Aus$2,000-$3,000. To be auctioned July 22, 2014. Image courtesy of LiveAuctioneers and Mossgreen Auctions. SYDNEY (AFP) - Billionaire James Packer, one of Australia's richest men, on Tuesday announced he was setting up a philanthropic foundation to give away Aus$200 million (US$188 million).

The casino tycoon, who runs worldwide gambling empire Crown, said the cash would go to charities promoting the arts and those supporting the broader community, particularly indigenous education.

Half of the money, to be donated in Aus$20 million installments for the next 10 years, will come from Crown Resorts, and the rest from the Packer family.

"This exciting collaboration between Crown Resorts and our family creates a platform from which to contribute towards strengthening communities in

Australia and developing our artistic future," said his sister Gretel, who will administer the fund.

Philanthropy Australia chief executive Louise Walsh said she hoped it would encourage more of the country's corporate boards and wealthiest people to do the same.

"We are starting to see some serious mega gifts happening now in Australia and this is fantastic," she told reporters.

The son of late media baron Kerry Packer, James Packer is one of Australia's wealthiest people, with a personal fortune estimated at Aus$7.2 billion.

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One of James Packer's particular interests is Australian indigenous art. Shown here is a work by Harry Tjutjuna titled 'Kunakaku Mana Kuliningi' (2007). Est. Aus$2,000-$3,000. To be auctioned July 22, 2014. Image courtesy of LiveAuctioneers and Mossgreen Auctions.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 22 July 2014 09:25

Wis. man loans part of his artifact collection to local museum

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Written by KELLY MEYERHOFER, HTF Media   
Thursday, 17 July 2014 09:59
Translucent orange sugar quartz clovis point, early Paleo, 10,500-8,000 years old, likely origin Wisconsin. Image courtesy Archive and Morphy Auctions. TWO RIVERS, Wis. (AP) – A lot of children collect things – shells, stamps, sports cards – but most eventually abandon their collections.

This wasn't the case for Ron “Curly” Babler who began collecting American Indian artifacts in grade school. Now 84, his collection is in the thousands. He has an entire room of his house dedicated to this hobby.

Babler recently loaned roughly a quarter of his collection to Rogers Street Fishing Village after some prompting from his daughter, Theresa Franz.

“He has so much of this, so it's neat to have it here and share it with the community,” Franz told HTR Media.

The museum lacked a Native American exhibit prior to Babler's indefinite loan and executive director Greg Goodchild is excited to represent this important aspect of Two Rivers' history. It was here where the French Canadians met the Native Americans and began a fruitful relationship.

Eleven-year-old Babler was entrusted with watching his Uncle Floyd Wiltgen's arrowheads while his uncle went off to fight in World War II.

“Take care of these until I get home,” is what his uncle told him.

Wiltgen, however, never made it back. He died in combat in 1943.

But more than 70 years later, Babler is still taking care of the arrowheads.

The small gift ignited into a lifelong hobby for Babler, who began collecting Indian artifacts shortly afterward.

The Two Rivers native began his search in the farm fields of fellow classmates.

“I did a lot of walking,” he shrugged.

Babler's collecting halted at an early age when he enlisted to fight in the Korean War. After serving, he joined the Merchant Marines and sailed the world for seven years. It was not until Babler, in his 30s, returned to the United States that he resumed his collection. He traveled all over the nation, visiting American Indian burial grounds and learning all he could.

He joined the Wisconsin Archeological Society and has been a member for almost 40 years, a fact he proudly displayed in his choice of clothing. The society T-shirt is printed with – what else? – an arrowhead.

His favorite part of collecting?

“You never know enough,” he said.

This might be hard to believe judging from the stacks of books in his makeshift museum room.

Babler said he loves finding an artifact and going through books to determine what its use was, how old it was and from what tribe it originated.

His collection includes not only arrowheads, but fish hooks, pottery, needles, scrapers and other tools the Native Americans depended upon for survival.

Babler's pieces adorned with copper are worth the most. Even when in use hundreds of years ago, these pieces were heavily traded all the way down to South America.

His oldest pieces, the straight-edged Paleo points, are 12,000 years old. Eventually, the edges of arrowheads became fluted to better hold onto the arrow. This advancement of civilization is seen in the display at Rogers Street Fishing Village.

Though his collection at home is from all over the world, the pieces displayed in the museum are all local.

Aside from Babler's collection, the exhibit also includes an authentic Ojibwe birch bark canoe dating back to the 1830s and a mural painted by Sister Mariella Erdmann and Erin LaBonte, art professors at Silver Lake College. The mural depicts the French meeting the Potawatomi on Neshotah Beach.

Goodchild said the exhibit has already been viewed by some visitors; all were impressed with the size of Babler's collection.

Babler willed his collection to Franz, who took an interest in the collection after spending her childhood arrowhead hunting with her father.

“I didn't know what I was looking for (back then), so I just kept asking ‘Is this one? Is this one?’ and throwing all of these rocks into my ice-cream pail,'' she said.

Franz plans to maintain the collection in the future.

The loan opened up some room in his own personal museum, which Babler hopes to soon fill.

“I've got to hit the fields,” he said. “You know, now would be a good time with all the rain we've had.”



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Last Updated on Thursday, 17 July 2014 10:19

Nat'l Gallery of Art appoints Lynne Cooke to senior curator post

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Friday, 11 July 2014 08:36

Lynne Cooke, Senior Curator, Special Projects in Modern Art, National Gallery of Art, Washington, in the East Building. Photo © 2014 National Gallery of Art, Washington

WASHINGTON ― Lynne Cooke, renowned art scholar, will become senior curator, special projects in modern art, at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, effective August 11, 2014. During her two-year appointment (2012–present) as Andrew W. Mellon Professor at the Gallery’s Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts (CASVA), Cooke has been engaged in independent research to organize an exhibition about the relationship between mainstream and self-taught artists in 20th and 21st century America, which was distinct from what occurred in western Europe. The exhibition will be presented at the National Gallery of Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Dates and other details will be announced at a later date.

“Although we knew Lynne before she came to CASVA, it has been a pleasure to get to know her better and to follow her research here at the Gallery,” said Earl A. Powell III, director, National Gallery of Art. “As we look toward the reopening of the East Building in the fall of 2016 and―pending the court decision―the galleries at the Corcoran, we are excited about the knowledge, contacts, and experience that she brings to our work in modern art and to the Gallery’s special exhibition program.”

Before arriving at CASVA, National Gallery of Art, in 2012, Cooke was deputy director and chief curator at the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid, 2008–2012; curator, Dia Art Foundation, New York, 1991–2008; artistic director, 10th Biennale of Sydney, 1994–1996; co-curator, 1991 Carnegie International, The Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh; and lecturer, history of art, University College, London University. Cooke has also worked in various capacities at numerous academic institutions including Yale University, New Haven; Malmö Art Academy, Malmö, Sweden; Bard College, New York; and La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia. Other professional experience includes serving on the editorial board of The Burlington Magazine, 1988 to present, and on the Turner Prize Committee, Tate Gallery, London, 1985.

Highlights of exhibitions she has organized include Cristina Iglesias: A Place of Reflection at Casa Franca-Brasil, Rio de Janiero, 2013; Rosemarie Trockel: A Cosmos at Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid, New Museum, New York, and Serpentine Gallery, London, 2012–2013; Blinky Palermo: Retrospective 1964–1977 at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, and Dia Beacon/CCS Bard College, 2010–2011; Francis Alÿs, Fabiola at Dia at the Hispanic Society of America, 2007 and still touring; Zoe Leonard: You See I am Here After All at Dia: Beacon 2008; Richard Serra Sculpture: Forty Years, co-curated with Kynaston McShine, at Museum of Modern Art, New York, 2007; and the 1996 Sydney Biennale.

Cooke has received many awards and is widely published. In 2013 she wrote essays for the exhibition catalogues Matt Mullican: Subject Element Sign Frame World (Skira/Rizzoli, New York, 2013) and Orthodoxies Undermined, Great and Mighty Things: Outsider Art from the Jill and Sheldon Bonovitz Collection (Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2013). She has also authored or written for other exhibition catalogues about the work of such artists as Alighiero Boetti, James Castle, James Coleman, Willem de Kooning, Ann Hamilton, William Kentridge, Agnes Martin, and Richard Serra.

Cooke resides in Washington, DC, and New York City.

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Last Updated on Friday, 11 July 2014 08:46

In Memoriam: Fine art philanthropist Peter Wege

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Wednesday, 09 July 2014 09:49
Philanthropist Peter Wege celebrating a birthday. Photo courtesy of Metcalf & Jonkhoff Funeral Service GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) - Peter Wege, heir to the Steelcase Inc. fortune whose philanthropy kept much of the office furniture manufacturer's money in Grand Rapids, has died. He was 94.

Peter Melvin Wege died Monday at his home in Grand Rapids, Terri McCarthy, the Wege Foundation's vice president of programming, said Tuesday.

Wege's father, Peter Martin Wege, founded Steelcase in 1912 and died in 1947. Steelcase and rival office furniture manufacturers Haworth Inc. and Herman Miller Inc. anchored the Grand Rapids area's economy for decades.

"The great success of my father's company gave me the opportunity to give back to the community that supported my entrepreneuring father ... a century ago,'' Wege wrote on the foundation's website.

As Steelcase's largest shareholder, Wege -- a fervent environmentalist -- was able to commit millions of dollars toward "green'' causes.

He retired as vice chairman of the Steelcase board of directors about a decade ago to work full-time on his foundation, which he created in 1967. It has given away millions, much of it in his hometown.

In 1998, he wrote a book called "Economicology'' -- a word combining economics and ecology -- that spelled out his ideas about corporate environmental responsibility.

He donated $20 million toward the new Grand Rapids Art Museum building, which opened in 2007, on condition that it receive Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.

"I want to be remembered as one of the people who tried to wake up the country on the environmental problems,'' Wege said in 2004, according to The Grand Rapids Press.

"I'm doing it for my children and my grandchildren,'' he said. "It's got to be taken seriously this time.''

His gifts ranged from $60,000 to renovate and stock a library in the small Michigan community of Chase to the mammoth Grand Rapids Art Museum donation.

"He gets more pleasure out of the small gifts he gives than the great big ones,'' Ellen Satterlee, the Wege Foundation's CEO, once said.

Wege is survived by seven children, 17 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

Visitation is planned for Thursday and a funeral will be held Friday, both at the Cathedral of St. Andrew in Grand Rapids.

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 July 2014 10:37

Terry Kovel to speak at antique advertising convention

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Tuesday, 08 July 2014 08:31
Antiques expert Terry Kovel. Image courtesy of Kovels

DUBLIN, Ohio - Antiques expert and Auction Central News columnist Terry Kovel will be the featured speaker at the Antique Advertising Association of America's annual convention in Dublin (Columbus), Ohio, July 23 to 26. She will conduct a seminar, "Reflections on the History of Collectibles Advertising and 60 years of Personal Experiences," on Thursday, July 24 at 1 PM, and attend the free "Public Night" on Friday, July 25, from 6:30 to 10:00 PM. Terry will also be a member of a panel on Saturday, July 26 at 8:30 AM that will discuss "The Future of Antique Advertising."

Interested collectors and advertising enthusiasts can register to attend the entire convention or attend the free "Public Night" to see Terry as well as to buy, trade or sell vintage advertising collectibles. The details:

Who: Antiques writer and expert, Terry Kovel

What: Antique Advertising Association of America's Annual Convention

When: July 23 to 26, 2014

Where: Embassy Suites, 5100 Metro Place, Dublin (Columbus), Ohio 43017

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Terry Kovel is America's foremost authority on antiques and collectibles and a longtime collector of antique advertising. She is the well-known columnist and author of more than 100 books on antiques and collecting. She co-authors the best-selling annual "Kovels' Antiques and Collectibles Price Guide" and "The Label Made Me Buy It: From Aunt Jemima to Zonkers -- The Best Dressed Boxes, Bottles, and Cans from the Past," available at and at the convention.

About , created by Terry Kovel and Kim Kovel, provides collectors and researchers with up-to-date and accurate information on antiques and collectibles. Kovels' Antiques was founded in 1953 by Terry Kovel and her late husband, Ralph. Since then, Kovels' Antiques has published some of America's most popular books and articles about antiques, including the best-selling "Kovels' Antiques and Collectibles Price Guide," now in its 46th edition. The Kovels' website, online since 1998, offers 900,000 free prices, and includes a free weekly email, "Kovels Komments." gives readers a bird's-eye view of the market through the latest news, auction reports, a Marks Dictionary, readers' questions with Kovels' answers and much more.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 08 July 2014 08:40

Jaguar owner finds surprise note from Seinfeld in glove box

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Monday, 07 July 2014 09:09
Jerry Seinfeld at Tribeca Film Festival 2010. Photo by David Shankbone, licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license. IRWIN, Pa. (AP) - A western Pennsylvania man says Jerry Seinfeld left him a nice "thank you'' note after borrowing the man's rare car for the comedian's latest episode of "Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee.''

Scott Drab, of Irwin, says Seinfeld wanted to drive a green 1967 Jaguar Mark II when he was recording an episode featuring fellow comedian Robert Klein. The show began airing online Thursday at

Drab told KDKA-TV that he was only too glad to lend Seinfeld the car, which a crew picked up in a truck, shipped to New York for recording, then returned four days later.

Drab says he opened the glove box to find "a handwritten note saying thank you from Jerry Seinfeld. I was really deeply touched by it.''

Drab has a private collection of classic Jaguars and memorabilia.


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Last Updated on Monday, 07 July 2014 09:19

Miranda Lash named contemporary art curator at Speed Art Museum

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Thursday, 03 July 2014 13:42
Miranda Lash, photo by John D'Addario. Courtesy of The Speed Art Museum

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The Speed Art Museum has begun hiring key positions in anticipation of its re-opening in the spring of 2016 and announced today that Miranda Lash has been hired as the Curator of Contemporary Art for the Museum. Lash will begin her new role at the Speed on August 18, 2014.

"I am excited to become a part of the Speed Art Museum's promising future. Between the new building and its stunning galleries, the site-specific commissions planned for the Art Park, and the enthusiasm for contemporary art in Louisville, the possibilities seem boundless. For years I have enjoyed exploring what contemporary art can do in the context of an encyclopedic collection, and as a connector between disparate communities,” said Lash. “Poised on the brink of its next exciting chapter, the Speed provides a unique opportunity to explore the role of contemporary art within Louisville and in the broader world,” she added.

Lash has been Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA) since 2008. She was the Museum’s first curator dedicated exclusively to modern and contemporary art, and the founder of NOMA’s Modern and Contemporary Art Department. At NOMA, Lash also managed the Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden. During her tenure, she curated over twenty exhibitions, including the large-scale traveling retrospective exhibition Mel Chin: Rematch and the site-specific installations and exhibitions Rashaad Newsome: King of Arms; Katie Holten: Drawn to the Edge, andSwoon: Thalassa. Lash also presented several artists’ first solo museum exhibitions in the United States including the Venice Biennale Silver Lion awardee Camille Henrot in Camille Henrot: Cities of Ys.The exhibition Parallel Universe: Quintron and Miss Pussycat, which Lash organized in 2010, included the artist Quintron composing and recording an entire music album in a museum gallery. Titled Sucre du Sauvage, the album was inspired by NOMA’s collection and was released by Goner Records.

Lash’s publications include her work as the editor and contributing essayist to the exhibition catalog Mel Chin: Rematch, and the editor and contributing author to The Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden, a comprehensive overview of the Garden’s history and artworks. Lash has been named a Clark Fellow at the Clark Art Institute, a participating curator in the Japan Foundation U.S. Curatorial Exchange Program, a past consultant for Creative Capital, and one of the co-founders of the arts criticism website Pelican Bomb. She received her BA in the History of Art and Architecture from Harvard University, and her MA in Art History from Williams College.

“I am thrilled to have Miranda join the Speed’s curatorial team and the Louisville community. Her many talents—creating exceptional exhibitions, securing outstanding acquisitions, and curating outdoor spaces—will energize the Speed’s new galleries for contemporary art, the Museum’s Art Park, and our exhibition program. Miranda’s curatorial practice also reveals a deep commitment to making meaningful connections between artists and local communities; I know she looks forward to engaging with Louisville’s vibrant contemporary art community,” said Scott Erbes, Chief Curator and Curator of Decorative Arts and Design at the Speed Art Museum.

Ghislain d’Humières, Director of the Speed Art Museum said, “Lash will add to our vision of becoming a 21st-century museum and the role that the Speed plays in our community. We are delighted to welcome Miranda to Louisville and the team.”

About the Speed Art Museum:

The Speed Art Museum is Kentucky's largest art museum with a collection that spans 6,000 years of human creativity. An independent museum located on the campus of the University of Louisville, the Speed continues to play an important role in outreach initiatives, workshops, tours and art-related school programs. The Museum is situated at a crossroads between the city and the pedestrian thoroughfare on the University's campus. The Speed is currently closed and undergoing a multi-phase expansion and renovation that includes a new North and South Building, 150 seat theater, Art Park and a public Piazza. "Local Speed", the Museum's satellite space for programs and exhibitions, was established recently in downtown Louisville's Nulu district at 822 East Market Street. Local Speed has 6,000 square feet of special exhibition and programming space as well as administrative offices for museum staff.

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Miranda Lash, photo by John D'Addario. Courtesy of The Speed Art Museum
Last Updated on Thursday, 03 July 2014 13:52

Roger Ebert statue about to get a permanent home

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Thursday, 03 July 2014 11:31
American film critic, journalist and screenwriter Roger Ebert (1942-2013) giving an interview for Chicago Public Radio's 'Sound Opinions' in 2002. Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic license. CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) - A sculpture of famed film critic Roger Ebert was set in place back in April outside the Champaign theater that hosted the annual Ebertfest film festival. This week it will become permanent.

The statue is called "C-U at the Movies.'' On Thursday it will be dedicated after it's permanently installed outside the Virginia Theater.

According to The News-Gazette in Champaign, Ebert's widow, Chaz Ebert, will be there.

Also expected is artist Rick Harney, who created the sculpture. It depicts Ebert sitting in one of three theater seats with one thumb up.

Ebert is from nearby Champaign and went to movies at the theater as a child.

Scott Anderson chaired the campaign to raise money for the statue. He says the campaign is still $9,000 short of covering the costs.


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American film critic, journalist and screenwriter Roger Ebert (1942-2013) giving an interview for Chicago Public Radio's 'Sound Opinions' in 2002. Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic license.
Last Updated on Thursday, 03 July 2014 11:57

Tom Hathazy named president of Morphy's Classic Car division

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Wednesday, 02 July 2014 15:37
Thomas A. Hathazy, newly appointed president of Morphy Auctions’ Classic Car division. Morphy Auctions image DENVER, Pa. – Dan Morphy, founder and president of Morphy Auctions, has confirmed the appointment of Thomas A. “Tom” Hathazy to the position of president of the company’s newly launched Classic Car division.

In his capacity as head of the department, Hathazy will oversee all aspects pertaining to the consignment and sale of antique and classic cars, motorcycles and other vintage vehicles auctioned by Morphy’s. The company will host its automotive-auction debut on October 11, 2014, during the midpoint weekend between the popular October Carlisle and Hershey car shows.

A native of Pittsburgh, Hathazy holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in history from California University in western Pennsylvania. Earlier in his career – before the lure of special-interest cars took hold – he taught 11th grade history. Later, he operated his own retail automotive business as a sideline to his 30-year career in the circulation department of the Pittsburgh Press and Post-Gazette newspapers.

Over the years, Hathazy developed a particular expertise and interest in Chevrolet Corvettes.

“I’ve probably handled 250 Corvettes over the years. Part of my car business was a body shop that did restorations. That experience gave me the ability to look at a car and know immediately if the paint was right, the upholstery was original or a part had been replaced,” Hathazy said.

Hathazy also developed his eye for discerning paint and structural originality from studying antique and vintage automotive toys, which he has collected since 1986.

“My friendship with Dan Morphy and his family goes back 20 years. We share many common interests in addition to toys,” said Hathazy. “I’ve been a Morphy’s customer, so I’ve seen that side of his operation and, on the other hand, I’ve worked with Dan at other business levels over the past 10 years, so I know how he conducts himself. His word is his bond, and he has a strong entrepreneurial spirit. That’s one of the reasons I’ve joined Morphy Auctions. I know Dan will invest that passion – and his well-proven way of dealing with consignors fairly and honestly – into the new classic car division. I’m going to do everything I can to help make Morphy Auctions’ latest venture a great success.”

Hathazy said he intends to takes a hands-on approach to the consignment process.

“I will personally be paying visits to potential consignors who call us, to inspect their cars and see if they meet our standards. In our sales, we’re going to focus on quality, not volume. Our first auction will not contain any car valued at less than $20,000,” Hathazy said.

Potential consignors of antique or classic cars, motorcycles or other collector vehicles can contact Tom Hathazy for a confidential consultation by calling 412-403-4924 or 412-655-2010; or emailing This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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Thomas A. Hathazy, newly appointed president of Morphy Auctions’ Classic Car division. Morphy Auctions image A lineup of fantastic classic cars entered in Morphy’s Oct. 11, 2014 debut Classic Car Auction includes Corvettes, a Mustang, Thunderbird and muscle cars. Morphy Auctions image
Last Updated on Wednesday, 02 July 2014 15:49

Royal hair force: William, Kate given waxwork makeover

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Wednesday, 02 July 2014 11:03
The newly married Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on the balcony of Buckingham Palace, April 29, 2011. Magnus D derivative work: Blofeld Dr., Creative Commons ShareAlike 2.0 License. LONDON (AFP) - Prince William and his wife Catherine have been given a glamorous makeover at Madame Tussauds wax museum in London, with the prince's hair altered to reflect his thinning thatch.

The couple were installed at the attraction two years ago to mark their first wedding anniversary, clothed in the outfits they wore to announce their engagement.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, both 32, have now been re-dressed in evening wear, while the hair has been updated with the times.

The newly dressed wax figures were unveiled Wednesday.

Kate is wearing a full-length turquoise silk gown, while William, second in line to the throne, is dressed in a double-breasted black dinner suit.

"The figures have been in the attraction for two years now and we felt it was time to swap their engagement outfits for a glamorous evening look," a spokeswoman told AFP.

The figures are the same but their hair has been altered in keeping with the real-life royals.

"The hair has been restyled and updated," the spokeswoman said. "The duchess now has a chic half-up, half-down evening hairstyle. The duke's hair has thinned since his figure was first made, so yes, so has our figure's."

The figures are placed in the royal zone, one of the most popular parts of the visitor attraction, along with other members of the House of Windsor.

Meanwhile a new painting of William titled "Fatherhood" was to be unveiled in London on Wednesday. William and Kate's son Prince George was born on July 22 last year.

The oil-on-canvas portrait, measuring 90 by 60 centimeters, is by Dan Llywelyn Hall. It shows William in a dark suit and red tie looking upwards and to his left.

"'Fatherhood' is a portrait about a universal theme: the concerns, hopes and aspirations of a family man," the 33-year-old artist said.

It depicts the prince wearing a poppy, in a nod to the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I.

The painting will be sold in October in aid of The Victoria Cross Trust and War Memorials Trust.

The duke and duchess were in the royal box on Wimbledon's Centre Court on Wednesday, where they saw British defending champion Andy Murray crash out in the quarter-finals.

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In Memoriam: Eli Wallach, veteran actor, 98

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Friday, 27 June 2014 09:07
Wallach said one of his favorite roles was that of Mr. Freeze in the 'Batman' TV series. He's pictured in costume in an autographed photo, which will be sold at auction July 12. Image courtesy of and IAA (International Autograph Auctions Ltd.). NEW YORK (AP) – As a masterful character actor and early product of postwar, Method-style theater, Eli Wallach wore countless faces, disappearing into them all. But he was always propelled – in acting and in life – by a mischievousness and an abiding playfulness that made him a tireless performer, an enduring family man and, of course, one immortal scoundrel.

“I never lost my appetite for acting,” Wallach wrote in his 2005 memoir The Good, the Bad, and Me, named after his most famous film. “I feel like a magician.”

Wallach died Tuesday evening from natural causes after 98 years of life, 66 years of marriage and some 100 films, including several he made in his 90s. His son, Peter Wallach, confirmed his death Wednesday.

The versatile, raspy-voiced actor was a mainstay of Tennessee Williams' plays (he won a Tony Award for The Rose Tattoo in 1951) and an original member of the Actors Studio in the early days of Method acting. But the most notable credit in his prolific career was The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, in which he played the rascally Mexican outlaw Tuco.

As the Ugly of the title, he stole Sergio Leone's 1966 spaghetti Western from the Good, Clint Eastwood, with lines like: “When you have to shoot, shoot, don't talk.”

“Everywhere I go, someone will recognize me from The Good, the Bad and the Ugly and start whistling the theme song,” he said in a 2003 interview, referring to Ennio Morricone's famous score. “I can feel when it's going to happen.”

Wallach never won an Oscar, but he was given an honorary Academy Award in 2010, hailed as the “quintessential chameleon.”

“I've played more bandits, thieves, killers, warlords, molesters and Mafiosi than you could shake a stick at,” Wallach said, accepting the award from Eastwood.

Wallach's personal life, he added, was more placid and law-abiding: He loved collecting antique clocks, watching tennis and telling stories.

Upon hearing of Wallach's death, Eastwood remembered him as “a wonderful guy and a wonderful actor. I have fond memories of us working together on The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.”

Wallach also starred in the steamy Baby Doll (1956), The Magnificent Seven (1960), The Misfits (1961) and The Godfather III (1990), in which he played a murderous mobster who dies after eating poisoned cannoli.

Wallach and his wife, Anne Jackson, were a formidable duo on the stage, starring in a series of plays, including George Bernard Shaw's Major Barbara in 1956 and a hugely successful run of Luv in the mid-1960s. Their partnership was epic by Hollywood acting-couple standards. They played a married couple together as recently as 2003 on the NBC medical drama ER.

“Although I limp in life as a result of my two hip operations, whenever I go onstage with Anne, the lights give my body a lift and I prance onto the stage and dance off,” Wallach wrote in his memoir. “I feel I can play a 16-year-old if the author calls for that. Which is why I prefer live acting to film – I come alive with the lights.”

Wallach met Jackson – also an Actors Studio charter member – while they were appearing off-Broadway in Williams' This Property Is Condemned. They married in 1948 and had three children, Peter, who became a film animator, and two daughters, Roberta and Katherine, both of whom followed their parents into acting.

Wallach was also great uncle to the New York Times film critic A.O. Scott, an ironic relation, in a way, for an actor who once said: “Having the critics praise you is like having the hangman say you've got a pretty neck.”

But his great nephew nevertheless celebrated him, once writing: “With Eli, there is an impish, sly quality, not a self-conscious winking, exactly, but a palpable relish at the sheer fun of acting.”

Wallach was born in Brooklyn on Dec. 7, 1915, the son of an immigrant candy storeowner. Other family members were doctors, lawyers and teachers, but Wallach instead went into acting (he compared it to joining the Foreign Legion). His drama training was interrupted by World War II service in the Army medical corps, in which he earned the rank of captain.

Wallach's stage career eventually took off, thanks in large part to his success in Williams productions. He appeared in The Rose Tattoo, then Camino Rea and later had a long run in Teahouse of the August Moon.

The Broadway League said Wednesday it would dim its lights Friday for Wallace, “a storyteller in the most specific yet subtle ways.”

Wallach didn't slow down in his later years. He played a store owner in 2003's Mystic River, directed by Eastwood, and had parts in the 2006 romantic comedy The Holiday in 2006 and Oliver Stone's Money Never Sleeps in 2010.

“I don't act to live,” he said accepting his honorary Oscar. “I live to act.”


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Last Updated on Friday, 27 June 2014 11:01

Robert Morgenthau steps down as NY Jewish museum chair

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Thursday, 19 June 2014 10:43
Robert Morgenthau at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival in New York. Image by David Shankbone. This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported license. NEW YORK (AP) – Former Manhattan District Attorney Robert Morgenthau is stepping down as chairman of New York's Museum of Jewish Heritage and turning over the reins to real estate developer Bruce Ratner.

The 95-year-old Morgenthau was the founding chairman of the museum. It opened in 1997 in Battery Park City to memorialize the Holocaust and celebrate Jewish culture.

Ratner joined the board in 1996.

He told the Wall Street Journal that he did not plan any significant changes to its business model.

Morgenthau will stay on as chairman emeritus. He retired as district attorney five years ago.


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Last Updated on Thursday, 19 June 2014 10:47

In Memoriam: Charles Barsotti, New Yorker cartoonist, 80

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Thursday, 19 June 2014 08:49
Charles Barsotti original artwork for a cartoon in 'New Yorker,' 1979. Image courtesy of archive and Russ Cochran's Comic Art Auction. KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) – Charles Barsotti, whose simple, sophisticated New Yorker cartoons plumbed the human condition featuring characters such as the psychiatrist dog, has died. He was 80.

Barsotti's daughter, Kerry Scott, said Tuesday that Barsotti was diagnosed in 2013 with brain cancer and died late Monday at home in Kansas City.

Barsotti graduated from Texas State University in 1954 and worked for Kansas City-based Hallmark Cards before moving to New York to become cartoon editor for The Saturday Evening Post. He became a staff cartoonist for The New Yorker about 1970, while remaining in Kansas City.

The New Yorker has published nearly 1,400 Barsotti cartoons.

Robert Mankoff, cartoon editor of the magazine, says Barsotti was the “philosopher king of cartoonists,” asking big questions about life with spare, black-and-white words and drawings.

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Last Updated on Thursday, 19 June 2014 09:03
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