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In Memorian: 'Dogtown' skateboarding legend Jay Adams, 53

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Written by JOHN ROGERS, Associated Press   
Monday, 18 August 2014 09:44
Pioneering American skateboarder and original member of the Z-Boys skateboarding team Jay Adams (1961-2014), photo taken circa 1976 in an empty swimming pool in Los Angeles, California. Creative Commons by ShareAlike 2.5, 2.0, 1.0, GFDL.

LOS ANGELES - Jay Adams, the colorful rebel who helped transform skateboarding from a simple street pastime into one of the world's most spectacular sports with hair-raising stunts and an outsized personality to match, has died at age 53.

Adams died of a heart attack Thursday during a surfing vacation in Mexico with his wife and friends, his manager, Susan Ferris said Friday.

With his flowing, sun-bleached hair, explosive skating style and ebullient personality, Adams became one of the sport's most iconic figures during the years it moved from empty backyard swimming pools to international competition.

''He was like the original viral spore that created skateboarding,'' fellow skateboarder and documentary filmmaker Stacy Peralta told The Associated Press on Friday. ''He was it.''

But at the height of his fame in the early 1980s, Adams was convicted of felony assault, launching a string of prison stints over the next 24 years.

The member of the Skateboarding Hall of Fame, who had proudly been clean and sober for the past several years, blamed his troubles in part on the sport's early years, when seemingly any outrageous behavior was tolerated.

''We were wild and acting crazy and not being very positive role models,'' he told The New York Times shortly after being released from prison for the last time in 2008.

He had rocketed to fame while still a teenager as a founding member of the Zephyr Skate Team, a group of surfers turned skateboarders who came together in a rundown, dicey neighborhood known as Dogtown that straddles Los Angeles' Venice Beach and the city of Santa Monica.

Peralta, another member, would memorialize the group in his 2001 documentary ''Dogtown and Z-Boys.''

''Watching him when he was 14, 15, 16 was pure entertainment,'' the filmmaker recalled Friday. ''It was like watching energy itself evolve. You never knew what he was going to do, and no matter how great he was at something, he never repeated it.''

Although he wasn't technically the best skater out there, Peralta said, Adams' influence on the sport was as great as that of X Games gold medalist Tony Hawk.

Adams never became quite the household name Hawk is, perhaps in part because of his repeated brushes with the law.

When ''Dogtown and Z Boys'' premiered in 2001, he was in jail again, this time doing time on a drug charge.

About the time the 2005 feature film ''Lords of Dogtown'' would hit theaters, Adams, who was played by actor Emile Hirsch, was being busted for drugs again.

Upon his release, he vowed to stay out of trouble -- and he did.

Peralta said he last saw Adams at a dinner gathering about six weeks ago.

''He was the first person to show up at the dinner table, which was remarkable, and he was drinking hot tea, which was even more remarkable,'' he said. ''He had really turned a corner.''

Adams is survived by his wife, Tracy, and two children.

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Last Updated on Monday, 18 August 2014 09:57
 

MAD to showcase founder's impact on American craft culture

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Friday, 15 August 2014 16:14
Aileen Osborn Webb, founder of the Museum of Contemporary Crafts, now the Museum of Arts and Design. MAD image. NEW YORK – Featuring a range of objects created over the past 60 years, the exhibition “What Would Mrs. Webb Do? A Founder’s Vision” celebrates Aileen Osborn Webb, who established the Museum of Arts and Design, then the Museum of Contemporary Crafts, in 1956. On view from Sept. 23 through Feb. 8, 2015, the exhibition explores how Webb, through her advocacy work at MAD and other leading institutions across the country and internationally, championed the skilled maker as integral to America’s future.

"Aileen Osborn Webb was one of the great visionaries of the 20th century," said Glenn Adamson, MAD’s director. "Her progressive conception of how the world around us can be made more humanely, more responsibly, has never been more relevant. With this project, we want to remind people of this amazing woman’s many achievements, and show how the Museum today is carrying her mission forward."

With over 100 works encompassing glass, ceramics, wood, metalwork, and fiber, nearly all from the museum’s permanent collection, the exhibition pays tribute to Webb, while also illustrating the ongoing impact of her advocacy. Represented makers – all of whom directly benefitted from the support of Webb and others who shared her ideals – include Sam Maloof and Joris Laarman (furniture); Jack Lenor Larsen and Lia Cook (textiles); Peter Voulkos and Jun Kaneko (ceramics); Harvey Littleton and Judith Schaechter (glass); and John Prip and Myra Mimlitsch-Gray (metal). What Would Mrs. Webb Do? also explores the contributions of Nanette L. Laitman and the Windgate Foundation, two key proponents for skilled makers today.

“Modern makers owe a debt to Mrs. Webb, who created the first professional framework for craftspeople to meet, exchange ideas, and show their work,” says exhibition curator Jeannine Falino. “We are sharing some of the best pieces made during her tenure along with examples by artists today who continue to benefit from her progressive ideas.”

“What Would Mrs. Webb Do?” showcases the strength of the museum’s permanent collection. From groundbreaking works by early masters Wharton Esherick, Anni Albers, and John Paul Miller, to recent creations by Judith Schaechter, Hiroshi Suzuki, and Joris Laarman, visitors are presented with a breadth of achievements that Mrs. Webb first set in motion. The Museum of Arts and Design continues to uphold Webb’s commitment to creative, skilled entrepreneurs with projects like “NYC Makers: The MAD Biennial” (on view through Oct. 12).




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Last Updated on Tuesday, 19 August 2014 09:26
 

KC museum director recognized for contributions to arts

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Friday, 15 August 2014 14:43
Julián Zugazagoitia. Photo by Bob Greenspan, courtesy of Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art .

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – One of the most distinguished arts honors in Europe has been bestowed to CEO & Director of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art Julián Zugazagoitia. L’ordre des Arts et des Lettres (The Order of Arts and Letters) is a title given by the French Ministry of Culture that recognizes significant contributions to the field of arts and literature. The distinction pays homage to Zugazagoitia’s impressive international career in the arts.

“We are so fortunate to have a director at the Nelson-Atkins of Julián’s stature,” said Shirley Bush Helzberg, chairman of the Nelson-Atkins Board of Trustees. “This award recognizes international achievement in the arts, and Julián’s brilliant career and diverse path truly make him a citizen of the world and an exemplary example of arts achievement.”

In March 2005, Zugazagoitia was initially received into L’ordre des Arts et des Lettres at the level of Chevalier, the first of three degrees of merit: Chevalier (Knight), Officier (Officer) and Commandeur (Commander). The new title, Officier, marks a promotion in rank and is a testament to Zugazagoitia’s expanding impact.

L’ordre des Arts et des Lettres was created in 1957 by French Minister of Culture André Malreaux. To be considered for the award, the honoree must be a person who has “significantly contributed to the enrichment of the French cultural inheritance,” according to the government guidelines. Membership is not limited to French nationals, and candidates who are not French citizens are proposed once a year. However, the number of awards given annually is restricted, making Zugazagoitia one of no more than 60 officiers to be named this year.

“For many years, you enjoyed an international reputation as an expert and ambassador of the arts,” said Stéphane Martin, President of musée du quai Branly, at a ceremony on July 21, 2014 in Paris where he presented the honor to Zugazagoitia. “You have earned this reputation not just through the considerable work that you have executed over the course of these years, but also through your thirst for discovery and embracing cultures.”

Since becoming the Director & CEO of the Nelson-Atkins in 2010, Zugazagoitia has opened the museum to a much larger audience, has increased attendance by 28 percent to nearly 445,000 annually, and has promoted a high level of scholarship with unique exhibitions and programs that highlight both the collection and the strengths of the curatorial and education teams. His international perspective resulted in exhibitions as diverse as “Inventing the Modern World: Decorative Arts at the World’s Fairs, 1851–1939,” “Impressionist France: Visions of Nation from Le Gray to Monet,” and “The Plains Indians: Artists of Earth and Sky.”

He champions community involvement as well as artist commissions, such as Robert Morris’ Glass Labyrinth. Under Zugazagoitia’s leadership, a new strategic plan was approved by the board of trustees in Spring 2013 that envisions a cultural district that would further raise the arts profile in Kansas City.

Zugazagoitia holds an art history degree from the École du Louvre and a Ph.D. in Philosophy from the Sorbonne Paris IV, with a focus on Aesthetics and Modernism in the arts. His work as a consultant, lecturer and curator has involved projects around the globe with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the Getty Conservation Institute in Los Angeles. From 1999 to 2002, he served as executive assistant to the director for the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York. During his tenure at El Museo del Barrio, a leading museum of Latino and Latin American art, Zugazagoitia led the institution through a $44 million capital campaign and a full renovation, which opened in 2009 to critical acclaim.



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Last Updated on Friday, 15 August 2014 15:05
 

Michelle Castro joins Heritage as trusts & estates rep

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Written by Auction House PR   
Wednesday, 13 August 2014 14:00
Michelle Castro. Heritage image. DALLAS – Heritage Auctions has announced that Michelle Castro, with more than a decade of experience appraising and auctioning fine and decorative arts, has joined its growing Trusts and Estates Division.

Castro will be responsible for assisting attorneys, executors, advisors and fiduciary professionals with their clients’ needs for estate evaluations, appraisals and asset divestiture. She will represent Heritage Auctions throughout Texas and the Southern Region of the United States.

“Michelle’s experience in doing what’s best for her clients makes her an ideal person to help grow Heritage’s full service Trusts and Estates group,” said Greg Rohan, president of Heritage.

A Southern native, Castro spent her early career working with European and American paintings at a private gallery in New Orleans before launching a successful career in the auction industry, where she successfully curated and directed the sales of prominent Southern estates. Her work for the estate of a noted New Orleans art collector achieved record prices for several Southern artists with prices realized of more than $4.6 million. Soon after, Michelle sourced and managed a significant collection of American art in rural Texas with sales exceeding $3.9 million.

Castro is an accredited member of the International Society of Appraisers, specializing in fine arts.

To be based in Dallas, Castro joins a team under the leadership of Mark Prendergast, director of Trusts and Estates.

Castro may be reached at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or at 1-877-HERITAGE (437-4824) x1824.

 

 

 

 

Last Updated on Wednesday, 13 August 2014 14:14
 

‘World’s Number One Elvis fan’ to be remembered

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Written by RON MAXEY, The Commercial Appeal   
Thursday, 07 August 2014 08:22
Graceland Too in Holly Springs, Miss. Image by Thomas R Machnitzki. This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License. HOLLY SPRING, Miss. (AP) – The public reopening of Graceland Too, a candlelight vigil and a midnight showing of a documentary about Graceland Too operator Paul MacLeod will highlight a daylong celebration Aug. 12 of the man dubbed the World's Number One Elvis fan.

The activities are included in the just-released schedule for Paul MacLeod Day in Holly Springs, Miss., on Aug. 12. The day is designed to honor MacLeod, who died July 17 at age 70. He was found dead of apparent natural causes in a chair on the porch of his home, which housed an eclectic lifelong collection of Elvis memorabilia that people would come from far and wide to see.

Meanwhile, Holly Springs attorney Phillip Knecht, who represented MacLeod, said Sunday that MacLeod's body has been cremated even though autopsy results are not complete. He said a burial plot has been secured in Holly Springs' historic Hillcrest Cemetery, and plans call for erecting a monument there that will be built according to MacLeod's specifications.

Knecht also said a grand jury hearing is still expected Oct. 1 into the shooting death of Dwight Taylor, a 28-year-old who was shot to death at Graceland Too two days before MacLeod died. Knecht said MacLeod shot Taylor in self-defense after Taylor, who knew MacLeod, tried to force his way into the house.

Marshall County District Attorney Ben Creekmore stopped short of confirming the case will be given to the grand jury at its next term Oct. 1, but said it's likely. Holly Springs police did not file charges in the shooting.

The complete schedule of activities related to the Aug. 12 event, being called “Graceland Too Forever: A Celebration of Paul MacLeod,” includes:

– A pre-event Open House at Graceland Too from 9 p.m. to midnight on Friday. The house will be open for an admission of $5, which is what MacLeod charged to everyone except “lifetime members,” a status earned after three visits which brought free lifetime admission. For now, lifetime memberships have been suspended.

– On Aug. 12, events will begin with a private funeral for family and friends in the early afternoon.

From noon to 7 p.m., Graceland Too will open for tours conducted by family and friends.

At 8 p.m., family, friends and Graceland Too lifetime members will share memories and stories of MacLeod at an event to be held at the Holly Springs Multi-Purpose Building. A special musical presentation will be offered by Annie Moffitt, a lifelong friend of MacLeod.

At 10 p.m., Graceland Too will again reopen to visitors until midnight, or later if there is a demand.

A candlelight vigil will take place at 10:30 p.m., led by the Rev. Bruce McMillan, pastor of Christ Episcopal Church in Holly Springs.

At midnight, activities will conclude with a showing of West of Elvis, one of the last documentaries made about MacLeod.

During all events on Aug. 12, collections will be accepted to go toward funeral and estate expenses for MacLeod.

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Information from: The Commercial Appeal, http://www.commercialappeal.com

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Last Updated on Thursday, 07 August 2014 08:36
 

Diver scoured Fla. riverbeds for prehistoric artifacts

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Written by MARIAN RIZZO, Ocala Star-Banner   
Thursday, 31 July 2014 10:34
American mastodon molars at the State Museum of Pennsylvania. Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons. OCALA, Fla. (AP) – A fishing trip to Orange Springs in 1960 introduced Alvin Hendrix to a hobby that would take him on underwater treasure hunts for the next 40 years.

Hendrix and a friend were bringing their fishing boat to a pier on the Ocklawaha River when they encountered two men docking a boat. They were carrying scuba tanks and a piece of a mastodon tooth that caught Hendrix's attention.

“I was fascinated,” he said. “I had grown up on that river, and I didn't know that kind of thing was there.”

Before Hendrix could make a bid for the tooth, a bikini-clad woman came out of a nearby fish camp and asked if she could have it.

“The guy said yes and the lady took the tooth and left. That just shattered me,” he said.

The incident motivated him to buy a wet suit and second-hand scuba gear, and sign up for lessons at a Crystal River diving school.

After training, Hendrix went back to the place where he had seen his first mastodon tooth. What followed were a series of adventures at the bottom of a half-dozen north central Florida rivers, where he collected thousands of historic and prehistoric artifacts.

Among Hendrix's finds were spear tips, mammoth teeth, mastodon jawbones, a variety of tools once used by Native Americans and the bones of many animals.

Earlier this week, a smiling Hendrix showed off some of the treasures he has collected at the Silver River Museum, where his donations number more than 16,000 items, many displayed in glass-fronted cabinets or placed on shelves in the classrooms where children come on field trips to learn about Florida's history.

To Hendrix, 81, the best use of such treasures is sharing them with youngsters.

“It's a thrill,” he said. “I used to make speeches to the children's classes. It's satisfying when the children take an interest in something they never heard of before.”

Scott Mitchell, museum director, touted Hendrix's donation of all the items as “one of the more important private artifact and fossil collections in Florida.”

“Alvin explored the rivers of North Florida with scuba equipment during the ’60s and ’70s, long before most people knew that the bottoms of these rivers were full of treasures, such as prehistoric stone tools and ice age fossils,” Mitchell noted.

“He also collected just about everything, including broken items, which gives us a very complete picture of the history of these areas in Florida. Many of his objects are on display, and all of them are available to researchers and people interested in the prehistory of North Central Florida,” Mitchell added.

Hendrix's collection recently caught the eye of researchers who came to Ocala to study mammoth kill sites on the Silver River.

Morgan F. Smith, a candidate with the Center for the Study of Early Americans at Texas A&M University, said Hendrix directed the group to sites where he found artifacts. They also toured the museum.

“Alvin's collection is a really phenomenal representation of the cultural diagnosis of the Paleo-Indian in Florida,” Smith said. “It's really important in archaeology to be able to work with people who have collections like Alvin's. When you get a collection that large, you can find out all kinds of things. The thing about Alvin is, he's so open. He's been very forthcoming about where he found everything, which is the way scientists and collectors should communicate.”

From the time he started collecting, Hendrix spent long hours numbering and categorizing each item, noting when and where they were found and what they likely were used for. He first stored the treasures in orange crates and shoved them underneath his house.

Hendrix said he received encouragement from many professionals, among them Barbara Purdy, retired professor of anthropology at the University of Florida and former curator in archaeology at the Florida Museum of Natural History.

In a phone interview, Purdy said most amateurs fail to keep the detailed records Hendrix has.

“Alvin's collection was so well-documented, I really learned a lot by studying it,” Purdy said. “Because of my interest in prehistory, I was interested in his stone tool collection. I think what made Alvin make his final decision to give most of his collection to the Silver River Museum (is that) he was living in Marion County, and they were willing to take it and catalog it. It's where it should be.”

In recent years, the cataloging fell to museum volunteer Monty Pharmer and his wife, Martha. Pharmer, 81, a retired Air Force pilot, puts in 20 to 30 hours every month at the museum. About 75 percent of his time is dedicated to Hendrix's collection.

“They asked me if I'd be interested,” Pharmer said. “I jumped at the opportunity. While we were doing that large collection we did the computer work at home. My wife helped me immensely. We sorted the collection and put the information in the computer, so it's easily available to researchers. They are not only important to the Silver River Museum, it's an important bunch of Florida artifacts that date back to historical times and help to understand early Florida.”

Guy Marwick, executive director of the Felburn Foundation, founded the Silver River Museum in 1991 and served as its director until 2004. Marwick also noted the importance of Hendrix's detailed numbering system.

“It tells a better story about what may have happened, who may have lived there, and what time periods are represented in that area,” Marwick said. It's a tremendous collection. I mean, what kid doesn't want to find a mastodon's tooth or a mammoth's tooth? Alvin never lost that passion.”

Born in 1933 in a home in McIntosh, Hendrix spent part of his boyhood scavenging for relics among the groves in Orange Springs. After graduating from Reddick High School in 1951, he put in several years at the University of Florida, but his college education was interrupted when he was drafted into the U.S. Army during the Korean War.

Afterward, Hendrix returned to UF and earned a bachelor's degree from the College of Pharmacy. In 1962, he returned to his hometown and opened a pharmacy. Hendrix lost his wife, Juliette, to cancer 15 years ago, and he retired 10 years ago.

Looking back on what he considers the greatest hobby a guy can have, he talked about some of his most memorable adventures.

“The first time I went to Sunday Bluff, about five or six miles upstream from Eureka, I found 300 pieces,” Hendrix said, his voice filled with excitement. “No one had ever been there. The water was clear and running fast. I was just picking them up off the top of one another. Two hundred of them were broken, but we found 100 complete. There was some beautiful material – bones and chert.”

Most of Hendrix's dives were in shallow, clear water, but he also found objects in fields, in burial mounds and along shorelines. Some items were given to him by other divers. But, to him, the greatest thrill is scouring a river-bottom and coming up with your own find.

“There's actually a tool named after me,” he said. “It's called a Hendrix scraper. It's a tool Indians used to scale fish.”

Then, there were the deep rivers, like the St. Johns, where Hendrix would go down about 20 feet where it was pitch black. He rigged his own lighting system using a lawn mower battery and an aircraft landing light, and attached it to his weight belt with duct tape.

Hendrix said he would spend up to seven hours a day underwater, gathering everything from stone tools and glass bottles to animal bones and conch shells. There were disappointing times when he spent all day searching and came up with nothing.

“It's what we called bombing out when we didn't find anything,” he said. “Sometimes, the water was too murky; sometimes there was too much silt.”

Though Hendrix has given away most of his artifacts, he has kept a few treasures that sit in a pile on his grandfather's roll-top desk.

Laws now restrict people from taking such things from Florida's rivers, but Hendrix believes some leeway should be given to professionals.

“They've got to make a distinction between looters and legitimate anthropologists,” he said. “It's a good law, because people were going out and selling these things on Craigslist. We don't know where they're going. We want to keep them in Florida.”

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Last Updated on Thursday, 31 July 2014 10:47
 

Met Museum President Emily K. Rafferty to retire in 2015

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Wednesday, 30 July 2014 11:12
Emily K. Rafferty. Metropolitan Museum of Art image.

NEW YORK – Emily Kernan Rafferty, president of the Metropolitan Museum of Art since 2005, announced Tuesday her decision to retire in the spring of 2015, after more than 10 years in that position.

Rafferty came to the museum in 1976 as an administrator in the Development department, where she rose through the ranks, serving as vice president for Development and Membership (the first woman to be appointed a vice president in the museum’s history), and later as senior vice president for External Affairs.

“It has been a singular privilege to work for the Metropolitan Museum,” Rafferty said. “2015 will mark my 39th year at the Met and the 11th year of my tenure as president. Now that the museum is ready to embark upon a series of new initiatives and a related long-term capital campaign, I believe it should have administrative leadership from someone who is prepared to assume those responsibilities for many years to come and carry them to fruition. I am honored to have helped lead and achieve a smooth transition from the directorship of Philippe de Montebello to Tom Campbell six years ago, and under Tom’s leadership helped to effect significant positive changes within the Met. My respect and affection for the institution and for my colleagues is profound, and the Met will always be close to my heart.”

Thomas P. Campbell, director and CEO of the Metropolitan, praised Rafferty for her exceptional contributions. “The Met is known for the extraordinary dedication of its staff, but few people have had a greater impact on this museum than she has. Over nearly 40 years, Emily has grown with the Met, rising to its challenges through the decades. Indeed, I am deeply indebted to her for the role she played in my own transition to director. We have worked together as partners over the past five years, and I remain grateful for the intelligence, generosity, and charisma she brings to every endeavor.”

The Metropolitan Museum of Art is the nation’s largest and most comprehensive art museum. As the museum’s chief administrative officer, Rafferty oversees some 1,500 full and part-time employees in the areas of finance, legal affairs, development, membership, visitor services, technology, communications and marketing, construction and facilities management, merchandising, human resources, security and government relations at the federal, state and city levels. She also serves as an ex officio member of the museum’s board.

Rafferty has also served since 2008 as chairwoman of NYC & Company, the city’s official tourism and marketing agency. In addition, she is a member of the board of directors of the National September 11 Memorial & Museum. In 2011, she was named to the board of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, and became chairman in 2012.

Born and reared in New York City, Ms. Rafferty earned her B.A. degree cum laude from Boston University.



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Last Updated on Wednesday, 30 July 2014 11:23
 

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.



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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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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 usps.com.

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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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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 LiveAuctioneers.com 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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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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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

Contact: http://www.pastimes.org , This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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 Kovels.com and at the convention.

About Kovels.com:

Kovels.com , 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." Kovels.com 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 comediansincarsgettingcoffee.com

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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