Saturday, December 10, 2016

Wall Stripes

Gene Davis, Wall Stripes No. 3, 1962, acrylic on canvas, Smithsonian American Art Center

There's also this interesting Washington Post article about Davis and how he worked.

Friday, December 9, 2016

Triple Jump

Gene Davis, Triple Jump, 1962, oil and magna on canvas, Smithsonian American Art Museum

Doing a little research, I learned that a conservator, Amber Kerr, performed some restorative work to prepare Davis' Triple Jump for exhibition. I hadn't even thought about how that kind of work might be needed on a piece like this until it dawned on me that, yeah, this work really is now more than 50-years old. Duh! To put it in even greater perspective, 1962 was the year of the Cuban Missile Crisis.

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Two Part Blue

Well, as I said in an earlier post, my goal this past weekend was to visit the Gene Davis exhibit now showing in the Smithsonian American Art Museum. I'll take you on a tour over the next few days as well as share a few other works I spotted on the same floor. Davis called the piece shown above "Two Part Blue" and it was created in 1920 with magna on canvas.

"Gene Davis was a major figure in 20th-century American painting whose contribution was invaluable in establishing Washington, D.C., as a center of contemporary art. Davis also played a significant national and international role in the color abstraction movement that first achieved prominence in the 1960s." ~ Jacquelyn D. Serwer

Wednesday, December 7, 2016


JC VeVE appeared here on stage with Esther Haynes at D.C.'s Holiday Market this past weekend. But like many area musicians, they perform frequently together as well as in combination with various other jazz and blues ensembles. I think someone's been working hard behind stage, though, because in addition to Esther and JC, the Market has an impressive line-up of musicians between now and the end of the month.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Esther Haynes

Overhear any conversation in the United States right now and it won't be long until you'll hear someone saying something about the election. Yeah, it's over, at least in some people's minds. But it's not over insofar as there are still recounts going on and, of course, until our famous (or infamous, depending upon your point-of-view) Electoral College meets.

Still, life goes on, and America thankfully isn't all, or even mostly, about politics. So I headed down to the Smithsonian American Art Museum to see the special Gene Davis exhibit. I'll have more to share about that shortly. But while waiting outside for the museum to open, I took in some of the Holiday Market going on right now, including the vintage jazz and blues music of Esther Haynes (above).

Monday, December 5, 2016

Profiles in Protest IX

This young lady's role was to teach the various demonstrators the chants and hand motions they would use for their march.

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Profiles in Protest VIII

UPDATE: Interesting tidbit of information I found: "HispanTV is a Spanish language news channel operated by IRIB, Iran's state-owned public broadcasting corporation. It began broadcasting in December 2011." 

And this: "The primary goal of HispanTV is to provide a complete platform of multimedia services to the Spanish speaking peoples of Latin America, Latin-American citizens of Iranian origin, Hispanic and Latino Americans of the United States, Muslim minorities of the Hispanophone world, and Spanish-speaking foreign residents in Iran, offering an opportunity for cultural exchange through television and web broadcasts."