Pride Month~ June 19

Cy Twombly (1928-2011) Iconic large-scale marks scribbled and smeared on raw canvas or linen
http://www.galerie-karsten-greve.com/en/cy_twombly/biography

Untitled [Gaeta] / 2007 / Acrylic, wax crayon, lead pencil on wooden panel / 99 1/4”x217 3/8”

Andy Warhol (1928-1987) Artist, director and producer explored popular culture in his work
http://warholfoundation.org/legacy/biography.html

Flowers / 1964 / Offset lithograph / sheet: 22 13/16”x23 1/16″

May 15, 1970~ Tragedy at Jackson State

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The shootings at Mississippi’s Jackson State University still linger in the shadow of Kent State. Less than two weeks after Kent, two black students were killed and 12 others wounded by state troopers on May 15, 1970.

The incident started after student demonstrators, protesting the Vietnam War and seeking more rights at the historically black college, responded to an order to disperse by throwing stones and bottles. It ended as police opened fire outside a women’s dormitory.

Phillip Gibbs, 21, a junior preparing for law school, who had a child and a pregnant wife, and James Earl Green, 17, a high school track star on his way home from his job at a grocery store, were killed.

A presidential commission later found the shootings at Jackson and Kent “completely unjustified.” No one was indicted.
May 15th, 1970: 2 Black Students Killed & 12 Wounded by Police During Vietnam Antiwar Protest~

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May 4, 1970~ Tragedy at Kent State

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NYTRead the full text of The Times article:
http://www.nytimes.com/learning/general/onthisday/big/0504.html

This link is to a “collection…of photographs and contact sheets produced by University News Service (now University Communications and Marketing) before, during, and after the May 4, 1970 shootings at Kent State University. The first photographs were taken on April 30 to May 3, 1970. This group consists of a small number of photos. The bulk of the photographs were taken on May 4, 1970. Other photographs include events immediately after the shootings and some annual commemorations.” http://www.library.kent.edu/university-news-service-photographs-may-1-4-1970

This link is to “a repository of information managed by WKSU-FM about the 1970 shootings at Kent State University. On May 4th, 1970 Ohio National Guard troops opened fire on students, wounding nine and killing four…The materials include photographs, radio station audio, text, and video related to those shootings and their aftermath”Audio and images from May 4, 1970~  http://www.kentstate1970.org//index2

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Leonardo da Vinci: Died May 2, 1519

deathFrancis I Receives the Last Breaths of Leonardo da Vinci
by Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres, 1818 • Petit Palais, Paris, France

We know that Leonardo, who had come to France at the invitation of Francis I, died in Amboise in 1519. The undoubtedly fictitious story of his death in the presence of the king comes from The Lives by Vasari. This work, which appeared in 1550, celebrates the excellence of Italian painting following an ascending curve that starts with Cimabue and ends with Michelangelo and Raphael. http://www.petitpalais.paris.fr/en/oeuvre/francis-i-receives-last-breaths-leonardo-da-vinci

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Nelle Harper Lee: April 28, 1926 – February 19, 2016

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On the 50th anniversary of the publication of Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird, ABC News named her their Person of the Week.

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“[T]he most creative To Kill a Mockingbird book cover designs, both real and conceptual, To-Kill-A-Mockingbird-lob-006that celebrate the coming-of-age spirit of the American modern classic”~ http://thecreatorsproject.vice.com/blog/long-lost-to-kill-a-mockingbird-sequel

6de25b970ea4bbb8c7716760a4595924“[A] selection of the film’s original artwork: some of the colour lobby cards and posters from its international release”~
https://creators.vice.com/en_us/article/long-lost-to-kill-a-mockingbird-sequel28532006

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, first published in 1960: list of 403 editions on Goodreads~ https://www.goodreads.com/work/editions/3275794-to-kill-a-mockingbird?per_page=100&utf8=%E2%9C%93

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Ella Fitzgerald: Born April 25, 1917~

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In mid 1936, Ella made her first recording. “Love and Kisses” was released under the Decca label, with moderate success. By this time she was performing with Chick’s band at the prestigious Harlem’s Savoy Ballroom, often referred to as “The World’s Most Famous Ballroom.”

Shortly afterward, Ella began singing a rendition of the song, “(If You Can’t Sing It) You Have to Swing It.” During this time, the era of big swing bands was shifting, and the focus was turning more toward bebop. Ella played with the new style, often using her voice to take on the role of another horn in the band. “You Have to Swing It” was one of the first times she began experimenting with scat singing, and her improvisation and vocalization thrilled fans. Throughout her career, Ella would master scat singing, turning it into a form of art.
Ella Fitzgerald | Official Site~ http://www.ellafitzgerald.com/about/biography

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March 22~ Women’s History Month in visual arts

 

Lee Miller (1907-1977)
American Fashion and fine art photographer, photojournalist, Surrealist artist, writer, and model
https://www.nationalgalleries.org/art-and-artists/features/lee-miller

Women in fire masks, Downshire Hill, Hampstead, London / 1941 / American Vogue magazine

 

 

 

 

Dora Maar (1907-1997)
French Surrealist artist and photographer, painter, and poet
https://www.britannica.com/biography/Dora-Maar

Le Simulateur (The Simulator or The Pretender) / 1936 / Gelatin silver print / 11 1/2”x9”

I Want To Hold Your Hand

February 1, 1964 was the day that a Beatles song hit Number One for the first time in the USA. The song was “I Want To Hold Your Hand”. The Beatles flew into JFK on February 7 and made their first appearance on Ed Sullivan two days later. And we all had a gear time!

https://www.rockhall.com/inductees/beatles
http://www.rollingstone.com/music/lists/100-greatest-beatles-songs-20110919/i-want-to-hold-your-hand-19691231