November 13, 1940~ Walt Disney’s film Fantasia premieres in New York City

Fantasia Program Cover by Gyo Fujikawa

1940 / 26 pp+cvr / 12 3/4”x9 5/8” / Various collections incl. Smithsonian National Museum of American History
Movie originally released in 13 U.S. cities as road show w/assigned seating, programs, & ushers

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Previous November 13 posts:

November 13~ Artists at their Easels

Artist Birthday Quiz for 11/13~

October 28, 1897~ American costume designer Edith Head is born

Brown Evening Dress Design for “To Catch a Thief”  by Edith Head

1954 / Watercolor and gouache over graphite sketch on paper / 12 1/2”x16 1/2”
Wisconsin Center for Film and Theater Research, Madison

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Wisconsin Historical Society~
https://www.wisconsinhistory.org/Records?&terms=Edith%2cHead&facets=CREATOR_NAME%3a%22Head%2c+Edith%22
30 Fantastic Movie Costumes by the Legendary Edith Head~
https://www.thecut.com/2013/10/30-fantastic-movie-costumes-by-edith-head.html

Previous October 28 posts:

Autumn~ October 28

Artist Birthday Quiz for 10/28~

June 15, 1878~ Eadweard Muybridge successfully captures a horse in motion in series of photographs

The ZoopraxiscopeHorse Galloping by Eadweard Muybridge

c.1893 / Outlines drawn by Erwin F. Faber, lithographed, hand colored / 12″ disc
Library of Congress Prints & Photographs Division, Washington, DC

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More about Eadweard Muybridge~
https://schristywolfe.com/2016/04/09/eadweard-muybridge-born-april-9-1830/

Previous June 15 posts:

Pride Month~ June 15

Artist Birthday Quiz for 6/15~

March 22, 1895~ First private screening of a projected motion picture

Sortie d’usine (Workers Leaving the Lumière Factory)
by Louis Lumière

1895 / Silent film documentary / Running time: 46 seconds / http://www.institut-lumiere.org/

None of them are dated, the case it seems of most of Lumiéres’ films. A contemporary report talked about the film shot on March 19 featuring a horse, so that rules out one version, which has a dog but sans horse. The other two versions must be judged by which looks more likely to have shot in March, from the workers’ clothes and the shadows they cast. What this uncertainty almost certainly means is that, after making what’s said to be the world’s first film, the Lumière brothers also made the world’s first remake, Fremaux joked.
https://variety.com/2017/film/global/thierry-fremaux-lumiere-artistry-louis-lumiere-unifrance-1201960812/

Sortie d’usine – Lumière – Les 3 versions HD~https://youtu.be/qvgPEiw_q04

Previous March 22 posts:

March 22~ Women’s History Month in visual arts

Randolph Caldecott: Born on March 22, 1846

March 22~

March 22~ Retrospective Edition

March 22~ Broadway Edition

Artist Birthday Quiz for 3/22~

Hispanic Artists~September 29

Mallasa  by  María Luisa Pacheco

1980 / Oil on canvas / 50”x39” / Museum of Republic Bank Art Collection, Bogota, Colombia

 

Corona de Espina  by
Rubén Ortiz Torres

1991 / Lithograph and Woodcut
/ 20 7/8”x14 3/4”
/ Edition of 40

Pride Month~ June 30

 

Zanele Muholi (Born 1972)
South African artist and self-described visual activist
https://www.guggenheim.org/artwork/artist/zanele-muholi

Bester V (Mayotte) / 2015 / Silver Gelatin Print / Paper: 23 3/4″x20″

 

 

 

 

Kehinde Wiley (Born 1977)
Applies the visual vocabulary of heroic portraits to contemporary subjects
http://akkad-design.com/KehindeWiley/Gallery/index_Bio.html

Three Graces / 2005 / Oil and enamel on canvas / 72″x96″

Pride Month~ June 9


Grant Wood (1891-1942)
One of three leaders of the American Regionalist movement
http://archive.boston.com/ae/books/articles/2010/11/07/candid_examination_of_iconic_painter_grant_wood/

Parson Weems’ Fable / 1939 / Oil on canvas / 38 3⁄8” x50 1⁄8”

Hubert Stowitts (1892-1953) Dancer, film actor, painter, designer, and metaphysician
http://www.queer-arts.org/archive/jan_98/stowitts/biography.html

Work of Stowitts for “The Fox-God”, an opera in 3 acts / 1939 / Mounted color plate from painting / 15 1/4”x13”

Love & War~ May 25

Charles & Ray Eames

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Charles was a designer with an eye for form. Ray was an artist with an eye for color. They complemented each other on projects like coat hangers, films, their namesake chairs, and large architectural projects. Through four decades of creative work, they revolutionized design and created an indelible mark on American History. The duo was not without faults, but the pair proved to be inseparable and inspirational. They were the Eameses.

The Eames studio—part workshop, part circus— was a partnership of two free spirits: one, an architecture school dropout who never got his license; the other, a painter trained by Hans Hofmann who used objects or any other surface as her canvases. They shunned the term “artist” as pompous.

Charles and Ray Eames arrived in Los Angeles in 1941, a year after they met at the Cranbrook Academy of Art. Charles was married to his first wife, Catherine at the time, but Ray began assisting him and Eero Saarinen in their designs for the Museum of Modern Art’s Organic Design in Home Furnishings Competition, and soon he divorced Catherine and married Ray.

Their partnership, which obliterated the distinctions between private and professional lives, inspired numerous contemporary working marriages…Charles and Ray, architect and artist, wanted to do everything — disciplinary boundaries meant nothing to them — and, by and large, succeeded.

The Work of Charles and Ray Eames: A Legacy of Invention
AD Classics: Eames House / Charles and Ray Eames
The Love Letters of Charles & Ray Eames