Poster by Adolfo Hohenstein
for the original production of Giacomo Puccini‘s La Bohème
1895 / Lithograph / 40”x26” / The Morgan Library & Museum, NYC
Previous February 1 posts:
1962 / Destroyed sofa (wood, cotton, vegetable fiber, wire, and glue) on wood backing
El Museo del Barrio, New York
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1984 / Gelatin silver photograph / 12”x8” / Various, incl. Brooklyn Museum
In 1873 at the age of thirty-nine, Viktor Alexandrovich Hartmann, Russian architect and painter, died from an aneurysm. He was at the forefront of the Russian Revival, friend of and inspiration to many contemporaries in the field of architecture, art and music. Shortly after his death, Vladimir Vasilievich Stasov, helped to arrange an exhibition of Hartmann’s work.
Mussorgsky poured out his feeling about his friend’s death in a letter to Stassov. who shared the Russian nationalist tendencies of Hartmann and Mussorgsky and had brought the two men together in the first place.
Mussorgsky’s piano suite was not published until after his death, is dedicated to Stassov. Stassov, with whom Mussorgsky had discussed the suite as he composed it, explained in the first edition of the Pictures at an Exhibition: “The composer here portrays himself walking now right, now left, now as an idle person, now urged to go near a picture; at times his joyous appearance is dampened, he thinks in sadness of his dead friend. …”
Sir Georg Solti – Chicago Symphony Orchestra 1980
Contralto Marian Anderson was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. A variety of sources suggested February 17, 1902, as her birthdate; however, Anderson’s birth certificate, released by her family after her death, listed the date as February 27, 1897. Her father was an ice and coal salesman, and her mother was a former teacher.
Although Anderson had early showed an interest in the violin, she eventually focused on singing. The Black community, recognizing her talent, gave her financial and moral support. She also gained the notice of tenor Roland Hayes, who provided guidance in her developing career.
Terry Adkins (1953-2014)
African-American artist known for his fusion of sculpture, performance, and music
Marilyn Nance (Born 1953)
African-American new media artist, photographer and storyteller