Anna Sewell: Born March 30, 1820

sewellWhile in her fifties Sewell first devised the idea to write her own book about horses. Initially intended, as she wrote in her diary, to be an instructional work to induce kindness, sympathy, and an understanding treatment of horses little did she know it would become a best-seller. Bustling Victorian London’s society, transportation and industry was dependent on horse power, but there were also emerging vegetarian and animal anti-cruelty groups. Through the trials and tribulations of Black Beauty we see a cross-section of the working conditions and quality of life for horses.
http://www.online-literature.com/anna-sewell/

Black Beauty is widely credited with helping to change the way horses were cared for. There is little doubt that the book helped hasten the abolishment of the “bearing rein” — a strap used to pull a horse’s head in toward its chest to force the appearance of a noticeable arch of the neck. BlackBeauty(This was a highly desired look in aristocratic society, but it created great pain and difficulty for the horses. The animals could not use their neck and chest muscles to pull weigh properly or to breathe correctly. The unnatural arch weakened the horses and usually led to respiratory problems.) Black Beauty also placed a harsh spotlight on the practice of “docking” or cutting short a horses tail, largely for the sake of appearances — a practice that is still widely debated.
How ‘Black Beauty’ Changed The Way We See Horses
http://www.npr.org/2012/11/02/163971063/how-black-beauty-changed-the-way-we-see-horses

Read Black Beauty online or download the free ebook:
http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/271silentmovie

Free downloads of Black Beauty in Mp3 (audiobook) format.
http://etc.usf.edu/lit2go/125/black-beauty/

Artist Birthday Quiz for 1/26~

What 18th century French artist made his reputation with his acclaimed marble sculpture of Mercury, now in the Louvre?

What Pulitzer Prize-winning Village Voice satirical cartoonist went on to author books, plays, revues, and screenplays?

Answers here~ https://schristywolfe.com/2015/01/26/january-26/

The Studios at MASS MoCA

The Studios at MASS MoCA Residency Program Spring/Summer 2018

Artist & Writer Residencies hosted by MASS MoCA’s Assets for Artists Program
Application for Sessions from April 4, 2018 – October 2, 2018

Application Deadline: January 8, 2018 11:59pm. No application fee. (Please note that if you are eligible to apply for a free 6-week residency — with travel assistance — for artists in Puerto Rico affected by Hurricane Maria, please go to http://bit.ly/2B27wST to apply by December 18, 2017.)

MASS MoCA invites artists and writers to apply for residencies from 1 week to 8 weeks in length…We welcome applications from artists in all career stages, income levels, and disciplines (painters, writers, fiber artists, printmakers, performers, designers, photographers, filmmakers, etc.) whose practice allows them to work quietly (no power tools in the private studios, and no music out loud – headphones only). Groups/collectives may apply to work on joint projects. The studios have light-duty ventilation, so an art practice generating strong fumes cannot be accommodated.
http://massmoca.org/event/studios/

Full Cost~ $650/week
Financial Aid~ All applicants will be considered for subsidies based on artistic merit, readiness to benefit from the residency, and financial need.
Application Deadline~ January 8, 2018, 11:59pm. Click here to apply.

Alfred A. Knopf, Sr: Born September 12, 1892

Alfred Abraham Knopf Sr. (September 12, 1892-August 11, 1984) was an American publisher of the 20th century, and founder of Alfred A. Knopf, Inc. His contemporaries included the likes of Bennett Cerf and Donald Klopfer, and (of the previous generation) Frank Nelson Doubleday, J. Henry Harper and Henry Holt. Knopf paid special attention to the quality of printing, binding, and design in his books, and earned a reputation as a purist in both content and presentation. ~https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alfred_A._Knopf_Sr.

Asked how to say his name, Knopf told the Literary Digest: “Sound the k: k’nupf.”

Obituary in New York Times~
http://www.nytimes.com/1984/08/12/obituaries/alfred-a-knopf-91-is-dead-founder-of-publishing-house.html
The history of the house of Knopf~ http://www.randomhouse.com/knopf/about/index.html

July 14, 1916~ The Dada Manifesto

Richard Boix. Da-da (New York Dada Group). 1921. Ink on paper. 11 1/4″ x 14 1/2″ (28.6 x 36.8 cm)
Museum of Modern Art / Katherine S. Dreier Bequest

On July 14, 1916, the poet Hugo Ball proclaimed the manifesto for a new movement. Its name: Dada. Its aim: to “get rid of everything that smacks of journalism, worms, everything nice and right, blinkered, moralistic, europeanised, enervated.” This aim could be achieved simply by saying: “Dada.”
https://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/10/arts/dada-100-years-later.html

Dada~ Born February 5, 1916            100th anniversary of DADA~

  Max Ernst. Murdering Airplane. 1920. Collage. 2 1/2” x 5 1/2” (6.35 cm × 13.97 cm). Private collection.

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


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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“19 Impressive To Kill A Mockingbird Covers from Around the World”~ https://www.printmag.com/design-culture-2/to-kill-a-mockingbird-book-covers/

6de25b970ea4bbb8c7716760a4595924“[A] selection of the film’s original artwork: some of the colour lobby cards and posters from its international release”~
https://www.theguardian.com/film/gallery/2012/feb/08/to-kill-a-mockingbird-artwork-in-pictures28532006

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

http://www.encyclopediaofalabama.org/article/h-1126
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Artist Birthday Quiz for 1/26~

What 18th century French artist made his reputation with his acclaimed marble sculpture of Mercury, now in the Louvre?

What Pulitzer Prize-winning Village Voice satirical cartoonist went on to author books, plays, revues, and screenplays?

Answers here~ https://schristywolfe.com/2015/01/26/january-26/

100th anniversary of the Dada Manifesto~

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http://www.tate.org.uk/search?gm=300

The 1st and 2nd DADA Art Manifestos~
http://www.arthistoryarchive.com/arthistory/dada/Dada-Manifesto.html
DADA: the art movement that questioned everything~
http://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/culture/100-years_dada–the-art-movement-that-questioned-everything/41939442
Dada as a worldview~ http://retroavangarda.com/dada-as-a-worldview/
Dada~ Born February 5, 1916~
https://schristywolfe.com/2016/02/05/dada-born-february-5-1916/

Vermont Studio Center

mill_square_autumnThe largest international residency program in the US, VSC hosts more than 50 visual artists and writers each month from across the country and around the world.

VSC holds three annual fellowship deadlines: February 15th, June 15th, and October 1st. They also offer occasional special fellowships at other times. Fellowship applications open approximately 6 weeks in advance of each deadline; during those periods, their current fellowship offerings will be listed on their site.

http://vermontstudiocenter.org/