Monday, July 27, 2009

Merce Cunningham

[article reprinted in its entirety from BBC's website]

Merce Cunningham
April 16, 1919- July 26, 2009

US choreographer Merce Cunningham, widely recognised for revolutionising modern dance, has died aged 90.

A statement from the Cunningham Dance Foundation said the New York-based dancer "died peacefully in his home of natural causes" on Sunday.

He formed the Merce Cunningham Dance Company in 1953 and choreographed nearly 200 works for it.

Although he used a wheelchair by the end of his career, Cunningham danced on stage right into his 80s.

The statement said he "revolutionised the visual and performing arts, not for the sake of iconoclasm, but for the beauty and wonder that lay in exploring new possibilities".

'Great artist'

Judith Fishman, chairman of the Cunningham Dance Foundation, said: "Merce was an artistic maverick and the gentlest of geniuses.

"We have lost a great man and a great artist, but we celebrate his extraordinary life, his art, and the dancers and the artists with whom he worked."

In April, Cunningham celebrated his 90th birthday with the premiere of new work Nearly Ninety - set to new music from Led Zeppelin's John Paul Jones and Sonic Youth - at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, in New York.

Last month, Cunningham set up The Living Legacy Plan, aimed at continuing his teachings in the future.

As part of the plan, Cunningham's work is to celebrated by his company with a two-year world tour culminating in a final performance in New York.

Toss of coin

Born just after World War I in a small town near Seattle, Cunningham loved to dance as a child.

From 1939 to 1945, he was a soloist in the company of Martha Graham, regarded at the time as one of the foremost pioneers of modern dance.

He presented his first New York solo concert in April 1944, with music from composer John Cage, who became his life partner and frequent collaborator until Cage's death in 1992.

In a radical move, the couple decided to end the traditional marriage of movement and music, saying that both arts should exist independently even when sharing the same space.

Cunningham also abandoned conventional storytelling through ballet to focus entirely on the poetry of dance.

He even tossed coins or threw dice to determine steps, saying the use of chance was "a present mode of freeing my imagination from its own cliches".

He was hugely admired by other dancers and worked with visual artists such as Robert Rauschenberg and Andy Warhol.

Cunningham's work has been presented by the New York City Ballet, Zurich Ballet and the Rambert Dance Company among others.

Among the accolades he received over his long career included the Kennedy Center Honors in 1985 and the National Medal of Arts in 1990.

[photograph from Merce Cunningham Dance Company website.]

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Flower to Form

Southside Cultural Center
190 East Liberty Street, Reno

Carol Brown
"Flower to Form"

July 27 to Sept 17
artist reception:
Thursday July 30 | 3–5 pm

[graphic: Carol Brown, "Disa uniflora, orange." Woodblock print.]

Monday, July 20, 2009

Grad Night Album [in progress]

CCAI has added a Grad Night Album to the CCAI Facebook Fan page!

We'll be making additions in the weeks ahead.


["Grad Night" artists at the June 19, 2009 opening at CCAI Courthouse Gallery. Ahren Hertel, James Nagel, Aimee Doran, Jeff Erickson, Bryan Christiansen, Jocelyn Meggait.
missing: Jonathan Farber, Jonah Harjer, Christina Lee, Dominique Paladino.]

Sunday, July 19, 2009

40 Years Between Edw Martinez & Robert Morrison

Sheppard Gallery
Church Fine Arts Building
University of Nevada, Reno
summer hours: TuWTh 12 – 2 pm

The House of Last Week's Work:
40 Years Between Edw Martinez & Robert Morrison

Opening Night Reception
Thursday July 23 5 – 7 pm

through August 13, 2009

"celebrating 40 years of friendship and art-making between UNR Professor Robert Morrison and Professor Emeritus Edw Martinez. As the title may suggest, there is hidden meaning stemming from 40 years of their creative dialogue. Below are descriptions gleaned from the words of the artists themselves.

40 years......As newly hired art faculty, Bob Morrison and Edw Martinez had their first university exhibit when they were given their "first" show in Spring 1969. Neither of them can recall what they showed. Since Edw was brought in to teach ceramics, he thinks his work probably included some kind of clay globs, hanging from plastic sheeting from the ceiling, and Bob may have been making sandblasted imagery upon glass stands or cases. As they say, it doesn't really matter since they are not trying to do a retrospective or a follow-up on 40 years of making art. Martinez remembers that the response to the show was puzzlement.

House…..Morrison was creating metal framework house structures with nets and butterflies. Edw saw one at South Tahoe and really liked it. He then came up with the idea that he could build or replicate Morrison's form or shape/size house in his own material and that they could show the two structures together in a big white empty room. That was the start of the house 'thing', they say.

Last week's work.....The artists have a running joke between them: “Last week's work.” Both Morrison and Martinez admit to having a suspect reputation that they let things slide, that they are always frantic to the last minute before an exhibition, even sometimes several hours before the doors are to open."

[Text from gallery press release. Graphic from Western Nevada College Gallery flier for Edw Martinez 2008 exhibition "Carson Cairn" [left] and 2005 Nevada Museum of Art exhibition "Robert Morrison: A Retrospective" [right]. Caption: "Robert Morrison, Tongues: The Half Life of Morphine, 1987, steel, fiberglass, electronics, thirty steel cots, each approximately 48 x 36 x 72, installation variable dimensions.]

Friday, July 17, 2009

DIY Duct Tape Wallet

Carson City Library
900 N Roop
Carson City, NV 89701

Saturday, July 25 | 1 - 2 pm
Duct Tape Wallet Workshop

"Ever heard of Duct Tape Prom dresses? We won’t be learning how to make those yet, but we will be making wallets with Turi Becker! With a variety of colors available, you can be as creative as you want with designs and pockets, or make a simple “smallet.”

[information from Carson City Library website. Congratulations to the Library on their brilliant July programs! Graphic from Google image search for 'smallet.']

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Artists | Educators Grants!

[NB: Applications are due August 17.]

Nevada Arts Council
Jackpot Grants

"Jackpots Grants are awarded on a quarterly schedule to eligible individuals and organizations to support new or exemplary arts projects. Jackpots are also designed to support activities that help artists further their careers. Artists must have attained a certain level of proficiency as represented in the quality of work samples submitted with the applications.

Examples of eligible Jackpot projects for organizations include:
• Arts exhibitions, performances, readings and concerts
• Sponsoring of arts related workshops and conferences
• Marketing and promotional activities"



Better Education Through the Arts Grants

"The Better Education Through the Arts (BETA) Grant are quarterly grants for teaching artists, educators, schools, public institutions, non-arts nonprofit organizations, and arts organizations not receiving a Development or Partners in Excellence (PIE) Grant from the Grants Program. BETA grants are awarded on a quarterly basis and support small arts education projects designed and presented by organizations and individuals."



[text from NAC website. Graphic from Google image search for 'jackpot.']

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Sierra Club Organized Hikes

Sierra Club Great Basin Club

July 21 (Tuesday) 5:30-8:00 PM
Easy to Moderate Paced Conditioning Hike

"We will be doing weekly Tuesday evening hikes through September. Hikes are about 4 miles, with minimal to moderate elevation gain in the parks and foothills of the Reno-Sparks area. We hike about 2 hours. Please call the hike hotline (473-1445) for directions and trail descriptions. DL. Leaders: Yvonne Jerome, Karen Todd, Kelly Johns. Moderately easy."

Donations For Outings: $1. $2. for non-members

[text and photograph from club website. caption: "Lola Montez Lake Hike (07-04-2009). Led by Craig Mastos, eighteen of us hiked the up-&-down trail to reach Lower Lola Montez where several swam in the cool water. Then we climbed the granite chute, traversing the white granite terrain up above, to get to Upper Lola Montez lake. Even more swim suits came out for an irresistible swim up there. Views for 30-40 miles? Photos by Carol-Lynn & Gary."]

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Bastille Day: le jour de gloire est arrivé

"The Storming of the Bastille in Paris occurred on 14 July, 1789. The medieval fortress and prison in Paris known as the Bastille represented royal authority in the center of Paris. While the prison only contained seven prisoners at the time of its storming, its fall was the flashpoint of the French Revolution, and it subsequently became an icon of the French Republic. In France, Le quatorze juillet (14 July) is a public holiday, formally known as the Fête de la Fédération (Federation Holiday). It is usually called Bastille Day in English."

Below are two versions of la Marseillaiese, each fierce in their own way. CCAI wishes everyone a Happy Bastille Day!

La Marseillaise - Serge Gainsbourg

La Marseillaise - Mireille Matthieu

[Text from Wikipedia. Graphic from Google image search for "storming of the Bastille."]

Monday, July 13, 2009

India @ Your Library

Carson City Library
900 N Roop
Carson City, NV 89701

Thursday, July 16 6 pm
Explore the World @ Your Library: India with Rupali Mohansingh

Mohansingh is from the southern city of Hyderabad in India. She studied Chemical Engineering, and Civil and Environmental Engineering both in India and the United States. She works in the Environmental Services Division for the Nevada Department of Transportation.

Explore the World @ Your Library is a bimonthly Thursday night program, featuring presentations by people from other countries or by those who have traveled internationally. If interested in presenting a foreign country, please call 887-2244 ext. 1021.

[text from Carson City Library. Graphic from Google image search for 'Hyderabad.' Caption: "Charminar, Hyderabad."]

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Call for Artists!

City of Reno Art Galleries
c/o McKinley Arts & Culture Center
925 Riverside Drive, Suite 2
Reno, Nevada 89503

"Currently accepting exhibition proposals for City of Reno Galleries: Metro Gallery at Reno City Hall, Gallery East & West at McKinley Arts and Culture Center, and Southside Cultural Center Gallery. Seven eight-week exhibitions will be scheduled for August 2009 through October 2010, four alternates (one for each gallery) will also be chosen. The Arts and Culture Division manages these galleries and curates exhibitions of two and three dimensional contemporary artwork in all media.

The deadline for submissions is Friday July 31, 2009; they must be received in the office by 5pm.

Submissions should include:
1) A CD with ten images that are representative of the work proposed for the exhibition. The work must have been completed within the last two years and must not have been shown within a 100 mile radius of Reno, Nevada within the last 12 months. Each image should be numbered and should correlate to the Image List.
2) Image List: Typed, numbered and should identify the title, dimensions and medium of each piece.
3) Resume.
4) Artist Statement/Proposal: A brief statement about the artistic philosophy proposed for the exhibition.
5) Return envelope, self-addressed sufficiently stamped for return of all materials.
6) Artist Registry Form

Submit materials to:
Gallery Exhibition Program
McKinley Arts & Culture
925 Riverside Drive, Suite 2
Reno, Nevada 89503

For more info call 775-334-6264 or email sullivana at

Ali Sullivan
Public Art Technician
City of Reno

[text from City of Reno flier. Graphic from Google image search for 'City of Reno.']

Saturday, July 11, 2009

DDR at the CCL!

Carson City Library
900 N Roop
Carson City, NV 89701

Saturday, July 11 | noon - 4 pm
Teen Gaming: Dance Dance Revolution Tournament!

Call Library for details.

[graphic from Google image search for 'Dance Dance Revolution.']

Friday, July 10, 2009

Lavender Harvest Workshop

Western Nevada College Specialty Crop Institute

Wednesday July 22
Lavender Harvest Workshop
Lavender Ridge Farm

9 a.m. – 4 p.m
7450 West 4th Street

"Western Nevada College continues its program to develop small farm agriculture in Nevada with three summer harvest workshops. The first workshop will be held during lavender harvest season.

A daylong workshop will include sessions on growing and harvesting lavender, beekeeping, sales and marketing, and adding value to farm products.

Cost is $25 if registered by July 19, $30 after July 19, and includes a lunch prepared with locally-grown food.

Kristen and Mike Harris, owners of Lavender Ridge Farm, will be the featured speakers. Participants will tour the lavender field of more than 2,000 plants, view the distillation process, and tour the farm amenities including an event center, water feature, nursery, and gift shop.

Lavender Ridge was established on the site of a farmstead dating back to the 1920's. The farmhouse, barn, and several buildings were preserved and are currently in use.

The workshop will also include a session on the business of beekeeping, presented by Leonard Joy of Joy's Honey Farm. Joy has been keeping bees for more than 30 years and currently has 85 hives throughout northern Nevada. Other workshop sessions will focus on the importance of sales and marketing to increase farm profitability.

To register, contact Ginny Dugan, 775-423-5186, or visit WNC’s website."

[text and graphic from WNC press release.]

Thursday, July 09, 2009

FY 2009 Grant Awards: American Recovery and Reinvestment Act

National Endowment for the Arts Stimulus Grants to 3 Nevada Organizations

"Congratulations to three Nevada arts organizations receiving direct stimulus grants from the National Endowment for the Arts in support of job preservation in the arts – Clark County Cultural Division, Las Vegas ($50,000); Reno Chamber Orchestra, Reno ($25,000); and Western Folklife Center, Elko ($50,000).

The NEA received more than 2,000 applications for these funds, provided by the American Economic Recovery & Reinvestment Act, and awarded 631 direct grants totaling $29,775,000."

Full list

[text from the Nevada Arts Council website. Graphic from Google image search for 'Capitol White House.']

Wednesday, July 08, 2009

Let's Talk

Carson City Library
900 N Roop
Carson City, NV 89701

Wednesday, July 8 | 6pm
Let's Talk/Vamos a Platicar

Este es un programa donde miembros de la comunidad vienen a practicar conversación en inglés o/y español a su propio nivel una vez por mes.

This is a program where community members can come to practice conversation in English and/or Spanish at their own pace once a month.

[graphic from a google image search for 'conversation.' Caption: "René Magritte. The Art of Conversation. 1950. Oil on canvas. 65 x 81 cm. Private collection." Click on image to enlarge]

Monday, July 06, 2009

The Fog of War

[A bit outside the regular territory of the CCAI blog, with this post we link to information on Robert McNamara and "The Fog of War," a remarkable documentary work by filmmaker Errol Morris.]

Errol Morris

The Fog of War: Eleven Lessons from the Life of Robert S. McNamara

Robert McNamara (June 9, 1916 — July 6, 2009) was an American business executive and the eighth United States Secretary of Defense. McNamara served as Defense Secretary for Presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson during the Vietnam War from 1961 to 1968.

Terry Gross Fresh Air interviews:*

Robert McNamara On Doubts, And Vietnam
April 1995 interview with Robert McNamara

McNamara And The 'Fog Of War'

2005 interview with filmmaker Errol Morris

* available after 5 pm July 6.

[Text from Wikipedia. Graphic from Fog of War's official website. Click to enlarge.
The film, which features a brilliant musical score by Philip Glass, won an Academy Award for best documentary feature in 2004.]

Sunday, July 05, 2009


Nevada Museum of Art
160 West Liberty
Reno, Nevada

Faces: Chuck Close and Contemporary Portraiture
through October 18

"A leading figure in contemporary American art since the 1970s, Chuck Close is celebrated for his successful efforts to reinvigorate the field of modern portraiture. Best known for the monumental faces he has painted, photographed, and most recently woven into tapestries, Close has developed a formal methodology based on color and structural analysis that radically departs from traditional modes of portraiture. Featured alongside works by Close will be a selection of portraits by some of the twentieth and twenty-first century’s leading artists including Cindy Sherman, Shirin Neshat, Gerhard Richter, and Andy Warhol. These artists are noted for the innovative ways they approach issues of identity, autobiography, and narrative in their works."

[text and graphic from museum website.]

Friday, July 03, 2009

Reno Art Fair

July 18
Reno Art Fair

St. Anthony Greek Orthodox Church
4795 Lakeside Drive

[information and graphic from the Reno Art Fair. Click on image to enlarge.]

Wednesday, July 01, 2009

Nevada Arts Council FY10 Artist Fellowships

Nevada Arts Council
FY10 Artist Fellowships Awarded

The Nevada Arts Council has awarded five Artist Fellowships for FY10. Congratulations go to: Robert Leonard Reid, Carson City and William Cowee, Carson City in Literary Arts; Miguel Rodriguez, Las Vegas and Elaine Parks, Tuscarora in Visual Arts; and Christopher Wrede, Reno in Performing Arts. In addition to using the $5,000 award to produce art during the fellowship year, each fellow provides a free public event relevant to his or her discipline, through readings, exhibitions, performances, and master classes.

The Artist Services Program, which oversees Artist Fellowships, also awarded a $500 grant to seven honorable mentions this year - Joshua Kryah, Henderson and Susan Priest, Gardnerville (Literary Arts); Robert Contreras, Las Vegas; Jennie Pitts, Gardnerville, and Mary Wherry, Las Vegas (Performing Arts); and Dean Burton, Reno and Gary Reese, Las Vegas (Visual Arts).


[text from NAC website. Graphic from Google image search for '>Elaine Parks Tuscarora.' Caption: Elaine Parks. "Autumn."]