Tuesday, May 31, 2011

the wonderful feast

details from The Wonderful Feast by Esphyr Slobodkina, Greenwillow Books, NY, 1953

Monday, May 30, 2011

Rivers clap hands

from Psalm 98: Sing A New Song To The Lord, 1966 and The Praise Parade, 1967---all by Gerard A. Pottebaum, illustrated by Robert Strobridge, Little People's Paperbacks, The Seabury Press, NY

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Albert Cullum

stills from A Touch of Greatness (1964), Literature Au-Go-Go! (1966), From Sea To Shining Sea (1966), all produced and directed by Albert Cullum, shot and edited by Robert Downey (Putney Swope), music by Tom O'Horgan (with students)

audio excerpts from A Touch Of Greatness and Literature Au-Go-Go

These films are included (as DVD bonus features) with the documentary A Touch Of Greatness, a film by Leslie Sullivan, PBS/First Run Films, 2004

Albert Cullum was an elementary school teacher in Rye, NY, from 1956-66. Cullum believed that children should have early exposure to literary classics, and together with his fifth graders, he produced plays by Shakespeare, Sophocles and Shaw. His friend Robert Downey filmed these events in and out of the classroom, making three incredible short films.
More here. Documentary trailer here.
"Every child should have the chance to play the part of St. Joan before the age of twelve, because the older you get, the more difficult it is to hear the voices of St. Margaret and St. Catherine calling you." -A.Cullum

thanks to Burgin at VKBMKL for her post that sent me off to find this.
Ben, this one's for you.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011


Verschwinden von Restmudigkeit, 1987 / Begleitung zu fliessbandahnlichen Arbeiten, 1988 / Vierermannchen, 1986 / Der echte Feuerfrier - Effekt, 1989
from Dietrich Orth, Portikus Frankfurt am Main, 1997 (german language)
"In his work, Orth investigates a variety of subjects including his own body language, the effects of his prescribed psycho-pharmaceuticals and particular mental/emotional states like rage or dignity. " (from here)
"any smaller or larger disturbances of the feeling of being undisturbed have to be corrected, sublimed, or rerouted." and "the observation and development of the smallest little piece of satisfaction is the strongest weapon against social chaos." - Dietrich Orth (from Artforum, Sept. 1994)

Monday, May 23, 2011


more from The Complete Book of Puppet Theatre by David Currell, A & C Black, London, 1974

Friday, May 20, 2011


"Making a screen print photographically"
from The Batsford Encyclopaedia of Crafts by H.E. Laye Andrew, BT Batsford, London, 1978

Thursday, May 19, 2011


from David Shrigley: Everything Must Have a Name, Malmö Kunsthall, 2007

Wednesday, May 18, 2011


from The Boy Who Would Not Go To School: Robert Francis Weatherbee by Munro Leaf, 1935 (Scholastic, 1963)

Monday, May 16, 2011

Givat Haviva

details from Youth Drawing, Arts Center of Givat-Haviva/Unit for Democracy and Co-existence (Ministry of Education and Culture), 1994 (a compilation of art by Jewish and Arab students from combined art classes---above: Ziv Ma'avri, Afula / Eslan Yunes, Kfar Ara)

Sunday, May 15, 2011


from Fun With Figures by Mae and Ira Freeman, Random House, NY, 1946

(thanks again Burgin)

Saturday, May 14, 2011


Untitled Robert Breer lithograph (1973) . Here now.
Thanks PVK.

Thursday, May 12, 2011


Ernst smoking / murals hidden under wallpaper, house in Eubonne / paintings in trees, 1939 / Ernst explaining how he gave Jackson Pollock the idea / Ernst in Kachina mask, Sedona, Arizona / Ernst painting Microbes / Microbes in matchbox / Ernst carving
stills from Max Ernst: A Film by Peter Schamoni, 1991 (Image Entertainment, DVD)

Tuesday, May 10, 2011


I found this pin stuck in the ceiling of our new studio. The place was once a little used book store. May the book ghosts guide my hands.

Monday, May 9, 2011


details from Town and Country by Alice and Martin Provensen, Crown Publishers, NY, 1984