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The Thursday Roundup, At Last!
by Jerome Weeks 21 Oct 2010

The Amon Carter does Alfred Steiglitz proud, we’re proud of the crazy, cheapo, sci-fi films shot in Texas in the ’60s, Curtis King of the Black Academy of Arts and Letters ain’t too proud to beg and Fluxus proudly returns to Fort Worth before heading off into space.


NUMBER 9, NUMBER 9, NUMBER 291: The Amon Carter got a two-year grant from the NEA to digitize works on paper. The latest completed project? The full run of Alfred Steiglitz’ magazine, 291 — which the photo pioneer originally started just to publicize his 291 Gallery but which is now considered a work of art on its own. In fact, that’s a very cool Francis Picabia “portrait” on the cover.

DISAPPEARING INK? As Mike Merschel notes in Texas Pages, the state’s precious university presses have seen a fair amount of turmoil this year: The University of Texas Press director Joanna Hitchcock has just announced her retirement after 18 years, TCU Press got a new director in June, and lest we forget — SMU Press remains in a coma after the provost suspended operations there. The oldest university press in the state may just quietly disappear.

THE LAND THAT TIME FORGOT: Texas has long been considered an alien planet — as the Dallas Producers Association will show tonight in “It Came from Dallas 6! – Skeletons from the Closet.” They’ll screen several clips and trailers from grade Z sci-fi films shot in the area in the ’60s. One even used Fair Park as the future underground lair of mutants. See, that’s what fried beer leads to.

MONEY, MONEY, MONEY: To quote a Pink Floyd tune this time, that’s what Curtis King says he needs. The head of the Black Academy of Arts and Letters told the News that the Academy is hurting these days, too. But that’s not stopping it from presenting a slew of programs, including a jazz concert this weekend and a 24-hour film fest with Melvin Van Peebles Oct. 30.

FLUXUS FOR THE REST OF US: Once again, Cecil Touchon is letting us enjoy the contents of his overstuffed living room. Yes, Fluxus is back! (Of course, it never left — unless you count Touchon’s very real efforts to launch Fluxus into outer space.) Touchon, you surely recall, is the friendly mad man behind a resurgence of Fluxus, the whimsical, ’60s-era, Dada-ish, art movement. He’s got Fluxhibition #4 (“Amusements, Diversions, Games, Tricks & Puzzles”) running at the Fort Worth Community Arts Center through Oct. 30. So now it’s the Fort Worth Weekly‘s turn to try to explain the Ontological Museum, the ongoing Book About Death and, of course, the International Post-Dogmatist Group.