This Week’s Various

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The NYT states that “The friendship of Ralph Lemon and Walter Carter must surely be counted as one of the great artistic collaborations of the early 21st century.” and that “Anyone who has encountered one of Mr. Lemon’s layered artistic projects — choreographic, visual or written — is likely to be familiar with Mr. Carter (1907-2010), the Mississippi native who began showing up in Mr. Lemon’s work in 2002 doing all sorts of strange, task-based activities (sometimes with his wife, Edna, and other relatives and neighbors). He was like a kind of marvelously inscrutable found object, one with as many schemes and designs in his head as Mr. Lemon had in his.”  Now through May 27, the Studio Museum in Harlem is doing a solo show with Ralph Lemon’s “1856 Cessna Road” which explores the eight-year relationship in video and drawings.

The woman that lives in the American Gothic house is apparently a pie baker extraordinaire, on book tour.

Rural Studio worked with Hatch Show Print (who did Shugie’s baby announcements, there’s nothing they can’t do!) for this:

Chris Beck's Art at Temple Arts Festival, Nashville TN
(This is a pic of one of Chris’ pieces from a show we were at a couple of years ago)
Chris Beck has a new piece at the Creative Arts Guild’s Robert T. Webb Sculpture Garden in Dalton, Georgia. “Mrs. Carter,” a painted roofing tin construction, is part of Beck’s “Real Housewives of the 1950s” series, in which sculpted versions of vintage women’s clothing double as portraits in absentia. 

Congratulations, Chris! 
The Southern Food and Beverage Museum in New Orleans is undertaking a public art sculpture made up of pots and pans from restaurants all over our region. 
After Bubba Watson’s win at The Masters, CNN ran a piece, ‘The South: Not All Bubbas and Banjos‘:

Why do the stereotypes persist?

Because they’re constantly in play, Davis says. “We have one [group] that is imagining the South as an alternative space within the United States — less modernized, less educated, more racist. It’s America’s Jekyll to its own Hyde,” he says. On the other side, he says, there are Southerners who take pride in everything they consider disparaged, from the Confederate flag to country music.

Davis, a native of Butler, Georgia (population 2,000), observes the word “Southern” has come to be associated with opposition to the American norm. He teaches Southern studies, so students often ask him, “What is Northern studies?”

” ‘Northern studies’ is American studies. ‘Southern’ is the opposition to that,” he says.

A brief overview of Ann Treitsman’s book, Who Put the Devil in Deviled Eggs?.  On her list of American foods: macaroni and cheese, french fries, Caesar salad, Cobb salad, deviled eggs, chocolate chip cookies, ice cream sundae, cupcake, hamburger, baked Alaska, lobster roll, corn dog, clams casino, popcorn, blueberry muffin, corn-on-the-cob, mashed potatoes, Jell-O, apple pie, steak, potato salad, pumpkin pie, peanut butter, key lime pie, soft pretzels, brownies, doughnuts, cereal, bagel, iced tea, pancakes, chicken-fried steak, gumbo, meatloaf, Reuben sandwich, mayonnaise, fried chicken, biscuits, cheesecake, waffle, pizza, maple syrup, cotton candy, Twinkie and bubble gum.

To celebrate Athens, Alabama’s namesake of Athens, Greece, there’s going to be an ‘Athens Grease Festival‘ this coming fall.  The logo states that it will be a ‘celebration of all things fried’ — which…not sure about the good timing of celebrating fried food (although if you saw this study that was reported this week maybe not quite as bad…).

Rural Studio Projects
The WSJ has a feature on visiting Rural Studio architecture.

The Commercial Appeal has an article about the National Ornamental Metal Museum near downtown Memphis.

‘Tis the season for tea sandwiches (well, I think it’s always the season, but now that it’s hot, especially) and the Savannah paper runs a piece about them, with recipes.

Ron Rash was on Here and Now this week on NPR.  Excellent.

Jerry Bleem, O.F.M., priest and artist who teaches at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, wrote on Heaven and Hell, the exhibit of visionary art between Loyola and Intuit.

In Atlanta, there’s Miller Union‘s beautiful cast iron skillet wall (as is everything else they have/do).  And see if this pic doesn’t make you think summer should come on now.

Av's Birthday Cake
Should’ve showed this earlier — Av’s birthday thankfully came before Passover, so he got to have a *real* cake — and the boys wanted six or seven sentences on it, but we settled on ‘Happy birthday, we love you Daddy, Who Dat’.  They got to put all the candles on, too.

In the upcoming week’s postings — pics from St. Joseph’s Day altars that are *amazing*.

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