Friday, July 29, 2011

Rockwell at the White House & a Chelsea Group Show + "Coney Islands" Go Turkey!

Norman Rockwell 
at The White House
The famous Norman Rockwell painting, "The Problem We All Live With", shows a young black girl, Ruby Bridges, on her way to start first grade in New Orleans, after the school board mandated desegregation of two New Orleans schools. This depicts an actual event which happened in 1960. The painting has just been hung in the White House on a wall leading to the Oval Office and will stay on loan to our nation until the end of October. Another Rockwell painting depicting the Statue of Liberty was donated to the White House by Steven Spielberg in 1994 and currently hangs in the same room.

To commemorate the temporary installation, President Obama invited Ms. Bridges and representatives of the Norman Rockwell Museum to the White House to discuss the painting's impact as an icon of that turbulent era and what impact the actual experience had on Ruby as a young child.
Ms. Bridges described her experience: “Driving up I could see the crowd," but being 6 years old and growing up in New Orleans, "I actually thought it was Mardi Gras. There was a large crowd of people outside of the school.... throwing things and shouting... that sort of goes on in New Orleans at Mardi Gras!" A classmate later told her that his mother had instructed him not to play with her. She asked why. He told her, because she was black. That is when she realized that all the fuss, crowds and noise was about her. "...we should never look at a person and judge them by the color of their skin, that is the lesson I learned in First Grade!"

Group Show
at BravinLee Programs 
in Gallery 1
Fabian Marcaccio 

Fabian Marcaccio 

Chuck Close

Chuck Close

Thomas Nozkowski

Thomas Nozkowski

Thomas Nozkowski

Oaths? Questions? Bookness! 

at BravinLee Programs 

BravinLee programs, in NY's Chelsea Arts District, is presenting a selection of pages from the art book titled: “Oaths? Questions?” in Gallery 2. Visuals by Marjorie Welish & words by James Siena.

From the outset, the concept of this art book was to place transparent text pages interleaved on top of opaque pages of art. With "Oaths? Questions?" the object is not so much a book as the art of seeing. The viewer must constantly focus and refocus from seeing to reading. The artwork is seen through a verbal screen which redefines poetry. Words, images, images, words, all enriched by the confusing exchange. 

This collaboration between Marjorie Welish and James Siena was an urgent desire to make a unique work, unlike art or a book. So this work takes both apart and puts them back together, certainly not the same as before the marriage. What is the TRUTH? (Oaths require Questions.) The art is made up of words and wordless communications combined.

Oaths? Questions? was published by Granary Books in early 2009. Ruth Lingen in New York City printed the images on Somerset Book. The typographic layout, by Marjorie Welish and James Siena, was printed letterpress by Art Larson at Horton Tank Graphics in Hadley, MA. Oaths? Questions? was bound in printed cloth over boards. The binding structure was designed by Daniel E. Kelm and Kylin Lee at the Wide Awake Garage in Easthampton, MA and produced by Kylin Lee at the  Blue Eyed Cicada Studio also in Easthampton. Steve Clay, Philip Gallo, and Judy Tobar provided additional assistance.

BravinLee Programs
526 West 26th Street Suite 211, 
New York, New York, USA
Tue - Sat 10 AM - 6 PM
Director - John Lee
Fax: +1.212.462.4406
Phone: +1.212.462.4404

Hot Dogs
with Turkey Chili 

  • Hot dog buns
  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 2 onions, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • One 6-ounce can tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon favorite mustard, plus more for topping
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 teaspoons brown sugar
  • Pork, chicken & turkey hot dogs
  1. Preheat the oven to 300°. Wrap the hot dog rolls in foil. In a large skillet, cook half of the onions and the garlic over medium-high heat in a small amount of oil, for 2-3 minutes, add the turkey, breaking it up, until the pink is almost all gone, onions should be soft. Stir in the chili powder and cumin and cook, stirring occasionally, for about 2 more minutes. Stir in 1 cup water, the tomato paste, mustard, Worcestershire sauce and brown sugar. Bring to a boil, then cover, reduce the heat to medium, and cook until thickened - about 20 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile place hot dogs in a pot of water and bring to a boil, cook for 8 minutes. Place the rolls in the oven to heat through. Place a hot dog in a roll and top with mustard & chili. Spread some onions on top and extra mustard if desired. (This recipe is adapted from a chili dog preparation at

Recommended Mustards:

Best Dijon: 
   Grey Poupon Dijon
Best Honey: 
   Honeycup, Uniquely Sharp Mustard
Best Ballpark: 
   Raye's Mustard Top Dog
Best Deli: 
   Hellmann's Deli Mustard
Best Hot: 
   Silver Spring Beer 'n Brat Horseradish Mustard
Best Oddball: 
   Inglehoffer Creamy Dill Mustard with Capers
(Source: Everyday Magazine)

Until later,
ARTSnFOOD, All rights reserved. Concept & Original Text © Copyright 2011 Jack A. Atkinson under all International intellectual property and copyright laws. Images © individual artists, fabricators, respective owners or assignees.

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