March 2011


Suffragette Series No. 9 postcard

We don’t often make “official” announcements, but since we were asked nicely, we would like to take this moment to remind our readers who are SAA members to please vote in the online election.

Online voting in SAA’s 2011 Election closes April 11!  If you are an eligible SAA member, please vote today: https://eballot4.votenet.com/saa.

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Google Houdini Doodle

Another cute Google Doodle reminded me to remind you that time is running out to catch the Houdini exhibition at the Jewish Museum in New York City.

Houdini's will poster, Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division, POS - MAG - .H37, no. 2 (C size)

Billed as “the first art exhibition in an American art museum,” Houdini: Art & Magic brings together archival documentation and the responses of contemporary artists to the legendary performer.

Materials have been drawn from both private and public collections, including the Library of Congress, which includes an interesting description of the dispersal of the Houdini collection in its online catalog record for this particular item.  The LC note also relates the story of Harry Houdini’s brother, Theodore Hardeen (whose presence was notably absent from the exhibition if I recall correctly — but, then again, it was pretty crowded when I visited and I’m not sure I managed to read through all the captions).

Although the show closes in New York this Saturday, you will have a chance to catch up with it again throughout the year as it tours to two venues on the West Coast, before winding up in Wisconsin (where it all began).

Kudos to the Jewish Museum for organizing some of the most consistently innovative and engaging exhibitions on performing artists over the past few years!

West Fourth Street looking west

I don’t know about you, but Women’s History Month has gotten off to a rocky start for me.

For example, it was disheartening earlier this week to read the sad news that political activist and book artist, Suze Rotolo, had passed away.  Although the full-length obituary by William Grimes that appeared in the New York Times was a wide-ranging and sensitive account of what sounds like a life well-lived, the title of the condensed version that appeared on the Arts Beat blog simply read, ” Suze Rotolo, Muse and Girlfriend to Bob Dylan, Dies at 67.”