Art

Maria Altmann was 88 when I first met her by phone in 2004. "Would it be possible to call back in a few minutes?" she asked. "I'm feeling a little dizzy and would like a cup of coffee to revive myself."

"Of course," I said, imagining Mrs. Altmann as a somewhat frail grandmother. Old she was, but frail she was not.

Each year since 2006, Texas Public Radio has featured a t-shirt newly designed by a local artist as a thank-you gift. We are breaking with that tradition this year to honor two previous contributors: Chuck Ramirez and Robert Rehm.

In 2007, Chuck Ramirez’s pop-art infused coffee cup spilled its TPR goodness across the front of our ringer tee. To honor his contributions to the local art community, and his support of TPR, we are again presenting his design, this time on a natural-colored apron perfect for outdoor grilling (and coffee drinking).

 

DALLAS — A Dallas foundation is giving Southern Methodist University a $45 million grant for the school’s museum and arts school. The gift from the Meadows Foundation is the largest single donation in SMU’s 100-year history.

Prolific poet of the Beat age, and Pulitzer-Prize winner, Gary Snyder has spent a lifetime reflecting and observing life both professionally and personally. 

His new book "Nobody Home: writing, buddhism, and living in places" brings his personal reflections to light through a 30-year correspondence with Julia Martin, South African writer and literary scholar.

  Adam Gopnik knows a few things about writing, being the author of seven books and winning several magazine writing awards. He knows a few things about Paris having lived there for several years and being awarded the medal of Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters. He knows a few things about art having devoted his life to the study of it and the promotion of it through his many essays.

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