Wednesday, May 6, 2009

just a little bit

I live a day at a time. Each day I look for a kernel of excitement. In the morning, I say: "What is my exciting thing for today?" Then, I do the day. Don't ask me about tomorrow.
Barbara Jordan (1936-1996) attorney, congresswoman, activist

while on my texas wander I was particularly impressed by all the colorful and creative outside art. I managed to get some snaps and put together a slideshow, although these photos are far from representative of what is around but they do capture just a little bit of the mural scene in austin....

slowly I'm making progress organizing my texas snaps.

here's the link to my slide show of the unveiling of the barbara jordan statue which occurred on april 24th; attending this event was the serendipitous highlight of the trip. I was surprised to learn that of all the statues that adorn the ut campus, until now there has been no statue honoring a woman. it's sad to think it's taken this long, there certainly has been no shortage of women leaders in texas history, but it is fitting that the first statue of a woman be of barbara jordan. ms. jordan was a first in so many things during her lifetime. let's hope that this is just the first of many more statues of women to grace the campus of ut!

maria mena music video just a little bit


photo: outside wall of tequila mockingbird, a music studio in the heart of austin, april 2009

10 comments:

Marianna said...

What a grea quote that is :)

Once again a wonderful and fun post to read, watch, listen to! Thanks :)

Have a great day!
Peace
xoxo

R.L. Bourges said...

Great street art, and I love that quote by Barbara Jordan.

Didn't know Maria Mena at all. Thanks for the discovery.

ArtSparker said...

I particularly like the plays on scale, the opening image, and the little houses. The starry night dissolving wall is just a knockout - as if art could dissolve barriers.

Meri Arnett-Kremian said...

I'm so excited that there's a statue honoring Barbara Jordan. There was an exhibit at our local art museum called Sparkle, then Fade that had a multi-media piece that included video clips from the Watergate hearings in which she was so masterful and brilliant. The piece (which also included composite photos of legislators from the Texas Legislature when she was a member) was called "What Barbara Jordan Wore." I don't remember the artist -- but I stood mesmerized before it for a long time, remembering what a commanding presence she had.

Roy said...

That's one cool mural! I've never heard of Maria Mena, so thanks for the introduction.

Coffee Messiah said...

All very nice and never would have thought (don't know why) that Austin would have so many murals.

Did you try the Mozart? If so, was it good?

Crazy about the woman statues, I do agree.

rosedale's 4 head said...

the Barbara Jordan work is so familiar...the form...the hand on the hip is a true stance i grew up with...whippings...disbeliefs...sunday conversations over backyard fences...if i have a chance to capture my Aunt...she so much thinner now...but still...to this day...'revs' back on the hand and hip...

such captivating work...things i take for granted...my own native grounds...

mouse (aka kimy) said...

if i had to live in texas, i think i would want to live in austin!

coffee at mozart was most excellent!!

Candie Bracci said...

Cool,really cool!

Merle Sneed said...

Ms. Jordan was a powerful orator and a towering intellect, gone too soon. thanks for the memories.