In honor of Earth Day, check out the newly digitized 1985 Archives of American Art documentary on sculptor David Barr’s “Four Corners Project.” Barr is seen above examining a model for the project, which was to inscribe a tetrahedron inside a sphere (not just any old sphere - in this case, the earth) and burying one of the actual corners at one of the four carefully mapped geographic locations. He traveled to Easter Island, Greenland, South Africa, and New Guinea to complete the project. You can watch the whole video on youtube through the link below. For more, see the smithsonianavarchivists post on this video today.
In celebration: the four corners project, 1985 / David John Barr and Archives of American Art. 16 mm : 1 film reel : sd., col. ; 16 mm. Miscellaneous sound, film, and video recordings collection. Archives of American Art.
[T]hen to the girls: From this moment on, you are Follies Girls - the cynosure of all eyes male and female - So watch your step - keep out of the newspapers headlines - I mean the unfavorable headlines - it is up to you.
Please report for rehearsals here when Bill the stage mgr. contacts you - very soon. Thanks for coming - You’re dismissed for today!"
-Alberto Vargas, Alberto Vargas Diary, page 35, (c 1946).
And with that, we release you into the weekend with our first Final Lines Friday!
Here’s the tail end of a scripted encounter drafted by Alberto Vargas, whose diaries are shared by archivesofamericanart. You may have seen some of the Peruvian painter’s work in the form of WWII era Esquire Magazine pin ups and aircraft nose art, but this script recalls his time working with the lavish Zeigfeld Follies productions.
We’re borrowing a page from classicpenguin to share the closing lines of our digitized, transcribed projects on Fridays. See you next week for more final phrases!
I guess “there is no such thing as bad publicity” doesn’t apply to Ziegfeld Follies Girls?
Vintage cocktail recipes in rhyme? Yes, please! This unique unpublished book by Charles Green Shaw is only one of many rare printed materials that will be featured in our upcoming Journal.
Anne Waldman and Ted Berrigan perform their collaborative poem “Memorial Day” as part of a reading series at 98 Greene Street Loft curated by the poet Ted Greenwald around 1973.
The video was shot by Sandy Hirsch on the only portable video format that existed at the time, 1/2 inch open reel video, often referred to as Portapak. Like any video shot in this format from the late 1960s to early 1970s, it is now a very fragile historical document. Digital preservation of this video allowed us to view it and share it with the public after decades of inaccessibility.
The Archives thanks the Berrigan estate, Waldman, and Hirsch for their generous permission to share the video. Happy Poetry Month!