Man released but subject to copyrights

This panel, “Man Released From His Mechanistic Labor to the Creative Life” was a test-panel created by Jose Clemente Orozco in a passage-way between Baker Library and Carpenter Hall before starting in on the more famous Ororzco Murals at Baker Reserve Corridor at Dartmouth College. I probably walked past the little doorway a thousand times back in my undergraduate days; now they have a little sign OROZCO TEST PANEL which drew me in, although I had to ask the attendant how to find the artwork, which is on the back-side of a hanging divider (more naturally visible heading from Carpenter –home of the art history department — to Baker). It is true that I pretty much took for granted the marvel of the murals; I may have written one brief paper on it.
As someone self-employed in the arts for almost 20 years, I was inspired by the title of this work, and its reference and reverence for “the creative life.”

The placement on an overhang also calls to mind the Ray Bradbury story about art hanging from an overpass (“Ole, Orozco! Siqueiros,  Si”).

I shot another ten pictures of details of the mural itself, plus another twenty shots of various art around campus. Terry also took some photos, with a real camera.  At the Hood Museum of Art, I actually signed a form which said my photography is for personal use only. (Which to me means I am willing to take down the image if requested to do so; meanwhile I encourage everyone to visit the Hood Museum and Baker Library and to donate to Dartmouth College; I do).

I also recently procured from Bell’s Books a copy of MacKinley Helm’s book on the great muralist:


About markweiss86

Mark Weiss, founder of Plastic Alto blog, is a concert promoter and artist manager in Palo Alto, as Earthwise Productions, with background as journalist, advertising copywriter, book store returns desk, college radio producer, city council and commissions candidate, high school basketball player; he also sang in local choir, and fronts an Allen Ginsberg tribute Beat Hotel Rm 32
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1 Response to Man released but subject to copyrights

  1. markweiss86 says:

    i am looking forward to tearing in to, and maybe stealing from, Randy Kennedy New York Times Sunday Jan. 1, 2012 “Apropos Appropriation: A Copyright Infringement Lawsuit Raises Questions About How Far Artists Can Go” which also has visual samples of Cory Arcangel, Hank Willis Thomas, Christian Marclay, Sherrie Levine and Richard Prince. I have been meaning to paste this into the Stegner section but close enough is sometimes just a cigar:

    2)I saw James McMurtry at Slim’s on Friday and invited him into my Stegner tribute project, and incidentally gave him a “The Last Picture Waltz” business card as my contact info. He said “Wallace Stegner was my dad’s teacher when he [Larry McMurtry] wrote his first book.” He added that he had recently read “Recapitulation” but found it lacking compared to “Angle of Repose”. I said “but can you turn that into a song?” and he indicated that you cannot force such things.

    Texas songwriter and avid reader James McMurtry, at Slim’s

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