Tag Archives: 20th Century

1909: The Seven Ravens

The good little sister took a knife and cut off her own tiny finger, fitted it into the keyhole, and succeeded in opening the lock. When she had entered, she met a Dwarf, who said: “My child, what are you … Continue reading

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1941: A Thing of Beauty is a Joy Forever

Russell Lee: Candy stand run by Negro. Southside, Chicago, Illinois (1941) A thing of beauty is a joy for ever: Its loveliness increases; it will never Pass into nothingness; but still will keep A bower quiet for us, and a … Continue reading

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1966: Coleslaw

From a 1996 essay by Elisabeth Roudinesco, “Lacan and Derrida in the History of Psychoanalysis”: The first encounter between Lacan and Derrida took place…at a famous symposium held in Baltimore in October 1966, which, under the auspices of the Center … Continue reading

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1980: Burnt House

Robert Gober: Burnt House (1980)

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19th Century: Provenance Unknown

Portrait of a child holding a lizard. Nineteenth or twentieth century, maybe American.

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1961: A Song Bob Dylan Never Wrote

From Dylan’s Chronicles Volume One (2004): I can’t say when it occurred to me to write my own songs. I couldn’t have come up with anything comparable or halfway close to the folk song lyrics I was singing to define … Continue reading

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1965: The Girl Who Took Care of the Turkeys

The Girl Who Took Care of the Turkeys Now we take it up. (audience)Ye——s indeed. There were villagers at the Middle Place and a girl had her home there at Wind Place where she kept a flock of turkeys. At … Continue reading

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1959: Satchmo Talking

Collages by jazz great Louis Armstrong, mostly done on reel-to-reel tape boxes. Dates on the newspapers used range from 1959 to 1971, the year of his death.                           … Continue reading

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1932: New Art Saves Strange Beasts

A headline from this article in Popular Science Monthly, January 1932:

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1969: Better Than Those Motherfuckers

Wadsworth Jarrell: Compared to What – I Am Better Than Those Motherfuckers and They Know It (1969) My painting Compared to What: I Am Better Than Those Motherfuckers and They Know It was critiqued. The form consists of graffiti-style words … Continue reading

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