Haunted House for Sale

House on a Haunted Hill, 1959

House on a Haunted Hill, 1959

Frank Lloyd Wright’s Ennis House is for sale. Heavily damaged by the 1994 Northridge Earthquake and labled “most endangered” by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the house was the last and largest of four homes that Wright designed in an experimental “textile block” style. It was used in a number of films including the 1959 Vincent Price movie House on a Haunted Hill. It’s curious that the directors used the house, then only a quarter-century old. The script states it was built over a century ago and I don’t imagine the movie interior bares any resemblance to the actual interior. In the movie Frederick Loren (Vincent Price), has invited five strangers to a party of a lifetime. He is offering each of them $10,000 if they can stay the night in a house. Of course not many people get to spend a night in a Wright house. You can try this one for $15 million. Let us know if the number of ghosts has increased from seven. Also, don’t miss the exhibit Frank Lloyd Wright: From Within Outward, now at the Guggenheim. You can watch the movie on Hulu.

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Art After X

With the death of President Kennedy in 1963, America changed. As hard as it is to minimize that sentiment, the effect of Dallas was even greater. The same year saw the merging of the Dallas Museum for Contemporary Arts, which had been central to the art scene, and the Dallas Museum of Fine Arts. Douglas MacAgy, then the director of DMCA, not only opposed the merger, but also declined to directorship of the combined museum. The regionalist movement which had been strong for decades, was giving way to more of an interest in what was going on nationally, and internationally. Like it or not, Dallas was on the national stage. When the Kennedy’s arrived in Fort Worth, local collectors had decorated a hotel room with internationally-renowned works. While the president and his wife learned a great deal about the ability of Texans to collect major art, there was little they could glean about the local scene in this era-defining city. With this in mind, we have begun a project to look not back at the art scene in Dallas, but foreword from 1963. We are interviewing gallery owners, curators and others involved in the art scene then, but this will be a story told mostly through interviews with artists active in the city from that point into the 1980s. The result will be a book with a video component. We hope you will join us in our journey. The hashtag for the project is #artafterx and the url artafterx.com will point to the latest updates on this weblog.

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