A Sunday in Granbury

It may have been no more than an excuse to escape Suburbia, but Sunday found us on a trip to Granbury, Texas and surrounding environs, a short drive Southwest from Fort Worth. There wasn’t much in the way of high-end antiques to be found, but Granbury has enough charm to warrant spending the time and gas. The town even has a still operating opera house. In all the buildings on the square, most appear to date 100 years or more and there’s only one cavity to be filled.

Some trivia, Davy Crockett’s wife, Elizabeth, settled in Hood County following the Texas Revolution against Mexico. She is buried in Acton State Historic Site, the smallest state park in Texas.

Jesse James is reported to be buried in the City of Granbury Cemetery. Contrary to the popular legend about James, it is believed by many, including many of his adult grandchildren, that James changed his name and lived to old age in Granbury.

John Wilkes Booth, according to Granbury legend, moved to Hood County and assumed the name of John St. Helen. There is a store on the historic town square that is still called St. Helen’s.

Perhaps the most interest was in several items at a consignment shop along the way including and Enrico Caruso 78 and a possibly old French poster.  If you go, I’m pretty sure you’ll enjoy the town, and you may find some stuff to buy, but don’t expect to come across many high-end antiques.

About 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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