Saturday, July 11, 2015

Feliz (for lease) Downtown; The Americans - photos by Robert Frank; Rowboat; Tilt, etc.; Raccoon RIP at last













Pictures are:

a.  Regular Farmers Market mascot
b.  Bearback rider
c.  Guthrie guitar
d.  Walker recall office
e.  Rotunda under which the sewer raccoons
have their principle meeting place,
f.   Crow on Odd Fellows skylight
g.  Waukesha special forces serve search warrant
on early morning five points site with shields, rifles,
flash grenade, vests, ear plugs etc. - 7/14
h.  Ibid, made one arrest
i. Farmers Market morels
j.  'Birdhouse' roof finials across the five points street
k.  Mourning dove feeds in the rain
l.  Jesus Saves Friday Night Live 7/15



The Prairieville Luxury Apartments (Berg) agency
began showing their brand new, just constructed
upper units for lease this week - right on schedule.

Across the street
reposes the former McCoy's department store.
We remember that excellent store from our childhood.
We used to purchase our Official Boy Scout
uniforms there and other Official BSA paraphernalia.
(Hatchets, compasses, nesting cooking kits, Official manuals....)

The clerks would send the money to the secured 2nd floor office
via pneumatic tubes which were placed around the store
at the cash registers.
We could see the cannisters get vacuumed up 
the transparent tunnels over our heads.

Robberies were tough there.

That property, also owned by Berg Management Co.,
has been  'For Lease For Years'.

So there is a new apartment building looking for upscale
tenantry riding the crest of a wave
yet to break fully on South Street.

Let's hope occupants are found for these buildings
by Xmas 2015.

My bet is on Berg to pull the rabbit out of the McCoys chapeau!


Frank, Robert THE AMERICANS 1958

First published in France in 1958, then in the United States in 1959, Robert Frank's The Americans changed the course of twentieth-century photography. In 83 photographs, Frank looked beneath the surface of American life to reveal a people plagued by racism, ill-served by their politicians and rendered numb by a rapidly expanding culture of consumption. Yet he also found novel areas of beauty in simple, overlooked corners of American life. And it was not just his subject matter--cars, jukeboxes and even the road itself--that redefined the icons of America; it was also his seemingly intuitive, immediate, off-kilter style, as well as his method of brilliantly linking his photographs together thematically, conceptually, formally and linguistically, that madeThe Americans so innovative. More of an ode or a poem than a literal document, the book is as powerful and provocative today as it was 50 years ago.
Published to accompany a major exhibition at the National Gallery of Art, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Looking In: Robert Frank's "The Americans" celebrates the fiftieth anniversary of this prescient book. Drawing on newly examined archival sources, it provides a fascinating in-depth examination of the making of the photographs and the book's construction, using vintage contact sheets, work prints and letters that literally chart Frank's journey around the country on a Guggenheim grant in 1955-1956. Curator and editor Sarah Greenough and her colleagues also explore the roots of The Americans in Frank's earlier books, which are abundantly illustrated here, and in books by photographers Walker Evans, Bill Brandt and others. The 83 original photographs from The Americans are presented in sequence in as near vintage prints as possible. The catalogue concludes with an examination of Frank's later reinterpretations and deconstructions of The Americans, bringing full circle the history of this resounding entry in the annals of photography.
This richly illustrated paperback edition of Looking In: Robert Frank's "The Americans" contains several engaging essays by curator Sarah Greenough that explore the roots of this seminal book, Frank's travels on a Guggenheim fellowship, the sequencing of The Americans and the book's impact on his later career. In addition, essays by Anne Wilkes Tucker, Stuart Alexander, Martin Gasser, Jeff L. Rosenheim, Michel Frizot and Luc Sante offer focused analyses of Frank's relationship with Louis Faurer, Edward Steichen, Gotthard Schuh, Walker Evans, Robert Delpire and Jack Kerouac, while Philip Brookman writes about his work with Frank on several exhibitions in the last 30 years. This paperback edition also reproduces many of Frank's earlier photographic sequences, as well as all of the photographs in The Americans and selected later works


Ed note:

Let us not forget
in Delafield WI
the American Legionaires
have an annual community
 Raccoon Feed.

It garners much press.
We said this: