AMERICA TURNS 400
Happy Birthday! Welcome to the inaugural issue of motherlode.tv. Our Summer 2020 feature, A History of an American Art Colony, traces over one hundred years of Provincetown art curated from the legendary Julie Heller Galleries. The feature is available here as an online exhibit. You can experience the shows in person (if the virus allows) at each of the physical locations on Cape Cod this summer.
Here’s to Provincetown. The Vikings. The Fishermen. The Pilgrims. The Black Whalers and Rumrunners. The Painters and Sculptors. The Anarchists. The Playwrights. Freedom of Speech. The Novelists. Freedom of Expression. Freedom of Worship. The Music. Freedom from Want. Freedom from Fear. The Wampanoags just called and said they'd like their land back.
Charles Hawthorne hangs the open for business sign at the Cape Cod School of Art and the wannabes flock to learn under an American master. The mudhead invasion begins on the beaches of a lawless Portuguese fishing village at the turn of the 20th century.
The 1913 Armory Show turns the art world upside down and nobody seems to take Picasso seriously. A cadre of up-and-coming American and European art-stars create a modernist moment whose ripple effect laps at the Provincetown shores.
Seeds from Paris, the Midwest, Greenwich Village, Japan and Boston germinate on Cape Cod in the summer of 1915 as World War I forces a country into self-quarantine. Provincetown becomes the petri dish. The Provincetown Prints are now world-famous and still carry the name of the the block print process that evolved during this period of enlightenment.
This earliest combination of acid, metal and waxing - mixed with endless hours of chicken scratching - is the recipe for the art world's oldest and most enduring print form.
Give an artist a razor blade or a pair of scissors along with a stack of old books, photographs and magazines and the results break all the rules and and create an infinite outlet for self-expression.
Author Ann Wood had never heard of the Well Babys until we dropped the new LP off with her. Originally recorded in the late 1980s, featuring tracks produced by Sean Slade (Radiohead, Hole) at Fort Apache Roxbury and now available for the first time on Motherlode Records.