ohio outsider artist ben hartman

Ben Hartman was a molder for the Springfield (Ohio) Machine Tool Company. He and his wife, Mary, lived with their three children on the corner of Russell and McCain Avenues. During the Great Depression, Ben lost his job at the tool company. Struggling to keep active, he built a cement…

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greer lankton at the mattress factory

Since graduate school I’ve wanted to see Greer Lankton’s It’s All About ME, Not You. The installation was first exhibited at the Mattress Factory in 1996 and became a permanent installation in 2009. Lankton was born Greg in 1958 and, with the help of his minister father’s Presbyterian church, became female at 21.…

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lacma & watts tower from arlis pasadena

As part of my time at ARLIS/NA’s 2013 annual conference, I took a tour of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and Simon Rodia’s Watts Towers. At LACMA, we were given a private tour of the Stanley Kubrick exhibition. You walk through the exhibition following the chronology of Kubrick’s…

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