Evolution[ edit ] Frederick Jackson Turner, c. They adapted to the new physical, economic and political environment in certain ways—the cumulative effect of these adaptations was Americanization. Successive generations moved further inland, shifting the lines of settlement and wilderness, but preserving the essential tension between the two.
Seven Decades of Creativity," October 6, through January 27, An illustrated catalogue containing this essay may be purchased through the museum's bookshop. My parents, William and Marguerite Zorach, were both artists.
I grew up in Greenwich Village in New York City, in a home full of modern art, of Fauvism and Cubism, in a creative atmosphere, where everything in our home was exciting and different from other peoples' homes. From the beginning, art seemed a natural part of life. My father would be carving in one large room of our apartment, wood chips all over the floor, with his finished carved figures standing about like members of the family.
His oil paintings --marvelous, mysterious, semi-cubistic, and colorful -- hung on the walls.
My mother would be painting in the adjoining room, which was both studio and living room. I could not have imagined a life without paintings on the walls, and color everywhere. Our walls were canary yellow; Adam and Eve were painted on one wall, with the snake 1940s farm life essay down the tree.
The floors were bright vermilion, and covered with rugs that my mother designed and hooked herself.
She created large batik hangings and bedspreads, and every piece of furniture was decorated, each chair rung a different color. My father's painting of Leo Ornstein's piano concert, a Cubist work with lots of bright red, hung on the living room wall along with my mother's Cubist painting of tiger lilies, complementing the vermilion floor.
In my bedroom hung The Garden a Fauvist work of my mother's which is now in the collection of the Portland Museum of Art. Also in my room was her large oil entitled The Circus circa which she later reworked as a small embroidery, now in the collection of The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Animals were also a part of our lives, even in the city.
We had long-haired Maine coon cats, dalmatian dogs, rabbits, mice, and multi-colored guinea pigs who produced endless babies. Also goldfish and birds -- finches and parakeets. I learned to concentrate by doing my homework while the parakeets screeched and carried on.
My mother designed and made all her own clothes, and ours too.
My brother and I went to school in clothes embroidered with fantastic flowers. The principal once called my mother in and tried to tell her that she shouldn't send us to school in such fancy clothes.
My mother said, "I can't afford to buy ordinary clothes, and if I'm going to make something it has to be something beautiful. I'm sure to most people we looked like gypsies. My father said that he started wearing more conventional clothes when he realized that people were more interested in his clothes than in his art.
My parents had a vision of a new pastoral world where people would wear beautifully designed clothes or no clothes at all. On my mother's travels to India as a young woman, she did not see the primitive misery; she saw an amazing world of beauty and vivid colors which inspired her to change everything about her life.
They were among the very first "modern artists" in this country, and their early years were a struggle.Rural Life in the s: American farm families sent more than million young men and women into the armed forces. At a time when the nation faced an unprecedented demand for food, farmers faced a shortage of farm workers, gas, and new farm equipment and parts.
Despite the shortage of labor, more production was expected. Life on the Farm Chickens, horses, cows, pigs, and goats.
Every morning a rooster crow would wake up my family and let us know that it was time to start the day. Many found temporary stability in the migrant work camps established by the U.S.
Farm Security Administration, or FSA. The FSA camps provided housing, food, and medicine for migrant farm families, as well as protection from criminal elements that often took advantage of vulnerable migrants. Feb 19, · My mom passed away 10 Dec While going through her things we found 24 old minute long16mm home movies show how people were living around I remain the official Senior Maverick for Wired, a magazine I helped co-found 25 years ago.
I do one article for Wired per year. My most recent published writings are listed here, in chronological order. My newest book, The Inevitable, a New York Times bestseller, is now available in paperback.
The. Laura Ingalls Wilder is a bestselling author again, 83 years after she began publishing her Little House on the Prairie books and 58 years after her death at age Pioneer Girl: The Annotated.