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“Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time”*…


Artemisia Gentileschi, “Judith Slaying Holofernes”/Destiny’s Child, “Independent Women”

Images by the masters; words by Beyonce… Beyonce Art History.

Eadweard Muybridge, “Boys Playing Leapfrog” / Destiny’s Child, “Jumpin’ Jumpin’”

Diego Velazquez, “Las Meninas”/Beyonce, “Diva”

Fernando Botero, “The Toilet”/Destiny’s Child, “Bootylicious”


[TotH to AH]

* Thomas Merton


As we muse on the timelessness of great art, we might recall that it was on this date in 1969 that The Turtles played a formal White House ball at the request of their fan, President Nixon’s elder daughter.  The New York Times reported:

Tricia Nixon covered her face with a white lace mask, shimmering with crystals and held like a lorgnette, to greet some 450 of Washington’s prettiest, handsomest, slimmest 20-to-30-year-olds at a masked ball tonight, her first White House party.

It was likely one of the stranger social gatherings in the recent history of that august home.  The Turtles’ web site recounts:

Kids with obvious SDS connections were passing out literature, while Tricia was dashing around with all the genuine charm of a Cinderella. Despite the fact that the tipsy [Mark] Volman kept falling off the stage and was challenged by Pat Nugent because Mark was trying to pick up on Lucy Baines Johnson,

Still, the Turtles were a big enough hit to be asked by one of the guests, the daughter of the president of U.S. Steel, to play at her coming out party.

Tricia Nixon dances with her date, U.S. Rep. Barry Goldwater Jr., at her masked ball

The Turtles on the cover of their 1969 album “Turtle Soup.” (Mark Volman, second from left)


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May 10, 2013 at 1:01 am

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