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Creative risk

Consider the Museum of Fine Arts. The public really [doesn’t] want them to goof. They cost too much. They’re too big. They spend too much money for failure. It’s like having NASA fail: You don’t want failures of that magnitude. They don’t want to do a show and have the public say it’s a dog. They want to do shows the public [says]are great! Well, can you imagine where Dow Chemical would be without their laboratory? I mean—think about it—they have to have that lab. Lawndale was a lab. That’s basically what it was. There were some things being tested over there. There was also a very significant failure rate. You know, regardless of how much I appreciated something or liked doing everything we did over there, they didn’t all work. Some were bombs. I think you have to be able to do that. You have to have a place where you can take chances and run risks and if the test tube blows up, you simply say, “Shit. We learned.”

Art as curriculum

I think art should be one third of the curriculum in public schools. That’s a major statement, not a lightweight thing. I don’t say that offhand. Art, philosophy and science: That’s what we should be teaching. Art is the ugly stepchild to universities. We just are. And the reason that music is elevated is that they have their symphony hall. The reason that theater can be successful is they have their [venue]. Is it a good one? Damn right it’s a good one. Architecture, hey, they go and get Philip Johnson to build them a grandiose thing. Artists at one time had some kind of place. There was a place for them in the community and in society—and I don’t necessarily know where or what that is anymore. When the University did not embrace Lawndale to the point that they kept it and used it and developed it, I thought that was a tragic mistake. On their part, as far as I’m concerned, they goofed. That’s a big goof.

The road not taken is as important as the road taken. The reality is that Lawndale ultimately got kind of shoved to the streets. The students were the lifeblood. The Art Guys

The Art Guys, Michael Galbreth and Jack Massing, are a Houston-based collaborative team employing unconventional media and humor to explore serious contemporary issues. The duo has worked together since 1983 after meeting as students at the University of Houston.
came through that venue. Sharon Kopriva
Sharon Kopriva, b. 1948. A Houston Heights-born sculptor educated at the University of Houston (BS in Art Education, 1970; MFA in painting, 1981), Kopriva taught in Houston-area high schools for ten years prior to a full-time career in visual arts.
came through that venue. The person who’s teaching sculpture there now came through that venue. They got to make the leap. It’s like being shot out of a rocket, you know. Students don’t [typically] get to do that. They graduate, they get their MFA, they go do this or that; the first thing you know this life’s a drag and they end up being a banker or something. I don’t think universities help them in that professional transition. They’re not prepared to do that, and Lawndale did. Lawndale put those students in traffic. An enormous amount of traffic flowed right through their living room. They got to give the parties; they got to host events. They also got to work on them, which presented some problems for some of the other faculty because students would leave a class to come over and work on something. There were a few scrapes, but to tell you the truth, in the scope of things they were so minor. Lawndale was one of the most beautiful moments of my life. I loved being there. I loved being involved. I loved doing what I did.

Then and now

[My wife] Charmaine and I came to Houston together in 1976 in a red Ford one-ton truck with two pink suitcases. I’d taught [previously]at SMU for seven years. We stayed at John and Wanda Alexander’s

John Alexander, b. 1945. Abstract artist and Beaumont, Texas, native who served as Assistant Professor of Art at University of Houston in the early 1970s.
place for about a month; I’m sure it seemed like six years to him. We became the thing that wouldn’t leave…those kind of permanent houseguests.

James Harithas

James Harithas: former Contemporary Art Museum, Houston, director; Corcoran director; Hunter College instructor; Syracuse Museum curator; and co-founder, with wife Ann Harithas, of the Art Car Museum and the Station Museum in Houston.
was my entrée into Houston. Jim Harithas is the one person I’ve ever met in my whole life who worked for a museum, and particularly a director, on any level. [He] walked into my studio in Dallas, looked and looked and said, “I really like this stuff. You want to do a show? Here’s the date.” In a sense, that had a whole lot to do with supporting art.

You can live as far out on the edge as you want to go, but it’s not really necessarily fair to take your family out on the edge with you. You can’t take your kids out there and turn them loose because now all of a sudden two worlds have to survive side-by-side, simultaneously. They have to coexist. I spent a lot of money [at Lawndale]. I didn’t go around telling people that, or complaining. I did it because I wanted to do it. I liked doing it. I thought it was important…to me and to the community. I think one of the things that made [Lawndale]successful back then was the fact that artists took responsibility for their own actions. They were willing to do things. They were willing to take responsibility for their own actions, and suffer the consequences. That’s what responsibility means.

As best I can tell, [today] there may be a bit more “laying in wait.” Kind of saying, “I can’t do this because…” or “I can’t do that because….” There are too many reasons why they can’t do something—and mostly they’re self-imposed. You’re not really supposed to consider what’s out there in terms of what you can and cannot do. You just do it and let the chips fall. If they do, you may get hurt. There’s a possibility you might get wounded—that’s what entrepreneurialism is, to tell you the truth. And guys who can—I mean, Texas, for goodness sake! Is this the wildcat state or what? Are we risk takers, or what? Are we willing to go out on a limb? There have been more rises and falls and busts in this state than probably anywhere in the world, and some guys do itand come back and do it two, or three or four more times. That’s not happening [in the visual arts] now—but it did.

James Surls was interviewed on August 29, 1997. You can listen to the interview here .

Questions & Answers

Describe frontal lobe syndrome
Bridget Reply
Frontal lobe syndrome is an impairment of the frontal lobe that occurs due to disease or head trauma. 
Zafar
what does the bell curve represent in intelligence testing?
Sounny Reply
average
Angela
I'M A VERY CURIOUS PERSON WHO LOVES TO LEARN ABOUT DIFFERENT TYPES
Sheri Reply
I AM A PERSON WHO IS NOT CHOOSING TO LET MY MENTAL HEALTH AFFECT ME AND I AM AN
Sheri
different types means.?😂😂
rilek
Indeed....different types means what exactly and how does these different types transpire into our lives? there are many different ways of allowing ourselves to accommodate and continiously play out the fact we have mental illnesses!!!
Elizabeth
social learning theory
CONFERENCE Reply
how we know the people are telling lie
Vasu
human brain
SERAJ
if you want to learn how to detect the lie you have to observe their behaviour...
Aayan
that's common things..
MOHD
anything specially, tht we can say either person is telling yes or no..?
MOHD
Yes
rochell
I believe there are many factors that play into being a human lie detector.
Tasha
all of which is governed by the human brain.
Tasha
There's no accurate method of telling someone is lying unless we know the truth ourselves. Some people, especially people with manipulative tendencies, will make a lie as believable as possible. Behaviors could tell the person is hiding something or may be feeling uncomfortable while being observed.
agii
Ex. Talking too fast while explaining a story might indicate that the person is indeed hiding something. Other than that, people, usually with histrionic personality disorder, also tend to exaggerate stories.
agii
DORFRLYN It's not easier to feel lied at first moment of talking to someone you know or you don't know. The person will be guilty of what they tell in the first sentence.They first find a way to hide the the truth. By so doing, the movement, and the head knock, this symbloyz the shift of origin
dorfrlyn
for one to tell lies, should first read the mind of the listener.
dorfrlyn
I agree with you Agil.Usually a person talks too fast,is hiding something true. But also talking too slow will mean creation of new story rather than the truth.
dorfrlyn
some people have the habit of speaking too fast, so in that case how can we identify whether the person is lying or not?
Labdhee
pay attention on facial expressions
El
When people talk too fast to the point that it's incomprehensible, it could mean that that person is trying to have you move one from one topic to another to prevent you from asking questions.
agii
observe micro expressions
Zafar
thanks to all for giving ans😃
Vasu
Any recommendations for apps related to positive psychology?
Andrew Reply
intresting I mean
Asfand
Sometimes if you type "positive psychology " in your play store, you'll get some good ones
Tahmetrea
I use Awakenings by Iyanla Vanzant... She have a positive outlook on life. She's awesome!
Tahmetrea
Thank you, I will check that out.
Andrew
CBT types?
Rachael
psychology FACTS
katy
ITS SUPER EASY TO USE ... and divides the kind of positive psychology your looking for into groups! check it out.
katy
mental association books?
Maya
CBT works, and I am also looking for a psych book to read... I like psychology facts
Andrew
anyone know about any bipolar advocate groups or support type groups where a person can talk n vent while remaining anonymous?
tonya
HI I'M SHERI AND IN ANSWER TO THE QUESTION ABOUT THE BIPOLAR SUPPORT GROUPS I LIVE IN SACRAMENTO CALIFORNIA AND I DO KNOW THAT THERE ARE MANY DIFFERENT GROUPS 1) WELLNESS RECOVERY PROGRAMS AND I KNOW OF 2 LOCATIONS ONE ON MARCONI IN NORTH SACRAMENTO AND ON BOWLING OFF FLORIN IN SOUTH SACRAMENTO
Sheri
what's the most common cause of suicide in adolescents
Aisha Reply
depression
Irfan
yes. it's depression.
Paul
Especially when adolescents go through identity issues. Not knowing if this boy wants to be a girl or vice or versa. Social awkwardness, depression and cruelty of other adolescents in my opinion, brings a lot of suicidal tendencies into the minds of them.
Tahmetrea
reasons that lead to depression caused by many reasons like rape, abusive parents or guardians, bullying and more causes for a person to suicide
Diana
not accepting the fact or situation or the reality. the adolescents can't face rejections, as soon as they are rejected , they commit suicide.
Labdhee
social pressures have a huge impact on this. I find that young people are more likely to take their own life because they feel they are not able to fit in to a particular group of society and feel they are criticised by others. environment and nature/nurture. identity is a huge factor.
Jody
I think a major problem is when someone feels they can't handle the situation or think it's out of the control even though there are a lot of ways to solve it, one of them being at least trying to tell someone, visit a psychologist. They might stop feeling alone/misunderstood by everyone else.
Thuy
well, I've a problem. I feel very conscious when I'm in a crowd. when I'm partying with friends, I feels like everyone is looking at me. when I look at them, each one of them have their eyes on me. I don't know how I should deal with this? can someone help me with that ?
puneet
Hey Puneet! I think it's the matter of time and getting comfortable in that kind of situation after you try to get out of your comfort zone and slowly get used to it. I used to have that problem too but then I acted to not give a 💩 and tried my best to pretend I didn't care at all. And it worked!
Thuy
*Fake it till you make it* in this case worked for me the best. Maybe you could try to start talking to one of the more open/friendly people in that group so you don't get that self-conscious. I'm sure they don't think they will judge you at all! Just do it!
Thuy
Bullying that leads to anxiety, shame and depression, sadly.
Rachael
Where do I go to find research or tips for integrating sex and mental heath?
Felicia Reply
integrating a sexual routine and a mental illness that has kept o e from intimacy for a prolonged time? can u be a Lil more specific
lindsay
I have experience with both
lindsay
y only these two.?
MOHD
yes
Abu
y only these two sex and mental
MOHD
knowledge some practice practical
Abu
so ur mentally in balanced with sex..cause you find a good satisfy partner.....
MOHD
u can explain
Abu
u can't find good sex partner....
MOHD
no
Abu
I m not understand your consepet
Abu
depends on your Lonely no family no friends
MOHD
ok
Abu
chill,u time to Understand these concepts..
MOHD
ok
Abu
u can explain in urdu
Abu
hi
Wendy
hi
Abu
please can you help me identify and explain atleast seven(7) reflexes of the new born.
Wendy
yes of course
Abu
kk, then i need your help please.
Wendy
what's going on?
Mohammad
@lindsay I want to show how sexuality and mental health correlate. How one affects the other.
Felicia
I can help on these subjects
Abiral
@Abiral what information do you have?
Felicia
Hello
Irfan
Spending quiet time alone, with nature can improve mental health. Offer your opinions?
tsav Reply
mmmm but me i cn not spend time alone
Gift
Different strokes for different folks 🤷🏽‍♂️
tsav
what do u mean
Gift
Some people prefer a quiet life to a busy, bright city life. Some lead very stressful lives. Those people often don't pay attention to how they feel apart from the obvious fact that they're tired and stressed
tsav
nature can be clarifying and soothing because it can be a mixture of just natural beauty and why else are nature sounds an option for white noise
Twisted
You're absolutely right
tsav
what is with human being brain that we don't know?
imran Reply
I guess there are lots of things we don't know, but perhaps your referring to that thing called Consciousness
GoldenWizard
Anything that happens, question it!
tsav
in addition we may ask the doctor's
Gift
the science of many feelings and emotions can be hard to describe. our brains light up at some things but we can't always understand why
Twisted
But yet we must persist
tsav
Using relevant examples discuss challenges encounter by the beginning teachers during the learning and teaching process
LEILA Reply
how do I know when someone is using psychology on me?
Danielle Reply
If yes, it would always bring a solution.
Professor
Psychology cannot be used *on* something. You can use your *knowledge* of psychology to help tackle a situation. But I think I know what you're asking: pay attention to someone when you're talking, if they are looking at you up and down, they're analysing you
tsav
reasons for studying psychology in schools
ibraa Reply
PERSONALLY I'M A PERSON WHO LOVES TO LEARN READ AND WRITE AND RESEARCH ON DIFFERENT TYPES OF THINGS THAT HAVE TO DO WITH MY OWN EXPERIENCES WITH ADDICTION BORN WITH ORGANIC BRAIN DISEASE AND DAMAGE ENDURED EVERY FORM OF ABUSE THERE IS DOMESTIC VIOLENCE PTSD EDD (EMOTIONALLY DEVELOPMENTALLY DELAYED)
Sheri
I'M MILDLY MENTALLY CHALLENGED CAME OUT OF SEVERELY DYSFUNCTIONAL HOME MARRIAGE AND RELATIONSHIPS
Sheri
In my opinion, psyche meaning soul, makes me believe time should be taken to contemplate the history and root of the word. I believe psychology IS the study of the soul. The soul envelops human beings, carrying the body and the brain with it. In a sense, the Soul, is what we observe in people.
Kurt Reply
On point!
tsav
what type of this person who shake hand loosely
Afaq Reply
how we know a selfish person
Afaq
how we know a selfish person
Afaq
Insecure. Socially anxious or awkward, without self-confidence to interact as themselves, may seem arrogant, self-absorbed, rude or disinterested..... Narcissistic personality disorder?
Emma
lack of confidence and not having trust
Mehwish
how many types of intelligence
Ranjita
I couldn't understand the psychology
Yasir
which theory is given by wax wertheimer
Tripti Reply
the Gestalt theory
chindu
what did she say ?
Mehdi
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