Mormon Arts Center

On This Day...

A DAILY FACTOID OF OUR ART HISTORY

Dec. 12

Bookcraft, a major publisher of LDS books, was established on this day (1942). Its first publication was a selection of writing by John Taylor, The Gospel Kingdom. Many notable works followed, including books by Hugh Nibley, Bruce R. McConkie, Spencer W. Kimball, Boyd K. Packer, Eugene England, Leornard J. Arrington, Truman G. Madsen, and Gerald R. Lund.

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Dec. 11

Matt Bowman, author of The Mormon People: the making of an American faith (Random House, 2012) was born on this day (1979). His most recent book is Christian: The Politics of a Word in America (Harvard, 2018).

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Dec. 10

The Sierra Nevada Mormon Pioneers, a live reenactment of the Mormon Battalion, was recognized by the Folsom City mayor and city council on this day (2014). The annual parade was started in 2001 by Wayne Spence.

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Dec. 9

Metropolitan Opera star Erin Morley relished on this day (2018) that the Met's recording of Der Rosenkavalier (in which she sang the role of Sophie) was nominated for a 2019 Grammy Award (Best Opera Recording). Morley has sung the role at the Vienna State Opera and the Metropolitan Opera.

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Dec. 8

Lansing McLoskey learned on this day (2018) that the recording of his oratorio, Zealot Canticles (texts by Nobel laureate Wole Soyinka) was nominated for a 2019 Grammy Award (Classical: Best Choral Performance). The oratorio is described as a plea for tolerance.

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Dec. 7

Stuart Wheeler, composer and singer-songwriter of the Indie band, Quiet House, was born on this day (1991). He is a founding artist of the Deseret Experimental Opera Company and has written music for chorus, chamber ensembles, and gamelan.

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Dec. 6

The Christmas season was ushered in on this day (2015) by tens of thousands of Latter-day Saints at the annual First Presidency's Christmas Devotional. This year, it was held December 2.

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Dec. 4

Poet and scholar on the subject of Contemporary Mormon poetry, Tyler Chadwick was born on this day (1979). The book that he edited, Fire in the Pasture: 21st Century Mormon Poets, is an anthology of living LDS 82 poets.

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Dec. 3

Michael Hicks published the groundbreaking book Mormonism and Music: A History on this day (1989). His other scholarly works include topics of sixties rock, music history, and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. While composer Hicks has written a variety of chamber and solo musical works, his academic studies have been the most significant additions by anyone to the understanding of Mormon music.

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Dec. 2

Samuel Jepperson was born on this day (1854). A self-taught painter and musician--his parent forbade his artistic curiosity--he made his own paintbrushes from chicken feathers and his own paints from crushed berries. He said, "I no longer set the price [for my paintings]. I am always happy to sell one, for that means I can make another. When I do not sell and find myself short, I scrape off an old one or paint it over, for I must paint."

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Dec. 1

Sunstone magazine was first published in the Winter of 1975, during an era around the 60s and 70s where new Independent Mormon studies publications were emerging, such as Dialogue, a Journal of Mormon Thought and The Journal of Mormon History. Sunstone discussed Mormonism through scholarship, art, short fiction and poetry through a vehicle for free and blunt exchange.

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Nov. 30

Ally Condie's novel Matched, which would go on to be a #1 bestseller and spawn a trilogy of young adult novels, was published on this day (2010). In this dystopian novel, Cassia Maria Reyes is the 17-year-old heroine who is "matched" to a life partner.

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Nov. 29

Hildebrando de Melo was informed that he will represent his country (Angola) as its sole artist in the 58th Venice Biennale (May 11 through November 24, 2019), the most important contemporary art exhibition in the world. He is creating a special project for the biennale as of this day (2018).

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Nov. 28

Chef, Esdras Ochoa, the Taco King of L.A., owns three restaurants as of this day (2018): Mexicali Taco and Salazar in Los Angeles--Salazar was named a Best Restaurant winner in GQ magazine--and 11 Westside in Hong Kong.

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Nov. 26

Born on this day (1926) Robert M. Cundick was a composer and organist for the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. He also played organ solos on the weekly broadcast, Music and the Spoken Word. In 1962, President David O. McKay called Cundick and his family to go to London where Cundick served as the organist in the Hyde Park Chapel. While in England, he played at St. Paul's Cathedral and King's College in Cambridge, as well as his daily recitals in Hyde Park and a broadcast with the BBC.

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Nov. 24

The film, The Work and the Glory, premiered on this day (2004). Gerald N. Lund's nine-part novel series (1990-1998) was one of the most successful historical novels ever published by a religious publisher. The books shadow the history of the early Church with a fictional family, the Steeds. Lund, who also served as a General Authority of the Church, also wrote other historical, multi-volume fiction series: The Kingdom and the Crown, The Guardian, Fire and Steel, and San Juan Pioneers.

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Nov. 23

Isaiah, by Stephen Anderson was recorded on this day (2013) in Memorial Hall at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. The 49-minute, seven movement oratorio, that had been premiered two days before, was commissioned by Mormon Artists Group.

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Nov. 22

Heber J. Grant, prophet and art patron, was born on this day (1856). While serving as the president of the European Mission, he gave Mahonri Young $100 out of his pocket and arranged to get more, in order to have Mahonri's sculpture cast in bronze. Grant encouraged Utah artists and repeatedly came to Young's aid.

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Nov. 21

Movie-goers were divided into "Team Edward" and "Team Jacob" on this day (2008) as Stephenie Meyer's best selling Twilight series hit the screens. The first book was published October 5, 2005, and the series of books and films became a once-in-a-generation commercial success.

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Nov. 20

In defiance of Governor Shaffer's ban on the Nauvoo Legion in Utah, over 200 men gather on this day (1870). The Legion's band performs, and later, eight men including photographer Charles Roscoe Savage, are arrested and jailed at Camp Douglas. This musical/political action became known as the "Wooden Gun Rebellion."

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