Posts Tagged ‘Mingering Mike’

Mingering Mike Accepts Council Honors in Spider-Man Costume

At this morning's D.C. Council legislative meeting, At-Large Councilmember Anita Bonds recognized D.C. outsider artist Mingering Mike for his contributions to art in the District. The Mingering Mike Ceremonial Recognition Resolution of 2013 will go into effect immediately.
The outsider artist, known for his hand-painted album sleeves and most recently, his series of D.C. councilmember portraits, turned [...]

Arts Roundup: National Gallery of Art’s Whiteness Edition

Tyler Green: Why is the National Gallery of Art just getting around to mounting an exhibit for the work of a living African American artist (Kerry James Marshall)? [ArtInfo]
D.C. Council proposes honoring artist Mingering Mike. [Arts Desk]
Wale says he's performing at RGIII's wedding. [Post]

Proposed D.C. Council Resolution Would Honor Mingering Mike

When members of the D.C. Council realized that they were the subject of a suite of portraits on view at Hemphill Fine Arts, not all of them were thrilled. Those paintings—part of a group show called "Artist-Citizen"—are the work of Mingering Mike, a fantastical artist whose record-paintings were lost for decades before they were discovered [...]

Mingering Mike Captures D.C. Council in All Its Humanity

The artist known as Mingering Mike first dreamed about joining D.C.'s pantheon of soul sensations. Back in the 1960s and '70s, the D.C. native brought his fantasies to life through hand-painted cardboard records and sleeves. Lost for decades, those faux records eventually resurfaced to great acclaim. Now Mingering Mike's work can be found in the [...]

The Deep Cuts of Mingering Mike

In 1968, Mingering Mike was just a shy kid living on Barnaby Terrace SE, but he was about to become a soul sensation. That was the year he released his debut LP, Sit’tin by the Window, the first among dozens of albums, 45s, and movie soundtracks he’d make over the next 10 years—including 15 in [...]

Arts Roundup: Bad News for Artisphere Edition

Arlington County slashes Artisphere funding. [WTOP]
Kennedy Center announces its 2013-14 season. [Kennedy Center]
The Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History adds a gem-laden, 77-carat brooch to its collection. [AP via WTOP]
"Searching for the Seventies: The Documerica Photography Project" comes to National Archives. [Post]
An Adams Morgan mural is in dire need of repairs. [Hola Cultura]
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Arts Roundup: Peak Bloom Edition

How Mingering Mike wound up in the Smithsonian [Post]
Local historian pens a history of Loudoun County African Americans who served in the Civil War. [Post]
Officials getting ready to predict the cherry blossoms' peak bloom time for the National Cherry Blossom Festival. [AP via WJLA]
The third annual (e)merge Art Fair now accepting applications. [Art 202]
Drunk History films [...]

Mingering Mike Collection Acquired by the Smithsonian American Art Museum

Mingering Mike's career as a soul sensation didn't take any of the usual routes to superstardom, nor did his eventual appreciation as an outsider artist. In the 1960s and 1970s, Mike, a shy kid from D.C., produced dozens of albums, 45s, movie soundtracks, and liner notes—including 15 LPs in 1972 alone—corresponding with an elaborate mythology [...]

F. Lennox Campello Compiles List of 100 D.C. Artists, but Where’s Mingering Mike?

F. Lennox Campello—D.C. artist, art critic, and keeper of an indispensable art-news blog—is working on a book tentatively titled 100 Washington Artists that will be published in 2011 by Schiffer Books. Over the weekend, he revealed which artists made the cut.
Lists! Always somewhat arbitrary! Always fun to debate! And this one—which features artists veteran and [...]

Mingering Mike Presents Old-School Soul with Kings Go Forth and Sir Joe Quarterman Tonight

Three years ago, bass player, DJ, and then record store owner Andy Noble and singer and tailor Black Wolf (born Jesse Davis) decided to put together an old-school soul band to play once a month in Milwaukee. Kings Go Forth, named after a Frank Sinatra movie, ended up with 10 members, all talented players or [...]