Mortz’s Low Down

What is life like from a dog’s perspective, well honestly, one dog—a thirteen pound black and white Shih Tzu named Moritz? Moritz lives with Brenda Schleunes the Founder and Artistic Director of Touring Theatre and her husband Karl, a retired, but still writing, UNC-G history professor and author. The pup, who lives in a condo in downtown Greensboro, is known for his sweet face, his love of treats and therefore humans, his bravado when in the company of large dogs, his enthusiastic singing to the accompaniment of his musical reindeer and his particular point of view. If you are a dog lover you must admit that dogs, unlike humans, live close to the ground and are inherently sensitive to activities in their immediate circles. Taking all this into consideration, Moritz with his “low down” view of the world-- gives Touring Theatre supporters the “low down” on how the company’s productions relate to social issues, politics, art, music, and provide a frame of reference that broadens the impact of Touring Theatre’s work. So here is the first website installment of Moritz’s “Low Down.” Once a month Mortz will share news articles, events and websites that will give our supporters a unique way of looking at the subjects which are currently in the theatre’s focus.

This month Moritz’s “Low Down” concerns an art Exhibit at the Weatherspoon at UNC Greensboro that is complimentary to Touring Theatre’s production, Dr. Claribel, Miss Etta and the Brothers Cone.

Henri Matisse: Selections from the Claribel and Etta Cone Collection. Through October 16, 2016.

Henri Matisse, "Petite Tête au peigne (Small head with comb)", 1907,cast 1922, bronze, 5 15/16 x 2 1/4 x 2 3/4 in. Bequest of Etta andClaribel Cone, 1949. © 2016 Succession H. Matisse / Artists RightsSociety (ARS), New York.

Did you know?

Major patrons of Henri Matisse, Claribel and Etta Cone of Baltimore, Maryland, acquired their first work by the artist in 1906 and continued to buy examples for the next forty years. In fact, supported by profits from the family’s textile business in Greensboro, the Cone sisters formed one of the world’s largest collections of Matisse’s art, numbering more than 500 works and illustrating every phase of the artist’s long career. Upon her death in 1949, Etta bequeathed sixty-nine prints and six bronze sculptures by Matisse to the Weatherspoon’s budding collection.