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Welcome Words

Recently we received thank you letters and cards from elementary students who had visited the museum on a gallery teacher-led tour. We were so enamored with these heart-felt notes and hand-drawn pictures that we wanted to share them with you. We’ll put up a couple each week, so be sure to come back soon!

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Happy Holidays

We wish you joy and peace this holiday season.

Clara Sipprell, The First Christmas, Gelatin silver print on tissue, ca. 1927

Clara Sipprell (1885–1975)
The First Christmas, ca. 1927
Gelatin silver print on tissue
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American Modern Mobi Tour

Thanks to the Marcus Institute for Digital Education in the Arts (MIDEA) for posting a blog entry about our mobi tour for the special exhibition American Modern: Abbott, Evans, Bourke-White. Drop by the museum before January 3 to check out our free iPod touch device and hear the exhibition's curators discuss works in the show. You can also listen to the tour on your own smart phone or computer.

Amon Carter mobi tour held in patron's hands

Come Back Soon!

This week marked the last tour with fifth graders from the Hurst-Euless-Bedford ISD. Around 1,600 students and their teachers came to the museum this fall to learn about “Artists as Explorers” and discuss how artists explored the country, different media, and a variety of subjects.

Gallery Teacher Erin Long remarked that, “We were able to have intellectual and creative conversations in the galleries with these 5th graders because teachers spent time in the classrooms and art rooms preparing students for their museum visit.” Betony Latham, gallery teacher, likened HEB ISD tours to a “laboratory for other tours because we can experiment with different artworks and sketching activities to see if they might work for other groups.” Based on the experiences with HEB ISD students at the Amon Carter, all of the gallery teachers agreed that they can see how much this district values the arts.

Students typically spent ninety minutes in the galleries with Gallery Teachers who led conversations about a variety of works. Opportunities to sketch and write about the art were integrated into the museum experience. One work of art that was a big hit with students was the abstract painting, Figure, by Morton Schamberg.

Morton Schamberg (1881-1918), Figure, oil on canvas, 1913

Morton Schamberg (1881–1918), Figure, oil on canvas, 1913

Now it’s your turn. Schamberg used cool colors to represent the background and warm colors to represent his subjects. Looking at Figure, can you tell what subject the artist is exploring through abstraction?

It Works on Paper: Program Alert

If you are a fan of prints plan on attending our Gallery Talk this Thursday at 6:00 p.m. Shirley Reece-Hughes, Assistant Curator of Paintings and Sculpture, will start off in the gallery and introduce Leon Polk Smith and the work he did at the Tamarind Institute in the 1960’s. Jodie Utter, Conservator of Works on Paper, will then talk about the process of lithography in general.

Happy Birthday to Louisa May Alcott

Today is the 178th anniversary of Louisa May Alcott's birth. As well as being the author of one of my favorite books, (actually I can't decide between Little Women or Eight Cousins) Louisa was active in the arts community in New England. Daniel Chester French ( 1851-1931) was a family friend and accomplished sculptor. His neoclassical style really captured the spirit of the late nineteenth century and early twentieth century.

Daniel Chester French, Benediction, bronze, 1922

Daniel Chester French. Benediction, bronze, 1922, Purchase with funds provided by the Council of the Amon Carter Museum of American Art.

This bronze was cast at the Roman Bronze Works, the first American foundry to specialize in the lost-wax casting method. The business records of the Roman Bronze Works are now a part of the library archives collection.

French's most famous work is the sculpture of Abraham Lincoln in the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C.

Things for which I give thanks...Part 1

Who doesn't love a good parade?

Erwin E. Smith, PARADE_BONHAM, Nitrate negative, 1923

Erwin E. Smith, [Red Cross float with nurses in Bonham parade, Will Evans' party for Fannin County, July 10-12, 1923], 1923, Nitrate negative, Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Fort Worth, Texas, Bequest of Mary Alice Pettis.

Erwin E. Smith, PARADE_BONHAM, NItrate negative, 1923.

Erwin E. Smith, Man, woman in roadster float with rooster cutout mounted on hood, Bonham parade, Will Evans' party for Fannin County, July 10-12, 1923], 1923, Nitrate negative, Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Fort Worth, Texas, Bequest of Mary Alice Pettis.

Erwin E. Smith, PARADE_BONHAM, Nitrate negative, 1923.

Erwin E. Smith, HEN, SOW, COW - BOYS CLUB [Float in Bonham parade, Will Evans' party for Fannin County, July 10-12, 1923], 1923, Nitrate negative, Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Fort Worth, Texas, Bequest of Mary Alice Pettis.

Things for which I give thanks...Part 2

I am thankful for my family, both at home and my work family.

Edward S. Curtis, A Family Group - Noatak, photogravure, 1930

Edward S. Curtis (1868-1952), A Family Group - Noatak, 1930, photogravure, Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Fort Worth, Texas, Purchase with the assistance of an anonymous donor.

Bror Utter (1913-1993), Posada Gaudi, Etching and aquatint, 1967, © 1967 Bror Utter, Gift of Earl Wade.

Bror Utter (1913-1993), Posada Gaudi, 1967, Etching and aquatint, ©1967 Bror Utter, Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Fort Worth, Texas, Gift of Earl G. Wade.

I'm thankful for my friends, both two-legged and four-legged.

Peggy Bacon (1895-1987), A Few Ideas, drypoint, 1927

Peggy Bacon (1895-1987), A Few Ideas, 1927, drypoint, Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Fort Worth, Texas.

Nell Dorr (1893-1988), Bethany Holding Chicken, 1942-1943, Gelatin silver print, mounted on Masonite, © 1990 Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Fort Worth, Texas, Gift of the Estate of Nell Dorr

Nell Dorr (1893-1988), Bethany Holding Chicken, 1942-1943, Gelatin silver print, mounted on Masonite, © 1990 Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Fort Worth, Texas, Gift of the Estate of Nell Dorr.

Happy Birthday to Georgia O'Keeffe

Today marks Georgia O'Keeffe's 123rd birthday. Our museum is fortunate to include several works by this renowned artist in our collection. Photographer Eliot Porter took some wonderful pictures of Ms. O'Keeffe during a family rafting trip through Glen Canyon, Utah, in 1961.

Eliot Porter, [Trip down Colorado River with Georgia O'Keeffe and Porter family (Steve and Kathy), dye imbibition print, 1961

Eliot Porter (1901-1990), [Trip down Colorado River with Georgia O'Keeffe and Porter family (Steve and Kathy), Dye imbibition print, 1961, ©1990 Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Fort Worth, Texas, Bequest of the artist.

Eliot Porter, [Trip down Colorado River with Georgia O'Keeffe and Porter family (Steve and Kathy), dye imbibition print, 1961

Eliot Porter (1901-1990), [Trip down Colorado River with Georgia O'Keeffe and Porter family (Steve and Kathy), Dye imbibition print, 1961, ©1990 Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Fort Worth, Texas, Bequest of the artist.

Trees I Would Hug

Fall really is my favorite season. Even in Fort Worth the changing color palete is lovely. Here are works from our collection that include three of the trees that really say "Texas" to me.

The tree that makes cooks rush to their grills:

Laura Gilpin, [Mesquite Tree and Flowers}, Apr. 1946, Gelatin silver print

Laura Gilpin, [Mesquite Tree and Flowers], Apr. 1916. Gelatin silver print. @1979, Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Bequest of the artist.

Our state tree:

Blanche McVeigh, Pecan Grove, aquatint and etching, 1932

Blanche McVeigh, Pecan Grove, aquatint and etching, 1932.

Finally, our local go-to evergreen:

Laura Gilpin, Live Oak Tree, Gelatin silver print, 1946.

Laura Gilpin, Live Oak Tree, Gelatin silver print, 1946, @1979, Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Gift of the artist.