Fear No Art

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.

Dress for Halloween Success

Although I haven't readied my costume for Halloween I believe I will have to search far and wide to find something that will be as great as the folks in these works from our photography collection.

Edward Weston, The Goldfish (Yvonne Verlaine). Platinum print, 1916

Edward Weston, The Goldfish (Yvonne Verlaine), Platinum print, 1916

This photograph was featured in the spring, but it's worth a second look. I hope my costume has as much panache.

Karl Struss, [Johannes Sembach in costume standing beside lake], autochrome, ca. 1918

Karl Struss, [Johannes Sembach in costume standing beside lake], autochrome, ca. 1918

Photo Fans Rejoice!

It's a great time at the Carter for photography lovers. American Modern: Abbott, Evans, Bourke-White offers a fresh look at these three important documentarians and is the final show in our "Carter Gets Modern" series.

Walker Evans, Gelatin silver print, 1936

Walker Evans (1903-1975), Penny Picture Display, Savannah, 1936, Gelatin silver print, 1936.

Check out the galleries featuring the magnificent landscapes of Ansel Adams then step into the Masterworks of American Photography featuring over 25 talented American artists. Whether you like still lifes or portraits, formal or informal settings, large or small format, your wish will be fulfilled.

Don't forget that the Carter is always free thanks to the generosity of our members and sponsors!

Public Program Cancellation: Crafting from the Collection

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We apologize for the inconvenience, but our public program Crafting from the Collection, scheduled for Thursday, September 9, has been canceled. Never fear, we are looking to reschedule Vickie Howell to lead the program later this fall. Continue to visit our calendar for updated program information.

Back To School

Happy First-Day-of-School to all the students in the Fort Worth/Dallas area. I can smell the newly sharpened #2 pencils and clean notebook paper from here.

Laura Gilpin (1891-1979); Classroom at the Crystal School Navaho Teacher Ester Henderson; Sep. 1954; Gelatin silver print; ©Amon Carter Museum of American Art, 1979, Bequest of the artist.

P1979.135.61; Gilpin, Laura (1891-1979); [Fountain Valley School - class]; ca. 1932; Gelatin silver print; ©1979 Amon Carter Museum of American Art

Laura Gilpin (1891-1979); [Fountain Valley School - class]; ca. 1932; Gelatin silver print; ©Amon Carter Museum of American Art

Artist Unknown; [School Portrait]; ca. 1911; Gelatin silver print;

Artist Unknown; [School Portrait]; ca. 1911; Gelatin silver print

Dog Days of Summer

The Romans coined this phrase for the period during the summer when the Sirius, the Dog Star, would be close to the sun and cause the hot weather. My dog just wants to lay around and drink water which is sage advice for all who have to be outdoors right now.

Jose Guadalupe Posada; [Crowd with large dog]; Relief print; Amon Carter Museum of American Art; 1978.384.87

Jose Guadalupe Posada (1852-1913); [Crowd with large dog]; Relief print

A. Allen; Goldfield's Lightning Express in the Early Days, 1901-1906; Trichromatic halftone

A. Allen; Goldfield's Lightning Express in the Early Days, 1901-1906; Trichromatic halftone

Nell Dorr; [John Dorr holding stick while dog jumps at it]; Gelatin silver print; 1925-1970s; Gift of the Estate of Nell Dorr; ©Nell Dorr

Nell Dorr; [John Dorr holding stick while dog jumps at it]; 1925-1970s; Gelatin silver print; Gift of the Estate of Nell Dorr; ©Nell Dorr