Fear No Art

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

Hot Hot Hot

Here are some artists who have successfully captured the intensity of the heat wave we are currently going through.

Frederic Remington; Ridden Down; oil on canvas; 1905-1906

Frederic S. Remington, Ridden Down, oil on canvas, 1961.224

John Sloan; Roofs, Summer Night; 1906; Etching; 1983.100

John Sloan, Roofs, Summer Night; 1906; Etching; 1983.100

John K. Hillers; [Children taking a sunbath]; 1873; Albumen silver print; P1967.225

John K. Hillers, [Children taking a sunbath], 1873, Albumen silver print, P1967.2225

Visit the Carter and keep your cool with our air-conditioned galleries.

Family Funday this Sunday

It's time for another great Family Funday, generously supported by the Junior League of Fort Worth, Inc., and Alcon. The fun goes from 1:00 - 4:00 and we hope you will join us. Visit art from around the world without leaving the galleries, read stories, have your picture taken, make some art, dance to the sounds of Sugar Free All-Stars, and eat some Curly's frozen custard during your day filled with fun at the Carter!

Family Fundays are sponsored by Junior League of Fort Worth, Inc., and Alcon.

Demystification Accomplished

Lots of great conversations about modern art took place at My Kid Could Do That: Demystifying Abstract Art, a public program held Saturday. Best of all, our talented participants created great abstract art of their own.

©2010 Amon Carter Museum

©2010 Amon Carter Museum

©2010 Amon Carter Museum

©2010 Amon Carter Museum

Be sure to check out our calendar for more public programs at the Carter!

Summer Showers

The forecast calls for showers this week, an unusual event for Texas in July.

Charles Dahlgreen, Approaching Storm, ca. 1913-1915, Monotype

Charles Dahlgreen, Approaching Storm, ca. 1913-1915, Monotype, Amon Carter Museum, Fort Worth, Texas.

Mabel Dwight, Rain, 1935, Lithograph

Mabel Dwight, Rain, 1935, Lithograph, Amon Carter Museum, Fort Worth, Texas.

Ruth Bernhard, Apple Tree, 1970. Gelatin silver print, © 1970 Ruth Bernhard

Ruth Bernhard, Apple Tree, 1970. Gelatin silver print, © 1970 Ruth Bernhard, Amon Carter Museum, Fort Worth, Texas, Gift of Paul Brauchle, Dallas, Texas

The Impact of the Bill of Rights

As we prepare to celebrate the Fourth of July this weekend, I was thinking about how the Bill of Rights impacts our lives each day and how artists in the Carter’s collection have visually represented the amendments' intersection with our lives.

The First Amendment grants the freedom of worship”¦

Georgia O'Keeffe's Ranchos Church, New Mexico

Georgia O’Keeffe (1887--1986), Ranchos Church, New Mexico, 1930–31, oil on canvas, Amon Carter Museum, Fort Worth, Texas, 1971.16

The freedom of speech”¦

Ben Shahn's Martin Luther King

Ben Shahn (1898--1969), Martin Luther King, 1965, ink and ink wash on paper, Amon Carter Museum, Fort Worth, Texas, 1967.197

The freedom of the press”¦

Richard Caton Woodville's Mexican News

After Richard Caton Woodville (1825--1856), engraved by Alfred Jones (1819--1900), Mexican News, 1853, hand colored engraving and etching with stipple, Amon Carter Museum, Fort Worth, Texas, 1972.3

And the freedom of assembly (among others).

Laura Gilpin's The Navaho Council Room Window Rock, [Arizona]

Laura Gilpin (1891--1979), The Navaho Council Room Window Rock, [Arizona], 1951, gelatin silver print, © 1979 Amon Carter Museum, Fort Worth, Texas, bequest of the artist, P1979.128.187

Can you think of additional works in the Carter’s collection that reflect our other rights? Share them with us by posting a comment below, and have a wonderful holiday!

Stroller Strollin'

New parents might want to consider coming to the museum this Friday morning for our monthly New Parent’s tour. Take the opportunity to meet fellow parents-with-babies and learn something about art while keeping cool.

New Parents Tour in the galleries at the Carter.

A Parliament of Owls

Our last session of Storytime led us on a search for night creatures in our galleries. Although this isn’t the owlery at Hogwarts, we did discover a clutch of young owls in our atrium. Who knows what we will discover at our next Storytime? Please join us and be a part of the fun!

20100616_Storytime-Night Creatures, Rynda Lemke, photographer

Storytime, Night Creatures, Rynda Lemke, photographer

Storytime-Night Creatures, Rynda Lemke, photographer

Storytime-Night Creatures, Rynda Lemke, photographer

Happy Flag Day!

Childe Hassam, Flags on the Waldorf, 1916, Oil on canvas, 1985.301

Childe Hassam (1859-1935), Flags on the Waldorf, 1916, Oil on canvas, 1985.301

Frederick T. Stockdorf, [Party Group], 1897. Gelatin silver print, P1976.4.5

Frederick T. Stockdorf, [Party Group], 1897, Gelatin silver print, P1976.4.5

Laura Gilpin, Navaho Family, 1950, Gelatin silver print, © 1979 Amon Carter Museum, Bequest of the artist, P1979.95.15

Laura Gilpin (1891-1979), Navaho Family, 1950, Gelatin silver print, © 1979 Amon Carter Museum, Bequest of the artist, P1979.95.15

I Wish My Summer Could Look Like This...

William Merritt Chase (1849–1916), Idle Hours, ca. 1894, Oil on canvas, 1982.1

William Merritt Chase (1849–1916), Idle Hours, ca. 1894, oil on canvas, 1982.1

Laura Gilpin, (1891–1979), [Summer Carnival] [Colorado Springs, Colorado], June 1941, Gelatin silver print, © 1979 Amon Carter Museum, Bequest of the artist, P1979.102.27

Laura Gilpin, (1891–1979), [Summer Carnival] [Colorado Springs, Colorado], June 1941, Gelatin silver print, © 1979 Amon Carter Museum, Bequest of the artist, P1979.102.27

Keith Carter (b.1948), Fireflies, 1992, Gelatin silver print, ©1992 Keith Carter, P2000.4

Keith Carter (b.1948), Fireflies, 1992, Gelatin silver print, ©1992 Keith Carter, P2000.4

Have a wonderful summer!