The Carter is excited to have two paintings - <a href="http://www.cartermuseum.org/works-of-art/1990-19-1>Swimming by Thomas Eakins and Idle Hours by William Merritt Chase - included in the exhibition American Stories: Paintings of Everyday Life at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.
A couple of weeks ago, registrar Lacey escorted these paintings to the Met and had the chance to
take some behind-the-scenes photos of their installation.
Swimming hanging in the Met's galleries
Idle Hours being installed at the Met
Another exciting thing about this exhibition is that while the two of the Carter's most important paintings are in New York, we are exhibiting two paintings loaned to us from the Met. This means that, until January 2010, you can see Thomas Eakins's The Artist's Wife and His Setter Dog and Mary Cassatt's Lydia Crocheting in the Garden at Marly right here in Fort Worth!
Here is a sneak peak of the Carter's preparators Steve, Les, and Jim unpacking and installing the Met's paintings in the Carter's galleries earlier this week: