November 30th marks some milestones in music history:
Dick Clark was born on this date in 1929 in Mount Vernon, New York.
Michael Jackson's "Thriller" was released 30 years ago today. (How is that possible?)
Pink Floyd debuted "The Wall" 33 years ago. Everyone go home, cue up "The Wizard of Oz" and enjoy!
William Henry Johnson (1901-1970)
Street Musicians, ca. 1942-1943
Modified screen print
Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Fort Worth, Texas
Today Dr. Walker discusses the exhibition Larry Sultan’s Homeland: American Story. The artist Dru Donovan, who was a student of Sultan’s, will speak to both his and her work in a free lecture on November 15 at 6 pm.
Registration is required; visit cartermuseum.org for more details. Please join us.
Check in every other week as Dr. Andrew J. Walker posts a video from his office. These video blogs, or “vlogs” as they are called, will address everything from the day-to-day operations of a museum and how new works enter the collection to exciting new exhibitions on view and the latest thoughts on Dr. Walker’s mind.
Through the kind assistance of the amazing Amon Carter Museum of American Art staff and the support of the institution’s Davidson Family Fellowship, I will be researching the many and varied avant-gardist pranks performed by artists on the West Coast during the fall of 2012. These high jinks often involved artists’ working under assumed names and, ultimately, called attention to a Los Angeles art world operating in the shadow of Hollywood—the character-producing machine itself. Examining the calculated intrusions penned by various alter-egos and pseudonyms can ultimately help art historians better understand the context, reasoning, and functionality of the work produced by artists on the West Coast in general, and in particular the Tamarind prints held by the museum by L.A.-based artists Billy Al Bengston, Ed Ruscha, and Ken Price.
Davidson Family Fellow, Fall 2012
Tell your teacher friends to head over to the Cultural District tonight from 4:00 until 7:00 for the Evening for Educators in the Cultural District, our annual open house celebrating teachers throughout the metroplex. All of the museums in the Fort Worth Cultural District will be open and free to teachers so come on down, learn about museum programs that will enrich your teaching experience, and see some great art. (There's food and take-aways too!)
Museum staff are available to inform you about educator programs and share ideas.
Take a look at museum collections and find out how you can share them with your students.
Meet your friends and make it a night out to remember in the Fort Worth Cultural District!
Late in April I had the privilege of delivering the keynote address at the 10th Annual Symposium of the Center for the Advancement and Study of Early Texas Art, or CASETA. This association of collectors, dealers, and scholars has passionately devoted a decade to expanding the understanding of Texas art and art history, focusing on the state’s tremendous regional artistic impact since the late nineteenth century. In the short time that I have been a resident of Texas, I have been impressed with the many discoveries and untold stories of artists as wide ranging as Frank Reagh and Everett Spruce.
The Amon Carter Museum of American Art is an institution committed to the story of American art and visual culture, and we want to understand the “regional” in relationship to our larger national story. As we continue to develop plans for the growth of the collection, that relationship—the regional to the national—is vital. I can imagine the day when works by Reagh and Spruce hang beside paintings by George Inness and Grant Wood. Expanding the canon of art in this way inevitably involves the community of collectors of early Texas art.
But how to get started in this partnership, keeping in mind the breadth and quality of this region’s early Texas art? At the Amon Carter we are initiating a plan to educate ourselves and to build those relationships within the community through small exhibitions in our galleries of loaned works that we find to be the strongest art in private collections. Our quest is for the best representation of artists—those who made a significant contribution to the nation’s art history. In other words, we are aiming to find the line where, for us in this great state, the regional becomes national.
This direction involves both an expanding vision and an invitation: the museum’s vision to help elevate the high-quality regional art of the state, and an invitation to such artwork’s collectors. Questions will arise, some challenging, as we expand our collecting vision in this way. Our hope is that collectors will find the Amon Carter a worthy partner in this exploration of Texas art. We recognize that the knowledge and passion, along with the works of art, reside with collectors who have already discovered and come to appreciate the value and beauty inherent in these works.