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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

American Modern Featured on KERA's Think TV

Assistant curator of photographs Jessica May discusses American Modern: Abbott, Evans, Bourke-White today on KERA's Think TV. Check out the segment, and be sure to see the exhibition before it closes on January 2. Admission is free!

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.

Photo of the Week: Fill 'Er Up!

According to the New York Times (but not Wikipedia), the first American drive-in gas station opened in Pittsburgh on this day in 1913. In the ensuing 97 years (or 101, or 105, or 122...your mileage may vary), the gas station has become a symbol of the American love of automobiles and a surprising source of inspiration for artists. Here are four photographs from the Carter's collection that document gas stations across the country.

Berenice Abbott, Sobol Gas Station at Night, New York, gelatin silver print, 1929-1939
Berenice Abbott (1898-1991), Sobol Gas Station at Night, New York, gelatin silver print, 1929-1939, Gift of P/K Associates, New York, New York, © Commerce Graphics Ltd., Inc.

Esther Bubley, Cecil Faris, Mayor of Tomball, Operates a Filling Station, Tomball, Texas, gelatin silver print, 1945
Esther Bubley (1921-1998), Cecil Faris, Mayor of Tomball, Operates a Filling Station, Tomball, Texas, gelatin silver print, 1945, Gift of Texas Monthly, Inc., printed from a negative in the Standard Oil of New Jersey Collection, University of Louisville Photographic Archives, © Standard Oil Company

Ed Ruscha, Flying A, Kingman, Arizona, gelatin silver print, 1962
Ed Ruscha (b. 1937), Flying A, Kingman, Arizona, gelatin silver print, 1962, ©1962 Edward Ruscha

Terry Falke, Gallup, NM, dye coupler print, 1995
Terry Falke (b. 1950), Gallup, NM, dye coupler print, 1995, Gift of Dominic Lam, © 1995 Terry Falke

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.

Photo of the Week: Thanksgiving

Because Thanksgiving is a holiday largely spent indoors, gathered in the kitchen or around the dining room table, here are three photographs from the Carter's collection depicting three very different American interiors. Karl Struss's autochrome shows us what a Long Island dining room would have looked like 100 years ago; Nell Dorr's photograph reveals her own surroundings, considered 'retro' even in the 1940s; and Laura Gilpin documents a mid-century Pueblo style kitchen.

Karl Struss, Residential interior, dining room, ca. 1910
Karl Struss (1886-1981), [Residential interior–dining room], ca. 1910, additive color screen plate (autochrome), © 1983 Amon Carter Museum of American Art

Nell Dorr, Interior of kitchen, ca. 1940
Nell Dorr (1893-1988), Interior of Kitchen, ca. 1940, gelatin silver print, Gift of the Estate of Nell Dorr, ©1990 Amon Carter Museum of American Art

Laura Gilpin, Dining area, Owings residence, Pojoaque, New Mexico, 1963
Laura Gilpin (1891-1979), [Dining area, Owings residence, Pojoaque, New Mexico], 1963, dye coupler print, Bequest of the artist, ©1979 Amon Carter Museum of American Art

Happy Thanksgiving, no matter where or how you celebrate it!

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.

Nathan Oliveira (1928-2010)

Sad news this week: California painter Nathan Oliveira died at his home in Palo Alto. The Carter has 18 Oliveira works in its prints collection; the artist was also the subject of the Carter's 2007 exhibition, Nathan Oliveira: Tamarind Lithography Workshop.

Link: NYT obituary