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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

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.

Variation on Veterans Day

For Veterans Day, something you don't see too often. Here are three printing blocks from the Carter's collection, all used to reproduce military-themed works by Frederic S. Remington in 19th-century publications.

Frederic Remington printing block, Field Drill of Prussian Infantry, 1893
After Frederic S. Remington (1861-1909), Field Drill of Prussian Infantry, reproduced in an 1893 issue of Harper's New Monthly magazine

Frederic Remington printing block, In the Trenches, 1895
After Frederic S. Remington (1861-1909), In the Trenches, reproduced in Remington's 1895 book, Pony Tracks

Frederic Remington printing block, The First Sergeant, Battery K, First Artillery, in Field Trim, 1894
After Frederic S. Remington (1861-1909), The First Sergeant, Battery K, First Artillery, in Field Trim, reproduced in an 1894 issue of Harper's Weekly magazine

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.

A Self-Portrait in the Plaza

Check out this photograph by preparator Les Hofheinz, made while cleaning and re-waxing the three large Henry Moore sculptures on the Carter's plaza. This work is done each year during a period of mild, dry weather (something we don't see much of here in Fort Worth), and helps protect the sculptures from our ice storms and searing heat.

Les took this photo from the scaffolding around the Moore...and then boosted the saturation a bit. Who knew cleaning could be so much fun?

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Photo of the Week: Ansel Adams

This week's photo is from the Carter's exhibition, Ansel Adams: Eloquent Light, which closes this week. Sunday is your last chance to see this (and many other) Ansel Adams photographs in person!

Ansel Adams, Leaf, Glacier Bay National Monument, Alaska
Ansel Adams (1902–1984), Leaf, Glacier Bay National Monument, Alaska, gelatin silver print , ca. 1948, ©2010 The Ansel Adams Publishing Rights Trust

A Pumpkin Camera?

We here at the Carter love all kinds of photographic geekery, and NPR's instructions for making a camera from a pumpkin are no exception (and a nice alternative to your basic Thanksgiving hand turkey)!