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Back To School

Happy First-Day-of-School to all the students in the Fort Worth/Dallas area. I can smell the newly sharpened #2 pencils and clean notebook paper from here.

Laura Gilpin (1891-1979); Classroom at the Crystal School Navaho Teacher Ester Henderson; Sep. 1954; Gelatin silver print; ©Amon Carter Museum of American Art, 1979, Bequest of the artist.

P1979.135.61; Gilpin, Laura (1891-1979); [Fountain Valley School - class]; ca. 1932; Gelatin silver print; ©1979 Amon Carter Museum of American Art

Laura Gilpin (1891-1979); [Fountain Valley School - class]; ca. 1932; Gelatin silver print; ©Amon Carter Museum of American Art

Artist Unknown; [School Portrait]; ca. 1911; Gelatin silver print;

Artist Unknown; [School Portrait]; ca. 1911; Gelatin silver print

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

Double Rainbow!

For all you fans of the Double Rainbow internet meme. This watercolor from the Carter's works on paper collection proves that we were asking what does it mean even in the 1820s.

William Constable, The Great Falls of the Mohawk, circa 1825-1830
William Constable (1783-1861), The Great Falls of the Mohawk, watercolor and graphite on paper, ca. 1825-1830, Gift of Mr. J. A. Curran

Photo of the Week: Road Trip

With a new school year rapidly approaching, there are just a few days left this summer for that all-American vacation, the road trip.

Here are four photographs from the Carter's permanent collection, all taken from the road.

Terry Falke, Roadside Sunset, Northern Arizona, 1995
Terry Falke (b. 1950), Roadside Sunset, Northern Arizona, dye coupler print, 1995, Gift of Dominic Lam, ©1995 Terry Falke

Peter Brown, Cake Palace, Tahoka, Texas, 1994
Peter Brown (b. 1948), Cake Palace, Tahoka, Texas, dye coupler print, 1994, ©1994 Peter Brown

Frank Gohlke, Grain elevator and lightning flash, Lamesa, Texas, 1975
Frank Gohlke (b. 1942), Grain elevator and lightning flash, Lamesa, Texas, gelatin silver print, 1975, ©Frank Gohlke

Carol Burton Cohen, Prairie City Dallas, 1984
Carol Cohen Burton (b. 1945), Prairie City. Dallas, dye destruction print, 1984, Gift of the Texas Historical Foundation with support from a major grant from the DuPont Company and Conoco, its energy subsidiary, and assistance from the Texas Commission on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts, © 1984 Carol Cohen Burton

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.

It Works on Paper: Audubon's Animals

The discovery of John James Audubon’s very first print, made in 1824 and until now known only from his journal entries, seems like a good reason to show off some of the Carter’s own Audubon prints, which were digitized under the auspices of our NEA digitization grant. While Audubon’s first print depicted a heath hen, a now-extinct bird native to the far eastern United States, he also created images of birds and mammals that you may see here in Texas.

All works by John James Audubon (1785-1851).


Vulpes velox, Say. Swift Fox. Natural Size. Male., lithograph with applied color, 1844
The swift fox, possibly the most adorable animal in North America, is native to the prairies of the Midwest, from the Texas panhandle up to the Canadian grasslands.

John James Audubon, Virginia Opossum, lithograph, 1845
Didelphis virginiana, Pennant. Virginian Opossum. Female & Young Male, 7 Months Old. Natural Size, lithograph with applied watercolor, 1845
The virginia opossum is the only marsupial native to North America.

John James Audubon, Texian Hare, lithograph, 1848
Lepus texianus, Aud. & Bach. Texian Hare, Male. Natural Size. , lithograph with applied watercolor, 1848
With his long ears and long legs, the jackrabbit is actually a hare, which can be found in the deserts and prairies of Texas.

John James AUdubon, Female Wild Turkey and Young, engraving, 1827
Great American Hen & Young. Vulgo, Female Wild Turkey. Meleagris gallopavo., engraving with applied watercolor, 1827
The wild turkey is native to the eastern half of the United States, and was (jokingly) suggested by Benjamin Franklin to be our national bird.

John James Audubon, Whooping Crane, aquatint and engraving, 1834
Hooping [sic] Crane. Grusamericana. Adult Male., aquatint and engraving with applied watercolor, 1834
The whooping crane is an endangered species that winters on the Texas gulf coast.

FW Weekly on 'Constructive Spirit'...and Mad Men

Check out the FW Weekly's review of Constructive Spirit: Abstract Art in South and North America, 1920s-1950s (and Mad Men-era decor) over here.

Carter Artworks On View Around the Country

Two works from the Carter's permanent collection are on view in traveling exhibitions that opened this week:

Thomas Eakins’s Swimming is on view at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) through October 17 in the exhibition Manly Pursuits: The Sporting Images of Thomas Eakins.
Thomas Eakins, Swimming, oil on canvas, 1885
Thomas Eakins, Swimming, oil on canvas, 1885, Purchased by the Friends of Art, Fort Worth Art Association, 1925; acquired by the Amon Carter Museum, 1990, from the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth through grants and donations from the Amon G. Carter Foundation, the Sid W. Richardson Foundation, the Anne Burnett and Charles Tandy Foundation, Capital Cities/ABC Foundation, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, The R. D. and Joan Dale Hubbard Foundation and the people of Fort Worth

Laura Gilpin’s photograph of art historian George Eggers is on view in New York in MOMA’s exhibition The Original Copy: Photography of Sculpture, 1839 to Today through November 1, after which it will travel to Kunsthaus Zürich in Switzerland. Eggers was director of the Denver Art Museum when Gilpin shot this photograph, and also served as director of the Worcester Art Museum and Art Institute of Chicago during his career. NY Times review of the exhibition here.
Laura Gilpin, George William Eggers, platinum print, 1926
Laura Gilpin, George William Eggers, platinum print, 1926, printed 1929, bequest of the artist, ©1979 Amon Carter Museum

Here is a quick roundup of all the other works from the Carter’s collection currently on view around the country: Georgia O’Keeffe’s Series I-No. I is included in the exhibition Georgia O’Keeffe: Abstraction at the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe through September 12; several works by Charles M. Russell are in The Masterworks of Charles M. Russell: A Retrospective of Paintings and Sculpture at MFA Houston through August 29; one of Laura Gilpin’s Pike’s Peak photographs is in Home Lands: How Women Made the West at the Autry National Center in Los Angeles through August 22; and a large group of Eliot Porter photographs of Georgia O’Keeffe (as well as her painting Dark Mesa and Pink Sky) are included in the exhibition Georgia O’Keeffe and the Far Away: Nature and Image through September 6.

Photo of the Week: The Real Deal

If you’re reading this blog, then there is no doubt you’ve also heard about the recent Ansel Adams attribution "scandal". Not surprisingly, the evidence is piling up against the California man who bought the negatives in question at a garage sale.

We at the Carter are lucky to have over 60 authentic Ansel Adams prints in the permanent collection, many of which are on view in the exhibition Ansel Adams: Eloquent Light through November 7.

Our Photo of the Week is comes from this exhibition. It’s one of Adams’s images of my favorite place in Texas, Big Bend National Park.
Ansel Adams, Santa Elena Canyon, Big Bend National Park, Texas, 1947, gelatin silver print, 1975
Ansel Adams (1902-1984), Santa Elena Canyon, Big Bend National Park, Texas, 1947, printed 1975, gelatin silver print, ©2010 The Ansel Adams Publishing Rights Trust