It's that time here in Fort Worth when, once again, the heat drives us indoors until sundown. It's that sense of relief from soaring temperatures and glaring sun that makes twilight my favorite time of day, especially during the summer.
Here are four interpretations of twilight in different media from the Carter's photography collection.
Michael H. Marvins (b.1941), Chisos Moonrise, ink jet print, 2008-2009, Gift of the artist, ©2008 Michael H. Marvins
Karl Struss (1886-1981), At the Window - Twlight, palladium print, 1921, ©1983 Amon Carter Museum of American Art
Edward Steichen (1879-1973), Road into the Valley -- Moonrise, hand-toned photogravure, 1906
Luther Smith (b.1950), Trinity River at Northside Drive, Fort Worth, Texas, December 1, 1987 from the series Trinity River, gelatin silver print, 1987, Gift of Dale A. Ellison, © 1987 Luther Smith
You may notice one of the Carter's 19th century paintings missing from the galleries - Charles Deas's Indian Group is now on view in the exhibition Charles Deas & 1840s America at the Denver Art Museum. It also shows up in the New York Times's coverage of the show: article here and slideshow here.
Charles Deas (1818-1867), Indian Group, oil on canvas, 1845
Charles Deas & 1840s America will be on view in Denver through November 28.
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.
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
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 (1852-1913); [Crowd with large dog]; Relief print
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]; 1925-1970s; Gelatin silver print; Gift of the Estate of Nell Dorr; ©Nell Dorr
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 (1783-1861), The Great Falls of the Mohawk, watercolor and graphite on paper, ca. 1825-1830, Gift of Mr. J. A. Curran
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 (b. 1950), Roadside Sunset, Northern Arizona, dye coupler print, 1995, Gift of Dominic Lam, ©1995 Terry Falke
Peter Brown (b. 1948), Cake Palace, Tahoka, Texas, dye coupler print, 1994, ©1994 Peter Brown
Frank Gohlke (b. 1942), Grain elevator and lightning flash, Lamesa, Texas, gelatin silver print, 1975, ©Frank Gohlke
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
Here are some artists who have successfully captured the intensity of the heat wave we are currently going through.
Frederic S. Remington, Ridden Down, oil on canvas, 1961.224
John Sloan, Roofs, Summer Night; 1906; Etching; 1983.100
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.