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Stroller Strollin'

New parents might want to consider coming to the museum this Friday morning for our monthly New Parent’s tour. Take the opportunity to meet fellow parents-with-babies and learn something about art while keeping cool.

New Parents Tour in the galleries at the Carter.

A Parliament of Owls

Our last session of Storytime led us on a search for night creatures in our galleries. Although this isn’t the owlery at Hogwarts, we did discover a clutch of young owls in our atrium. Who knows what we will discover at our next Storytime? Please join us and be a part of the fun!

20100616_Storytime-Night Creatures, Rynda Lemke, photographer

Storytime, Night Creatures, Rynda Lemke, photographer

Storytime-Night Creatures, Rynda Lemke, photographer

Storytime-Night Creatures, Rynda Lemke, photographer

Opening This Saturday

The museum’s special exhibition this summer, Constructive Spirit: Abstract Art in South and North America, 1920s-50s, opens this Saturday, June 26. The exhibit’s organizing curator, Mary Kate O’Hare, associate curator at the Newark Art Museum, recently appeared on the Art&Seek segment of KERA’s Think http://artandseek.net/.

Happy Flag Day!

Childe Hassam, Flags on the Waldorf, 1916, Oil on canvas, 1985.301

Childe Hassam (1859-1935), Flags on the Waldorf, 1916, Oil on canvas, 1985.301

Frederick T. Stockdorf, [Party Group], 1897. Gelatin silver print, P1976.4.5

Frederick T. Stockdorf, [Party Group], 1897, Gelatin silver print, P1976.4.5

Laura Gilpin, Navaho Family, 1950, Gelatin silver print, © 1979 Amon Carter Museum, Bequest of the artist, P1979.95.15

Laura Gilpin (1891-1979), Navaho Family, 1950, Gelatin silver print, © 1979 Amon Carter Museum, Bequest of the artist, P1979.95.15

Library New Books!

Each month the library posts a report listing all the books we have cataloged in the previous month. These reports constitute mainly new items entering the library’s collection. The report for May 2010 is now available, and you can access it <a href="http://www.cartermuseum.org/sites/all/files/2010-05ACMLibraryNewBooks.txt>here. This collection of new books is featured in the library reading room, and visitors may stop in during our public hours to view the material:

Wednesday: 11 a.m.–4 p.m.
Thursday: 11 a.m.–7 p.m.
Friday: 11 a.m.–4 p.m.

I Wish My Summer Could Look Like This...

William Merritt Chase (1849–1916), Idle Hours, ca. 1894, Oil on canvas, 1982.1

William Merritt Chase (1849–1916), Idle Hours, ca. 1894, oil on canvas, 1982.1

Laura Gilpin, (1891–1979), [Summer Carnival] [Colorado Springs, Colorado], June 1941, Gelatin silver print, © 1979 Amon Carter Museum, Bequest of the artist, P1979.102.27

Laura Gilpin, (1891–1979), [Summer Carnival] [Colorado Springs, Colorado], June 1941, Gelatin silver print, © 1979 Amon Carter Museum, Bequest of the artist, P1979.102.27

Keith Carter (b.1948), Fireflies, 1992, Gelatin silver print, ©1992 Keith Carter, P2000.4

Keith Carter (b.1948), Fireflies, 1992, Gelatin silver print, ©1992 Keith Carter, P2000.4

Have a wonderful summer!

Happy Memorial Day

Today we honor the men and women who have given their lives to ensure our freedom. One day out of a year seems hardly fitting for such a sacrifice, including those made by the families of the fallen.

Here are two works from our collection that speak to the human experience of separation and loss.

George Bellows (1882–1925), Prepare, America!, 1916, Lithograph, Amon Carter Museum, Fort Worth, Texas,  1985.202

George Bellows (1882–1925),
Prepare, America!, 1916
Lithograph
Amon Carter Museum, Fort Worth, Texas,
1985.202

Albert E. Schaaf (1866–1950), Armistice Morning--Fifth Avenue, 1918, Bromoil print, Amon Carter Museum, Fort Worth, Texas, P1986.34

Albert E. Schaaf (1866–1950)
Armistice Morning--Fifth Avenue, 1918
Bromoil print
Amon Carter Museum, Fort Worth, Texas
P1986.34

Although Armistice Day and Memorial Day are two different occasions, this work is one that resonates with everyone who has lost someone to war.

To honor military personnel, the Carter is pleased to participate in the 2010 Blue Star Museums Program. Participating institutions offer free admission to active military families all summer in a new partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts. Since admission is always free to the Carter’s permanent collection and special exhibitions of American art, members of the military will receive a complimentary souvenir collection catalogue during their visit to the Carter between Memorial Day and Labor Day. To receive your catalogue, simply present your military ID to a Visitor Services Representative at the museum’s Information Desk. For more information, including other participating institutions, click here.

New Parent's Tour Reminder

Send yourself - and your baby - to the Carter for a time out and learn something interesting about the art in our collection. No sitting in the corner this Friday, just opportunities to discuss art and life-in-general with your fellow new parents.

Laura Gilpin (1891--1979), Navaho Twins [Edith's Babies] [Near Betatakin, Arizona], September 1953, gelatin silver print, © 1979 Amon Carter Museum, Bequest of the artist

Laura Gilpin (1891–1979)
Navaho Twins [Edith's Babies] [Near Betatakin, Arizona], September 1953
Gelatine silver print
© 1979 Amon Carter Museum, Bequest of the artist

Don’t forget that free parking is still available in the museum’s parking lot off of Camp Bowie. To access the museum with your stroller, please come to the elevator next to the loading dock on the north side of the museum. Someone will be there to assist you and bring you into the museum.

Call 817.989.5030 or e-mail education@cartermuseum.org with questions about this or any program at the Carter.

Program Alert - Science Meets Art!

Deep in my heart I’m a nerd. I love to watch science shows, even when I’m not exactly sure what is being discussed. This Saturday presents the perfect public program for my science-geek side and my inner-librarian, with beautiful art on view as a juicy bonus.

Cyntia Karnes, senior paper conservator at the Library of Congress, will offer insight into the art of John Marin, an artist from our permanent collection and part of our special exhibition American Moderns on Paper: Masterworks from the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art. Ms. Karnes has completed a technical examination of Marin’s watercolors and will share her views on the influences on Marin’s work.

Admission is free, but because seating is limited, reservations are required. Call 817.989.5030 or e-mail education@cartermuseum.org to register.

John Marin, Movement No. 3, Related to Downtown New York, 1926, Opaque and transparent watercolor over charcoal on thick wove paper, © Estate of John Marin/ Artist Rights Society (ARS)

John Marin (1870–1953)
Movement No. 3, Related to Downtown New York, 1926
Opaque and transparent watercolor over charcoal on thick wove paper
© Estate of John Marin/ Artist Rights Society (ARS)
Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, CT; Gift of James L. Goodwin and Henry Sage Goodwin from the Estate of Philip L. Goodwin, 1958.229

Open House for Smithsonian American Art Resource Centers

After reading about the upcoming open house event hosted by the Smithsonian art research centers for the American Library Association meeting in June, I couldn't help but think how strongly our own library and archives collections hold up in comparison to the Smithsonian pantheon. In fact, we're directly tied to the Smithsonian's Archives of American Art: as an affiliated research center, the library at the Carter is the only site in mid-America offering a complete collection of the unrestricted material from the the archives. Comprising over 15 million original documents, this collection offers an incredible depth of material to scholars working on American art research topics. Hats off to Doug Litts, a colleague of mine who works at the Smithsonian American Art Museum and National Portrait Gallery Library, for his work on the following event page:

http://smithsonianlibraries.si.edu/smithsonianlibraries/2010/05/artopenhouse.html