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Demystification Accomplished

Lots of great conversations about modern art took place at My Kid Could Do That: Demystifying Abstract Art, a public program held Saturday. Best of all, our talented participants created great abstract art of their own.

©2010 Amon Carter Museum

©2010 Amon Carter Museum

©2010 Amon Carter Museum

©2010 Amon Carter Museum

Be sure to check out our calendar for more public programs at the Carter!

Summer Showers

The forecast calls for showers this week, an unusual event for Texas in July.

Charles Dahlgreen, Approaching Storm, ca. 1913-1915, Monotype

Charles Dahlgreen, Approaching Storm, ca. 1913-1915, Monotype, Amon Carter Museum, Fort Worth, Texas.

Mabel Dwight, Rain, 1935, Lithograph

Mabel Dwight, Rain, 1935, Lithograph, Amon Carter Museum, Fort Worth, Texas.

Ruth Bernhard, Apple Tree, 1970. Gelatin silver print, © 1970 Ruth Bernhard

Ruth Bernhard, Apple Tree, 1970. Gelatin silver print, © 1970 Ruth Bernhard, Amon Carter Museum, Fort Worth, Texas, Gift of Paul Brauchle, Dallas, Texas

New Books!

Last month the library cataloged (as always) an interesting array of material. Note that there are several early imprints that have come to the collection that are early painting and watercolor technical manuals and other titles on color theory. As I scan the list, I want to draw attention to several titles that captured my attention:

  • Diffusion -- a new periodical in the collection that focuses on alternative photographic processes
  • Fort Worth's Fairmount District -- new book, with lots of photographs, on the Fort Worth neighborhood from library friend Mike McDermott (Mike did some of his research here in the library)
  • San Francisco Museum of Modern Art: 75 Years of Looking Forward -- ravishing publication observing SFMOMA's 75th year (thanks to the SFMOMA library for sending us a copy)
  • For All the World to See: Visual Culture and the Struggle for Civil Rights -- catalog of the exhibition currently at ICP New York
  • Planting the World's Garden -- CD-ROM publication providing a fascinating look at early farm implement advertising in the U.S.
  • Poplar Forest -- sensitive and beautiful limited edition photobook looking at Jefferson's country retreat

And so much more!

Full Report
http://www.cartermuseum.org/library/new-books

The Impact of the Bill of Rights

As we prepare to celebrate the Fourth of July this weekend, I was thinking about how the Bill of Rights impacts our lives each day and how artists in the Carter’s collection have visually represented the amendments' intersection with our lives.

The First Amendment grants the freedom of worship”¦

Georgia O'Keeffe's Ranchos Church, New Mexico

Georgia O’Keeffe (1887--1986), Ranchos Church, New Mexico, 1930–31, oil on canvas, Amon Carter Museum, Fort Worth, Texas, 1971.16

The freedom of speech”¦

Ben Shahn's Martin Luther King

Ben Shahn (1898--1969), Martin Luther King, 1965, ink and ink wash on paper, Amon Carter Museum, Fort Worth, Texas, 1967.197

The freedom of the press”¦

Richard Caton Woodville's Mexican News

After Richard Caton Woodville (1825--1856), engraved by Alfred Jones (1819--1900), Mexican News, 1853, hand colored engraving and etching with stipple, Amon Carter Museum, Fort Worth, Texas, 1972.3

And the freedom of assembly (among others).

Laura Gilpin's The Navaho Council Room Window Rock, [Arizona]

Laura Gilpin (1891--1979), The Navaho Council Room Window Rock, [Arizona], 1951, gelatin silver print, © 1979 Amon Carter Museum, Fort Worth, Texas, bequest of the artist, P1979.128.187

Can you think of additional works in the Carter’s collection that reflect our other rights? Share them with us by posting a comment below, and have a wonderful holiday!

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!