Photo Fans Rejoice!

It's a great time at the Carter for photography lovers. American Modern: Abbott, Evans, Bourke-White offers a fresh look at these three important documentarians and is the final show in our "Carter Gets Modern" series.

Walker Evans, Gelatin silver print, 1936

Walker Evans (1903-1975), Penny Picture Display, Savannah, 1936, Gelatin silver print, 1936.

Check out the galleries featuring the magnificent landscapes of Ansel Adams then step into the Masterworks of American Photography featuring over 25 talented American artists. Whether you like still lifes or portraits, formal or informal settings, large or small format, your wish will be fulfilled.

Don't forget that the Carter is always free thanks to the generosity of our members and sponsors!

It Works on Paper: 291

Among the thousands of works on paper we've digitized with help from our two-year NEA grant is the Carter's complete set of the 291 magazine. Published in 1915-1916, the magazine started as publicity for Alfred Stieglitz's "291" gallery, but has become an important piece of art history itself.

The full run of 291 is pretty amazing, but the August 1915 issue is one of my favorite objects in the entire collection. This particular issue contains several so-called portraits mécaniques of the 291 creators drawn by French artist Francis Picabia (1879-1953) in his pre-Dada and pre-Surrealist days. Hard to believe these "portraits" are nearly 100 years old!


Photo of the Week: Picnic Time

The past few weeks have been perfect for eating outdoors - whether a picnic in the park or on a restaurant's patio. Here are three photographs from the Carter's collection documenting meals enjoyed outside.

Eliot Porter, Aline, Eliot, Jr. and Tony at Breakfast, gelatin silver print
Eliot Porter (1901-1990), Aline, Eliot, Jr. and Tony at Breakfast, 1937, gelatin silver print, Bequest of the artist, ©1990 Amon Carter Museum of American Art

Marion Post Wolcott, Winter Visitor Being Served Brunch in a Private Club, Palm Beach, Fla., 1940, gelatin silver print
Marion Post Wolcott (1910-1990), Winter Visitor Being Served Brunch in a Private Club, Palm Beach, Fla., 1940, gelatin silver print, 1980, Gift of Dr. John Wolcott

Russell Lee, Barbecue for Humble Employees, Humble Camp, McCamey, Texas. West Texas, 1947, gelatin silver print
Russell Lee (1903-1986), Barbecue for Humble Employees, Humble Camp, McCamey, Texas. West Texas, 1947, gelatin silver print, Gift of Texas Monthly, Inc., printed from a negative in the Standard Oil of New Jersey Collection, University of Louisville Photographic Archives, © Standard Oil Company

It Works on Paper: NEA Turns 45

In honor of the National Endowment for the Arts turning 45 this week, here are several prints from the Carter's collection created in 1965, the same year NEA was established.

And if you're wondering what the NEA actually does, keep reading. Last year, the Carter was awarded a large grant from the NEA to digitize its collection of prints, drawings, and watercolors. The images you see here (and in all "It Works on Paper" blog posts) have been created as part of this grant. Anytime you see a digital or printed reproduction of one of our prints, drawings, or watercolors on our website, used in an educational program, or a museum publication, know that the NEA helped make it possible!

Nicholas Krushenick (1929-1999), Untitled, lithograph, 1965, Gift of Ruth Carter Stevenson, © Julia Krushenick

Garo Antreasian, Ojo, lithograph, 1965
Garo Antreasian (b. 1922), Ojo, lithograph, 1965, © Garo Z. Antreasian

Paul Brach, Silver Series, lithograph, 1965
Paul Brach (1924-2007), Silver Series, lithograph, 1965, © Miriam Schapiro

Best in Fort Worth!

Thanks to our friends over at the FW Weekly for naming the Carter's blog Best in Fort Worth for 2010! It is a big honor, and admittedly a relief not to be voted best candidate for alien abduction or cryogenic freezing.

Photo of the Week: Fun & Games

A hot Friday afternoon calls for some levity, so this week's photos are all about playing games.

Erwin E. Smith, Game of Seven-up, Turkey Track Ranch, Texas, 1906
Erwin E. Smith (1886-1947), Charley Thompson (left) and Ed Bomar (right) Having a Game of Seven-up, Turkey Track Ranch, Texas , gelatin silver print, 1906, Erwin E. Smith Collection of the Library of Congress on Deposit at the Amon Carter Museum, Fort Worth, Texas

Clara Sipprell, Education, gelatin silver print, ca. 1929
Clara Sipprell (1885-1975), Education, gelatin silver print, ca. 1929

Berenice Abbott, East Side Portrait, gelatin silver print, 1938
Berenice Abbott (1898-1991), East Side Portrait, 1938, gelatin silver print, 1978-1979, Gift of P/K Associates, New York, New York, © Commerce Graphics Ltd, Inc.

Wendy Watriss, Saturday Night, gelatin silver print, 1984
Wendy Watriss (b. 1943), Saturday Night, gelatin silver 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 Wendy V. Watriss

It Works on Paper: Fashion Week

Amid all the political news this week, we also caught a glimpse of next spring's styles featured at New York Fashion Week. Here are three prints from the Carter's works on paper collection that all make their own statement about fashion.

J.J. Grandville, La Revanche, ou les français au Missouri. [The Revenge, or The French in Missouri], lithograph with applied watercolor, 1830
J.J. Grandville (1803-1847), La Revanche, ou les français au Missouri. [The Revenge, or The French in Missouri] from La Silhouette, lithograph with applied watercolor, 1830, Gift of The Old Print Gallery, Inc.

Mabel Dwight, Hat Sale - $1.98, lithograph, 1928
Mabel Dwight (1876-1955), Hat Sale - $1.98, lithograph, 1928

Peggy Bacon, Vanity, lithograph, 1929
Peggy Bacon (1895-1987), Vanity, lithograph, 1929, © Estate of Peggy Bacon courtesy of Kraushaar Galleries

Photo of the Week: Masterworks

D Magazine's Fall Visual Arts Preview highlights the Carter's three concurrent photography exhibitions this season: American Modern: Abbott, Evans, Bourke-White, Ansel Adams: Eloquent Light, and Masterworks of American Photography, an exhibition of various American photographers from the Carter's permanent collection.

Check out my three personal favorite photographs from the Carter's Masterworks show, and then go check out D's fall art preview.

Alexandre Jonson, Untitled, dye imbibition print, ca. 1948
Alexandre Jonson, Untitled, dye imbibition print, ca. 1948, Gift of Douglas Hill

Ed Ruscha, Flying A, Kingman, Arizona, from Twentysix Gasoline Stations, gelatin silver print, 1962
Ed Ruscha (b. 1937), Flying A, Kingman, Arizona, from Twentysix Gasoline Stations, gelatin silver print, 1962, ©1962 Ed Ruscha

Paul A. Greenberg, Swimmer, New York, gelatin silver print, 1982
Paul A. Greenberg (b. 1935), Swimmer, New York, gelatin silver print, 1982, ©1982 Paul A. Greenberg, Gift of Paul Brauchle, Dallas, Texas

Public Program Cancellation: Crafting from the Collection

Crafting from the Collection logo

We apologize for the inconvenience, but our public program Crafting from the Collection, scheduled for Thursday, September 9, has been canceled. Never fear, we are looking to reschedule Vickie Howell to lead the program later this fall. Continue to visit our calendar for updated program information.

New Books for August and Making KODAK Film Book

Hi readers,

Today the library added the newest "new" book report to the site. This report details everything the library cataloged in August 2010. Find the report here:

I want to call your attention to a standout title:

TR283 .S53 (Main Stacks)
Shanebrook, Robert L.
Making KODAK film : the illustrated story of state-of-the-art photographic film manufacturing / Robert L. Shanebrook.
Rochester, NY : R.L. Shanebrook, Robert Shanebrook Photography, c2010.


As the preface states, "this book documents how Eastman Kodak Company made film during time period 2007-2010 when the technology had reached its height." Mr. Shanebrook lifts the "silver curtain," an appropriate term which refers to the shroud of secrecy protecting Kodak "silver-based" technologies, to take us on a rare and fascinating behind-the-scenes journey into the technical film manufacturing and research environment at Kodak. The author also provides us with a useful primer on how traditional film photography works. As the imaging industry continues to speed toward digital photography, it's a great time to learn about the important contributions that Kodak has made to film-based photography.

As of today, reports that the Amon Carter and George Eastman House in Rochester, NY, hold the only institutional copies of this book.