The forecast calls for showers this week, an unusual event for Texas in July.
Charles Dahlgreen, Approaching Storm, ca. 1913-1915, Monotype, Amon Carter Museum, Fort Worth, Texas.
Mabel Dwight, Rain, 1935, Lithograph, Amon Carter Museum, Fort Worth, Texas.
Ruth Bernhard, Apple Tree, 1970. Gelatin silver print, © 1970 Ruth Bernhard, Amon Carter Museum, Fort Worth, Texas, Gift of Paul Brauchle, Dallas, Texas
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!
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 (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 (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”¦
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 (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!
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/.
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
Laura Gilpin (1891-1979), Navaho Family, 1950, Gelatin silver print, © 1979 Amon Carter Museum, Bequest of the artist, P1979.95.15
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.
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
Keith Carter (b.1948), Fireflies, 1992, Gelatin silver print, ©1992 Keith Carter, P2000.4
Have a wonderful summer!
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
Amon Carter Museum, Fort Worth, Texas,
Albert E. Schaaf (1866–1950)
Armistice Morning--Fifth Avenue, 1918
Amon Carter Museum, Fort Worth, Texas
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.