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Game On

Summer is coming to an end, the heat will end soon, and fall is almost here. That might not mean that the leaves will dramatically change color here in north Texas, but it sure means that football season is here! Here's to a great season for all the athletes and their fans.

Helen M. Post (1907--1979)
Phoenix Indian School, Beginning at Football, ca. 1936--1941
Gelatin silver print
Amon Carter Museum, Fort Worth, Texas, Gift of Peter Modley
©Amon Carter Museum

Photo of the Week: Back to School

You may have noticed there was no Photo of the Week for last week. We were undergoing a major behind-the-scenes upgrade to the Carter website and didn't want to lose any blog posts! I'll make it up to you this week with a super-sized Photo of the Week with extra images, celebrating the first week of school here in Fort Worth!

All the following photos depict schools and students here in Texas:


Lewis Hine, [Children at a district school near Corsicana], October 1913, gelatin silver print, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Allan M. Disman


Lewis Hine, [Kindergarten students], October 1913, gelatin silver print, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Allan M. Disman


Esther Bubley, High School. Typing Class. Tomball, Texas, 1945, 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


Esther Bubley, High School. Band and Baton Twirlers Practicing on the Football Field. Notice Tank Battery in Background. Tomball, Texas, 1945, 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

Recognizing the Loss

A recent fire destroyed a significant collection of African-American art owned by Peggy Cooper Cafritz. Her loss is our loss too and brings new significance to the Harmon and Harriet Kelley collection now on view at the Carter. This exhibition will close on August 23rd, so be sure to come in and see examples of great American art.

Save the Date

Please join us this Friday for a presentation by the museum’s Davidson Family Fellow, Aaron Carico, PhD candidate in American Studies at Yale University, as he discusses the painting Attention Company! by William Harnett.

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Photo of the Week: Office Space

I'd never noticed until this morning just how many photographs of workers there are in the Carter's collection. And not just photos of exciting outdoor work, but people sitting at their desks...going back to 1847!

For Photo of the Week, pencil-pushing through the years:


Unknown artist, [Unidentified civilian, seated at desk, pen in hand] , daguerreotype, ca. 1847, Gift of Paul Katz, Bennington, Vermont


Karl Struss, [Cecil B. Demille in his studio office], gelatin silver print, 1919
©1983 Amon Carter Museum


William Joseph Carner, C. R. Church, Jr., Seismographic Computer, Checking and Comparing Seismograph Reflections Sent in from the Field. Humble Oil and Refining Co., Houston, Texas, gelatin silver print, 1947
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


Paul Hester, Republic Bank. Office. Houston, 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 Paul Hester

What a View

Many thanks to Jim Hargrove and readers of the Star-Telegram for choosing our "front porch" as one of the most inspiring places to stand in Fort Worth. I've always thought that one of the fringe benefits of my job was walking out of the front door on Thursday evening (we're open until 8 p.m.) and viewing the lights of downtown. Come see some beautiful landscapes inside then step out for a wonderful look at an inspirational view.

Photo of the Week: Rainy Day

Because we're all so excited about the unseasonably un-miserable weather lately, this installment of Photo of the Week features an unusual view of a rainy day. Special thanks to registrars Melissa and Lacey for helping choose this photo from hundreds of contenders.


Ruth Bernhard (1905-2006), Apple Tree, gelatin silver print, 1970
Gift of Paul Brauchle, Dallas, Texas, ©1970 Ruth Bernhard

Photo of the Week: The Man in the Moon

The moon has been a source of inspiration for artists for ages, and it is a common theme in the Carter's collection. In honor of the 40th anniversary of the moon landing on Monday, our Photo of the Week features some charming, pre-space-race depictions of the moon from the photography collection: postcards from the moon!

Spooning in the Moon, published by A.C. Busselman, halftones with applied color, ca. 1906



And my favorite:

Spooning in the Moon is not currently on view, but you can see two more recent interpretations of the moon at the Carter right now: Louise Nevelson's Lunar Landscape, currently installed in the permanent paintings and sculpture galleries, and Moon Face (Cara de Luna), now on view in the exhibition Rufino Tamayo: Tamarind Lithography Workshop.

New acquisition in Star-Telegram

Check out this nice article in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram about the Carter's new photography acquisition, Edward Curtis’s The North American Indian portfolio set (previously here and here).