Louise Nevelson (1899-1998)
Lunar Landscape Wall, 1959-1960
Amon Carter Museum, Fort Worth, Texas, Purchase with funds from the Ruth Carter Stevenson Acquisitions Endowment
After Louise Nevelson
Storytime Kids Community Art Project, 2009
Cardboard, chenille strips, foam shapes, glue
Amon Carter Museum, Fort Worth, Texas
Our youngest patrons recently worked on a community art project using found objects and assembling them in a style evoking a sculpture in our permanent collection by Louise Nevelson. They constructed sculptures inside of small boxes, then placed their small box inside a larger assemblage of black boxes. How lucky we are to have such talented artists at our Storytime programs!
Only two more Storytime at the Carter programs to go for the summer! Bring your pre-schoolers and keep cool while making art and hearing some of your favorite stories.
Storytime at the Carter is made possible by the Junior League of Fort Worth and Target.
Today marks the anniversary of the first atomic weapons test in 1945. This first test took place in New Mexico; extensive atomic testing was also done in Nevada and Washington state, which is the subject of this week's photos by Nevada photographer Peter Goin.
Peter Goin, Site of Above-Ground Tests, Yucca Lake, dye coupler print, 1986, © 1990 Peter Goin
Yucca Lake is a nuclear test site in the Nevada desert -- only 65 miles from Las Vegas -- where a shocking 739 tests were performed between 1951 and 1992. This particular photograph shows the aftermath of above-ground nuclear testing, but apparently underground testing at the site also created craters large enough for the Apollo 14 astronauts to use for training.
Peter Goin, Burial Ground [Hanford Plant], dye coupler print, 1987, © 1990 Peter Goin
Hanford was a huge nuclear reactor in Washington state that produced the plutonium used in the first atomic test in New Mexico, tests at Yucca Lake, and the bomb used at Nagasaki in World War II. The plant stopped producing plutonium in the 1940s, but with 53 million gallons of nuclear waste still at the site, it is considered to be the most contaminated nuclear site in the United States. But why is this photograph called "Burial Ground"? The last reactor at Hanford was shut down in 1987, and since then most of the structures have been "cocooned" and buried here in the desert.
The Carter currently has several works out on loan to other museums, including three in exhibitions that opened very recently.
First, our 18th-century etching of a Cherokee man, Outacite, is on view at the Gilcrease Museum in Tulsa in the exhibition Emissaries of Peace: The 1762 Cherokee and British Delegations through January 2010.
We also have two photographs on view at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (or if you prefer, MusÃ©e des Beaux-Arts de Montreal) in the exhibition Expanding Horizons: Painting and Photography of American and Canadian Landscape, 1860-1918 through September 27, 2009.
Karl Struss, The Avenue--Dusk, platinum print, 1914-1915
Frank Jay Haynes, Cascades of Columbia, albumen silver print, 1885
The office buzz this morning was all about yesterday's fire that forced the evacuation of the Getty Center in Los Angeles.
It hits home - obviously Texas has its share of grass fires, as do other ridiculously hot, arid, windy parts of the country. Fire has shaped the history of the West and, not surprisingly, it is a major theme across the Carter's collection, from some of the first artworks to enter the collection, to the present. In the past two years alone, the Carter has acquired 3 photographs depicting fires. Our Photo of the Week is the most recent of these acquisitions:
Debbie Fleming Caffery, Burning Cane, 1999, gelatin silver print
Purchase with anonymous donation to the Stieglitz Circle of the Amon Carter Museum
© Debbie Fleming Caffery
KERA's Art & Seek blog has a nice little post today about the Carter's recent purchase of a complete set of Edward Curtis's The North American Indian publication. Consisting of 20 bound volumes and 20 portfolios, with a total of over 2000 images, it is a very important acquisition for the Carter. And since I am the person in charge of cataloging it, you will be definitely be seeing more of it here on the blog...so check back!
Psychologist Miriam Tatzel surveyed 329 shoppers and discovered that folks who put more importance on the shopping experience are happier than folks who concentrate on the “value” of the goods purchased. Also, being with other people increased the enjoyment of the experience. So spend some time instead of money with your friends and family at the Carter and experience great art.
[Two women in front of a vine-covered country store] - ca. 1910
Additive color screen plate
Amon Carter Museum, Fort Worth, Texas
Every July 4th, Americans stop and consider the personal freedoms enjoy in this country - including the freedom of self-expression. This can take many forms, like writing, art, music...or as this Photo of the Week demonstrates, fashion.
Artist unknown, [Boy in dress clothes], tintype, ca. 1870s, Gift of Sally Wilder
Gotta love that outfit. Happy July 4th!
Nice story on KERA this week about the Carter's exhibition, The Harmon and Harriet Kelley Collection of African-American Art: Works on Paper, which is on view here until August 23.
Ron Adams (b. 1934), Blackburn, 2002, Courtesy Landau Traveling Exhibitions
Our current hot weather is the inspiration for Photo of the Week. What better antidote to a blistering hot Texas summer than a shot of a lovely ice cave? This photograph comes from one of Eliot Porter's trips to Antarctica aboard the National Science Foundation's research vessel, the Hero, in the mid-1970s when Porter was in his mid-70s.
Eliot Porter, Ice Cave, Scott Base, Ross Island, Antarctica, December 7, 1975, dye transfer print
This week marks my seventh anniversary at the Carter, so our Photo of the Week comes from an exhibition that was installed when I first arrived here in the summer of 2002, Out of the Blue: Cyanotypes from the Permanent Collection.
Cyanotype is a process that basically produces a monochromatic image like any other black-and-white photograph, but the chemicals used in the process produce a blue-and-white photograph. The process was invented in the 1840s and was used for certain applications, such as blueprints, for the next century because the process was cheap and easy – only requiring sunlight, water, and two chemicals. You can make your own cyanotypes quite easily by purchasing pre-treated photosensitive paper or fabric from art supply stores, or making your own. I've used the pre-treated fabric to make photograms in the backyard and can attest that it's pretty fun.
Without further ado, one of the 102 cyanotypes in the Carter's permanent collection:
Frederick A. Greenleaf, [Men in wagon fording stream running between low hills], cyanotype, 1877-1885