Photo of the Week: Nobel Prize

It's Nobel Prize season again. Today's installment of Photo of the Week draws on the Carter's archive of photographer Clara Sipprell (1885-1975) who shot, among other things, portraits of famous diplomats and scientists. The following three photographs, all by Clara Sipprell, are portraits of Nobel Prize-winning scientists that I just happened to come across while doing some cataloging last week.

Clara Sipprell, Professor Manne Siegbahn--Physics--Nobel Prize--Stockholm - 1938
Professor Manne Siegbahn--Physics--Nobel Prize--Stockholm - 1938, gelatin silver print, 1938

Manne Siegbahn (1886-1978) was a Swedish scientist who won the 1924 Nobel Prize for Physics. Interestingly, his son won the Nobel for work in the same field - x-ray spectroscopy - in 1981.

Clara Sipprell, Professor The Svedberg--Physical Chemistry--Nobel Prize--Uppsala - 1938
Professor The Svedberg--Physical Chemistry--Nobel Prize--Uppsala, gelatin silver print, 1938

Theodor Svedberg (1884-1971) was also a Swedish scientist; he invented a high speed centrifuge and won the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 1926.

Clara Sipprell, Dr. Hideki Yukawa, Nobel Prize--Physics, ca. 1950s
Dr. Hideki Yukawa, Nobel Prize--Physics, gelatin silver print, ca. 1950s

Hideki Yukawa (1907-1981) was the first Japanese Nobel Prize laureate, who won the prize for his work with subatomic particles in 1949.

Irving Penn (1917-2009)

Irving Penn, one of the most famous American fashion and portrait photographers, has passed away at age 92 [NYT obituary]. His photograph of painter John Marin is on view through November 29 in the Carter's exhibition Circle of Friends: Portraits of Artists.

Carter Paintings on View at the Met (and Vice Versa)

The Carter is excited to have two paintings - <a href=">Swimming by Thomas Eakins and Idle Hours by William Merritt Chase - included in the exhibition American Stories: Paintings of Everyday Life at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

A couple of weeks ago, registrar Lacey escorted these paintings to the Met and had the chance to
take some behind-the-scenes photos of their installation.


Swimming hanging in the Met's galleries

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Idle Hours being installed at the Met

Another exciting thing about this exhibition is that while the two of the Carter's most important paintings are in New York, we are exhibiting two paintings loaned to us from the Met. This means that, until January 2010, you can see Thomas Eakins's The Artist's Wife and His Setter Dog and Mary Cassatt's Lydia Crocheting in the Garden at Marly right here in Fort Worth!

Here is a sneak peak of the Carter's preparators Steve, Les, and Jim unpacking and installing the Met's paintings in the Carter's galleries earlier this week:

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New Carter Acquisition on Modern Art Notes!

Thanks to Tyler Green for helping the Carter show off its new painting by Charles Sheeler, currently on view in our paintings and sculpture galleries!

Edited to add: you can also read more about the Carter's new Sheeler painting over at the KERA Art & Seek blog.

Art on Wheels

Be on the lookout for the Carter’s Wrapped Oranges on the side of a Fort Worth Transportation Authority (The T) Bus. Three new buses depicting Fort Worth’s art museums and their iconic works recently hit the streets. It’s a component of a partnership between The T and the museums to encourage the public to “Ride the T to the Cultural District.” For more information on how to ride the T, visit

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Photo of the Week: National Parks in Postcards

With all the attention on national parks this week, I thought it would be interesting to show some images of the national parks from the Carter's collection. And because the national parks are such a big draw not just for fine art photographers, but tourists as well, this week's photographs are all vintage postcards.

Frank Jay Haynes, Daisy Geyser, Yellowstone National Park, tricolor halftone, ca. 1910s

Asahel Curtis, "See Washington First." The Switzerland of America, Crossing a Glacier, Mount Rainier. , tricolor halftone with applied color, 1913

Brown & Bigelow, Iceberg Lake, Glacier National Park, Montana, tricolor halftone, ca. 1915

Fred Harvey Corporation, The Lookout, Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona, photolithograph, ca. 1920

Photo of the Week: Now On View

National Museum Day is this Saturday, September 26. We're celebrating here at the Carter by participating in the 3rd annual Day in the District. Seven institutions in the Fort Worth Cultural District - the Carter, Kimbell, Modern, Cowgirl, Community Arts Center, Log Cabin Village, and Botanic Garden - will be open all day Saturday with free admission and special programs (of course, admission to the Carter is ALWAYS free!).

This Photo of the Week features works that are currently on display in our exhibitions <a href=">Circle of Friends: Portraits of Artists and Masterworks of American Photography: Moments in Time. If you come out for Day in the District, be sure to make your way to the photography galleries to see these works in person.

Margaret Watkins, Self-portrait, gaslight chloride print, 1919, © Mr. Joseph Mulholland

Watkins was a student of pictorialist photographer Clarence H. White, along with other notables like Margaret Bourke-White, Paul Outerbridge, Max Weber, Dorothea Lange, and Laura Gilpin.

Karl Struss, Bebe Daniels, gelatin silver print, 1919, © 1983 Amon Carter Museum

Part of the permanent photography collection, the Carter's Karl Struss archive includes over 1500 photographs taken on the sets of silent movies by this photographer and Academy-award winning cinematographer. <a href=">Bebe Daniels, originally from Dallas, was an extremely prolific actress who appeared in over 230 movies throughout her long career.

Joel Sternfeld, March 4, 2007, The East Meadows, Northampton, Massachusetts, dye coupler print, 2007, © 2007 Joel Sternfeld, Purchase with the assistance of the Stieglitz Circle of the Amon Carter Museum

This is an important new addition to the Carter's photography collection that has only been here a few months. It depicts a particular field in Massachusetts painted in the 19th century by Hudson River School painter Thomas Cole. If you look at the photo very closely - as in, standing right in front of it - you can see the building where Cole painted this landscape over 170 years ago.

Evening for Educators in the Cultural District

Educators are always welcome at the Carter, but Thursday night will provide a unique oppotunity. It's the annual Evening for Educators in the Cultural District. All of the museums will be free of charge to educators, and their respective education staff will be available to talk about programs and resources available for teachers and students for the coming school year. Bring your teacher friends and spend an evening with us!

Wallace Stegner on KERA tonight

American writer and historian <a href=">Wallace Stegner will be the subject of a documentary airing tonight on our local PBS station. So what has that got to do with the Carter? Stegner's writings are the inspiration behind our current exhibition of works drawn from the permanent collection, Views and Visions: Prints of the American West.

Wallace Stegner: A Profile of the Author (1909-1993) airs tonight at 9pm on KERA, channel 13.

The Reading Room

My office window opens to the the library reading room here at the museum, a space that many would agree is one of the stellar places to be in the museum. My understanding is that Philip Johnson, when designing the museum's expansion which opened in 2001, took special interest in getting this room just right. I think he succeeded. The room is paneled in book-matched Burmese teak, meaning that each veneer panel is a mirror of itself, essentially resulting in walls that are covered with the opened pages of books. The space offers soft, enveloping lighting from its arched ceiling with a complement of accent lighting at its edges. It is expansive without being overwhelming. It offers a quite and reflective environment for sustained contemplation. It is a room that is, in short, inspirational, as any effective reading room should be.

Today I pay tribute to this wonderful space by sharing these pictures taken this afternoon. I hope you'll come by and enjoy the space in person.