It is hard to believe that it was almost seven years ago that I began my internship in the Education Department at the Amon Carter Museum. I was both excited and honored to be behind the scenes at a museum whose collection and programs I had long admired. A few months later, I felt like I won the lottery when I was actually offered a full-time, paid position in the deparment. Since that time, I have had the privilege of sharing the Carter’s collection with a wide variety of audiences– tours for tots, observation programs for osteopaths, lectures for learners, fun-activities for families, and you–and have loved (almost) every minute of it.
So, as you can imagine, it is with great sadness that I say today is my last day. I am leaving the museum to spend more time with my growing family–the most precious artwork I have ever seen.
Thank you for letting me share some of my experiences with you.
Today's Photo of the Week post is inspired by my upcoming trip to see friends in Galveston this weekend. The following images of Galveston from the Carter's collection are all by Stuart Klipper, a Minneapolis-based photographer known for panoramic landscapes.
Stuart Klipper, VFW Post, 24th Street, Galveston, dye coupler print
Stuart Klipper, Box Car, off Port Industrial Boulevard, Port of Galveston, dye coupler print
Stuart Klipper, Beth Jacob Synagogue, Galveston, dye coupler print
All works are a 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 Stuart Klipper
Art and artists have played important roles in shaping awareness of the environment and the landscape in the United States. In the nineteenth-century, landscape paintings by Hudson River School artists illustrated and inspired our country’s desire to cherish, revel in, and use the environment. While in the twentieth century, art and the environmental movement became linked in defining wilderness and the politics of preserving it.
If you are interested in learning more about the many connections between artists and the environment, join us at 11 a.m. this Saturday for the special lecture, Land and Liberty: Environmentalism in American Art. During this free program, Dr. Todd Kerstetter, associate professor of history at Texas Christian University, will use works in the Carter's permanent collection of painting and photographs to illustrate the development of environmental thought from the 1830s through the twentieth-century environmental movement.
This second installment of Photo of the Week celebrates Earth Day with photographs by two major American landscape photographers, Frank Gohlke and Robert Glenn Ketchum. Both have recently had exhibitions at the Carter featuring works that deal with environmental issues.
Frank Gohlke, Tire, the Sudbury River, Framingham, Massachusetts, September 1991, dye coupler print, © Frank Gohlke
Robert Glenn Ketchum, "I Like the Look of a Clearcut..." Attributed to a Forest Supervisor at a Public Meeting, dye destruction print, Gift of Advocacy Arts Foundation, © 1986 Robert Glenn Ketchum
There are some good ideas for reducing your environmental footprint over at EarthDay.Gov and a timeline of environmental progress since the first Earth Day in 1970 on the EPA website. If you don't like the look of a clearcut, do something nice for the environment today.
Two colleagues just popped by my office to tell me to run upstairs and see the new painting entitled Home by the Lake, 1852 by Frederic Church. The painting is on loan from a private collection, and just happened to appear in the museum’s blue galleries today!
In its current location, the painting is part of a trio of artworks (another by Church and one by Church’s teacher Thomas Cole) that show settlers settling in the great American wilderness– cozy log cabin on lakeside property with mountain views included.
The label copy informs us that a nineteenth-century critic referred to this painting as “a charming little poem in itself.” Will you twenty-first century critics agree? Stop by the museum sometime soon and take a look for yourself.
Because I manage the database where all the cataloging information and digital images of the collection are stored, I get to see thousands of photographs every week that are not currently on view. I'm starting a new series of weekly, thematic blog posts to highlight some of the interesting images I come across in my day-to-day work. So without further ado, here are my first selections...
Charles Weidner, Fleeing from the Burning City, April 18, 1906, San Francisco, California, halftone postcard, ca. 1907
Arnold Genthe, San Francisco, April 18th, 1906, 10am, gelatin silver print, 1906
This Saturday happens to mark the anniversary of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake. These are two photographs of the San Francisco earthquake aftermath taken 103 years ago this week. The earthquake not only made Arnold Genthe famous, but had a lasting impact on another photographer: it broke the nose of four-year-old Ansel Adams.
Come back next Wednesday for the second installment of Photos of the Week!