Recently there has been a resurgence of interest in design and architecture from the mid twentieth century. One of the most influential periodicals of the period, Arts & Architecture, is enjoying new exposure as a reprint published last fall by Taschen. This reprint reproduces all the issues from the first ten years of the magazine, 1945-1954. The publisher plans to offer another edition that reprints the final issues through 1967 this fall. This monumental project has received a healthy amount of press coverage and is noted in the recent issues of Wallpaper (Feb. 2009) and Modernism (Winter 2008/2009). You may have also heard about the Birth of the Cool exhibition appearing now at the Blanton Art Museum in Austin which focuses on art, music, and design from the mid twentieth century in California. Arts & Architecture figures prominently in the exhibition and accompanying catalog.
The Carter library is the proud home of the original edition of the magazine and offers very nearly the entire run from 1948 through its final July/August issue in 1967 --- all issues as they originally appeared. Anyone interested in art and design from the period --- not to mention other related political and cultural topics --- would delight in flipping through our holdings. You're guaranteed to make some discoveries. The March 1961 issue shown in the cover scan below appeared the same year that the museum opened. The second scan of the title page of the final issue in 1967 shows that the prescient theme of the issue is water, a topic very much on our minds in 2009.
Assistant Registrar Lacey alerted me this afternoon that we'd been TAGGED! Not in the traditional spray-paint sense, but in the Facebook sense. The IMA blog challenged us - and 24 others - to post 25 random things about their institution.
A new photograph of Abraham Lincoln may have been discovered in the collection of Ulysses S. Grant's great-great-grandson and you can see it on NPR's website. But get out your magnifying glasses or put on your specs, because you'll definitely need them. Not only is the possible image of Lincoln grainy, the shot was taken from all the way across the White House lawn. It could be any tall guy in a coat, or a large shrub for that matter.
It's shocking to learn, compared to the modern leaders, how few photographs of the man that is arguably our most famous president were ever taken in the first place: less than 100. In fact, of the several Lincoln-related works in the Carter's enormous photography collection, only 2 show the man himself!
Alexander Gardner (1821-1882), President Lincoln on Battle-Field of Antietam, 1862, Albumen silver print, P1983.30.23
Alexander Gardner (1821-1882), Abraham Lincoln, 1861, Albumen silver print, P1992.1
The above painting is currently on view in the Carter’s permanent collection.
This photograph is on view until June 28 in the new exhibition High Modernism: Alfred Stieglitz and His Legacy.
A quick search through the Carter’s collection database produced an impressive list of other artist’s depictions of Ranchos de Taos Church in Taos, New Mexico. This discovery led me to ask myself what is it about this particular place that has inspired so many artists to try and capture it on canvas, paper, or film? What other man-made wonders in America have inspired such artistic reverence?
One of the things I love most about my job is getting to see students of all ages connect to works of art in ways that I never imagined.
Take a moment to read a few of the wonderful poems that were created by first and second-grade students from Palo Pinto Elementary School during their recent visit to the museum.
Motion Poems based on Dash
Hear the wind, hear the cries
Thunder stomping! Hear the guns
Stop and watch this scene
Think of being there
What would it feel like?
Run Run very fast!
Run away to the woods and away from the Indians.
Jump! Run! Gallop away.
I hear gun shots and screaming
Dust in my eyes! Help me!
An Acrostic Poem Inspired by Barbara Crane’s Photographs
John Quincy Adams Ward (1830–1910)
The Freedman, 1863
Join us in celebrating the bicentennial of Abraham Lincoln’s birthday by attending this evening’s special Gallery Talk Abraham Lincoln and the Emancipation Proclamation. During the discussion, Dr. Steven Woodworth, professor of history, Texas Christian University, and Rebecca Lawton, curator of paintings and sculpture, Amon Carter Museum, will talk about the Emancipation Proclamation and how it relates to the museum’s landmark sculpture The Freedman (1863) by John Quincy Adams Ward.
This program was made possible in part with a grant from Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
An eagle-eyed curator just alerted me that a reproduction of the Carter's painting Thunder Storm on Narragansett Bay guest starred in last weekend's episode of Saturday Night Live! See for yourself - the picture shows up around the 31-second mark and makes several more appearances throughout the sketch.
For reference, here is the image in its entirety:
Thanks to Jane for the tip!