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Crane In, Lucier Out

Be sure to check out This Week in the Arts blog's new podcast, an interview with photographer Barbara Crane. Crane's first major retrospective, Barbara Crane: Challenging Vision, opens at the Carter this Saturday.

Don’t forget! The Carter's first video installation ever, Mary Lucier: The Plains of Sweet Regret closes this Sunday. Stop by this weekend and you can see the two exhibitions -- both by women photographers -- before Lucier installation is shipped back home.


Barbara Crane, Beaches and Parks, 1972–78, Courtesy of the Chicago Cultural Center, © Barbara Crane, 1972–78

Thomas Cole (and a Funky Repro)

I hadn't read the Art Blog by Bob in a while, so imagine my surprise when I saw the Carter's own Thomas Cole painting, The Garden of Eden reproduced there in a post about Cole and European influence in the Hudson River School. It's a great little article, BUT it is a pretty funky (very pink!) image of the painting. For the sake of Cole and his reputation, here is what the real thing actually looks like:

You can also see The Garden of Eden right now in the Carter's main gallery.

Rothstein in Des Moines

While we're on the subject of the midwest, you can also see one of the Carter's 34 Arthur Rothstein photographs, Vernon Evans, Migrant to Oregon from South Dakota at the Des Moines Art Center's exhibition, After Many Springs: Regionalism, Modernism & the Midwest through May. I don't have an image of this photograph handy, but you can see a different print over at the "always interesting" Shorpy photography blog. (And if you don't already know about Shorpy, definitely take a few minutes and look around).

Miller in Omaha

If you missed it in Fort Worth...

...look no further. The Carter's traveling exhibition, Sentimental Journey: The Art of Alfred Jacob Miller opens tomorrow at the Joslyn Art Museum in Omaha and is up through May 10. The Joslyn is the show's final venue, and your last chance to see these works all in one place.

Doodle for a Cause

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On Wednesday, Google announced the launch of Doodle 4 Google a competition that invites U.S. school children in grades K-12 to design a Google logo inspired by the question, “What If ...?”

The winning student’s doodle will be displayed on the Google homepage on May 22, 2008; the champion “doodler” will also win a $10,000 college scholarship and a $25,000 technology grant for his/her school.

The customization of the Google logo started in 1999, and is now designed almost exclusively by Google Webmaster Dennis Hwang, whose “doodles” are seen by millions every time he exhibits on the Google homepage.

Art Show @ The Stock Show

One of the highlights of the Stock Show for me is the annual art contest for area K-12 students. Twenty-ish years after entering the annual Stock Show art contest as a kid, I had the pleasure of being one of three judges who pored over literally thousands of entries back in December. In short: it was a hoot. The awards ceremony was this past Saturday, so you can finally see the winners here, or in person over in the Justin equestrian building (near the candy! and saddles!).

Knowns & Unknowns in Arts Administration

Some thoughtful questions in What kind of a cultural leader will Obama be? over at The Art Newspaper.

Robert Frank in The Guardian

Interesting post about the 50th anniversary of photographer Robert Frank's book, The Americans, over at The Guardian's fabulous Art and Design blog. His photograph Funeral--St. Helena, South Carolina, one of 25 works by Frank in the Carter's collection, is on view through June 2009 in our photography galleries.

Connect the Thoughts

If you stay tuned to yesterday’s inaugural events long enough, you might have seen this painting during the inaugural luncheon. At first glance, the painting reminded me of the Carter’s painting Sunrise, Yosemite Valley by Albert Bierstadt.

You might be interested to know that Bierstadt visited Yosemite Valley in 1863, the year that Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation, and that the EP will be the subject of a special Gallery Talk in late February.

Teaching with Technology

Did you know that members of the Carter’s Education staff travel to places like Canada, New York, and Ohio several times each week? Through the magic of videoconferencing we connect students, educators, and other audiences all across the world to the Carter’s collection of American art.

This afternoon teachers across Texas will participate in our educator videoconference Virtual Museum to discover new strategies for integrating technology and the arts into their classrooms. With resources such as teaching guides, bookmarking sites, blogs, and podcasts there are more ways than ever to inspire student learning using technology.

Which technologies are museums using (or should be using) that you most enjoy? Educators, how are you using technology in the classroom to teach students about the arts? Post your comments below and share your ideas with the world...through technology!