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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!

THIS SATURDAY

See the classic New Deal film The Plow That Broke the Plains (1936) by Pare Lorentz, and prior to the screening enjoy an introductory discussion by Assistant Curator of Photographs Jessica May. May will talk about the historical significance of Lorentz’s work and its relationship to Mary Lucier’s video installation The Plains of Sweet Regret(2004), currently on view at the Carter. Mary Lucier is a pioneering figure in the history of video art, and her works were among the first to be acquired by institutions such as the Whitney Museum of American Art and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Accommodations have been made for program attendees to park in the designated UNT Health Science Center lot if the museum’s main lot is full.

Take pART

I recevied this information from a colleague in the field and thought it was worth passing along.

A document on arts policy was submitted to President-Elect Obama’s team by a number of arts organizations, including the American Association of Museums. This document has been posted on http://change.gov/ -- the Obama/Biden transition website - you can get to it by doing the following:

  1. Go to http://change.gov/
  2. Click on "Your Seat at the Table" (on the right, near the bottom)
  3. Search for "arts" in the search box
  4. Click on "Performing Arts Alliance - Arts Policy in the New Administration"
  5. Open the PDF/Provide Comments

or just click: http://change.gov/open_government/entry/performing_arts_alliance/

The Obama-Biden team put this document up for comments. If you have any opinions, you can leave them on the document's main page.

Parking Lot Moment

Driving in to work today I heard a story on NPR that kept me in my car long after I arrived at my destination. The story talks about the murals that are on view at the Justice Department headquarters. It was an incredible reminder of the power that art can have in educating, inspiring, and uniting the country.

The artwork above is in the Carter’s collection, but not currently on view. It is by John Steuart Curry, one of the artists featured in the story. The image is of John Brown who is one of the more controversial figures in our nation’s history.

Interview with Mary Lucier

Beyond the Galleries

There are many discoveries to be found at the Carter beyond what is displayed in the galleries. Often the art works are only the tip of a much larger collection of material, much of it textual and documentary. It is this assortment of letters, diaries, books, clippings, and sketches that make research and analysis of art beyond its immediate visual appeal possible. These items illuminate the artist's intent, the work's context in time and place, variations, and changes, without which much of an artwork's tale is lost.

The recent Carter publication, Chimneys and Towers: Charles Demuth's Late Paintings of Lancaster, is a fine example of the art research that is possible with supporting documents. Betsy Fahlman and Claire Barry approach Demuth's work from differing angles but both are able to elaborate upon their discussions of context and content because of their use and study of his archives.

Take a moment during your next visit to the Carter to use our Library and Archives and see what you can discover.