Love is in the air everywhere this weekend, and so it seems like a good time to share the results of a punny game that intern Kristina Hilliard and I played last summer. The objective was to come up with lines that an art-fan could use on works in the Carter’s collection. I wish I had written our ideas down at the time, because this is all I can remember now. Feel free to share you ideas too.
They really broke the mold when they made you.
Hang around here often?
What’s your sign?
Do you believe in love at first sight or should I walk by again?
You look beautiful today, just like every other day.
You are like a dictionary, because you add meaning to my life.
Want to impress a classy lady? Take her to the gun show. Courtesy of Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy
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
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.
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).
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.
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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.
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!).
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.
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.