In the Loupe

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

Two Views on View

Georgia O’Keeffe (1887–1986)
Ranchos Church, New Mexico, 1930–31
Oil on canvas
Amon Carter Museum, Fort Worth, Texas

The above painting is currently on view in the Carter’s permanent collection.

Liliane De Cock (b. 1939)
Rear of Church, Ranchos de Taos, New Mexico, 1972
Gelatin silver print
Amon Carter Museum, Fort Worth, Texas
(© 1972 Liliane De Cock)

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?

Art Wonders

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.

Frederic S. Remington (1861–1909)
A Dash for the Timber, 1889
Oil on canvas
Amon Carter Museum, Fort Worth, Texas

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
Ya! Ya!
Save me!
Dust in my eyes! Help me!

An Acrostic Poem Inspired by Barbara Crane’s Photographs
Icy white
High up
Tree branches

Then read about a public art project that was inspired by the Travis Elementary School art students’ visit to the Carter last fall.

New Parents Tour in the News

After a three-month hiatus, the Carter’s New Parents Tour returned last Friday. Link here to see what Fort Worth Star-Telegram reporter Mercedes Mayer had to say about her experience, and then make plans to attend the next tour on March 27.

His Story/Our Story

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.

Interview with Artist Barbara Crane

Carter Painting on SNL!

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!

More Crane @ Art&Seek

"Washed out faces, disembodied hands, headless bodies and random odds and ends"...more commentary on Barbara Crane: Challenging Vision over at the KERA Art&Seek blog.

Frank Gohlke at Eye Level

Smithsonian American Art Museum's Eye Level blog has a substantial post covering a recent talk by photographer Frank Gohlke. The Carter organized Gohlke's exhibition Accommodating Nature, which is on view at the Smithsonian (its fourth and final venue) until March 3.

Onderdonk at the Stark

The Carter's painting, A Cloudy Day, Bluebonnets near San Antonio, Texas, by Texan impressionist Julian Onderdonk is now at the Stark Museum of Art as part of the exhibition Bluebonnets and Beyond: Julian Onderdonk, American Impressionist (previously).

Organized by the Dallas Museum of Art, the show is at its third and final venue in Orange, Texas through May 24.