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!
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.