Amon Carter Museum Exhibitions and Public Programs

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Release date: 
January 17, 2003

Exhibitions from the Permanent Collection

“Masterworks of American Photography”
Ongoing
With more than fifty selections from the Carter's holdings of over 30,000 exhibition-quality prints, this exhibition changes regularly and is arranged chronologically.

"Stuart Davis: Prints and Drawings”
Through March 9
Drawn from the Carter's holdings of works on paper by Stuart Davis, this exhibition traces the artist's sophisticated repetition of imagery throughout his long career.

"Laura Gilpin and the Navajo: An Enduring Friendship"
Through April 27
Laura Gilpin's photographs of the Navajo provide a moving record of the people and their reservations before both were dramatically altered by additional federal intervention, a world war, and reorganization of the tribal government.

"Carl Mydans, American Photojournalist"
Through May 11
This exhibition features Mydans' work for the Farm Security Administration in the 1930s, his years with Life magazine documenting the European Theater in World War II, his work in Asia, and his documentation of the post-war culture.

"Makers' Marks in the Landscape"
January 25--July 27

This exhibition of more than sixty prints examines the unique perspectives that artists bring to the study of marks left on the land by previous civilizations.

Special Exhibitions

"Eliot Porter: The Color of Wildness"
Through March 23
This first in-depth assessment of the artistic legacy of photographer Eliot Porter (1901--1990) examines his central role in forging an acceptance of color photography and reveals how his work has come to define our view of the natural world. Drawn from the Amon Carter Museum's extensive Eliot Porter Archives, the exhibition presents approximately 165 prints and related ephemera. Besides revealing the artist's roots and working methods, the show analyzes Porter's meticulous manipulation of color to express his emotional response to the world and his long-standing emphasis on producing evocative, multiple-print studies of diverse environments. A superb eighty-five plate catalogue, published by the Amon Carter Museum in conjunction with Aperture, accompanies the exhibition.

"Eliot Porter: The Color of Wildness" is organized by the Amon Carter Museum. This exhibition has been made possible in part by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, expanding our understanding of the world, and by generous gifts from Blum Consulting Engineers and BankOne, Trustee. Additional support has also been provided by American Airlines.

"Casting a Spell: Winslow Homer, Artist and Angler"
April 12--June 22
"Casting a Spell" is the first-ever exhibition to look closely at Homer's lifelong passion for fly-fishing. Fifty-three paintings, mostly watercolors, by this major American artist are featured. Homer's fishing pictures are immensely varied and span his entire career. His love of fishing is what took him to the locales we now associate with his work: Florida, the Canadian province of Quebec, and the Adirondacks in northern New York State. Each of these regions elicited unique and strong reactions from the painter, which took form in works that are brilliant studies of light, atmosphere, and the spirit of place. In these locales he worked in the traveler's medium of watercolor, stretching it boldly and unconventionally in order to convey the intensity of his experience of nature and his feeling for the physical and psychological demands of his favorite sport. His fishing expeditions offered recreation, rejuvenation, solace, and camaraderie, which spurred his imagination and afforded him a close involvement with nature's mysterious details, revealing new worlds of color, form, and dynamism.

"Casting a Spell: Winslow Homer, Artist and Angler" is co-organized by the Amon Carter Museum and the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. The presentation of the exhibition in Fort Worth is made possible by a generous grant from The Eugene McDermott Foundation, Dallas, Texas. The exhibition catalogue is generously supported by Burgess and Elizabeth Jamieson.

Public Programs

(free unless otherwise noted)

January 21, 2--3 p.m.
Special Lecture: "The Birth of Photography: Nature and Science"
Dr. Anne Helmreich, Assistant Professor, Department of Art and Art History, TCU

January 23, 12:15--12:45 p.m.
Gallery Talk: "The Science and Perception of Color in Eliot Porter's Work"
Chip Lindsey, Director of Visitor Programs, Fort Worth Museum of Science and History
In conjunction with "Eliot Porter: The Color of Wildness"

January 26, 3--4 p.m.
An American Masterpiece Lecture: "Journeys with My Father, Eliot Porter: Humorous Stories and Anecdotes"
Patrick Porter
In conjunction with "Eliot Porter: The Color of Wildness"

January 28, 2--3 p.m.
Special Lecture: "War and Peace: Documenting the Sublime Landscape in the Nineteenth Century"
Dr. Anne Helmreich, Assistant Professor, Department of Art and Art History, TCU

January 30, 5:30 p.m.
Films: "Let the River Run: A Journey into Glen Canyon," directed by Lili Schad, 1997, USA, 20 minutes
"Glen Canyon," directed by Phil Pennington, 1964 and 1995, USA, 20 minutes
In conjunction with "Eliot Porter: The Color of Wildness"

February 2, 3 p.m.
Family Funday/Special Film: "The Boyhood of John Muir"
Directed by Lawrence R. Hott, 1997, USA, 78 minutes; age eight and up
This film tells the story of a young Scottish immigrant, John Muir, who became America's first great spokesperson for wilderness preservation and the founder of both Yosemite National Park and the Sierra Club. After the film, see stunning photographs of nature in the exhibition
"Eliot Porter: The Color of Wildness."

February 4, 2--3 p.m.
Special Lecture: "Framing Nature: The Picturesque and the Pictorial in Nineteenth- and Early-Twentieth-Century Photography"
Dr. Anne Helmreich, Assistant Professor, Department of Art and Art History, TCU

February 6, 5:30 p.m.
Film: "David Brower: A Conversation with Scott Simon," produced by John de Graaf, 1995, USA, 56 minutes
In conjunction with "Eliot Porter: The Color of Wildness"

February 9, 3--4 p.m.
Artist's Perspective Gallery Talk: "On the Plains"
Peter Brown, Photographer

February 11, 2--3 p.m.
Special Lecture: "The Sublime in the Twentieth Century"
Dr. Anne Helmreich, Assistant Professor, Department of Art and Art History, TCU

February 13, 12:15--12:45 p.m.
Gallery Talk: "A Botanical Perspective on Eliot Porter's Photographs"
Barney Lipscomb, Leonhardt Chair of Texas Botany, Botanical Research Institute of Texas (BRIT)
In conjunction with "Eliot Porter: The Color of Wildness"

February 15, 1--4 p.m.
Symposium:
"Eliot Porter and the Promise of Nature"
Michael P. Cohen, Professor of English, University of Nevada, Reno: "Eliot Porter's Creation of the Environmentalist's Consciousness"; Dr. Sally Stein, Photographic Historian, Associate Professor, Department of Art History, UC Irvine, and Getty Research Institute Visiting Scholar: "Rival Visions: Eliot Porter, Ansel Adams, and the Modern Pursuit of Nature"; Terry Evans, Photographer: "Similar Philosophies, Diverging Views: Seeing the Wholeness of Nature"
Moderator: Dr. John Rohrbach, Associate Curator of Photographs, Amon Carter Museum

February 18, 2--3 p.m.
Special Lecture: "The Anti-Picturesque in the Twentieth Century"
Dr. Anne Helmreich, Assistant Professor, Department of Art and Art History, TCU

February 22, 10 a.m.--2 p.m.
Family Program: "Discovering Nature-A Progressive Family Day"
Join us for a fun-filled Family Day and learn about the beauty of the natural world through a walk in the park, a microscopic view of plants and animals, music, and works of art.
In conjunction with "Eliot Porter: The Color of Wildness"

10--11 a.m., River Legacy Parks
"Exploring the Color of Wildness": Family Winter Trail Walk
Free with Exhibit Hall Admission ($2/adult, $1/child, children under 2 free)

10 a.m.--2 p.m. Amon Carter Museum
"Nature through an Artist's Eyes" (Free admission)

11 a.m.--1 p.m., Botanical Research Institute of Texas (BRIT)
"Private Eye-Perspectives of Nature (Free admission)

February 23, 3--4 p.m.
An American Masterpiece Lecture: "Print the Legend: Photography and the American West"
Marni Sandweiss, Professor of American Studies and History, Amherst College

February 25, 2--3 p.m.
Special Lecture: "Contextualizing Porter: Nature, Science, the Sublime and the Picturesque"
Dr. Anne Helmreich, Assistant Professor, Department of Art and Art History, TCU

February 27, 12:15--12:45 p.m.
Gallery Talk: "Witnessing the Execution: Stuart Davis' Bass Rocks Revealed"
Jane Myers, Chief Curator, Amon Carter Museum
Isabelle Tokumaru, Associate Conservator of Paintings, Kimbell Art Museum

February 27, 6 p.m.
Special Lecture: "A Vision in Progress: The Making of a Fine Photography Book"
Robert Glenn Ketchum, Photographer

March 1, 1 p.m.
Special Program: "Examining and Preparing Specimens from Nature: A Hands-On Workshop for Adults"
Learn how to properly mount plant specimens from nature-all materials provided-at the Botanical Research Institute of Texas, then meet at the Carter at 3 p.m. for a special guided tour of "Eliot Porter: The Color of Wildness." Free admission; pre-registration required. Call 817.989.5030. The workshop is limited to 30 participants.
In conjunction with "Eliot Porter: The Color of Wildness"

March 2, 3 p.m.
Family Funday: "Family Fun with Art!"
Join the Carter's education staff for fun activities in the galleries with our family gallery guide and lunchbox tours. Discover ways to make your visit more fun the next time you bring your friends and family to the museum.

March 6, 5:30 p.m.
Film: "Stagecoach," directed by John Ford, 1939, USA, 96 minutes
Hosted by Bart Weiss, Director, Dallas Video Festival, and Assistant Professor of Art and Film, University of Texas at Arlington
In conjunction with Remington and Russell Permanent Collection

March 9, 3--4 p.m.
Artist's Perspective Gallery Talk: "Excellence in Photojournalism: The Influence and Legacy of Carl Mydans"
Tom Pennington, Fort Worth Star-Telegram Staff Photographer
In conjunction with "Carl Mydans, American Photojournalist"

March 13, 12:15--12:45 p.m.
Gallery Talk: "Rivers of Discovery: Early Artists in the West"
Rick Stewart, Director, Amon Carter Museum

March 15, 1 p.m.
Special Program: "Photographing 'The Color of Wildness': A Hands-On Workshop for Adults"
Join local photographer Luther Smith and Living Science Center staff naturalists for a photography workshop and guided nature walk at River Legacy Parks/Living Science Center in Arlington; then meet at the Carter for a special guided tour of "Eliot Porter: The Color of Wildness." Free admission; pre-registration required. Call 817.989.5030. The workshop is limited to 15 participants, who must supply their own camera and color film. A tripod is recommended.
In conjunction with "Eliot Porter: The Color of Wildness"

March 20, 5:30 p.m.
Film: "My Darling Clementine," directed by John Ford, 1946, USA, 97 minutes
Hosted by Bart Weiss, Director, Dallas Video Festival, and Assistant Professor of Art and Film, University of Texas at Arlington
In conjunction with Remington and Russell Permanent Collection

March 27, 12:15--12:45 p.m.
Gallery Talk: "Storyteller with a Camera: Carl Mydans and Photojournalism"
Barbara McCandless, Curator of Photographs, Amon Carter Museum
In conjunction with "Carl Mydans, American Photojournalist"

March 30, 3--4 p.m.
An American Masterpiece Lecture: "Eastman Johnson's Bo-Peep: The Artist at Home"
Rebecca Lawton, Assistant Curator of Paintings and Sculpture, Amon Carter Museum

The Star-Telegram is the official print sponsor for the Amon Carter Museum.

For more information, please contact Public Relations Coordinator Carol Noel at 817.738.1933, extension 5066; or e-mail carol.noel@cartermuseum.org.