Winslow Homer Watercolor Exhibition Highlights Spring Schedule at the Amon Carter Museum

Release date: 
March 31, 2003

FORT WORTH, Texas --- On Saturday, April 12, the Amon Carter Museum will become the second of only two venues to host the special exhibition, "Casting a Spell: Winslow Homer, Artist and Angler." Co-organized by the Carter and the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, the show brings together for the first time 53 masterful watercolors that capture scenes from Homer's other lifelong passion: fly-fishing. A complete schedule of free public programs is offered in conjunction with the exhibition, which is accompanied by a 240-page illustrated catalogue.

Six photography exhibitions organized from the Carter's permanent collection of more than 30,000 exhibition-quality prints will also be on view during April, May and June, as will selections from the museum's holdings of woodcuts and wood engravings. As always, the Carter offers a wide range of free public programs related to its permanent collection of American art.

Exhibitions on Permanent Collection

"Makers' Marks in the Landscape"
Through July 27
More than 60 prints examine the unique perspectives that artists bring to the study of marks left on the land by previous civilizations.

"Masterworks of American Photography"
Ongoing
This rotating exhibition includes more than 50 selections from the Carter's holdings of over 30,000 exhibition-quality prints.

"Laura Gilpin and the Navajo: An Enduring Friendship"
Through April 27
Laura Gilpin's photographs provide a moving record of the Navajo 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, as well as his work for Life magazine documenting Asia, the European Theater in World War II, and the postwar culture.

"American Masters of the Woodcut"
Through September 14
Approximately 50 prints offer a rare opportunity to survey the Carter's outstanding collection of woodcuts and wood engravings, two of the most widely practiced forms of relief print.

"Big Sky Country: The Photographs of L. A. Huffman"
May 10--October 19
From 1878 to the turn of the century, Laton Alton Huffman traveled throughout eastern Montana and northern Wyoming with his homemade 50-pound camera, documenting the open range, native peoples, and the cowboy way of life. This exhibition displays many of his signature images, including one of his most well-known photographs "The Night Hawk in His Nest."

Special Exhibitions

"Casting a Spell: Winslow Homer, Artist and Angler"
April 12--June 22
Winslow Homer is arguably the greatest artist in watercolor that America has yet produced. The medium was his passion, and he used it to magically capture scenes from his other lifelong love: fly-fishing. Now, the Carter offers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see 53 of these breathtaking paintings together in one place. Homer's fishing pictures are varied and span his entire career. The sport took him to many locales that are now associated with his work, including Florida, Quebec, and the Adirondacks in northern New York State. While fishing the waters in these regions, Homer translated his experiences onto paper, creating brilliant studies of light and atmosphere. The Carter is the second of only two venues for this exhibition. Many of these works reside in private collections and have not been displayed in public since Homer painted them.

"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 in part by generous grants from The Eugene McDermott Foundation, Dallas, Texas, and The Garvey Texas Foundation, Fort Worth. The exhibition catalogue is generously supported by Burgess and Elizabeth Jamieson.

Public Programs

(Free unless otherwise noted)

April 3, 5:30 p.m.
Film Series: "The Westerns of John Ford"
"Fort Apache," directed by John Ford, 1948, USA, 127 minutes; hosted by Bart Weiss, Director, Dallas Video Festival
In conjunction with Remington and Russell Permanent Collection

April 6, 3 p.m.
Family Funday Series, presented by the Star-Telegram: "Storytelling in the Galleries with Finley Stewart"
Inspired by works of art, Stewart spins lively tales that are sure to make you laugh out loud.

April 10, 12:15--12:45 p.m.
Gallery Talk: "A New Masterwork in Bronze: Alexander Proctor's 'Indian Warrior'"
Rick Stewart, Director

April 13, 3--4 p.m.
An Artist's Perspective: "Natural Histories"
Keith Carter, Photographer
In conjunction with "Masterworks of American Photography"

April 17, 12:15--12:45 p.m.
Gallery Talk: "Winslow Homer: The Illustrator's Eye"
Rebecca Lawton, Assistant Curator of Paintings and Sculpture
In conjunction with "Casting a Spell: Winslow Homer, Artist and Angler"

April 17, 5:30 p.m.
Film Series: "The Westerns of John Ford"
"She Wore a Yellow Ribbon," directed by John Ford, 1949, USA, 103 minutes; hosted by Bart Weiss, Director, Dallas Video Festival
In conjunction with Remington and Russell Permanent Collection

April 24, 12:15--12:45 p.m.
Gallery Talk: "Homer's Angling Holidays: The Adirondacks"
Patricia Junker, Curator of Paintings and Sculpture
In conjunction with "Casting a Spell: Winslow Homer, Artist and Angler"

April 24, 6 p.m.
Special Performance: "Laura Gilpin, Photographer: A One-Woman Show Chautauqua Program"
Deborah Blanche, Performer
In conjunction with "Laura Gilpin and the Navajo: An Enduring Friendship," presented with the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame

April 27, 3--4 p.m.
American Masterpiece Lecture: "Pictures for Anglers: Winslow Homer and Sporting Art"
Patricia Junker, Curator of Paintings and Sculpture
In conjunction with "Casting a Spell: Winslow Homer, Artist and Angler"

May 1, 12:15--12:45 p.m.
Gallery Talk: "Homer's Angling Holidays: Quebec"
Patricia Junker, Curator of Paintings and Sculpture
In conjunction with "Casting a Spell: Winslow Homer, Artist and Angler"

May 1, 5:30 p.m.
Film Series: "The Westerns of John Ford"
"Wagon Master," directed by John Ford, 1950, USA, 85 minutes, hosted by Bart Weiss, Director, Dallas Video Festival
In conjunction with Remington and Russell Permanent Collection

May 4, 3 p.m.
Family Funday Series, presented by the Star-Telegram: "Sport and Art"
Bring the kids to the Carter and discover how artists like Winslow Homer and others painted sporting scenes, such as fishing, hunting, and games. Try your hand at making your own sporting scene.
In conjunction with "Casting a Spell: Winslow Homer, Artist and Angler"

May 8, 12:15--12:45 p.m.
Gallery Talk: "Homer's Angling Holidays: Florida"
Patricia Junker, Curator of Paintings and Sculpture
In conjunction with "Casting a Spell: Winslow Homer, Artist and Angler"

May 11, 3--4 p.m.
An Artist's Perspective: "Revisiting Places"
Rick Dingus, Photographer
In conjunction with "Makers' Marks in the Landscape"

May 15, 5:30 p.m.
Film Series: "The Westerns of John Ford"
"The Searchers," directed by John Ford, 1956, USA, 144 minutes; hosted by Bart Weiss, Director, Dallas Video Festival
In conjunction with Remington and Russell Permanent Collection

May 18, 2--5 p.m.
Family Day: "Casting for Fun"
Enjoy an afternoon of fun at the Carter celebrating the special exhibition "Casting a Spell: Winslow Homer, Artist and Angler." See the exhibition and try your hand at fly casting with the Fort Worth Fly Fishers Association. The day will include flytying, watercolor demonstrations, other hands-on activities, and refreshments.

May 22, 12:15--12:45 p.m.
Gallery Talk: "A Fly Fisherman's Perspective on Homer's Angling Pictures"
Alan Laureyns, Docent, Amon Carter Museum
In conjunction with "Casting a Spell: Winslow Homer, Artist and Angler"

May 22, 6 p.m.
Special Lecture: "Honed to a High Pitch: Winslow Homer's Watercolor Technique"
Judith C. Walsh, Senior Paper Conservator, National Gallery of Art
In conjunction with "Casting a Spell: Winslow Homer, Artist and Angler"

May 25, 3--4 p.m.
American Masterpiece Lecture: "Breaking Free from New York: Alfred Stieglitz at Lake George"
John Rohrbach, Associate Curator of Photographs

May 29, 5:30 p.m.
Film Series: "The Westerns of John Ford"
"Rio Grande," directed by John Ford, 1950, USA, 105 minutes; hosted by Bart Weiss, Director, Dallas Video Festival
In conjunction with Remington and Russell Permanent Collection

June 1, 3 p.m.
Family Funday Series, presented by the Star-Telegram: "Go West!"
Go West this summer at the Carter. Learn about the artists, history and culture of the American West through paintings, sculptures and photographs.

June 5, 5:30 p.m.
Special Film: "A River Runs Through It," directed by Robert Redford, 1992, USA, 124 minutes; hosted by Bart Weiss, Director, Dallas Video Festival
In conjunction with "Casting a Spell: Winslow Homer, Artist and Angler"

June 8, 3--4 p.m.
An Artist's Perspective: "'Urban Anomalies' Revealed"
Barbara Crane, Photographer and Professor Emeritus, School of the Art Institute of Chicago
In conjunction with "Masterworks of American Photography"

June 12, 12:15--12:45 p.m.
Gallery Talk: "'Snappin' Machine' Memories: Photographs by L. A. Huffman"
Helen Plummer, Curatorial Associate
In conjunction with "Big Sky Country: The Photographs of L. A. Huffman"

June 19, 5:30 p.m.
Special Film: "In the Light of Reverence," directed by Christopher McLeod, 2001, USA, 73 minutes; hosted by Bart Weiss, Director, Dallas Video Festival
In conjunction with "Makers' Marks in the Landscape"

June 26, 12:15--12:45 p.m.
Gallery Talk: "Berenice Abbott and the Changing City"
Barbara McCandless, Curator of Photographs
In conjunction with "City Lights"

June 29, 3--4 p.m.
American Masterpiece Lecture: "Georgia O'Keeffe and Photography: Secret Sources and Transformations"
Sarah Whitaker Peters, Author of "Becoming O'Keeffe: The Early Years"
In conjunction with Paintings and Sculpture Permanent Collection

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