As someone who works in a museum, I can't tell you how many times I have been asked what it is I really do all day. Behind the quiet galleries you see when you visit, there is a constant buzz of activity across the many departments that make up the museum. We wanted to take a moment to introduce you to Jenna Madison, the newest member of the Amon Carter staff. Check back soon to meet other members of the staff as we give you a behind-the-scenes look at what really happens during our version of a nine-to-five day.
Today a new masterpiece is hanging in our galleries—Woman Standing, Holding a Fan by Mary Cassatt. The work, created in 1878–79, is one of only two known canvases painted by the artist almost entirely in the medium of distemper and represents a key moment in her transformation into an Impressionist.
Mary Cassatt (1844–1926)
Woman Standing, Holding a Fan, 1878–79
Distemper with metallic paint on canvas
Acquisition in honor of Ruth Carter Stevenson and the 50th Anniversary of the Amon Carter Museum of American Art with funds provided by Anne T. and Robert M. Bass, The Walton Family Foundation, and the Council of the Amon Carter Museum of American Art
Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Fort Worth, Texas
This week our Cultural District neighbor, the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History (FWMSH), opens a retrospective on American artist Alexandre Hogue (1898–1994). The exhibition, Alexandre Hogue: An American Visionary–Paintings and Works on Paper, includes more than 150 oil paintings, drawings and field sketches, primarily of Southwest landscapes. The exhibition is organized by the Art Museum of South Texas in Corpus Christi.
In collaboration, the Amon Carter is exhibiting one of Hogue’s major oil paintings, Drouth Stricken Area (1934), and two related drawings, on loan from the Dallas Museum of Art.
Both are on view from September 24 through November 27. Admission to the Amon Carter is free. For the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History’s exhibition ticket information, visit fortworthmuseum.org or call 817.255.9540.
Make plans to visit the Cultural District this fall!
Updated September 28: The FWMSH presents a free program on Saturday, October 1 at 2 p.m. at the Amon Carter. Olivier Meslay, Interim Director at the Dallas Museum of Art, will speak about Alexandre Hogue and American Art in France. Click here for details.
Alexandre Hogue (1898–1994)
Drouth Stricken Area, 1934
Oil on canvas
Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas Art Association Purchase
We happily received nearly 100 entries in our recent photo contest, and TCU Professor of Art Photography Luther Smith selected the winning photos. The first-place winners in each age category are posted below. Check out the museum's Facebook page to see all the winning entries. Thanks for participating!
Cate Gillham, age category: 12 and under, first place
Barrett Cole, age category: 13 to 18, first place
Julia Guzman-Henderson, age category: 19 and over, first place
Our website is under construction, so there won’t be any blog posts for the next few weeks. We’re busy making it more accessible and user-friendly for visitors. It will showcase our new graphic identity and name, along with a fresh design.
Please check back soon to see our redesigned website, and save the date for 50 Fest on August 13, a free celebration of our 50th Anniversary with art, bands, food, and fun!
Take advantage of the unique opportunity to hear directly from Director Andrew Walker and Curator of Paintings and Sculpture Rebecca Lawton. Both will be in the special exhibition galleries on Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. to answer your questions about the paintings on view in The Hudson River School: Nature and the American Vision.
If you can’t make it out on Thursday, you can still take part in the conversation while on the go. Both speakers will be fielding questions sent in via our Twitter (@the_carter) and posted on our facebook page.
Thomas Cole (1801–1848), The Course of Empire: The Consummation of Empire, 1836, oil on canvas, New-York Historical Society, gift of The New-York Gallery of the Fine Arts, 1858.3
We hope you’ll have a chance to see the exhibition before it closes on Sunday. These spectacular paintings, which include Thomas Cole’s monumental series The Course of Empire, may never return to Fort Worth again!