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Carter Photographs in Vancouver

Expanding Horizons: Painting and Landscape Photography of American and Canadian Landscape 1860-1918, an exhibition that includes two of the Carter's photographs by Karl Struss and Frank Jay Haynes, has traveled to its second and final venue. The exhibition opens tomorrow at the Vancouver Art Gallery, where it will be on view through January 17.

Photo of the Week: Joyrides

With the happy outcome of yesterday's newsmaking joyride, what better topic for Photo of the Week?

Here are three joyrides from the Carter's photography collection...

Yale/New Haven, 1955
Elliott Erwitt, Yale/New Haven, 1955, printed 1977, Gift of George Peterkin Jr., ©1955 Elliott Erwitt

Driving to Denver, ca. 1910s
Unknown artist, [Driving to Denver], gelatin silver print postcard, ca. 1910s

And one of my personal favorites:

'The Joy Ride' at the California Alligator Farm, Los Angeles, California, ca. 1910s
Edward H. Mitchell, "The Joy Ride" at the California Alligator Farm, Los Angeles, California, halftone postcard with applied color, ca. 1910s

Photo of the Week: Nobel Prize

It's Nobel Prize season again. Today's installment of Photo of the Week draws on the Carter's archive of photographer Clara Sipprell (1885-1975) who shot, among other things, portraits of famous diplomats and scientists. The following three photographs, all by Clara Sipprell, are portraits of Nobel Prize-winning scientists that I just happened to come across while doing some cataloging last week.

Clara Sipprell, Professor Manne Siegbahn--Physics--Nobel Prize--Stockholm - 1938
Professor Manne Siegbahn--Physics--Nobel Prize--Stockholm - 1938, gelatin silver print, 1938

Manne Siegbahn (1886-1978) was a Swedish scientist who won the 1924 Nobel Prize for Physics. Interestingly, his son won the Nobel for work in the same field - x-ray spectroscopy - in 1981.

Clara Sipprell, Professor The Svedberg--Physical Chemistry--Nobel Prize--Uppsala - 1938
Professor The Svedberg--Physical Chemistry--Nobel Prize--Uppsala, gelatin silver print, 1938

Theodor Svedberg (1884-1971) was also a Swedish scientist; he invented a high speed centrifuge and won the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 1926.

Clara Sipprell, Dr. Hideki Yukawa, Nobel Prize--Physics, ca. 1950s
Dr. Hideki Yukawa, Nobel Prize--Physics, gelatin silver print, ca. 1950s

Hideki Yukawa (1907-1981) was the first Japanese Nobel Prize laureate, who won the prize for his work with subatomic particles in 1949.

Irving Penn (1917-2009)

Irving Penn, one of the most famous American fashion and portrait photographers, has passed away at age 92 [NYT obituary]. His photograph of painter John Marin is on view through November 29 in the Carter's exhibition Circle of Friends: Portraits of Artists.

Carter Paintings on View at the Met (and Vice Versa)

The Carter is excited to have two paintings - <a href=">Swimming by Thomas Eakins and Idle Hours by William Merritt Chase - included in the exhibition American Stories: Paintings of Everyday Life at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

A couple of weeks ago, registrar Lacey escorted these paintings to the Met and had the chance to
take some behind-the-scenes photos of their installation.


Swimming hanging in the Met's galleries

Installation Work

Idle Hours being installed at the Met

Another exciting thing about this exhibition is that while the two of the Carter's most important paintings are in New York, we are exhibiting two paintings loaned to us from the Met. This means that, until January 2010, you can see Thomas Eakins's The Artist's Wife and His Setter Dog and Mary Cassatt's Lydia Crocheting in the Garden at Marly right here in Fort Worth!

Here is a sneak peak of the Carter's preparators Steve, Les, and Jim unpacking and installing the Met's paintings in the Carter's galleries earlier this week:

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New Carter Acquisition on Modern Art Notes!

Thanks to Tyler Green for helping the Carter show off its new painting by Charles Sheeler, currently on view in our paintings and sculpture galleries!

Edited to add: you can also read more about the Carter's new Sheeler painting over at the KERA Art & Seek blog.

Photo of the Week: National Parks in Postcards

With all the attention on national parks this week, I thought it would be interesting to show some images of the national parks from the Carter's collection. And because the national parks are such a big draw not just for fine art photographers, but tourists as well, this week's photographs are all vintage postcards.

Frank Jay Haynes, Daisy Geyser, Yellowstone National Park, tricolor halftone, ca. 1910s

Asahel Curtis, "See Washington First." The Switzerland of America, Crossing a Glacier, Mount Rainier. , tricolor halftone with applied color, 1913

Brown & Bigelow, Iceberg Lake, Glacier National Park, Montana, tricolor halftone, ca. 1915

Fred Harvey Corporation, The Lookout, Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona, photolithograph, ca. 1920

Photo of the Week: Now On View

National Museum Day is this Saturday, September 26. We're celebrating here at the Carter by participating in the 3rd annual Day in the District. Seven institutions in the Fort Worth Cultural District - the Carter, Kimbell, Modern, Cowgirl, Community Arts Center, Log Cabin Village, and Botanic Garden - will be open all day Saturday with free admission and special programs (of course, admission to the Carter is ALWAYS free!).

This Photo of the Week features works that are currently on display in our exhibitions <a href=">Circle of Friends: Portraits of Artists and Masterworks of American Photography: Moments in Time. If you come out for Day in the District, be sure to make your way to the photography galleries to see these works in person.

Margaret Watkins, Self-portrait, gaslight chloride print, 1919, © Mr. Joseph Mulholland

Watkins was a student of pictorialist photographer Clarence H. White, along with other notables like Margaret Bourke-White, Paul Outerbridge, Max Weber, Dorothea Lange, and Laura Gilpin.

Karl Struss, Bebe Daniels, gelatin silver print, 1919, © 1983 Amon Carter Museum

Part of the permanent photography collection, the Carter's Karl Struss archive includes over 1500 photographs taken on the sets of silent movies by this photographer and Academy-award winning cinematographer. <a href=">Bebe Daniels, originally from Dallas, was an extremely prolific actress who appeared in over 230 movies throughout her long career.

Joel Sternfeld, March 4, 2007, The East Meadows, Northampton, Massachusetts, dye coupler print, 2007, © 2007 Joel Sternfeld, Purchase with the assistance of the Stieglitz Circle of the Amon Carter Museum

This is an important new addition to the Carter's photography collection that has only been here a few months. It depicts a particular field in Massachusetts painted in the 19th century by Hudson River School painter Thomas Cole. If you look at the photo very closely - as in, standing right in front of it - you can see the building where Cole painted this landscape over 170 years ago.

Wallace Stegner on KERA tonight

American writer and historian <a href=">Wallace Stegner will be the subject of a documentary airing tonight on our local PBS station. So what has that got to do with the Carter? Stegner's writings are the inspiration behind our current exhibition of works drawn from the permanent collection, Views and Visions: Prints of the American West.

Wallace Stegner: A Profile of the Author (1909-1993) airs tonight at 9pm on KERA, channel 13.

Carter's O'Keeffe Now at the Whitney

The Carter's earliest oil painting by Georgia O'Keeffe, Series I--No. I has traveled to the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York for the exhibition, Georgia O'Keeffe: Abstraction. You can see the Carter's painting on the Whitney's website and reproduced on the cover of the exhibition catalog.

Series I--No. I will be at the Whitney until January 2010, when the exhibition travels to the Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C. and then on to the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe. New York Times review of the Whitney leg of the tour (with slide show) here.