Visitors' Voice

The Art of Love

Love is in the air everywhere this weekend, and so it seems like a good time to share the results of a punny game that intern Kristina Hilliard and I played last summer. The objective was to come up with lines that an art-fan could use on works in the Carter’s collection. I wish I had written our ideas down at the time, because this is all I can remember now. Feel free to share you ideas too.

They really broke the mold when they made you.

Hang around here often?

What’s your sign?

Do you believe in love at first sight or should I walk by again?

You look beautiful today, just like every other day.

You are like a dictionary, because you add meaning to my life.

Want to impress a classy lady? Take her to the gun show. Courtesy of Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy

Doodle for a Cause

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On Wednesday, Google announced the launch of Doodle 4 Google a competition that invites U.S. school children in grades K-12 to design a Google logo inspired by the question, “What If ...?”

The winning student’s doodle will be displayed on the Google homepage on May 22, 2008; the champion “doodler” will also win a $10,000 college scholarship and a $25,000 technology grant for his/her school.

The customization of the Google logo started in 1999, and is now designed almost exclusively by Google Webmaster Dennis Hwang, whose “doodles” are seen by millions every time he exhibits on the Google homepage.

Connect the Thoughts

If you stay tuned to yesterday’s inaugural events long enough, you might have seen this painting during the inaugural luncheon. At first glance, the painting reminded me of the Carter’s painting Sunrise, Yosemite Valley by Albert Bierstadt.

You might be interested to know that Bierstadt visited Yosemite Valley in 1863, the year that Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation, and that the EP will be the subject of a special Gallery Talk in late February.


See the classic New Deal film The Plow That Broke the Plains (1936) by Pare Lorentz, and prior to the screening enjoy an introductory discussion by Assistant Curator of Photographs Jessica May. May will talk about the historical significance of Lorentz’s work and its relationship to Mary Lucier’s video installation The Plains of Sweet Regret(2004), currently on view at the Carter. Mary Lucier is a pioneering figure in the history of video art, and her works were among the first to be acquired by institutions such as the Whitney Museum of American Art and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Accommodations have been made for program attendees to park in the designated UNT Health Science Center lot if the museum’s main lot is full.

Take pART

I recevied this information from a colleague in the field and thought it was worth passing along.

A document on arts policy was submitted to President-Elect Obama’s team by a number of arts organizations, including the American Association of Museums. This document has been posted on -- the Obama/Biden transition website - you can get to it by doing the following:

  1. Go to
  2. Click on "Your Seat at the Table" (on the right, near the bottom)
  3. Search for "arts" in the search box
  4. Click on "Performing Arts Alliance - Arts Policy in the New Administration"
  5. Open the PDF/Provide Comments

or just click:

The Obama-Biden team put this document up for comments. If you have any opinions, you can leave them on the document's main page.

Parking Lot Moment

Driving in to work today I heard a story on NPR that kept me in my car long after I arrived at my destination. The story talks about the murals that are on view at the Justice Department headquarters. It was an incredible reminder of the power that art can have in educating, inspiring, and uniting the country.

The artwork above is in the Carter’s collection, but not currently on view. It is by John Steuart Curry, one of the artists featured in the story. The image is of John Brown who is one of the more controversial figures in our nation’s history.

What's Red and White and Fun All Over?

Mary Lucier: The Plains of Sweet Regret

Many thanks to Michael Price at the Fort Worth Business Press for writing this piece on our upcoming exhibition, Mary Lucier: The Plains of Sweet Regret. We are looking forward to the exhibition’s opening on November 15 and to the artist’s lecture Video Installations: 1975-2008 on that same day.

Making Art Outside of the Box

During our most recent Target Family Funday we found...


Weekend Update

In case you missed it, the Alfred Jacob Miller exhibition was featured in both the Dallas Morning News and on, and the Fort Worth Star-Telegram selected this past Saturday’s symposium, Alfred Jacob Miller: East to West, as its pick of the week.

I was out of town this past weekend and missed both this program and Sunday’s Target Family Fun Day. While I enjoyed my trip, I regretted not seeing the results of almost a year’s worth of planning. If you attended either program please let me know what you thought.