Photo of the Week: Discovering Antarctica

189 years ago today, ship captain and seal hunter Captain Nathaniel Palmer was the first American to see Antarctica. Surprisingly enough, he was only 21 years old at the time. The United States' scientific research station in Antarctica, several natural landmarks, and two research vessels are all named in honor of Captain Palmer.

Photographer Eliot Porter visited Palmer Station in 1976. The following are some of his shots of the landscape surrounding Palmer Station, Antarctica.

Arthur's Harbor, Palmer Station, Antarctica, January 1976, dye imbibition print

Arch Iceberg, Kristi Cove, Bonaparte Point, Palmer Station, Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica, February 1976, dye imbibition print

Ice and Snowbank, Litchfield Island, Palmer Station, Antarctica, February 11, 1976, dye imbibition print

Iceberg and Evening Clouds, Palmer Station, Antarctica, February 21, 1976, dye imbibition print

Photo of the Week: Oregon or Bust

I'm leaving for Portland bright and early tomorrow morning for a museum technology conference, so this installment of Photo of the Week shows two of the Carter's 19th-century photographs of the Oregon landscape.

Frank Jay Haynes, Cascades of Columbia, albumen silver print, 1885

William Henry Jackson, Hercules' Pillars, Columbia River, Oregon, albumen silver print, ca. 1892

Photo of the Week: Wild Autumn Color

Today's installment of Photo of the Week is for all you armchair leaf peepers out there. The Carter's collection contains way too many gorgeous fall photographs to include in a blog post, thanks to our massive archive of nature photographs by Eliot Porter and numerous works by his stylistic followers. These fall landscapes can range from the idyllic to the downright psychedelic...and that's the end of the spectrum we're looking at today. The following three photographs are all by Robert Glenn Ketchum, a landscape photographer strongly influenced by Eliot Porter (and the subject of the Carter's 2006 exhibition, Robert Glenn Ketchum and the Legacy of Eliot Porter).

Brewster Boogie Woogie, 27, 1979, Gift of Advocacy Arts Foundation, ©1979 Robert Glenn Ketchum

Sun Dance, 1989, Gift of Advocacy Arts Foundation, ©1989 Robert Glenn Ketchum

Predawn Glow, Elk Point, 1978, Gift of Dr. and Mrs. John Uphold, © 1988 Robert Glenn Ketchum

Roy DeCarava (1919-2009)

Photographer Roy DeCarava died this week at age 89. DeCarava, whose body of work included famous portraits of jazz greats and subtle images of life in Harlem, was awarded the National Medal of Arts and was the first African American artist to receive a Guggenheim Fellowship. The Carter has four photographs by DeCarava in its collection, and you can see an extensive slide show of his works on the NYT Lens photography blog.

New York Times
NPR (includes Fresh Air interview with DeCarava from 1996)
Time Magazine

Photo of the Week: Halloween Scene

Our Photo of the Week comes from the Carter's Eliot Porter archive, which is 99.9% nature photography. Along with a handful of photos featuring urban scenes, the archive also contains this little gem from a trip Porter took to New York in 1979. And yes, I really wish I knew what was behind that wall!

Eliot Porter, New York City, November 1979
Eliot Porter, New York City, November 1979, dye imbibition print
Bequest of the artist, ©1990 Amon Carter Museum

Met Loans on View

Learn more about the masterpieces from the Met on view in our paintings and sculpture galleries in this week's Art&Seek blog and Star-Telegram. Be sure to visit the museum before the end of January to see them for yourself!

Carter Works in Russell Retrospective Exhibition

The Carter has loaned seven of its over three hundred works by Charles M. Russell to the artist’s first major retrospective exhibition since his death in 1926. The Masterworks of Charles M. Russell will be on view at the Denver Art Museum through January 10, 2010; from there it travels to the Gilcrease Museum in Tulsa and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. [Denver Post review of the exhibition <a href=">here]

The Carter’s loan to the exhibition includes six paintings – The Silk Robe, The Buffalo Hunt [No. 39], The Medicine Man, In Without Knocking, A Tight Dally and a Loose Latigo, and Breaking Camp – and one sculpture, The Enemy’s Tracks.

Soon to come: photographs of delivery & installation of the Russell works in Denver!

The Medicine Man
Charles M. Russell, The Medicine Man, oil on canvas, 1908

Amon G. Carter's Library

This morning I was taking a gander at a printed inventory in our files that details Amon G. Carter's personal library. My understanding is that by the time of his death in 1955, he had amassed about 4,000 titles. His collection was buoyed by the purchase of two private libraries: the Louis P. Merrill collection that focused on western cattle trade, range grasses, and Texas history; and the Frank B. Smith collection that focused on books illustrated by Frederic Remington and other artists of that genre. Carter's library came to the museum shortly after its opening in 1961. By this time, Carter's library had expanded to take in a wide range of subjects consistent with his varied interests. The original library of 4,000 titles got weeded to about 2,500 titles with subject matter most appropriate to the museum's mission. Today I tip my hat to Mr. Carter and his fine library that forms the nucleus of the museum's library collection. Today the collection includes over 100,000 items.

Art on Wheels Update

Check out this weekend’s Star-Telegram article for information about special discounts at the art museums when you ride the T in November.

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.