Amon Carter Museum 2004 Exhibition Schedule

Release date: 
January 16, 2004

Installations from the Permanent Collection

"The America of Currier & Ives"
Through March 7, 2004

Drawn from the museum's extensive print collection, this exhibition showcases sixty-five of the best and most popular prints from the American lithography firm of Nathaniel Currier (1813--1888) and James Merritt Ives (1824--1895).

"James Otto Lewis and the Aboriginal Port-Folio, 1835--1836"
Through March 28, 2004

In 1835, James Otto Lewis (1799--1858) produced the first comprehensive pictorial record of North American Indians with his illustrated account of the United States Indian Bureau's treaty councils in the Upper Great Lakes region, The Aboriginal Port-Folio. The plates from this publication, all hand-colored lithographs of some of the most famous figures in Native American history, make up this exhibition.

"Copper, Silver, and Mercury: The Daguerreotype Process Defined"
Through June 27, 2004

This fascinating exhibition explains the process of making a daguerreotype and features splendid examples from the collection.

"Wish You Were Here! Early Postcards from the Collection"
Through June 27, 2004

The 1900s through the 1930s were the golden age of the postcard. This exhibition transports visitors from Maine to Florida and on through Fort Worth to California as it celebrates the fun and cultural history of these cards.

"An Artistic Legacy: Photographers' Archives at the Carter"
February 7, 2004--October 17, 2004

This is the first of many installations to feature selections from the artist archives housed in the Amon Carter Museum: Carlotta Corpron, Nell Dorr, Laura Gilpin, Eliot Porter, Erwin Smith, and Karl Struss.

"Recent Acquisitions"
March 27, 2004–October 10, 2004

With this exhibition, the museum showcases a selection of objects that were acquired between 2000 and 2003. Spanning nearly two centuries, the exhibition contains works representing all of the museum's primary collecting areas, including sculpture, painting, prints, drawings, and photography, as well as rare books and manuscript material from the museum's library and archive collections. Many of these works will be on view to the public for the first time.

"Masterworks of American Photography"

This rotating exhibition includes more than fifty selections from the Carter's holdings of over 30,000 exhibition-quality photographs.

Special Exhibitions

"Wildlife and Western Heroes: Alexander Phimister Proctor, Sculptor"
Through February 1, 2004

See the work of Alexander Phimister Proctor (1860--1950), one of America's most prolific and successful sculptors of public monuments and wildlife art. Like his contemporaries Frederic Remington and Charles M. Russell, Proctor created masterworks of sculpture that celebrate the history and legends of the American West.

Wildlife and Western Heroes: Alexander Phimister Proctor, Sculptor is organized by the Amon Carter Museum, Fort Worth, Texas, and is made possible in part by Mr. and Mrs. Sebert L. Pate, the Mary Potishman Lard Trust, and the Ruth and Vernon Taylor Foundation. The companion publication is generously supported by a gift from the Proctor Foundation, Poulsbo, Washington.

"Sights Once Seen: Photographing Frémont's Last Expedition Through the Rockies"
January 31, 2004--May 2, 2004

View daguerreotypes by Robert Shlaer, who from 1994 to 1998 retraced the 1853 Missouri-to-California expedition of John C. Frémont, whose mission was to locate a route for the proposed transcontinental railway.

This exhibition is organized by the Palace of the Governors, Museum of New Mexico, and circulated through TREX: The Traveling Exhibition Program of the Museum of New Mexico Foundation with support from the Avenir Foundation.

"Hudson River School Visions: The Landscapes of Sanford R. Gifford"
March 6, 2004–May 16, 2004

The Amon Carter Museum is the only venue beyond the East Coast for this major retrospective of the work of innovative nineteenth-century landscape painter Sanford Robinson Gifford (1823--1880), a master painter of light and atmospheric effects. Nearly 70 masterworks by this important artist---many of which will be on display publicly for the first time---will be on view.

The exhibition is organized by The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, and the National Gallery of Art, Washington. The Fort Worth presentation of the exhibition was made possible in part by a generous grant from Bank One Private Client Services.

"Cherished Possessions: A New England Legacy"
June 12, 2004--August 22, 2004

For the first time in its 90-year history, the Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities is touring the finest pieces from its collection. The exhibition showcases more than 175 objects---ranging from paintings and furniture to needlework, clothing, ceramics, photographs, and textiles---that span nearly 400 years of New England's rich cultural history.

The exhibition is organized by the Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities. The national tour of the exhibition is made possible by Fidelity Investments through a grant from the Fidelity Foundation.

"Brent Phelps: Photographing the Lewis and Clark Trail"
September 25, 2004--January 2, 2005

From 1997 to 2002, Texas photographer Brent W. Phelps made an extensive photographic survey of the trans-Mississippi route explored by Meriwether Lewis and William Clark from 1804 to 1806. Referring to the explorers' journals and using Global Positioning System technology, Phelps located sites visited by the expedition and photographed the locales during the same seasons and under weather conditions similar to those recorded by the explorers. The artist's color panoramas range in size from three to six feet long and dramatically convey the landscape's magnificence. This exhibition, presented in conjunction with the nation's bicentennial commemoration of the expedition, juxtaposes selected journal passages with Phelps' photographs, highlighting 200 years of change and drawing dramatic and often ironic parallels between the past and the present.

"Brent Phelps: Photographing the Lewis and Clark Trail" is organized by the Amon Carter Museum and is made possible in part by a generous gift from Wells Fargo.

The artist gratefully acknowledges the following in their support of the creation of the photographs for this project: Wells Fargo Bank, Denton County, Texas; University of North Texas, Denton, Texas; Amon Carter Museum, Fort Worth, Texas; BWC Photo Imaging, Dallas, Texas; Travel Montana, Helena, Montana; Fifth Avenue Foundation, Fort Worth, Texas; Altermann Galleries (Dallas, Texas; Houston, Texas; and Santa Fe, New Mexico).