Amon Carter Museum Announces Fall Public Programs

Release date: 
October 29, 2006

Active Schedule Follows October Grand Reopening

FORT WORTH, Texas --- On Sunday, November 11, at 3 p.m., Houston-based photographer Earlie Hudnall Jr. inaugurates the Amon Carter Museum's new series of gallery talks entitled "An Artist's Perspective." The series will offer artists an opportunity to discuss their personal work in the context of other works in the Carter's galleries. Hudnall's photograph "Wheels" (gelatin silver print, 1993, printed 1997) is currently on display in the Carter's 3,800-square-foot photography gallery.

Hudnall, university photographer for Texas Southern University in Houston, grew up in Hattiesburg, Miss., where he developed an appreciation for personal history through his grandmother, who passed on to him stories of family and community as they sat together on the porch in the summer. Years later, while majoring in art at Texas Southern, he received further encouragement to draw on his own experience from the artist John Biggers, who had founded the university's art department and urged his students to explore their African-American heritage. As the school yearbook editor, he went out into the community to document the lives of the people in the wards of Houston. The intimacy that he found among neighborhood residents in the predominantly African-American Third Ward area reminded Hudnall of the sense of community he had known as a boy in Hattiesburg.

As an artist, Hudnall is widely praised for his ability to capture the emotion in a seemingly mundane moment. Hudnall views his subjects as universal icons, capable of conveying stories about family and community irrespective of their race. Hudnall's lecture, "There's No Place Like Your Own Backyard," will focus on his experiences in Hattiesburg and Houston, as well as his recent trip to South Africa, which he says gave him a new appreciation for his own "backyard."

"We tend to think that to create beautiful art we have to journey to some faraway place," Hudnall says. "But I think oftentimes everything we need is in our own backyards, our own communities."

The Carter is also offering a series of free lunchtime gallery talks. The schedule for November and December is as follows:

  • Thursday, November 1, 12:15-12:45 p.m.: "Art and Abolition: 'The Greek Slave' and 'The Freedman'" by Patricia Junker, curator of paintings and sculpture. Junker will discuss how the power of art can affect public debate about the defining political and social issues of our day. Nowhere is this better seen than in two sculptures recently added to the Carter's permanent collection: "The Greek Slave" by Hiram Powers (marble, 1845-46), and "The Freedman" (bronze, modeled 1863) by John Quincy Adams Ward.
  • Thursday, November 15, 12:15-12:45 p.m.: "Constructing Identity: Marsden Hartley" by Rebecca Lawton, assistant curator of paintings and sculpture. Lawton will discuss the importance of Hartley's "American Indian Symbols" (oil on canvas, 1914), a painting inspired by Native American culture and created in Berlin. Her talk will focus on Hartley's search to invent a distinctly American style of avant-garde art, as well as his quest to construct his identity as an American modernist.
  • Thursday, December 6, 12:15-12:45 p.m.: "Avedon's American West: Unsung Heroes" by Barbara McCandless, curator of photographs. From 1979 to 1985, renowned portrait, reportage and fashion photographer Richard Avedon photographed working-class people in the American West while under contract to the Amon Carter Museum. McCandless will discuss how these images challenged the nature of traditional portraiture and methods of interpreting the modern West.

On Saturday, December 8, the Carter presents "Winter Wonderland," a family day devoted to the winter season. Storyteller Finley Stewart will lead children and their families in an imaginative exploration of works of art with winter scenes from the museum's collection. Admission for this program is free; no reservations are required.

For more information on any of the museum's programs, please contact Carol Noel at 817.738.1933, extension 5066, or e-mail