Amon Carter Museum Announces Public Programs January through March 2002

Release date: 
December 17, 2001

FORT WORTH, Texas --- A full schedule of public programs for January through March, including gallery talks, lectures and films, was announced today by the Amon Carter Museum. The museum is also preparing four new installations from the permanent collection. The Carter reopened in October following a two-year, $39 million expansion with seven exhibitions from the permanent collection on display.

Several of the adult public programs are offered in conjunction with "The Stamp of Impulse: Abstract Expressionist Prints," the first traveling exhibition to be held at the Carter since its reopening. This exhibition, which opens March 2 and features 100 prints that survey diverse approaches to printmaking, inaugurates the Carter’s new 4,600-square-foot temporary exhibition space on the second floor.

Exhibitions from the Permanent Collection

"The Artist and the American West: A Century of Western Art"
Through May 26, 2002
This special exhibition celebrates 40 years of collecting outstanding examples of the art of the American West. The exhibition includes ninety paintings, sculptures, watercolors, drawings, photographs and rare books by fifty-two artists who depicted the North American frontier.

"Revealed Treasures: Drawings from the Permanent Collection"
Through February 10, 2002
Selected from more than 600 watercolors and drawings in the Carter’s collection, this exhibition features important works on paper, dating from 1791 to 1965, including masterworks by Winslow Homer, Thomas Moran, Arthur Dove, Georgia O’Keeffe, Charles Demuth and John Marin.

"Robert Adams: True West"
Through January 27, 2002
One of today’s most influential landscape photographers, Robert Adams has established the model for how many of his contemporaries in the field depict the West. This fifty-print exhibition, drawn exclusively from the Carter’s collection, surveys Adams’ thirty-year career.

"Masterworks of American Photography"
With more than fifty selections from the Carter’s holdings of more than 30,000 exhibition-quality prints---one of the most important such collections in the United States---this exhibition changes regularly and is arranged chronologically. A new installation beginning March 15 includes Albert Southworth and Josiah Hawes’ endearing 1850s portrait of Hawes’ young sleeping son Edward; William Henry Jackson’s rare mid-1880s mammoth plate view of southeastern Utah under a blanket of snow; and Alfred Stieglitz’s compelling 1923 portrait of his friend Charles Demuth.

"Laura Gilpin and Eliot Porter in New Mexico"
Through March 31, 2002
This first installation in the museum’s new photography galleries presents a sampling of the images produced by these two masters in New Mexico and reveals their unique styles and subject preferences.

"Avedon’s American West"
Through March 31, 2002
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. This is the first time since 1985 that a group of these larger-than-life-size images have been exhibited at the museum.

"Common Ground: Settling Colorado"
Through March 31, 2002
Nineteen images from the museum’s historical photographic collections sample the visual diversity behind Colorado’s burgeoning settlement in the aftermath of the 1858 "Pike’s Peak Gold Rush."

"Abstraction in Photography"
February 9--June 9, 2002
While photography was initially valued for its ability to reproduce the world with exactitude, in the early twentieth century, photographers began to use the medium to transform reality into abstraction. It became a powerful trend in twentieth-century American modernist photography. This exhibition includes forty-eight photographs by such masters as Alfred Stieglitz, Paul Strand, Harry Callahan, Aaron Siskind and Lázsló Moholy-Nagy.

"Revealed Treasures: Prints from the Permanent Collection"
February 23--August 18, 2002
The second rotation drawn from the Carter’s extensive works on paper collection features approximately sixty prints, dating from 1822 to 1947, offering a broad spectrum of American printmaking. Highlights include works by Mary Cassatt, George Bellows, Edward Hopper, Louis Lozowick and James Abbott McNeill Whistler.

Special Exhibitions

"The Stamp of Impulse: Abstract Expressionist Prints"
March 2--May 12, 2002
Abstract expressionism is acknowledged to be the leading achievement in American art during the twentieth century, but its impact on the graphic arts has never been fully examined. In 100 prints by as many artists, this exhibition surveys the era’s diverse approaches to printmaking and the stylistic and technical experimentation that revolutionized American graphic arts. The works in this show, dating from the 1940s to the 1960s, present a wide variety of printmaking media and range in scale from miniature drypoints to mural-sized screenprints. Organized by the Worcester Art Museum, the exhibition will also travel to the Cleveland Museum of Art.

Gallery Talks

Thursdays, 12:15–12:45 p.m.

  • January 10, "The Cult of Diana in the Late Nineteenth Century," Patricia Junker, Curator of Paintings and Sculpture
  • January 24, "The Girl of the Gilded Age: John Singer Sargent’s Portrait of Alice Vanderbilt Shepard, 1888," Rebecca Lawton, Assistant Curator of Paintings and Sculpture
  • February 14, "The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: Looking at Remington’s Bronzes," Rick Stewart, Director
  • February 28, "Don’t Mix Art and Commerce! Stieglitz’s Feud with His Friends," John Rohrbach, Associate Curator of Photographs
  • March 14, "Youthful Rebellion: Stuart Davis’ Chinatown and the Ashcan School," Jane Myers, Chief Curator
  • March 28, "The Impact of Gesture," David Conn, Professor, Department of Art and Art History, Texas Christian University*

*Presented in conjunction with the special exhibition, _The Stamp of Impulse: Abstract Expressionist Prints_

An Artist’s Perspective

Sundays, 3--4 p.m.
A series of talks in which artists discuss their work based on examples in the museum’s permanent collection

  • January 13, "Robert Glenn Ketchum: An Overview of His Work and Its Relationship to the Amon Carter Museum Photography Collection," Robert Glenn Ketchum
  • February 10, "Camera Obscura Image of Times Square in Hotel Room," Abelardo Morell
  • March 10, "The Private Views of a Renaissance Long Past," George Miyasaki*

*Presented in conjunction with the special exhibition, _The Stamp of Impulse: Abstract Expressionist Prints_

Making an American Masterpiece

Sundays, 2--3 p.m.
A new lecture series that features a work from the museum’s collection and asks the question: "What makes a work of art an American masterpiece?" Curators, guest speakers and scholars discuss works at the Carter. An opportunity to ask questions and meet the speaker follows each lecture.

  • January 27, "The Genius and Spirit of Poetry: Southworth and Hawes and the Art of the Daguerreotype," Keith Davis, Fine Art Programs Director, Hallmark Cards Inc., Kansas City, Missouri
  • February 24, "Masterpiece and Mantelpiece: Sculpture in the Nineteenth-Century American Home," Dr. Charles Venable, Chief Curator, Director of Exhibitions and Collections Management, Curator of Decorative Arts, Dallas Museum of Art

Special Programs in Conjunction with "The Stamp of Impulse"

Sunday, March 3, 3--4 p.m., " Abstract Expressionist Prints: Paradoxes and Personalities," David Acton, Curator of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs, Worcester Art Museum, and Deborah Remington, a painter and printmaker whose work is on display in "The Stamp of Impulse"

"Capturing the Spirit of the Time"
Thursdays, 5:30--7:30 p.m.
A special film series presented in conjunction with this exhibition

March 7, Double Feature

  • "Pull My Daisy," directed by Robert Frank and Alfred Leslie, 1959, USA, 30 minutes. Based on the third act of Jack Kerouac’s play "The Beat Generation," "Pull My Daisy" is a groundbreaking work that captures some of the giants of the Beat era during an evening together in Greenwich Village. The film has narration by Kerouac and appearances by Allen Ginsberg, Gregory Corso, Larry Rivers, and others.
  • "The Last Clean Shirt," directed by Alfred Leslie, 1964, USA, 30 minutes. Another important work by Leslie, this film is an avant-garde study of language and image. A scene of a man and woman driving through a city is repeated three times, in each instance with a different soundtrack written by poet Frank O’Hara.

March 21, "Painters Painting," directed by Emile de Antonio, 1972, USA, 116 minutes.

Considered to be the finest film ever made about living artists and their work, "Painters Painting" is a vibrant collective portrait of legendary figures who powered the tumultuous post-war New York art scene. The film includes interviews with Willem de Kooning, Helen Frankenthaler, Clement Greenberg, Philip Johnson, Louise Nevelson, and Jackson Pollock. Soundtrack by John Cage.

Youth Programs

March 12--14 (Tuesday through Thursday), 1--4 p.m.
Grades 6--9
Fee: $45 (covers costs)

Students who want to take great pictures can learn from the best artists. Inspired by works from the Carter, students will use simple cameras to create their own photographs. They will learn how artists think about and create stunning images, then apply these concepts in creating their own series of photographs. On the last day, they will compile their pictures into handmade books.

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