Lucier in THE Magazine

I didn’t know about this until I saw a copy open in our library today, but THE Magazine’s December issue has a glowing review of the first video installation in Carter history, Mary Lucier: The Plains of Sweet Regret. It is also available online.

Jana H., January 26, 2009, 2:54 p.m.

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And He Takes the Watercolor!

Who knew that the Olympics used to encompass art as well as sports? Not a fan of the Olympics myself (my Netflix queue gets a lot more activity then), I had no idea that sports-inspired art received medals from 1912 to 1948. Although wikipedia says the arts competition was dropped because the artists were considered professionals and the athletes amateurs, I can’t help but wonder if 1948 being the first televised Olympics is mere coincidence.

George Bellows – not an Olympian, but sporty nevertheless and on view in our works on paper galleries through April 19.

(Via MAN)

Jana H., January 23, 2009, 9:49 a.m.

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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.

Nora P., January 21, 2009, 1:32 p.m.


Teaching with Technology

Did you know that members of the Carter’s Education staff travel to places like Canada, New York, and Ohio several times each week? Through the magic of videoconferencing we connect students, educators, and other audiences all across the world to the Carter’s collection of American art.

This afternoon teachers across Texas will participate in our educator videoconference Virtual Museum to discover new strategies for integrating technology and the arts into their classrooms. With resources such as teaching guides, bookmarking sites, blogs, and podcasts there are more ways than ever to inspire student learning using technology.

Which technologies are museums using (or should be using) that you most enjoy? Educators, how are you using technology in the classroom to teach students about the arts? Post your comments below and share your ideas with the world…through technology!

Stacy F., January 20, 2009, 2:11 p.m.


Andrew Wyeth

This just in, artist Andrew Wyeth, 91, passed away in his home today in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania. I have long had an affinity for Wyeth’s work, and am not ashamed to admit that his painting, Christina’s World, hung on my dorm room wall at the University of Texas. Later, in graduate school, I went way out of my way to visit the Brandywine River Museum where I soaked up as much Wyeth imagery and history as I possibly could.

We do not have one of Andrew’s artworks on view at the Carter, but his father’s painting of Benjamin Franklin’s arrival in Philadelphia (seen above) is one of the school-children’s most favorite to see.

Nora P., January 16, 2009, 3:39 p.m.

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Secretary vs. Czar?

NPR had a story this morning about musician Quincy Jones’s petition to create a cabinet-level arts leader. It’s been circulating for about a week now and has about 123,000 signatures so far.

Amid some reasonable criticism for such a position (whether you want to call it a secretary or a czar is up to you), is the usual flurry of reactionary comments about arts funding in the U.S. Whatever your opinion on this issue, please make it an informed one by being aware that arts funding doesn’t just go to support artists whose work some may find offensive, irrelevant, or just downright ugly; in fact very little goes to individual artists. Millions of public dollars, however, are used to fund major projects - both visible to the public and completely behind the scenes - at museums, libraries, and other cultural institutions across the country. If you’re interested in seeing some of the kinds of projects supported by public arts funding, check out the Institute of Museum and Library Services and National Endowment for the Humanities.

NPR: Does U.S. Need a Culture Czar?

Jana H., January 16, 2009, 9:48 a.m.

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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.

Nora P., January 15, 2009, 9:17 a.m.

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Last Chance for Miller, Time Running Out for Lucier

These reviews of our current Alfred Jacob Miller and Mary Lucier exhibitions over at the Fort Worth Renaissance blog are a good reminder that time is running out to see both shows: Miller closes THIS Sunday, and the Lucier closes in mid-February.

Sentimental Journey: The Art of Alfred Jacob Miller through January 11

Mary Lucier: The Plains of Sweet Regret through February 15

Jana H., January 9, 2009, 10:40 a.m.

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Arty Animals!

Make plans to attend this Sunday’s Target Family Fun Day. This month’s theme is Arty Animals! In addition to fun looking, and art-making activities, Storytime and screenings of the film Eric Carle: Picture Writer will take place on an on-going basis between 1 and 4 p.m.

Nora P., January 9, 2009, 9:51 a.m.

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How Artworks Enter the Collection

The Brooklyn Museum’s blog has a great post from yesterday detailing how artworks enter their permanent collection. Their accessioning process is very similar to our own (and most art museums of a certain size), and frankly I couldn’t have explained it better myself! A must-read if you are interested in what goes on behind the scenes at your favorite museum.

Jana H., January 7, 2009, 4:01 p.m.

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