NEW FEATURE at the bottom of this long page: 15-page (.pdf) lists of 2015 and 2016 exhibitions in the US and EUROPE: An excellent resource for planning and travel!
Art inSight's 21st Year! Explore Art History in Good Company with Dr. Karen Pope and Celebrate Her Retirement from Baylor!
Caspar David Friedrich, Woman at the Window, 1822
Join art historian Karen Pope for study tours, day trips, and informal luncheon programs to expand your horizons or fill gaps in your world of art. No background or experience is necessary--just curiosity!
Upcoming events, near and far, offer art history experiences in the good company of companions with similar interests.
EXPLORE Recommended temporary museum exhibitions around Texas are listed on this page
CONTACT Add your name to the email list or begin a registration for an event at Contact Art inSight
PARTICIPATE Day Trips, Study Tours, and future destinations are described on the Study Tours page
Mary Cassatt, The Child's Bath, 1893, 39 × 26" Art Institute of Chicago
2015 Program Series: Japan & the West Sources, dynamics of exchange, major Japoniste artists, woodblock prints and artifacts to handle
Beautiful images, art history, food, and good company, in the Terrace Room (capacity: 80) at Westwood Country Club in west Austin. Each program begins with coffee (10:30), followed by an informal illustrated lecture (11:00), and a seated luncheon at about noon.
*Costs have risen! Cost per Friday luncheon program in the 2015 series is $40 per person. Preregistration is expected; deadline for registration is the preceding Friday.
Your check is your reservation. Make checks payable to Karen Pope Art inSight and mail to: PO Box 5730 Austin TX 78763-5730
Please include your email address in order to receive a confirmation and other material.
Additional notes welcome on the check: exact date you are attending; VEG or GF lunch request
Schedule of dates and topics:
The Allure of the East (topic overview)
Woodblock Prints: Primer
Japonisme: Whistler, Degas, Tissot
Series: Hokusai, Monet, Rivière
Aesthetic Japan & Western Decorative Arts
Siegfried Bing and Le Japon Artistique
Ukiyo-e: Utamaro and Cassatt
Japonisme: Hiroshige, Van Gogh and Gauguin
Nov 13 Nov 17
Greene & Greene, Frank Lloyd Wright, Toulouse-Lautrec I will be in Japan October 27 until Nov 11 so will appreciate EARLY REGISTRATION in order to be squared away with numbers for Westwood without a last-minute scramble! CHOOSING NOV 17 will be helpful.
Excellent background reading about Japonisme: Edmund DeWaal, The Hare with Amber Eyes Christopher Benfey, The Great Wave: Gilded Age Misfits, Japanese Eccentrics, and the Opening of Old Japan
Past series: 2014 9 Great Cities and Their Depiction by Artists 2013 Back to the BIrthdays, Artists in Their Birthday Months 2012 The World's Great Buildings: Milestones in Architecture 2011 Women in Art/Art of Women 2010 Art of Nations: Survey of Art History, One Country at a Time 2009 Angels, Saints and Their Friends in Art History 2008 Time Capsules: A Survey of Seven Centuries 2007 Un-Birthday Parties (for great artists with inconvenient birthdates) 1995-2006 Birthday Parties for great artists, on their true birthdays
Potential themes for forthcoming series [see plan for 2016, below]: Great Collectors and Their Collections, part 2 [too many for one series!] Perspectives on Movies about Great Artists A Year with Prints: Basics of the major printmaking processes, handling examples, studio and collection visits Art History Survey: Prehistory through the Present Great Works in each medium, one medium at a time, emphasis on process and effect (marble, etching, tempera, etc.)
Crystal Bridges gallery view
2016 Luncheon Series at Westwood: Great Collectors & Their Collections "Series subscription" option: $300 for series of 8 programs Single program: $40 per person by check one week before the program date. No change to event schedule at Westwood Country Club: 10:30am coffee and conversation 11:00 illustrated program 12:00 seated luncheon (dietary restrictions accommodated with advance communication)
Dates and Topics: (Each topic presented twice, Thursday and Friday--specify your choice of dates when registering)
21 & 22
25 & 26
10 & 11
21 & 22
Martha & Maxim Karolik
12 & 13
3 Glasgow Museums
14 & 15
13 & 14
10 & 11
J. Paul Getty
Things to watch for . . .
Still from "Mr Turner," scene at an exhibition of the Royal Academy
Note from Karen: This movie did not meet my expectations (by a long shot) but the sets and the photography were splendid.
BETTER recent MOVIES about art and history:
“The Best Offer” (2013) Geoffrey Rush plays a master auctioneer (appraiser and collector--there's lots of art!) who becomes obsessed with an extremely reclusive heiress who collects fine art. Final scenes are set in Prague . . . "Woman in Gold" (2015) is outstanding! A compelling movie based on the real story of Gustav Klimt's Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer
Historically inspired chamber music at the Neill-Cochran House Thursday, October 15th at 6:30pm
For the first four decades of the Neill-Cochran House's history, it was situated definitively on the outskirts of Austin. Nonetheless, during Andrew Neill's residency in the house (1876-1883), it was the site of renowned parties and social occasions.
On Thursday, October 15th, the NCHM be journeying back to just such an occasion. In collaboration with Felicity Coltman, founder of the Austin Chamber Music Center, the Neill-Cochran House will host a house concert for trio fit for a 19th-century Texan ear. Baroque and Classical pieces will find themselves interlaced with Texan folk songs in the manner of a "novelty concert." Before and after the 7pm performance, the newly restored house and grounds will be open for tours. Complimentary wine, cheese, and light fare from local vendors round out this unique and lively historical Austin experience. Tickets are available online or at the door for $25, $20 for members of the Friends of the Neill-Cochran House Museum, and $15 for students with valid ID. Whether you have been coming to the Neill-Cochran House for many years or you have only gotten to know it recently, this evening will see the house looking its very finest while it does what it does best: entertain in high Texan style.
For more information about this and other events, visit the redesigned website, send a note, or make an old-fashioned phone call to 512-478-2335.
Texas Museum Exhibition Recommendations and Special Events
Raphaelle Peale, Peaches and Grapes in a Chinese Export Basket, 1813 (Amon Carter Museum in memory of Ruth Carter Stevenson)
HARRY RANSOM HUMANITIES RESEARCH CENTER at UT-AUSTIN ♦ http://www.hrc.utexas.edu NEILL-COCHRAN HOUSE MUSEUM ♦ www.nchmuseum.org The NCHM's major structural renovation is complete and, for the first time in 50 years, this Greek Revival mansion has bright paint, splendid wallpaper, and Cochran furnishings in new bedroom installations. A new exhibition explores the Museum's portrait collection and throughout 2014, the NCHM will celebrate the bicentenary of the birth of major early-Austin figure and Master Builder, Abner Cook. you are invited to a chamber concert Oct 15th in the Museum celebrating the restoration of the grand colonnade. SEE POSTER, ABOVE
UMLAUF SCULPTURE GARDEN ♦ www.umlaufsculpture.org Umlauf: Process A behind-the-scenes look at the lost-wax casting technique Charles Umlauf used for his bronze sculptures. The exhibition features fiberglass sculptural molds never seen by the public. Supplementary studies and finished bronzes complement the sculptural molds.
CORPUS CHRISTI . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ART MUSEUM OF SOUTH TEXAS ♦ www.stia.org Georgia O'Keeffe and Still Life Painting in New Mexico (October 15, 2015 - January 3, 2016)
DALLAS MUSEUM OF ART ♦ www.dallasmuseumofart.org CROW COLLECTION OF ASIAN ART ♦ www.crowcollection.org Jean Shin: Inclusions (through January 3, 2016) Shin fascinates by constructing witty and thoughtful installations from mundane, cast-off materials, accumulated in large quantities; lately she has been interested in discarded ceramic shards and, my extension, Korean ceramic arts
MAC: McKINNEY AVENUE CONTEMPORARY ♦ www.the-mac.org MEADOWS MUSEUM @ SMU (Southern Methodist University) ♦ smu.edu/meadows/museum Infanta Margarita in a Blue Dress: A Masterwork by Velázquez from Vienna (through November 1, 2015) A late work from the Kunsthistorisches Museum, depicting alone the key figure in Velázquez' large and famous work in the Prado, Las Meniñas, 1656
NASHER SCULPTURE CENTER ♦ www.nashersculpturecenter.org FORT WORTH . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . AMON CARTER MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART ♦ www.cartermuseum.org Tales from the American West: The Rees-Jones Collection (through February 21, 2016)
Years later that experience led Rees-Jones to gather one of the finest private collections of art of the American West, spanning the eighteenth century through the 1920s, including paintings, watercolors, sculpture, and photographs. The selection of the Rees-Jones Collection on view marks its debut showing in a museum. Texas Folk Art (through September 19, 2016)
THE W. H. STARK HOUSE♦http://www.whstarkhouse.org/ The 14,000 square-foot three-story house built in 1894 by William Henry Stark and his wife, Miriam M. Lutcher Stark, prominent philanthropists who occupied the home until 1936, was designed in the Queen Anne architectural style. It house features a distinctive turret, stained glass windows, and ornate woodwork in cypress and long leaf yellow pine.
As a historic house museum (National Register of Historic Places) it is interpreted to c. 1900 with fifteen rooms of original family furnishings, personal effects and decorative arts, including antique rugs, original textiles, silver, cut glass, and antique porcelain. Also featured are the Stark family’s impressive collections of American Brilliant Period cut glass, pressed and pattern glass, milk glass, porcelains, and other 18th and 19th century decorative accessories.
SAN ANGELO MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS ♦ www.samfa.org Venetian Paintings from the Sarah Campbell Blaffer Foundation (same dates) An exhibit spanning 300 years of Venetian master painters. Includes works by Tintoretto, Giorgione, and Tiepolo.
McNAY ART MUSEUM ♦ www.mcnayart.org Studio to Stage: Degas's Little Dancer/Seurat's Sunday Afternoon (September 23, 2015 - January 31, 2016) A special focus exhibition on the theme "Art History Goes to the Theatre: Research Secrets of Great Designers"
Miró: The Experience of Seeing ( (September 30, 2015 - January 10, 2016) "Comprised of 57 paintings, drawings, and sculptures, this exhibition is the first dedicated to the fruitful period of the artist’s life in the United States. The exhibition focuses on Miró’s late period with works beginning in the 1960s, a chapter that even today remains mostly overshadowed by his contributions during the interwar and immediate postwar periods. Miró’s works during those mature years represent a more personal language, where neither painting nor sculpture takes precedence."
Picasso, Braque, and the Cubist LEgacy: Prints and Drawings from the Collection (October 21, 2015 - January 24, 2016)
SAN ANTONIO MUSEUM OF ART ♦ www.samuseum.org Rodin: The Human Experience (March 5 - May 29, 2016) Exhibition of 32 works from the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Collection in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the death of Auguste Rodin, "the first truly modern sculptor."
The Ruiz House was the home of the city’s first schoolmaster
The Twohig House was built in 1841 by Irishman John Twohig
The Navarro House was built in 1835 by Jose Antonio Navarro
The Log Cabin was constructed in 1939 by 30 youths participating in President Roosevelt’s National Youth Administration program. The “dog trot” style cabin represents the type of cabin built by many Texas pioneers. Women in Art
BARCELONA Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya • www.mnac.cat/ BENTONVILLE Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art • crystalbridges.org Picturing the Americas: Landscape Painting from Tierra del Fuego to the Arctic(November 7, 2015 - early 2016) Symposium: November 13-14, 2015--a multi-cultural exchange relating to landscape painting, featuring scholars from across the Americas
Frank Lloyd Wright's Bachman-Wilson House (opening November 11, 2015) Museum visitors will be able to walk through the house, originally built along the Millstone River in New Jersey in 1954, restored several times, and, facilitated by its New Jersey architect-owners, acquired by Crystal Bridges in 2014 and moved to Bentonville to preserve an important building and enhance the Crystal Bridges mission to "connect visitors with the power of art and the beauty of nature." BOSTON Museum of Fine Arts Boston •P www.mfa.org/ Nature, Sculpture, Abstraction, and Clay: 100 Years of American Ceramics (through January 3, 2016) Ceramic art from the late 19th century to today–from the Arts and Crafts movement to Midcentury Modernism to Studio Craft and contemporary practice. 70 works are organized into three thematic sections: Sculpture and Abstraction, Nature and Landscape, and Surface and Decoration.
BREMEN Kunsthalle • www.kunsthalle-bremen.de CHICAGO Art Institute of Chicago • http://www.artic.edu/ Degas: At the Track, On the Stage (through February 2016) Scene from the Steeplechase: The Fallen Jockey (National Gallery, Washington), and a beloved sculpture from a private Chicago collection, Little Dancer Aged Fourteen—join other loans and paintings, drawings, pastels, and sculpture from the Art Institute’s permanent collection to explore the artist’s career-long fascination with the figure in motion through the subjects of the racetrack and ballet.
Alfred Stieglitz and the 19th Century (Oct 31, 2015 - March 13, 2016) Examining how 19th-century photographs influenced Pictorialism, this exhibition ultimately shows Stieglitz and his circle in the context of a changing photographic history.
Van Gogh's Bedrooms (February 2016) Van Gogh made three depictions of the bedroom in the "Yellow House" in Arles where he lived for a year in 1888-89; perhaps this exhibition (so far, only mentioned in the AIC Magazine) will examine the relationships among the three versions and address the question of primacy among them
INDIANAPOLIS Indianapolis Museum of Art • www.imamuseum.org Indiana University Art Museum • www.artmuseum.iu.edu Gustave Baumann, German Craftsman, American Artist (October 25, 2015 - February 14, 2016)
Vorticism: The Worker and the Machine (July 1 - December 31, 2015) Interesting and specifically English modern art movement, seldom in the museum spotlight
Tradition Reborn: Contemporary Japanese Ceramics (July 31 2015 - July 17, 2016) LONDON National Gallery • www.nationalgallery.org.uk Goya: The Portraits (October 7, 2015 - January 10, 2016)
Tate Britain • www.tate.org.uk Barbara Hepworth: Sculpture for a Modern World (through October 25, 2015)
Tate Modern •http://www.tate.org Agnes Martin (through October 11, 2015) First retrospective of Martin’s work since 1994, covering the full breadth of her practice, this exhibition reveals Martin’s little known experiments and traces her development from biomorphic abstraction to her mesmerising grid and striped canvases
Agnes Martin (October 2016 - January 2017) This exhibition traces the career of Agnes Martin (1912–2004), one of the preeminent American painters of the twentieth century, from her early experiments of the 1950s through her mature oeuvre and final paintings, making it the first comprehensive survey of the artist’s work since her death in 2004.
New-York Historical Society •www.nyhistory.org Metropolitan Museum of Art • www.metmuseum.org/exhibitions Sargent: Portraits of Artists and Friends (through October 4, 2015) "92 paintings and drawings of members of John Singer Sargent's impressive artistic circle, including artists Claude Monet and Auguste Rodin. Brilliant works of art and penetrating character studies, the works are also records of relationships, influences, aspirations, and allegiances."
PORTLAND (Maine) Portland Art Museum • www.portlandmuseum.org A Magnificent Stillness: American Art from a Private Collection (through November 8, 2015) 15 paintings by the great names of 19th-century American painting: Harnett, Haberle, Peto; Kensett, Lane, Heade
O'Keeffe, Stettheimer, Torr, Zorach: Women Modernists in New York (June 23 - September 18, 2016)
SALT LAKE CITY Utah Museum of Fine Arts • umfa.utah.edu The British Passion for Landscape: Masterpieces from the National Museum Wales (August 29 - Dec 13, 2015)
VENICE Peggy Guggenheim Collection • http://www.guggenheim.org/venice Jackson Pollock's Mural: Energy Made Visible (through November 16, 2015) Pollock's largest painting, now owned by University of Iowa Museum of Art
WASHINGTON, DC National Gallery of Art •www.nga.gov Monuments Men and the National Gallery of Art: Behind the History (on view indefinitely) "An exhibition that explores, via archival display, the Gallery's seminal role in the creation of the Monuments, Fine Arts, and Archives program in the military, the Roberts Commission, and the experiences of monuments officers assigned to duty abroad."
Smithsonian American Art Museum • http://americanart.si.edu/ Measured Perfection: Hiram Powers' Greek Slave (through February 19, 2017) "This one-gallery exhibition reveals the inner workings of the studio of Hiram Powers (1805–1873), who was among the most innovative sculptors of the nineteenth century, eagerly adapting long-standing sculpture traditions to new technologies of his age.The display draws from an extensive collection acquired by the Smithsonian American Art Museum directly from Powers’ studio in Florence, Italy, in 1968."
WATERVILLE, MAINE Colby College Museum of Art • www.colby.edu/museum/ Whistler in the World: The Lunder Collection (September 15 - January 10, 2016)