Explore Art History in Good Company with Dr. Karen Pope
Caspar David Friedrich, Woman at the Window, 1822
Join art historian Karen Pope for study tours, day trips and informal luncheons 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.
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James Jacques Tissot, London Visitors, 1874 (63 x 45" Toledo Museum of Art)
2014 Lecture Series: Art in 9 Great Cities
Focus on great cities and their depiction by native and visiting artists
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.
The cost for each event is $30 per person*. Preregistration is expected; the deadline for registration is the preceding Friday. NB: *Westwood Country Club now adds a surcharge to late additions; $35 per person the week of the event.
Your check is your reservation. Make checks payable to Karen Pope Art inSight and mail to: PO Box 5730 Austin TX 78763-5730
Schedule of dates and topics:
Prague: all places filled; email re waitlist
* changed from March 21st Past series:
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
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.
DALLAS MUSEUM OF ART ♦ www.dallasmuseumofart.org CROW COLLECTION OF ASIAN ART ♦ www.crowcollection.org MAC: McKINNEY AVENUE CONTEMPORARY ♦ www.the-mac.org MEADOWS MUSEUM @ SMU (Southern Methodist University) ♦ smu.edu/meadows/museum Medieval & Early Renaissance Spain: Treastures from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston An exhibition on long-term loan, considered "one of the greatest assembles of medieval Spanish art in the country"
Sorolla and America (December 8, 2013 - April 20, 2014) A painter of figures in brilliant sunlight, defined in bravura brushwork as dramatic as Sargent ... should be a fascinating exhibition! NASHER SCULPTURE CENTER ♦ www.nashersculpturecenter.org
FORT WORTH . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . AMON CARTER MUSEUM ♦ www.cartermuseum.org Texas Regionalism (through April 20, 2014) "This installation of Texas paintings captures a pivotal moment in the state’s cultural history. In the 1930s, a group of young artists—including Jerry Bywaters, Alexandre Hogue, William Lester, Thomas Stell, Harry Carnohan, and Coreen Spellman, among others—gained national recognition for their scenic and ideological interpretations of the local environment. Although they depicted the people and landscapes of Texas in identifiable and representational manners, each artist possessed their own style, often combining realism with modernist influences ranging from Cubism to Surrealism."
James McNeill Whistler: Lithographs from the Speed Art Museum (January 25 - April 27, 2014) American-born James McNeill Whistler (1834–1903) . . . [is] recognized as a gifted printmaker who pushed the mediums of lithography and etching into new directions. This exhibition . . . represents the full range of Whistler’s lithographic career, from his early experiments in 1878 to the last works he produced before abandoning the medium in 1897."
Navigating the West: George Caleb Bingham and the River (Oct 2, 2014 - January 18, 2015) ". . . a dynamic exhibition featuring seventeen iconic river paintings and nearly forty drawings, reveals for the first time how George Caleb Bingham (1811–1879) created his art and artistic persona at a time when American painting, like the country, was dramatically shifting. Then and now our nation’s waterways—how they are used, controlled, and the lives of the people closest to them—remain a current and important issue."
KIMBELL ART MUSEUM ♦ www.kimbellart.org Faces of Impressionism: Portraits from the Musée d'Orsay (October 19, 2014 - January 25, 2015) "he major figures of Impressionist portraiture—Caillebotte, Cézanne, Degas, Monet and Renoir—will be represented in depth. Among the approximately 70 masterworks on loan will be Cézanne’s Portrait of Gustave Geffroy and Woman with a Coffee Pot; Degas’s Self-Portrait with Evariste de Valernes and L’Absinthe; and Renoir’s Portrait of Claude Monet and Yvonne and Christine Lerolle at the Piano." MODERN ART MUSEUM OF FORT WORTH ♦ www.themodern.org NATIONAL COWGIRL MUSEUM & HALL OF FAME ♦ www.cowgirl.net
HOUSTON . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS ♦ www.mfah.org The Age of Impressionism ... from the Clark Art Institute (Dececember 22, 2013 - March 23, 2014) "73 works of art by a stellar lineup that includes Edgar Degas, Édouard Manet, Claude Monet, Berthe Morisot, Camille Pissarro, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, and Alfred Sisley. Also represented are Pierre Bonnard, William-Adolphe Bouguereau, Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot, Jean-Léon Gérôme, Jean-François Millet, and Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec." If you missed this exhibition at the Kimbell in 2012, this is your chance to see it before it "goes home" to Williamstown MA. If you saw this exhibition at the Kimbell in 2012, exploring another museum's installation would be instructive.
John Singer Sargent Watercolors (March 2-May 26, 2014) "This landmark exhibition unites for the first time the John Singer Sargent watercolors acquired by the Brooklyn Museum and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, in the early twentieth century. The culmination of a yearlong collaborative study by both museums, John Singer Sargent Watercolors explores the watercolor practice that has traditionally been viewed as a tangential facet of Sargent’s art making. The ninety-three pieces on display provide a once-in-a-generation opportunity to view a broad range of the artist’s finest production in the medium."
George Braque: A Retrospective (February 13 - May 11, 2014) "This definitive retrospective of the career of Georges Braque (1882–1963) presents more than 75 significant works of art. The selections range from the artist’s early, bold Fauvist paintings, to the radical Cubist compositions that shaped the course of Modern art, to the lyrical still lifes and landscape abstractions of his later years."
These 3 exhibitions will be the highlights of a daytrip to Houston on Saturday, March 22. See Study Tours page...
Houghton Hall: Portrait of and English Country House (June 22 - September 22, 2014) "This exhibition assembles more than 100 objects in settings that combine paintings, porcelain, sculpture, costume, metalwork, and furniture to evoke the stunning rooms at Houghton Hall, one of England's great Palladian country houses--built by England’s first prime minister, Sir Robert Walpole, in the early 1700s, now the family estate of the Marquesses of Cholmondeley. Among the highlights are great family portraits by William Hogarth, Joshua Reynolds, and John Singer Sargent; several dozen pieces of Sèvres porcelain; rare R. J. & S. Garrard silver objects; and unique furniture by William Kent. Following the Houston presentation, the exhibition travels to cities including San Francisco and Nashville."
Magritte: The Mystery of the Ordinary, 1926-1938 (February 14 - June 1, 2014)
Memories of a Voyage: The Late Work of René Magritte (February 14 - July 13, 2014)
Becoming Modern: 19th-Century Drawings from the Morgan and the Menil (Feb 20 - May 17, 2015) Works on paper by five artists who importantly impacted the development of drawing at the formative beginnings of modernism: Eugène Delacroix, Vincent van Gogh, Georges Seurat, Paul Cézanne, and Odilon Redon.
Barnett Newman: The Late Work (March 13 - June 28, 2015)
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.
McNAY ART MUSEUM ♦ www.mcnayart.org Robert Indiana: Beyond LOVE (February 5 - May 25, 2014) The first American retrospective of the work of an artist made famous by a gigantic colored steel sculpture of 4 letters spelling LOVE. The exhibition is organized by the Whitney Museum of American Art and will be accompanied by a catalog, and two complementary exhibitions, listed next: Robert Indiana: The Mother of Us All(February 5 - May 25, 2014) Cut paper designs and felt costumes for the opera about Susan B. Anthony by Gertrude Stein and Virgil Thomson Robert Indiana: Hartley Elegies(February 5 - May 25, 2014) A suite of 10 monumental-scaled screenprints inspired by Marsden Hartley's Portrait of a German Officer. Intimate Impressionism from the National Gallery of Art (September 3, 2014 - January 4, 2015) Approximately 70 Impressionist and Post-Impressionist portraits, landscapes, interiors, and still lifes by artists including Manet, Renoir, Pissarro, Sisley, Degas, Fantin-Latour, Gauguin, Vuillard, drawn especially from the collection of Ailsa Mellon Bruce and her brother, Paul Mellon. Ailsa Mellon Bruce's collection has for years hung in a small, quiet upper gallery of the East Wing where close viewing of tiny pictures offers a special pleasure in our great National Gallery. A catalog accompanies the exhibition.
Texas Impressionism: Branding with Brushstroke and Color, 1885-1935 Featured artists include Julian Onderdonk, Robert Onderdonk, Jose Arpa, Edward G. Eisenlohr, Ella Koepke Mewhinney, Dawson Dawson-Watson, Seymour Thomas, Lucien Abrams, E. Richardson Cherry and Frank Reaugh
Historic houses at the Witte:
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
WACO . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . MARTIN MUSEUM OF ART Women in Art & Academia (May 4 - July 13, 2014)
Kermit Oliver: Paintings and Hermès Scarves (May 4 - July 13, 2014)
Pablo Picasso, The Old Guitarist, 1904 (Art Institute of Chicago)
Ansel Adams, Vernal Falls, Yosemite, 1934
Attractive Special Exhibitions beyond Texas Not meant to be a thorough list, just items of interest ...
Louis Dumoulin, Carp Banners in Kyoto, 1888 (18 x 21" MFA Boston)
BOSTON Museum of Fine Arts Boston • www.mfa.org/ Boston Loves Impressionism (through May 26, 2014)
Visiting Masterpieces: What Makes a Caravaggio? (April 12 - June 15, 2014) Three works by Caravaggio from foreign collections: Fortune Teller (1594) and two versions of San Francis in Meditation
INDIANAPOLIS Indianapolis Museum of Art • www.imamuseum.org/ For America: Prints of the American Art-Union (January 31 - September 28, 2014)
Face to Face: The Neo-Impressionist Portrait, 1886-1904 (June 15 - September 7, 2014)
NASHVILLE Frist Center for the Visual Arts • fristcenter.org Looking East: Western Artists and the Allure of Japan (January 31 - May 11, 2014) "The exhibition, which will later be seen in Japan, Canada, and San Francisco, explores the fruitful encounter between East and West by showing Japanese ukiyo-e prints and decorative arts alongside the paintings and prints of Mary Cassatt, Edgar Degas, Vincent van Gogh, Claude Monet, Edvard Munch and the furniture of Frank Lloyd Wright. The exhibition is drawn entirely from the collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, which has one of the finest collections of both Japanese art and American and European art of this period in the world."
NEW YORK CITY Metropolitan Museum of Art • www.metmuseum.org/exhibitions The American West in Bronze, 1850–1925 (Through April 13, 2014) At the turn of the twentieth century, images of American Indians, cowboys and cavalry, pioneers and prospectors, and animals of the Western plains and mountains were collected eagerly. This exhibition explores the popularity of statuettes with American Western themes through sixty-five bronze sculptures by twenty-eight artists, including Solon Hannibal Borglum, Paul Manship, Frederic Remington, Charles M. Russell, and Charles Schreyvogel.
Charles Marville: Photographer of Paris (through May 4) One of the most talented photographers of the nineteenth century, Charles Marville (French, 1813–1879) was commissioned by the city of Paris to document both the streets of old Paris and the broad boulevards and grand public structures that Baron Georges-Eugène Haussmann built in their place for Emperor Napoleon III. This exhibition explores the full trajectory of the artist's photographic career and brings to light the extraordinary beauty and historical significance of his art.
Radiant Light: Stained Glass from Canterbury Cathedral (February 25–May 18, 2014) This exhibition of stained glass from England's historic Canterbury Cathedral will feature six Romanesque-period windows that haven't left the cathedral precincts since their creation in 1178–80. The Passions of Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux (March 10–May 26, 2014) About one hundred and sixty works, including sculptures, paintings, and drawings, will be organized around the major projects that Carpeaux (French, 1827–1875) undertook during his brief and stormy career. KP note: Carpeaux was the greatest French sculptor in France before Rodin.
SAN DIEGO ART MUSEUM • sdmart.org Robert Henri and the Spirit of Spain (March 29 - September 9, 2014) "the first museum exhibition dedicated to the Spanish paintings of Robert Henri (1865-1929), one of the most influential American artists of the early twentieth century. Henri traveled to Spain seven times between 1900 and 1926, more than any other foreign destination, and produced a substantial body of work inspired by these trips ... [ this exhibition will present] over 40 major paintings borrowed from important museum and private collections around the country."
Sorolla and America(May 31 - August 26, 2014)
Georges Lemmen, The Serruys Sisters, 1894 (24 x 28" Indianapolis Museum of Art)
Joaquin Sorolla, After the Bath, 1908, Hispanic Society of America
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