NEW FEATURE at the bottom of this long page: 15-page (.pdf) list of 2014 exhibitions in the US and EUROPE: An excellent resource for planning and travel!
NOTE TO FREQUENT VISITORS: The latest change/addition to the website will be mentioned right here; if you check the date of the last update and know something has changed, the note here will tell you. 'Hope this is helpful. Latest update: addition of Richard Estes exhibition info (Smithsonian)
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; 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:
* 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
Proposed topic for 2015: "Japan and the West"(sources, dynamics, major Japoniste artists, including Degas, Whistler, Cassatt, Tissot)
SYMPOSIUM in observance of 200th anniversary of the birth of Abner Cook, Austin Master Builder November 14-15 Details available on Neill-Cochran House Museum (Abner Cook, 1855) website: www.nchmuseum.org
Texas Museum Exhibition Recommendations and Special Events
Annual Allbritton Lecture at Baylor University Tuesday, September 23, 2014, 6:30, reception following Free and Open to the Public Hooper-Schaefer Fine Arts Building Auditorium, Room 149
Prof June Hargrove, Professor of Nineteenth-Century European Painting and Sculpture at The University of Maryland: "Primitive Tales: Paul Gauguin in the Marquesas Islands"
June Hargrove focuses on European art, particularly French, from the eighteenth century to the early twentieth century. Her scholarship investigates the historical context of art, with an emphasis on the impact of global transformations on style and content in painting and sculpture.
The College Art Association selected her for the Distinguished Teacher of Art History Award in 2013, stating that while maintaining high standards in her own scholarship, she has revealed a fundamental passion for teaching, for making ideas come alive, to generations of students.
Easy directions from Austin: Drive IH-35 north to Waco; exit onto University Parks Drive at Exit 335B. Follow University Parks to the right until you reach the Brazos entrance to the campus (on your right), marked by 3 flagpoles. Immediately past the flagpole, the destination, Hooper-Shaefer Fine Arts Building, with a circular drive, will be on your left. Visitor parking will be available in all parking lots that can be seen from that point. An additional entrance to the building faces the long side parking lot near a Betty Gold bright yellow sheet steel sculpture. The Hooper-Schaefer Auditorium, room 149, is in the building between those two entrances.
George Caleb BIngham, Boatmen on the Missouri, 1846 (25 x 30", FAMSF)
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.
November 14-15: Symposium on Abner Cook, Master Builder, and The Greek Revival
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"
FORT WORTH . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . AMON CARTER MUSEUM ♦ www.cartermuseum.org 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." FOCUS OF A NEW YEAR'S DAYTRIP on JANUARY 10, 2015.
The Collection of Nancy Lee and Perry R. Bass (March 1 - May 24, 2015) 37 works of modern art (Impressionism through World War II), including 2 Van Gogh landscapes; paintings by Pissarro, Monet, Renoir, Vuillard, Bonnard, Matisse, Picasso, Miro, Leger, Chagall, Rothko; and sculptures by Rodin, Maillol, and Segal
Botticelli to Braque: Masterpieces form the National Galleries of Scotland (June 28 - Sept 20, 2015) 55 paintings from 3 key museums in Edinburgh, Renaissance through Post-Impressionism; highlights will include Vermeer's Christ in the House of Mary and Martha (1654) and Gauguin's Three Tahitians (1899), with many works by famous Baroque and Impressionist painters in between. 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 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."
Charles Marville: Photographer of Paris (through September 14, 2014) The first major exhibition in the United States devoted this central figure of 19th-century photography showcases nearly 100 pictures that span his entire career.
Posting of a Goya exhibition here was a mistake--it's a special exhibition at the MFA BOSTON
Monet and the Seine: Impressions of a River(October 26, 2014 - February 1, 2015)
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 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.
Diego Rivera in San Antonio (until January 31, 2015) "Diego Rivera’s El Albañil (The Bricklayer, 1903), painted when the artist was 18, is on view . . . along with eight other works that span much of the artist’s career. This small exhibition provides a glimpse of the brilliance of one of Mexico’s greatest artists. El Albañil is thought to be the earliest Diego Rivera painting in the United States." WITTE MUSEUM ♦ www.wittemuseum.org
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 •www.baylor.edu/martinmuseum/ Henry A. McArdle: Texas Painter, Patriot, and Baylor Professor (August 12 - September 21, 2014) Exhibition of work by McArdle (1836-1908), Baylor's first art professor and painter of some of the most important tableaux depicting events in Texas history, including works hanging in the Texas Capitol that will be on view in Waco in their first-ever outing from Austin.
James Surls Sculpture (October 4 - November 13, 2014) Special event November 13: 5:30-7:00pm Gallery talk and reception
Karl Umlauf Paintings (January 20 - March 1, 2015) Special event January 29: 5:30-7:00pm Gallery talk and reception
Edgar Degas, Absinthe, 1876 (36 x 27" Musée d'Orsay)
Cutout from Matisse, Jazz, 1947
Attractive Special Exhibitions beyond Texas Not meant to be a thorough list, just items of interest ...
FOR A COMPREHENSIVE LIST, US and EUROPE, see 15-page .pdf at the right; search by your destination city
WASHINGTON, DC National Gallery of Art •www.nga.gov Degas/Cassatt (May 11 - October 5, 2014) West Building, Main Floor An exhibition of 70 works exploring the critical period c. 1878-1890 when the two artists were closest, to illustrate their artistic dialogue
Degas's Little Dancer (October 5, 2014 - January 11, 2015) Small exhibition about Degas' fascination with the ballet, including the original wax Little Dancer and related paintings, drawings, prints, and pastels, to celebrate the premiere of the musical "Little Dancer," which will run from October 25 through November 30, 2014, at the Kennedy Center.
Andrew Wyeth: Looking Out, Looking In (May 4 - November 30, 2014) West Building, Main Floor An exhibition of 60 watercolors, drawings, and tempera paintings examining Wyeth's frequent use of the window as a subject.
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."
From Neoclassicism to Futurism: Italian Prints and Drawings, 1800-1925 (Sept 1, 2014 - Feb 1, 2015) 70 prints, drawings, and illustrated books
El Greco in Washington Area Collections: A 400th Anniversary Celebration (Nov 2, 2014 - Feb 16, 2015)
Smithsonian American Art Museum • http://americanart.si.edu/ Richard Estes' Realism (October 10, 2014 - February 8, 2015) The most comprehensive exhibition organized to date; catalog published by Yale University Press (a sign of high academic quality!)