NEW FEATURE at the bottom of this long page: 15-page (.pdf) list of 2015 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 updates: Exhibitions updates (Boston and Colorado Springs); movie recommendation: "Best Offer"
Explore Art History in Good Company with Dr. Karen Pope and Join the Celebration: Art inSight's 20th Year!
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
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Mary Cassatt, The Child's Bath, 1893, 39 × 26" Art Institute of Chicago
2015 Lecture 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.
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Schedule of dates and topics:
January 16 January 30
The Allure of the East (topic overview) PAST PAST
February 13 February 20
Woodblock Prints: A Primer FILLED FILLED
March 06 March 20
Japonisme: Whistler, Degas, Tissot OPEN FILLED; can you switch to 6th?
April 17 May 01
Series: Hokusai, Monet, Rivière OPEN OPEN
June 12 June 19
Aesthetic Japan & Western Decorative Arts OPEN FILLED; can you switch to 12th?
July 10 July 17
Siegfried Bing and Le Japon ArtistiqueOPEN FILLED; can you switch to 10th?
August 21 August 28
Ukiyo-e: Utamaro and Cassatt FILLED; can you switch to 28th? OPEN
September 18 September 25
Japonisme: Van Gogh and Gauguin FILLED; can you switch to 25th? OPEN
Greene & Greene, Frank Lloyd Wright, Toulouse-Lautrec
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
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
Tentative themes for forthcoming series:
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.)
Austin American-Statesman gave the film an "A" (rarely happens)
Note from Karen: This movie did not meet my expectations (by a long shot) but the sets and the photography were splendid.
A BETTER MOVIE:
“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 . . .
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.
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.
Sodbuster, San Isidro (opens January 21, 2015)
Exhibition of a large-scale (24-foot) work of legendary Texas sculptor Luis Jiménez, a former student of Charles Umlauf whose vibrant sculptures highlight Hispanic, Southwestern and Native American sources. Wednesday, January 28, 6-8 pm Insights: Sculptor Jesús Moroles, who worked with Jiménez and assisted in the making of Sodbuster, will detail his experiences and share insights on Jiménez’s process and the time they spent together.
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 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"
American Still Life (February 14 - August 2, 2015) 60 paintings, prints and photographs from the Carter's collection, including the Peales, O'Keeffe, and Dove Like Father, Like Son: Edward and Brett Weston (February 21, - August 23, 2015) 23 prints by key figures in 20th-century American photography Remington and Russell (February 28 - May 24, 2015) An exhibition comparing the painting and sculpture of the two artists who were centrally involved in creating the myth of the American West.
Samuel F. B. Morse's Gallery of the Louvre and the Art of Invention (May 23 - August 23, 2015)
Thomas Cole and American Settlement (September 5, 2015 - February 21, 2016) Founder of American landscape painting, Thomas Cole (1801–1848) celebrated America’s unspoiled wilderness in grand compositions that investigate the relationship of humans and their environment.
KIMBELL ART MUSEUM ♦ www.kimbellart.org 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.
Gustave Caillebotte: The Painter's Eye (November 8, 2015 - February 14, 2016)
Unfolding Worlds: Japanese Screens and Contemporary Ceramics (March 1, 2015 - May 10, 2015)
"Exquisite large-scale folding screens, displayed together with contemporary ceramics, reveal three centuries of Japanese artistic traditions and styles. Unfolding Worlds is a unique installation that features works from the New Orleans-based Gitter-Yelen Collection, one of the most comprehensive private holdings of Japanese art in the United States. The remarkable presentation showcases more than 25 large-scale painted screens from leading artists active in Japan between the 17th and 20th centuries, exhibited with some 35 ceramic works created by master and emerging ceramists in Japan from the 1950s to today."
MENIL COLLECTION ♦ www.menil.org Becoming Modern: Nineteenth-Century French Drawings from the Morgan Library & Museum and the Menil Collection (February 27 - June 14, 2015) Works on paper by five artists who had great impact on the development of drawing at the beginning of modernism: Delacroix, van Gogh, Seurat, Cézanne, and Redon.
Barnett Newman: The Late Work (March 13 - June 28, 2015)
Drawn to Life: Audubon's Legacy (spring 2015 through March 28?) An exhibition that looks into Audubon's process for achieving his monumental projects and will include pastels, engravings, lithographs, books and manuscripts.
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.
SPECIAL EXHIBITION-RELATED LECTURES by MAJOR SCHOLARS IN THEIR FIELDS:
John Bowlt: "Dazzling! Léon Bakst and the Ballets Russes" Thursday, April 2, 6:30pm
All the Rage in Paris: Diaghilev's Ballets Russes, 1909-1929 (February 18 - June 21, 2015) An exhibition exploiting the McNay's Tobin Collection of Theatre Arts, including scene and costume designs and highlighting this important dimension of Paris culture--literature, music, dance and visual art. This exhibition is complemented by:
Design, Fashion, Theatre: The Art of Pochoir in France, 1910-1930 (February 18 - June 21, 2015) Pochoir is a printmaking process associated primarily with turn-of-the-century France, involving stencilling and producing bold patterns in vibrant colors. As the printmaking medium-of-choice for the famous artists around Diaghilev (Benois, Bakst,* Gontcharova, Larionov), pochoir influenced publications of fashion and editions of Diaghilev's ballets. *Participants in the NCHM Study Tour to Annapolis stood, in Baltimore's magnificent Gilded Age Evergreen, in an attic theater-ballroom designed and decorated by Leon Bakst.
World War II in Photographs: Looking Back (January 13 - May 10, 2015) Loan exhibition featuring famous journalists' photographs and other documents of the Monuments Men and the home front war effort
Rodin to Warhol: 60th Anniversary Gifts and Recent Acquisitions (February 18 - May 17, 2015) An exhibition giving tribute to the McNay's benefactors and to demonstrate the continued development of the collection; a wide range of media and representation of the areas overseen by all four of the Museum's curators. SAN ANTONIO MUSEUM OF ART ♦ www.samuseum.org Ancient to Modern: Contemporary Japanese Ceramics and Their Sources (January 17 - April 4, 2015) 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
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 Emile Bernard (1868-1941) (February 7 - May 31, 2015) Disciple/rival of Gauguin in Brittany, important figure in Post-Impressionism CHICAGO Art Institute of Chicago • http://www.artic.edu/ Ireland: Crossroads of Art and Design, 1690-1840 (March 17 - June 7, 2015) 300 objects from many North American collections are organized thematically to explore the culture of Ireland during the "long 18th century."
COLORADO SPRINGS Colorado College IDEA Space (InterDisciplinary Experimental Arts) • http://sites.coloradocollege.edu/ideaspace/ ReOrientations: Defining and Defying 19th Century French Images of the Arab World(March 25 - May 7, 2015) Includes impressive loans from the Dahesh Museum and works by contemporary artists Lalla Essaydi and Ibi Ibrahim.
FLINT, MICHIGAN Flint Institute of Arts • www.flintarts.org Beauty, Passion, and Bliss: 19th-Century Masterworks from the Dahesh Museum of Art (May 16 - August 16, 2015)
GAINESVILLE Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art, University of Florida • harn.ufl.eduMonet and American Impressionism (February 03 - May 24, 2015)
HELSINKI Ateneum • www.ateneum.fi Sibelius and the World of Art (through March 22, 2015) In honor of the 150th anniversary of the composer’s birth
INDIANAPOLIS Indianapolis Museum of Art • www.imamuseum.org Continuing the Work of the Monuments Men (September 5, 2014 - September 6, 2015) Indiana University Art Museum • www.artmuseum.iu.edu
LOS ANGELES The Getty Center • www.getty.edu J. M. W. Turner: Painting Set Free (February 24 - May 24, 2015)
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)
SEATTLE Frye Art Museum • fryemuseum.org/ Pan: A Graphic Arts Capsule of Europe 1895-1900 (Feb 21 - May 10, 2015) Exhibition about the influential arts magazine of the Viennese Secession
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."
WATERVILLE, MAINE Colby College Museum of Art • www.colby.edu/museum/ Whistler in the World: The Lunder Collection (September 15 - January 10, 2016)
WINTERTHUR Sammlung Oskar Reinhart "Am Römerholz" • www.bundesmuseen.ch/roemerholz/ Victor Chocquet: Friend and Collector of the Impressionists (Feb 21 - June 7, 2015)
YERRES, FRANCE--new museum: La Propriété Caillebotte à Yerres • http://proprietecaillebotte.com/en/ Part of a nice long day SE of Paris: Yerres, Barbizon, Moret-sur-Loing, Vaux-le-Vicomte, Fontainebleau
Vasily Kandinsky, Landscape near Murnau with Locomotive, (Landschaft bei Murnau mit Lokomotive), 1909 (Guggenheim)
Lalla Essaydi, Les Femmes du Maroc Revisited #7, 2010 (60 x 48" laminated chromogenic print)
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