At the bottom of this long page: 15-page (.pdf) lists of 2016-17 exhibitions in the US and EUROPE: An excellent resource for planning and travel!
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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Vilhelm Hammershøi, c. 1900, represented in the Ordrupgaard collection
2017 Luncheon Series at Westwood Country Club: Great Collectors & Their Collections, part 2
Beautiful images, art history, food, and good company, in the Terrace Room (capacity: 80) at Westwood Country Club in west Austin.
(Address:3808 W. 35th Street, adjacent to Laguna Gloria at the western end of 35th Street)
10:30am coffee and conversation 11:00 illustrated program 12:00 seated luncheon (dietary restrictions accommodated with advance communication)
Cost per luncheon program in the 2017 series is $40 per person. "Series subscription" option: $300 for series of 8 programs 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: (Each topic presented one Thursday and one Friday--specify your choice of dates when registering)
• Isabella Stewart Gardner (Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston)
January 5 - 6
• Henry Clay Frick (Frick Museum, New York City)
February 23 - 24
• Samuel Courtauld (The Courtauld Institute, London)
March 9 - 10
• Albert Barnes (Barnes Collection, Philadelphia)
April 6 - 7
• Norton Simon (Norton Simon Collection, Pasadena)
May 11 - 12
• Wilhelm Hansen (Ordrupgaard, Charlottenlund, Denmark)
• Heinrich Thyssen-Bornemisza (Thyssen-Bornemisza Collection, Madrid)
October 5 - 6
Karen LaMonte, Dress Impression with Wrinkled Cowl, 2007 (Crystal Bridges)
2016 Great Collectors and Their Collections 2015 Japan & the West 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: 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.)
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
"Miss Hokusai" (2015) Animation with *subtitles, telling the story of the life and works of Japanese artist and ukiyo-e painter Katsushika Hokusai, as seen from the eyes of his daughter, Katsushika O-Ei; a version of the story told in the excellent novel by Katherine Govier, The Printmaker's Daughter (2011)
*Showing in Austin without subtitles--but possibly better with them, since the voiceovers make Hokusai sound like a thug and O-Ei sound terminally disgruntled. Thin plot, flat characters, but beautiful imagery--must consider the origins of Animé to really "get it," I think.
Texas Museum Exhibition Recommendations and Special Events
Central Texas Medical Orchestra Dr. Robert Radmer, Conductor & Oliver Rajamani
Jones Hall - St. Edward's University February 11, 2017 - 7:30 pm This concert benefits People's Community Clinic (1/2 of each ticket sold goes to PCC)
Season listing and online tickets: http://ctmorchestra.org/concert-season/ Final concert of the season: April 29, 2017 Westover Hills Church of Christ (across from Anderson High School), benefits the Epilepsy Foundation of Austin Thanks to Susan Robin (violinist in the orchestra), Art inSight luncheon lecture series participant, for this information!
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.
Forthcoming in varied series:
2016-17 Modern Times Lecture Series (1950s in Austin/Texas/US history) FREE to Friends of the NCHM; small admission to others -- JOIN the FRIENDS and be in the loop January 22: “Mid-Century Modernism in Texas” Katie Robinson Edwards, Curator, Umlauf Sculpture Garden
February 19: “LBJ and the Texas Railroad Commission” Bill Childs, Professor emeritus, Ohio State University
March 26: “The Air-Conditioned Village” Elizabeth Brummett, Texas Historical Commission 2016-17 Sunday Funday Series (first Sundays)
2016-17 Makers Series
RSVP: Andrea Perry: 512-478-2335 or email@example.com
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 French Moderns: Monet to Matisse, 1850-1950 (February 22 - May 21, 2017) 60 works from the Brooklyn Museum explore themes: landscape, still life, portraits/models, and the nude
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.
BARCELONA Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya • www.mnac.cat/ BENTONVILLE Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art • crystalbridges.org 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 • www.mfa.org/
National Gallery • www.nationalgallery.org.uk Beyond Caravaggio (through January 15, 2017) looks at artists like Orazio Gentileschi and Jusepe de Ribera through 49 works borrowed mostly from UK and Irish institutions, private collections and churches. The show opens hot on the heels of art historian Michael Fried's new book, After Caravaggio (Yale University Press) Tate Britain •www.tate.org.uk
Agnes Martin, Untitled, 1977. Watercolor and graphite on paper, image: 9 x 9 inches;
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.
Valentin de Boulogne: Beyond Caravaggio (through January 22, 2017) "The first monographic exhibition devoted to Valentin, who is little known because his career was short-lived—he died at age 41—and his works are so rare. Around 60 paintings by Valentin survive, and this exhibition brings together 45 of them."
Seurat's Circus Sideshow (February 17 - May 29, 2017)
SAINT LOUIS Saint Louis Art Museum • http://www.slam.org/ Degas, Impressionism, & the Paris Millinery Trade (February 12 - May 7, 2017) Edgar Degas' fascination with high-fashion hats and the young women who made them are the inspiration for the groundbreaking exploration Paris millinery trade from about 1875 to 1914. Degas, Impressionism, and the Paris Millinery Trade will feature 60 paintings and pastels, including key works by Degas that have never been exhibited in the United States, as well as an array of period hats.
Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts • http://pulitzerarts.org/ Medardo Rosso: Experiments in Light and Form (through May 13, 2017) The Italian artist Medardo Rosso (1858–1928) was instrumental in expanding the definition of sculpture for the modern era. Not only did he focus on everyday, contemporary subjects, but he also experimented with light in order to render sculpture ephemeral and seemingly insubstantial. His heads and figures—frequently portrayed as tired, meditative, laughing, or melancholy—appear to be caught in fugitive visual, physical, or emotional states. As fleeting “impressions” of modern life, they stand in marked contrast to the monumental, idealized depictions typical of traditional sculpture before and during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Medardo Rosso: Experiments in Light and Form is the first comprehensive US museum exhibition of the artist’s work in over fifty years, featuring around 100 works that include sculptures, drawings, and photographs. NB: Rosso's work will be a focus of the Milan study tour in Fall, 2017 -- see Study Tours page
SAN FRANCISCO De Young/Legion of Honor, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco • http://deyoung.famsf.org
Monet: The Early Years (February 25, 2017 – May 29, 2017)
The first major US exhibition devoted to the initial phase of Claude Monet’s (French, 1840–1926) career. Through approximately sixty paintings, the exhibition demonstrates the radical invention that marked the artist’s development during the formative years of 1858 to 1872. In this period the young painter developed his unique visual language and technique, creating striking works that manifested his interest in painting textures and the interplay of light upon surfaces.
VENICE Peggy Guggenheim Collection • http://www.guggenheim-venice.it/ My Weapon against the Atom Bomb is a Blade of Grass: Tancredi. A Retrospective(through March 13, 2017) This is a long-awaited return to Venice and to Peggy Guggenheim’s museum of Tancredi Parmeggiani (1926-1964), among the most original and passionate Italian painters of third quarter of the 20th century, and the only artist after Jackson Pollock to be put under contract by Peggy Guggenheim, who promoted his work and arranged exhibitions, including a solo show in her Venetian residence, Palazzo Venier dei Leoni in 1954.
National Gallery of Art •www.nga.gov Stuart Davis: In Full Swing (November 20, 2016 - March 5, 2017)
National Museum of Women in the Arts • www.nmwa.org/ 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."
Isamu Noguchi, Archaic/Modern (November 11, 2016 - March 19, 2017)
Gene Davis: Hot Beat (November 17, 2016 - April 2, 2017) Prominent painter in so-called "Color Field" movement of the mid-20th century
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
Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema, Hero, 1898
samu Noguchi, Grey Sun, 1967, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the artist
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