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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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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.
The cost for each event is $40 per person* Preregistration is expected; deadline for registration is the preceding Friday.
ADVANCE REGISTRATION FOR 2015 SERIES: *Costs have risen! Cost per Friday luncheon program in the 2015 series will be $40 per person. However, I have accepted pre-payment for series programs 1-8 at the 2014 rate (8** x $30 = $240) and will honor that agreement with anyone interested in reserving for the entire series.
**the 9th and final program in November will be scheduled when Westwood offers dates in their next fiscal year.
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:
The Allure of the East (topic overview)
Woodblock Prints: A 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: Van Gogh and Gauguin
Greene & Greene, Frank Lloyd Wright, Toulouse-Lautrec
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
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.
INSIGHTS: Live Bronze Pour—Wednesday, January 7th , 6-8pm Members of Atelier 3D studio will take visitors through the stages of creating a bronze sculpture, culminating in a live bronze pour at the UMLAUF. This event is free and open to the public.
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
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)
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."
Legacy of Beauty: An Exhibition of Chinese Ceramics in Honor of Walter F. Brown (through January 4, 2015) ". . . a tribute to Walter F. Brown’s life as a collector and major patron of the San Antonio Museum of Art . . . . Along with his wife, Lenora, the Browns gave over 700 works of art to the Museum. This exhibition highlights areas of extraordinary depth and excellence in their Chinese ceramics collection, including Han to Tang dynasty ceramic sculpture, Liao dynasty ceramics, blue and white porcelain from the Ming and Qing dynasties, and porcelain from the 18th and 19th centuries. The exhibition provides a journey through the history of Chinese ceramics and insights into the discerning taste of a remarkable collector. The San Antonio Museum of Art has a world-renowned Asian art collection, and Chinese ceramics are its greatest strength."
Nelson Rockefeller's Picassos: Tapestries Commissioned for Kykuit (December 20, 2014 - March 8, 2015)
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
Metropolitan Museum of Art • www.metmuseum.org/exhibitions Grand Design: Pieter van Aelst and Renaissance Tapestry (October 8, 2014 - January 11, 2015) Aelst was the artisan responsible for producing the Vatican Tapestries from cartoons by Raphael.
Thomas Hart Benton's America Today Mural Rediscovered (through April 19, 2015)
WASHINGTON, DC National Gallery of Art •www.nga.gov 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!)