NEW FEATURE at the bottom of this long page: 15-page (.pdf) lists of 2015 and 2016 exhibitions in the US and EUROPE: An excellent resource for planning and travel!
Art inSight's 21st Year! Explore Art History in Good Company with Dr. Karen Pope and Celebrate Her Retirement from Baylor!
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
CONTACT Add your name to the email list or begin a registration for an event at Contact Art inSight
PARTICIPATE Day Trips, Study Tours, and future destinations are described on the Study Tours page
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.
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:
The Allure of the East (topic overview)
Woodblock Prints: Primer
Japonisme: Whistler, Degas, Tissot
Series: Hokusai, Monet, Rivière
Aesthetic Japan & Western Decorative Arts
Siegfried Bing and Le Japon Artistique
Aug 21 Aug 28
Ukiyo-e: Utamaro and Cassatt
Sept 18 Sept 25
Japonisme: Van Gogh and Gauguin FILLED OPEN
Nov 13 Nov 17
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 Collectors and Their Collections 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.)
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
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.
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 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 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.
Drawn to Life: Audubon's Legacy (through July 25, 2015) An exhibition that looks into Audubon's process for achieving his monumental projects and will include pastels, engravings, lithographs, books and manuscripts, including including prints derived from his last expedition to the West.
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.
SAN ANGELO MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS ♦ www.samfa.org Views of Venice by American Artists (November 19, 2015 - January 10, 2016) 13 luminous paintings by American artists basking in the beauty of Venice in the time of John Ruskin and Henry James; works from the collection of the Graham Williford Charitable Trust
Venetian Paintings from the Sarah Campbell Blaffer Foundation (same dates) An exhibit spanning 300 years of Venetian master painters. Includes works by Tintoretto, Giorgione, and Tiepolo.
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.
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 Gustave Baumann, German Craftsman, American Artist (October 25, 2015 - February 14, 2016)
Vorticism: The Worker and the Machine (July 1 - December 31, 2015) Interesting and specifically English modern art movement, seldom in the museum spotlight
Tradition Reborn: Contemporary Japanese Ceramics (July 31 2015 - July 17, 2016)
NEW YORK CITY Guggenheim Museum • http://www.guggenheim.org/new-york New-York Historical Society • www.nyhistory.org Lafayette's Hermione: Voyage 2015 (May 29 - August 16, 2015) see Smithsonian Magazine, April 2015, issue about the French recreation and US voyage of Lafayette's ship Metropolitan Museum of Art • www.metmuseum.org/exhibitions Discovering Japanese Art: American Collectors and the Met (through September 27, 2015)
Sargent: Portraits of Artists and Friends (through October 4, 2015) "92 paintings and drawings of members of John Singer Sargent's impressive artistic circle, including artists Claude Monet and Auguste Rodin. Brilliant works of art and penetrating character studies, the works are also records of relationships, influences, aspirations, and allegiances."
PORTLAND (Maine) Portland Art Museum • www.portlandmuseum.org A Magnificent Stillness: American Art from a Private Collection (through November 8, 2015) 15 paintings by the great names of 19th-century American painting: Harnett, Haberle, Peto; Kensett, Lane, Heade
O'Keeffe, Stettheimer, Torr, Zorach: Women Modernists in New York (June 23 - September 18, 2016)
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)
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."
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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