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 a Window, c. 1820
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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Karen LaMonte, Chado, 2010 (Oklahoma City Museum of Art)
2017 Luncheon Series at Westwood Country Club: Great Collectors & Their Collections, part 2
Beautiful images, art history, food, and good company, in the Garden 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) (# of spaces available)
May 11(60)- 12(30)
• Wilhelm Hansen (Ordrupgaard, Charlottenlund, Denmark)
• Heinrich Thyssen-Bornemisza (Thyssen-Bornemisza Collection, Madrid)
October 5 - 6
James Jacquest Joseph Tissot, Tourists in London, 1874
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.)
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
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!
You and your guests are invited to the Preview Party 25th SculptFest at the Oasis, Austin Sponsored by Texas Society of Sculptors Friday, May 5, 2017 4:00 – 6:30 pm
SculptFest is a major invitational show including work from approximately 50 sculptors hailing from across Texas and throughout the U.S. The show will feature a huge selection of miniature to monumental size sculptures as well as sculpture demonstrations include: stone carving, clay, mosaics, 3D printing of sculptures, and bronze pouring. And, since it is Austin, there will of course be live music!
SculptFest will open to the general public on Friday from 6:30-9:30, continue on Saturday, May 6,
from 11am-9:30pm, and on Sunday, May 7, from 11am-4pm. Admission is free. This is a family-friendly event; all are welcome.
The Oasis is located at 6550 Comanche Trail, Austin, Texas 78732.
Jannette Keating, Texas Society of Sculptors Board Member
HELPING A FRIEND . . . Joanie in Spicewood Estates hopes to sell a large (45 x 55"), framed reproduction (on canvas) of a garden painting by an American painter who studied Impressionism with Claude Monet.
Snapshot of the reproduction in its frame appears at left. Document with a good image of the original painting and links to good info about the painter appear at left, below.
If you're interested in acquiring this picture, contact Joanie: <email@example.com>
HARRY RANSOM HUMANITIES RESEARCH CENTER at UT-AUSTIN ♦ http://www.hrc.utexas.edu Stories to Tell: Selections from the Harry Ransom Center (through July 16, 2017) The Harry Ransom Center presents stories of inspiration, adaptation, innovation, confrontation, collaboration, and frustration, selected from its extensive cultural collections. The Ransom Center's rich holdings highlight the struggles, the complexity, and the rewards of creative work in literature, art, photography, film, and the performing arts. This exhibition of more than 250 items includes, among many others, David Foster Wallace, Julia Alvarez, and Gabriel García Márquez manuscripts, Henri Matisse's Jazz, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's spirit photographs, and the hat that accompanied the green "curtain" dress worn by Vivien Leigh in Gone With The Wind.
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
The Woman Must Marry Else How Live? (March 2 - December 2017) Wedding clothing, photographs, etiquette, accessories--a multi-dimensional examination of marriage c. 1900.
"Modern Times," the well-attended lecture series featuring a decade (each annual series) in the life of the Neill-Cochran House and relating it to Austin, Texas, and the wider world, has ended for this year. 2017-2018 will likely take us into the 1970s
2016-17 Sunday Funday Series (first Sundays)
2016-17 Makers Series
RSVP: Andrea Perry: 512-478-2335 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Hide & Horn on the Chisholm Trail (through August 27, 2017) A cattle trail-era focus exhibition featuring collectors' items that honor and illuminate the greatest migration of livestock in world history. Displays include an 1873 trail map and guidebook for drovers, one of the four most important books on the cattle industry and one of the best books about the Texas Longhorn cattle breed during the 19th century.
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; includes several works by Rodin and the McNay's complete suite of aquatints by Mary Cassatt, The Ten à la Japonais
Sur Papier: Works on Paper by Renoir, Chagall, and Other French Moderns (through May 21, 2017)
SAN ANTONIO MUSEUM OF ART ♦ www.samuseum.org Julian Onderdonk and the Texan Landscape (through April 23, 2017) A lovely installation of the exhibition organized by MFA Houston to coincide with the publication of the long-awaited catalogue raisonné; 25 paintings include Long Island landscapes as well as the famous bluebonnet pictures
Of Country and Culture: The Lam Collection of Contemporary Australian Aboriginal Art (through May 14, 2017)
The Magic of Clay and Fire: Japanese Contemporary Ceramics (through Fall 2017)
A dozen highly individual works, including some amazing glazes . . . .
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 (opened November 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."
Roy Lichtenstein in Focus (through July 31, 2017)"Pop artist Roy Lichtenstein achieved prominence through his innovative use of cartoon and comic book imagery in large-scale paintings and sculpture. Like fellow artist Andy Warhol, Lichtenstein began his career as a commercial artist. This experience influenced his later paintings, prints, and sculptures, which drew on images from pop culture, such as comics and advertisements." Chihuly: in the Gallery and In the Forest (June 3 - August 14, 2017)
Stuart Davis: In Full Swing (September 16, 2017 – January 1, 2018) Stuart Davis (1892-1964) ranks as a preeminent figure in American modern art, with a career that stretched from the early twentieth century well into the early 1960s. Over the course of his sixty-year career, Davis invented an artistic vocabulary of bold colors and strong forms, informed by his enthusiasm for jazz.
BOSTON Museum of Fine Arts Boston • www.mfa.org/ Matisse in the Studio (through July 9, 2017)
New Women for a New Age: Japanese Beauties, 1890s-1930s (through August 20, 2017)
Examines the changing image of Japanese women though prints, book illustrations, and photographs made in Japan from the 1890s to the 1930s. During this crucial period of rapid modernization, traditional ideas of ideal beauty and behavior intermingled with imported styles and concepts. Arranged in roughly chronological order, the exhibition begins with ukiyo-e woodblock prints of the late Meiji era (1868–1912) and postcards that include both photographs and artists’ depictions. A recent gift of kuchi-e prints—color woodblock frontispieces for books of the early 1900s, usually romantic fiction—makes up the exhibition’s core. Shin hanga prints from the 1910s and ‘30s depict beautiful women in both traditional and modern styles. These works can be interpreted in several ways: as glamorized reflections of the lives of Japanese women during a time of rapid social change; as idealized expressions of heterosexual male desire; and as metaphorical images of Japan itself, with the young women standing in for their entire country and its search for national identity.
Botticelli and the Search for the Divine (through July 9, 2017)
BREMEN Kunsthalle • www.kunsthalle-bremen.de CHICAGO Art Institute of Chicago • http://www.artic.edu/ Gauguin: Artist as Alchemist (June 25 - September 10, 2017) An exploration of Gauguin's distinctive choices of materials and processes across his oeuvre.
Driehaus Museum • www.driehausmuseum.org 'L'Affichomania: The Passion for French Posters (February 11, 2017 - January 7, 2018)
INDIANAPOLIS Indianapolis Museum of Art • www.imamuseum.org A Land Enchanted: The Golden Age of Indiana Art, 1877-1902 (through May 14, 2017)
Indiana University Art Museum • www.artmuseum.iu.edu LONDON British Museum • http://www.britishmuseum.org Courtauld Institute of Art • http://courtauld.ac.uk/gallery/what-on/exhibitions-displays Bloomsbury Art & Design (through 24 September 2017) The Courtauld Gallery cares for an important collection of early twentieth century Bloomsbury Group works including paintings, collages, drawings, watercolours and designs and decorative arts from the Omega Workshops. Most of the collection was bequeathed by Roger Fry to the newly formed Courtauld Institute of Art in 1935; Fry was the central figure of the group, which included artists Duncan Grant and Vanessa Bell. This special display brings together a wide-ranging selection of work by this remarkable group.
Leighton House Museum • https://www.rbkc.gov.uk/subsites/museums/leightonhousemuseum1.aspx Alma-Tadema--At Home in Antiquity (July 7 - October 29, 2017) Major international exhibition of one of the most popular and successful painters of the late 19th century, staged in the Persian-villa-studio-home of one of his good friends, the Royal Academy president and exceptionally successful painter, Frederic Lord Leighton.
National Gallery • www.nationalgallery.org.uk Michelangelo & Sebastiano (through 25 June 2017) Explores the extraordinary relationship between two great Italian masters, Michelangelo and Sebastiano del Piombo, who found common ground in the fiercely competitive world of High Renaissance Rome.
Rubens and Rembrandt (through 16 July 2017) Compare two great masters of the 17th century, profoundly different in style and approach yet united in their genius. Peter Paul Rubens and Rembrandt van Rijn are two of the most revered artists of Northern Europe; each had enormous impact on the art of their own time and on the generations that followed, yet their individual styles and approaches differed immensely. The suave, erudite artist and diplomat Rubens, a native of Antwerp, was the dominant force in Flemish art of his generation, who found success among prestigious patrons across Europe. In contrast, in Leiden and Amsterdam, Rembrandt forged a bold and independent path that often went against prevailing taste. Choosing to focus on his close surroundings and to explore the depths of human emotion, he rarely, if ever, traveled beyond the Dutch border. This special display of selected works by the two artists – among the most represented in the National Gallery Collection -- peovides an opportunity to absorb the depth and diversity of their work, and to recognize the individual character of these giants of northern European Baroque. Tate Britain •www.tate.org.uk
LOS ANGELES The Getty Center • www.getty.edu Degas: Russian Dancers and the Art of Pastel (through May 7, 2017)
MONTCLAIR Montclair Art Museum • https://www.montclairartmuseum.org/ Matisse and American Art (February 5 - June 18, 2017) "examines the influence of the French master on American artistic practice from 1907. Comprising painting, sculpture, prints, works on paper and other objects, the show presents 19 pieces by Matisse alongside 44 works by American artists such as Stuart Davis, Diebenkorn, Motherwell, Ellsworth Kelly, Lichtenstein, Warhol, Romare Bearden, John Baldessari, Sophie Matisse, Faith Ringgold, and Helen Frankenthaler." NASHVILLE Frist Center for the Visual Arts • fristcenter.org
Klimt and the Women of Vienna's Golden Age, 1900-1918 (through April 17, 2017) Includes Klimt's Adele Bloch-Bauer II (1912), just sold from Oprah Winfrey's collection for $150 million to an unidentified Chinese collector
Metropolitan Museum of Art • www.metmuseum.org/exhibitions Celebrating the Art of Japan: The Mary Griggs Burke Collection (through May 14, 2017) This collection has been praised for preserving one of the finest illustrated versions of The Tale of Genji, the first novel of Japan and written by a woman (c. 1020, Murasaki Shikibu) Seurat's Circus Sideshow (through May 29, 2017)
Marsden Hartley's Maine (March 15 - June 18, 2017)
OKLAHOMA CITY Oklahoma City Museum of Art • www.okcmoa.com After the Floating World: The Enduring Art of Japanese Woodblock Prints (through May 14, 2017)
The Complete WPA Collection: 75th Anniversary (through July 2, 2017) In 1935, in an effort to curb the mass unemployment of the Great Depression, President Franklin D. Roosevelt created the Works Progress Administration (WPA), one of a number of domestic programs known collectively as the New Deal. While much of the WPA was focused on improving the nation’s infrastructure, it also provided substantial resources for the arts and artists through the Federal Art Project (FAP), which employed 3,500 artists by 1936, and was instrumental in launching the careers of Jackson Pollock, Willem De Kooning, and Stuart Davis, among many others.
The Federal Art Project (FAP) was also responsible for establishing more than 100 art centers around the United States. Included among these was the WPA Experimental Gallery in Oklahoma City, which would become the WPA Oklahoma Art Center when the government funded a new, larger space, under the direction of well-known artist Nan Sheets. When President Roosevelt dissolved the WPA in 1942 following the outbreak of World War II, the Oklahoma Art Center became an independent entity. At that time, the Federal Art Project’s Central Allocation Unit gave twenty-eight works by twenty-six artists to the city of Oklahoma City. When the Museum’s predecessor, the Oklahoma Art Center, incorporated three years later, the WPA collection provided the basis for the Museum’s new permanent collection.
The Museum’s WPA collection features a large proportion of rural American landscapes and depictions of labor, infrastructure, and industrial development. All are figurative, as was favored by the WPA, and there are significant representations of female and foreign-born (predominately Russian) artists in the Museum’s holdings. The WPA collection also contains two artists with local ties, Muscogee (Creek)/Pawnee painter and muralist Acee Blue Eagle and printmaker Elmer Capshaw.
Rodin: The Centennial Exhibition (March 22 - July 31, 2017)
In observance of the 100th anniversary of the death of the 19th century's greatest sculptor, Auguste Rodin, the Rodin Museum collaborates with the immense venue of the Grand Palai to offer an exhibition that includes over 200 works by Rodin, accompanied by works of Picasso, Matisse, Giacometti, Beuys, Baselitz and Gormley to illuminate Rodin's legacy and impact.
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.
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.
National Gallery of Art •www.nga.gov Frédéric Bazille and the Birth of Impressionism (April 9 - July 9, 2017) 75 works by some people's favorite Impressionist; not as well known as the long-lived Renoir, Monet, and Pissarro, because he perished in the Franco-Prussian War before Impressionism was recognized as a movement.
66th A. W. Mellon Lectures in the Fine Arts (Sundays, March 26 - May 7, 2017) Alexander Nemerov, "The Forest: America in the 1830s," will explore the Hudson River School painters and their contemporaries, focusing on what their art did and did not show of the teeming world around them; promises a fundamentally new account of Thomas Cole, John Quidor, James Fenimore Cooper, and other aritsts and writers of that time.
National Museum of Women in the Arts • www.nmwa.org/ New Ground: The Southwest of Maria Martinez and Laura Gilpin (February 17 - May 14, 2017) 26 pieces by Martinez and 40 photographs by Gilpin, moved by their mutual connection to the landscape and history of the American Southwest.
WILMINGTON Delaware Art Museum • http://www.delart.org/ Howard Pyle Murals (through December 21, 2020) The complete set of nine mural panels painted by Howard Pyle (1853 – 1911) for the drawing room of his home at 907 Delaware Avenue, Wilmington, Delaware, semi-permanently installed in one of the Vinton Illustration galleries on the second floor of the Museum.
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
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