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!
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EXPLORE Recommended temporary museum exhibitions around Texas are listed on this page
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TOPICS and DATES -- One Important Woman at a Time
changes from original schedule
Jan 13-14 Barbara Hepworth
Feb 24-25 Gabriele Münter
Mar 17-18 Anna Hyatt Huntington
Apr 7-8 Bridget Riley
May 12-13 Tamara de Lempicka
June 16-17 Magdalena Abakanowicz
July 21-29 Käthe Kollwitz
Aug 19 & 23 Laura Knight
Sept 22-23 Louise Nevelson
Oct 27-28 Lee Krasner
Nov 10 & 18 Sonia Delaunay
Dec 1-2 Helen Frankenthaler ZOOM BOTH DATES
Othmar Schimtowitz, Angels, Leopold Church "Am Steinhof," c.1900, Vienna
2021 Artists in Their Birthday Months 2020 Masterpieces: Method, Meaning, Context 2019 Great Art Museums, part 2 2018 Great Art Museums, part 1 2017 Great Collectors and Their Collections, part 2 2016 Great Collectors and Their Collections, part 1 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 Future Series Topics:
Key Works of World Architecture, Stonehenge to Safdie Great Moments in Art History, Antiquity to Modern 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.)
FOR EVEN DATES & DETAILS, click on the link and/or visit the Museum's website for times, registration, etc.
"Reckoning with the Past: The Reinterpretation of the NCHM Slave Quarters" Austin's only extant publicly accessible slave quarters has the potential to add considerably to the visible history of early Austin and to tell the difficult stories of enslavement and race in the nineteenth century. Public events are underway to involve the community; sponsorships are welcome to support programming, publications, and city-wide collaborations.
A new season of MODERN TIMES begins! Sunday, Oct 2, 2022: "The Centennial Exposition"
Free admission to Museum members; all register online, in-person or Zoom
Texas Museum Exhibition Recommendations and Special Events
NOTE: Some museums, closed because of the COVID-19 virus, may have negotiated extensions of their temporary exhibitions. I'm not aware of all such plans, so have left exhibitions posted below, even though the exhibitions' official dates have "expired." Check websites for updates!
BLANTON MUSEUM OF ART ♦ www.blantonmuseum.org Painted Cloth: Fashion and Ritual in Colonial Latin America (through January 8, 2023)
BRISCOE CENTER FOR AMERICAN HISTORY • www.cah.utexas.edu From Commemoration to Education: Pompeo Coppini's Statue of Jefferson Davis Commissioned in 1919 by university regent Major George W. Littlefield the statue was envisioned as part of a much larger allegorical memorial, the Littlefield Fountain, intended to honor Texans who died in the Civil War and World War I while also addressing the reconciliation of the northern and southern states between those wars. However, the memorial and its campus setting and cultural context changed significantly over the course of its development. No longer an object of commemoration, the statue was moved in 2015 and now forms part of a new exhibition that explores the statue's history, as well as its significance as both a work of art and evidence of the past.
NEILL-COCHRAN HOUSE MUSEUM ♦ www.nchmuseum.org Mark Smith's "HOPE" Series (through December 18, 2022) 44 collages inspired by Barack Obama's campaign theme; the original works are now at the Obama Presidential Center in Chicago.
James Surls: Seven and Seven Flower (through Fall 2022) Sargent, Whistler, and Venetian Gkass: American Artists and the Magic of Murano (June 26 - Sept 11, 2022)140 works exploring and celebrating the great era of Murano glass (c. 1860-1910) and the American artists who found inspiration in the arts and exotic cityscape of Venice; artists include Whistler, Chase, Duveneck, Homer, Moran, Parrish, Prendergast . . . FOCUS OF A DAYTRIP--see Art inSight STUDY TOURS PAGE KIMBELL ART MUSEUM ♦ www.kimbellart.org
Slay: Artemisia Gentileschi and Kehinde Wiley (July 19, - October 9, 2022)
Two paintings depicting different versions of the Old Testament story of Judith and Holofernes—one by Italian Baroque artist Artemisia Gentileschi and the other by American contemporary artist Kehinde Wiley—will be on view at the Kimbell for a limited time. Strikingly different renditions of the same subject realized exactly 400 years apart, the paintings will allow visitors to reflect on contemporary issues through a historical lens.
Murillo: From Heaven to Earth (September 18, 2022–January 29, 2023) While Spanish Golden Age painter Bartolomé Esteban Murillo is primarily known for his representations of the life of Christ and other Biblical scenes, “Murillo: From Heaven to Earth” focuses on his earthly depictions of secular subjects and everyday life in seventeenth-century Seville. The landmark exhibition, inspired by the Kimbell’s mysterious Four Figures on a Step, features 50 paintings drawn from the Musée du Louvre, the National Gallery of Art, the Hispanic Society, and more.
For the first time in modern history, ordinary people—beggars, street urchins, and flower girls—are cast as the main characters of the cultural narratives and written tales of Murillo's time. Experience the artist’s masterful blending of the sacred and the secular, the earthly and the divine—only on view at the Kimbell. WATCH FOR AN ART INSIGHT/ARTWISETX DAYTRIP!
MODERN ART MUSEUM OF FORT WORTH ♦ www.themodern.orgWomen Painting Women (through September 25, 2022)A thematic exhibition featuring 46 female artists, includes approximately 50 evocative portraits that span the late 1960s to the present; international in scope
Modern Masters: A Tribute to Anne Windfohr Marion (October 23, 2022 - January 8, 2023) This exhibition highlights the contributions of one of the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth’s greatest patrons, tracing her support over nearly a half century. The exhibition of 80 works by 47 artists includes five renowned works from her collection, given to the Modern on her passing in 2021: Arshile Gorky’s The Plow and the Song, 1947; Willem de Kooning’s Two Women, 1954–55; Mark Rothko’s White Band No. 27, 1954; David Smith’s Dida Becca Merry X, 1964; Ellsworth Kelly’s Spectrum III, 1967. NATIONAL COWGIRL MUSEUM & HALL OF FAME ♦ www.cowgirl.net
Alberto Giacometti: Toward the Ultimate Figure (November 13, 2022-February 12, 2023)
The exhibition gathers an ensemble of masterpieces focusing on the artist’s major achievements of the postwar years (1945–66). Combining all media—sculpture, painting, and drawing—the show of 60 works draws upon the deep resources of the artist’s personal collection and examines a central, animating aspect of his oeuvre: his extraordinary, singular concern for the human figure. Co-organized by the Fondation Giacometti in Paris and the Cleveland Museum of Art, the exhibition will be presented at the Seattle Art Museum, the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, and the Cleveland Museum of Art.
Philip Guston Now (October 23, 2022 - January 16, 2023) Billed as a "sensational survey" at MFA Boston; after Houston: National Gallery in Washington and Tate Modern; Guston is a fascinating character in the way in which he emerged from Abstract Expressionism to return to figuration and unusual subject matter
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.
Marion Koogler McNay’s Legacy (through September 11, 2022) The largest exhibition to date of items from McNay’s original 1950 bequest; treasures on view from the collection include iconic paintings, sculpture, works on paper, and even watercolors by Marion Koogler McNay herself
Georgia O'Keeffe and American Modernism (through December 11, 2022)
Extended by popular demand; organized with a focus on a wider, more inclusive view of the development of American Modernism, combining key loans from the Whitney Museum of American At and additional sister institutions with works from the McNay's renowned collection
Van Gogh Museum • https://vangoghmuseum.nl/enGolden Boy Gustav Klimt Inspired by Van Gogh, Rodin, Matisse (through January 8, 2023) See good introductions on VGM webpage Van Gogh and the Avant-Garde: Along the Seine (opens October 2023)
ATLANTAHigh Museum • https://high.org/Pioneers, Influencers, and Rising Voices: Women in the Collection (new installation)
Shaheen Collection of French Works (new installation)
A family collection focused on French art of the late 19th and early 20th centuries
Van Gogh in America (October 2, 2022 - January 22, 2023)celebrates the DIA’s status as the first public museum in the United States to purchase a painting by Vincent van Gogh, his Self-Portrait (1887). On the 100th anniversary of its acquisition, experience 74 authentic Van Gogh works from around the world and discover the fascinating story of America’s introduction to this iconic artist, in an exhibition only at the DIA. DUSSELDORF150 Years of Mondrian (29 Octobeer 2022 - 10 February 2023) see The Hague
Tate Modern •http://www.tate.org Cézanne (6 October 2022 - 12 March 2023) following Chicago (see description above)
William Morris Gallery • https://www.wmgallery.org.uk/ The Legeng of King Arthur: A Pre-Raphaelite Love Story (October 14, 2022 - January 22, 2023) How Arthurian folklore captured the imaginations of 19th-centjury artists
Belle da Costa Greene and the Women of the Morgan (through January 8, 2023)
Belle da Costa Greene (Fall 2024) Exhibition devoted to the story of Morgan's "personal librarian," who built the library collection and eventually directed the Library; subject of the acclaimed book by Marie Benedict and Victoria Christopher Murray, The Personal Librarian, 2021
The Pre-Raphaelites and Their Circle (through Novenber 207, 2022) Features Morris, Rossetti, and Burne-Jones and their connections to Oxford; be sure to see Hunt's The Liht of the World in nearby Keble College Chapel
Matisse in the 1930s (October 20, 2022 - January 29, 2023) The PMA in collaboration with the Musée de l’Orangerie in Paris and the Musée Matisse Nice, present sthe first exhibition ever dedicated to the pivotal decade of the 1930s in the art of Henri Matisse (1869–1954), one of the giants of twentieth-century art. Opening first in Philadelphia, the only United States venue, the exhibition Matisse in the 1930s will present more than 100 works, ranging from both renowned and rarely seen paintings and sculptures, to drawings and prints, to illustrated books. It will also feature documentary photographs and films. The exhibition will be accompanied by a lavishly illustrated scholarly catalogue. Rodin Museum • rodinmuseum.orgRethinking the Modern Monument (ongoing) Applauded and despised in equal measure, Rodin’s public sculptures were viewed as a shocking departure from the methods used for centuries to pay homage to famous figures, and he changed the form forever. See many of the artist’s best-known sculptures alongside works by artists who came after, inspired by the radical intimacy of his public monuments. PORTLAND (Maine) Portland Museum of Art • www.portlandmuseum.orgTours of the Winslow Homer studio at Prout's Neck:Available from April through October, twice a day, on select days of the week (207) 775-6148