At the bottom of this long page: 15-page (.pdf) lists of fall-2017-early-2018 exhibitions in the US and EUROPE: An excellent resource for planning and travel!
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Caspar David Friedrich, Woman at a Window, c. 1820
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James Jacquest Joseph Tissot, Tourists in London, 1874
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.)
Special Events of Note
Neill-Cochran House Museum
The War at Home" World War I Comes to Texas(March 21 - December 21, 2018)
This exhibit takes us back in time 100 years to life as experienced by Texans during World War I. The war was disruptive to family life in many ways. Enlistments certainly separated families, but everyday life was also impacted in many ways, from pressure to purchase war bonds, to the impact of the Spanish Flu, to a certain level of militarization of society, and food rationing.
While the image of the "dough-boy" that has come down to us today is of a white American soldier, the war effort affected all families. Mexican-Americans, African-Americans, and German-Americans in many ways struggled to prove their Americanness while the country was at war, a struggle that was as acute in Texas as in the rest of the country.
Using the experiences of the Cochran family and other Austinites as a guide, we explore the impact of the Great War on the lives of the people who remained on the home front and the relationships they maintained with soldiers who served elsewhere and abroad https://thegreatwareffort.splashthat.com/
Texas Museum Exhibition Recommendations and Special Events
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 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. Changing exhibitions highlight aspects of life in long-ago Austin, and art and artifacts from the House's period of interpretation complement adult lecture series and family programming, offering numerous reasons to visit and return. And there's a food truck this spring!
Is Now the Dream? Photography by Pat Brown (January 17 - May 1, 2018) Evocative photographs are displayed with the ornate Japanese court dolls that inspired them; complemented by large black-and-white prints from the artist's recent trip to Japan
DALLAS MUSEUM OF ART ♦ www.dallasmuseumofart.org Cult of the Machine: Precisionism in American Art (September 16, 2018 - January 6, 2019)
Key paintings by American Precisionists such as Charles Sheeler, Georgia O’Keeffe, and Charles Demuth, and iconic works by the masters of straight photography such as Paul Strand, Berenice Abbott, and Edward Steichen characterize a fascinating focus of visual artists between the world wars
Ida O'Keeffe: Escaping Georgia's Shadow (November 18, 2018 - February 24, 2019) 50 works by Georgia O'Keeffe's older sister revealing a distinct artistic identity
Berthe Morisot, Woman Impressionist (February 24, 2019 - May 26, 2019) 60 paintings from collections all over the world focus on Morisot's treatment of the modern figure
MEADOWS MUSEUM @ SMU (Southern Methodist University) ♦ smu.edu/meadows/museum Murillo at the Meadows: A 400th Anniversary Celebration (until December 2, 2018) Bartolomé Esteban Murillo (1617–1682), was a luminary of Golden Age Seville. The Meadows Museum is in possession of five of this star painter’s works, more paintings by him than any other museum in the United States. This exhibition celebrates this painter by exhibiting the extraordinary holdings by Murillo at the Meadows together with paintings by his Sevillian contemporaries, thus resituating the artist within the artistic context with which he remains so intimately associated.
Memory, MInd, Matter: The Sculpture of Eduardo Chillida (February 4 - June 3, 2018) Eduardo Chillida (1924-2002) is one of the major sculptors of the post-war international art movement. His monumental public works can be found throughout Spain, Europe and the Americas. Memory, Mind, Matter: The Sculpture of Eduardo Chillida presents 66 works of sculpture, drawing, collage, gravitations, graphic works, and a small selection of artists’ books, representing a general view of the mature phase of this key sculptor of the post-war avant-garde.
Cowboy Legends and Life: From 1888 to 2016 (June 16 - September 29, 2018) The Cowboy is an icon for America. This exhibition explores the imagery of the cowboy and cowgirl in American Western art. It will present both the idealization and the working life of men and women of the West. Paintings, sculptures, drawings and rare books are from the collections of the Stark Museum of Art.
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.
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." BERLINMartin Gropius Bau • www.gropiusbau.deGurlitt: Status Report, Nazi Art Theft and its Consequences (Autumn 2018)Aside from being one of just four dealers permitted by the Nazis to sell degenerate art abroad for hard currency, Hildebrand Gurlitt acquired works that had been stolen from Jews, or sold by Jews desperate to leave the country. He ran his own dealership in Hamburg and shopped in occupied Paris during the war for Adolf Hitler’s planned Führermuseum in Linz, Austria, a project that never came to fruition. When Cornelius Gurlitt died in 2014, the unsuspecting sole beneficiary of his will was Bern’s Kunstmuseum . . . Gurlitt's will was contested . . . the German government continues to investigate the collection's provenance . . . but the German culture minister has proceeded with plans for an exhibition BERN Kunstmuseum • www.kunstmuseumbern.ch BONN Bundestkunsthalle • www.bundeskunsthalle.de BOSTON Museum of Fine Arts Boston • www.mfa.org/ Mark Rothko: Reflection (through July 1, 2018)An immersive experience achieved with an installation of 11 paintings Past is Present: Revival Jewelry (through August 19, 2018)70 objects—both ancient and revival—trace the revival movement from the 19th to the 21st centuries. The exhibition focuses on four types—archaeological, Classical, Egyptian, and Renaissance. Highlights include a 1924 brooch, on loan from Cartier, paired with an Egyptian winged scarab (740–660 BC) with a similar design; an 1850s embellished gold brooch by Castellani; a Renaissance revival neck ornament (1900–04) designed for Tiffany & Co.; a 1980s Bulgari necklace adorned with Macedonian coins; and a 2002 Akelo pendant that emulates an ancient Etruscan granulation technique.2 articles: http://www.mfa.org/exhibitions/past-is-present-revival-jewelry BREMEN Kunsthalle • www.kunsthalle-bremen.de
BURLINGTON VT Shelburne Museum • shelburnemuseum.org CAMBRIDGE Fitzwilliam Museum • http://www.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk/ CHICAGO Art Institute of Chicago• http://www.artic.edu/Shockingly Made: Henry Fuseli and the Art of Drawing (November 18, 2017 - April 1, 2018)"Drawings and prints showcases his passionate and singular approach to drawing, born of political revolutions and radical aesthetic shifts." A favorite artist of mine, a Swiss who succeeded in England
DENVER Denver Art Museum • www.denverartmuseum.org/ Degas: A Passion for Perfection (through May 20, 2018) More than 100 works consisting of paintings, drawings, pastels, etchings, monotypes, and sculptures in bronze are on view. The exhibition focuses on the most prominent and recurring themes throughout Degas’ 60-year career. These include his interest in learning from the art of the past and from that of his contemporaries, a lifelong fascination with the nude, a passion for horses, and his strong interest in opera and dance. ONLY AMERICAN VENUE
Thomas Cole, American Moralist (through May 13, 2018) An exhibition that includes some of Cole's greatest hits (Garden of Eden; The Oxbow; Course of Empire) and highest tributes (Kindred Spirits by Asher B. Durand) and addresses big influences, interactions . . .
Delacroix (September 12, 2018 - January 6, 2019) 150 paintings, drawings, prints; first-ever full-career retrospective in North America
Devotion to Drawing: The Karen B. Cohen Collection of Eugene Delacroix (July 16, 2018 - ?)
PARIS Musée du Louvre • https://www.louvre.fr/en Delacroix, 1798-1863 (March 26 - July 23, 2018) 200 paintings, drawings, prints; first full-career retrospective in Paris since the centenary exhibition of 1963
Modern Times: American Art 1910-1950 (April 18 - September 3, 2018)
From jazz and the jitterbug to assembly lines and skylines: the early twentieth century was a time of great social, artistic, and technological change. Artists responded with a revolutionary language of shapes and colors. See how Georgia O’Keeffe, Marsden Hartley, Jacob Lawrence, and others challenged convention and forged bold new styles to fit the times.
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
Cézanne Portraits (March 25 - July 1, 2018) 60 paintings explore the chronological development of Cézanne's style and method; sole American venue
Jackson Pollock's Mural (November 19, 2017 - October 28, 2018) A special installation of the 20-foot-long mural Pollock created for Peggy Guggenheim (on a slow return, after conservation, to its home at the University of Iowa Museum of Art), accompanied by other works by Pollock.
Women Artists in Paris, 1850-1900 (June 9 - September 3, 2018)
WILMINGTON Delaware Art Museum • http://www.delart.org/ Howard Pyle Murals (through December 31, 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
Edgar Degas, The Conversation, 1895
Lawrence Alma-Tadema, Armchair, 1884 (V&A)
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