Caspar David Friedrich, Woman at a Window, c. 1820
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COVID-19's IMPACT ON ART inSIGHT: Given the recent increases in cases and hospitalizations, we need to keep staying home. Although Zooming doesn't offer the pleasant social benefits of our gatherings, it has its advantages, and I'll keep working via this medium untll we feel safe to gather again. Personally, I will be eager to resume gatherings at the Neill-Cochran House Museum and the Chateau Bellevue because it means support for two of Austin's oldest houses. The Chateau has set a minimum of 40 (with social distancing and all possible precautions involved in seating and table service) and the NCHM is encouraging outdoor gatherings . . . I will be watching for indications of interest in these options. Meanwhile, I'm grateful for Zoom! For information about the 2021 series, scroll down.
SOME SUGGESTIONS FOR NOW:
• Explore museums who are offering expanded internet access, e.g. Rijksmuseum, "Cooped Up with the Carter" (American Art Museum in Fort Worth) -- many links are posted farther down this page.
• An impressive series on NOVA/PBS: "A to Z: The First Alphabet" https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/video/a-to-z-the-first-alphabet/ participation of world-famous calligrapher, Brody Neuenschwander, animates the series brilliantly
WATCH FOR THESE SPECIAL EVENTS IN 2021!
PrintAustin: January 19 through February 26
For Printmakers, Collectors, the Curious Annual Print Fair -- February 5
Virtual Conference, including printmakers -- February 6
2021 Art inSight Program Series--THEME & SCHEDULE: ARTISTS in Their BIRTHDAY MONTHS
Not quite a book club, but relevant book recommendations offered!
January through May: ZOOM at 10am on 4th Thursday, repeated 10am on 4th Friday of each month (except*)
$20 per person; you are welcome to pay for the first 5 months at once!
Preregistration is expected; deadline for registration is 5 days in advance of the program. To register: send email to get your name on the attendance list and to receive a confirmation and other material in advance of the program.
All registrants for a Zoom meeting will receive the recording along with follow-up material
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DATES & TOPICS:
January 21/22 . . John Singer Sargent Read: Erica Hirshler, Sargent's Daughters: The Biography of a Painting, 2009
February 25/26 . . Auguste Renoir
Read: Susan Vreeland, The Luncheon of the Boating Party, 2008
March 25/26 . . . Piet Mondrian April 22/23 . . . . Archibald Knox
Perilla Kinchin, Taking Tea with Mackintosh: . . . Miss Cranston's Tea Rooms May 27/28 . . . . . Mary Cassatt
Robin Oliveira, I've Always Loved You: A Novel, 2014
* June 17/18 . . . . Frank Lloyd Wright
Nancy Horan, Loving Frank, 2008
July 22/23 . . . . . Artemisia Gentileschi
Susan Vreeland, The Passion of Artemisia: A Novel, 2002
August 26/27 . . . Gustave Caillebotte
Emile Zola, The Masterpiece, 1866
* Sept 30-Oct 1 . . . Mark Rothko
B. A. Shapiro, The Muralist: A Novel
Oct 28/29 . . . . . . . Katsushika Hokusai
Katherine Govier, The Printmaker's Daughter, 2010
Nov 18/19 . . . . . . Georgia O'Keeffe
Laurie Lisle, Portrait of an Artist: A Biography of Georgia O'Keeffe, 1980
* Dec 9/10 . . . . . . Camille Claudel
Heather Webb, Rodin's Lover, 2015
We will try to return to our former gatherings when we can meet the minimums:
40 at Chateau Bellevue
35 at Neill-Cochran House Museum
Othmar Schimtowitz, Angels, Leopold Church "Am Steinhof," c.1900, Vienna
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.)
Special Events of Note:
Neill-Cochran House Museum(Austin landmark, Abner Cook 1855)
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"
Weekly livestreamed “Curated Conversations” at 5 p.m. Tuesdays. These Zoom sessions — for more info, go to bit.ly/35RAaG4 — feature cultivated Blanton curators and other staff members who give short thematic presentations followed by questions from viewers in real time.
Watch past episodes of “Curated Conversations” on YouTube at bit. ly/3dDlgWp. Among the topics: a woman’s place in the artistic canon, mail art in Latin America and behind the scenes at Ellsworth Kelly’s “Austin.”
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 Crazy Quilts exhibition: Remembered by Hand: Family Histories Illuminated (January 6 - February 7, 2021) Jan. 14, 5:00-7:00pm: Embroidery Workshop with Shannon Downey REGISTRATION REQUIRED
Jan. 21, 5:00-7:00pm: "Craftivist" Shannon Downey will discuss her "Rita's Quilt" project, which will be on display as a complement to the NCHM exhibition of crazy quilts REGISTRATION REQUIRED
Mythmakers: the Art of WInslow Homer and Frederic Remington (through February 28, 2021) the first exhibition to explore the unexpected resonances and moments of convergence between the themes, artistic sensibilities, and technical processes of these two artists. James Surls: Seven and Seven Flower (through Fall 2022) KIMBELL ART MUSEUM ♦ www.kimbellart.orgFlesh and Blood: Italian Masterpieces from the Capodimonte Museum (March 1 - June 14, 2020) Renowned Renaissance artists such as Titian and Raphael join Baroque masters including Artemisia Gentileschi, Jusepe de Ribera, Guido Reni, and Bernardo Cavallino to reveal the aspirations and limitations of the human body and the many ways it can express love and devotion, physical labor, and tragic suffering Queen Nefertari's Egypt (November 15, 2020 - March 28, 2021) Turner's Modern World (May 9 - September 5, 2021) The exhibition explores Turner’s lifelong interest in the inventions, events, politics, society, culture and science of his time, which resulted in many of his most original works and transformed his way of painting. Buddha, Shiva, Lotus, Dragon: The Mr. and Mrs. John D. Rockefeller 3rd Collection( – nearly 70 of the finest examples of Asian art in the United States MODERN ART MUSEUM OF FORT WORTH ♦ www.themodern.org
Ruckus Rodeo (Jan 17 - Mar 29, 2020) Red Grooms' big work of 1975–76 is presented at the Modern to coincide with the 2020 Southwestern Exposition and Livestock Show. Grooms’s immense, walk-through work of art covers 1,237 square feet of gallery space. This “sculpto-pictorama,” as Grooms has referred to it, consists of painted two-dimensional surfaces and sculptural three-dimensional figures that celebrate the Fort Worth rodeo.
Norman Rockwell: American Freedom (December 15, 2019 - March 22, 2020)
Rockwell's response to Franklin Roosevelt's Four Freedoms
Glory of Spain: Treasures from the Hispanic Society Museum & Library (March 1 - May 25, 2020) 200 objects—spanning more than 4,000 years of Hispanic art and culture—from the renowned collections in New York City, founded by Anna Hyatt and Archer M. Huntington, founders of UT's art museum
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.
"To Rebehold the Stars: Dante Illustrated" exhibition, Uffizi, Florence (online)
a virtual survey of Federico Zuccari's drawings marking 700 years since Dante's death
The Covid-19 Pandemic has upended special exhibition calendar postings and most of what you see below has been cancelled or revised. It may disappear altogether and be replaced by a simpler arrangement.
In the meantime, here is a two-part list from November 2020 (US exhibitions + European exhibitions) from the AHNCA newsletter (Association of Historians of Nineteenth Century Art). Enjoy!
Rembrandt's Orient (October 31, 2020 - February 14, 2021)
The Dutch master never left the Netherlands, but travelled far afield in his imagination
BENTONVILLE Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art • crystalbridges.org including Frank Lloyd Wright's Bachman-Wilson House, 1957
BERKELEY Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive •https://bampfa.org/ Brave Warriors and Fantastic Tales: The World According to Yoshitoshi(through May 31)Subject of a "rave" article in the Wall Street Journal, Feb. 11, 2020 BERLINAlte Galerie •Decadence and Dark Dreams: Belgian Symbolism (September 18, 2020 - January 17, 2021) Paintings from fin-de-siècle BrusselsMartin Gropius Bau • www.gropiusbau.de BERN Kunstmuseum • www.kunstmuseumbern.ch BILBAO • www.guggenheim-bilbao.esGuggenheim Museum Bilbao
BLOOMINGTON Eskenazi Museum of Art (Indiana University) • https://artmuseum.indiana.edu/Facing the Revolution: Portraits of Women in France and the United States (March 25 - July 26, 2020) New artistic approaches to portraiture in the context of shifts from monarchical rule to republic Swing Landscape: Stuart Davis and the Modernist Mural (September 3 - December 20, 2020)The museum's 1938 mural, examined closely in the context of abstract murals in the Depression era. BONN Bundestkunsthalle • www.bundeskunsthalle.de BOSTON Museum of Fine Arts Boston •www.mfa.org/Boston Made: Arts and Crafts Jewelry and Metalwork (through March 29, 2020)
Quilts and the American Experience (working title) (October 11, 2020 - January 18, 2021) Strong Women in Renaissance Italy (working title) (October 28, 2020-February 21, 2021) BREMEN Kunsthalle • www.kunsthalle-bremen.de BROOKLYN Brooklyn Museum of Art • brooklynmuseum.org
Jacques-Louis David Meets Kehinde Wiley (through May 10, 2020) David's iconic portrait of Napoleon leading his army through the Alps is hung to make a direct comparison with Kehinde Wiley's "appropriation," by which he update traditions of ornament and how they poke at Enlightenment promises of universalism and freedom
CHICAGO Art Institute of Chicago• http://www.artic.edu Monet and Chicago (May 10 - September 7, 2020) El Greco: Ambition and Defiance (through June 21, 2020) Fabricating Fashion: Textiles for Dress, 1700–1825 (March 28 - July 26, 2020)
a virtual survey of Federico Zuccari's drawings marking 700 years since Dante's death
GAINESVILLE Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art, University of Florida • harn.ufl.edu
GHENTMuseum of Fine Arts (MSK) • https://www.mskgent.be/enVan Eyck: An Optical Revolution (February 1 - April 30, 2020)A worldwide tribute to Jan van Eyck (ca. 1390-1441) will exhibit most of Eyck's 20 known works alongside works by his most talented peers.
HAGUE Kunstmuseum Den Haag [formerly Gemeentemuseum] • www.kunstmuseum.nl Anders Zorn: The Swedish Idyll (October 10, 2020 - January 31, 2021) Zorn is known as a society painter for his glamorous portraits; this exhibition explores the paintings that record the customs of his homeland, including "genre" pictures of everyday life among the people of the countryside
Horace Pippin: From War to Peace (ongoing) 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
Van Gogh, Cézanne, Matisse, Hodler: The Hahnloser Collection (through May 24, 2020)
120-work exhibition presents an overview of this internationally unique collection of modern art, with works on loan from the fine art museums Kunstmuseum Bern and Kunst Museum Winterthur additionally serving to illuminate this collection’s exemplary cultural policy aspect.
True to Nature: Open-Air Painting in Europe, 1780-1870 (Februrary 2 - May 3, 2020) 100 oil sketches made en plein air, the modern discipline that created a foundation for Impressionism
Raphael and His Circle (February 16 - June 14, 2020)
25 prints and drawings illustrating Raphael's art and influence; the NGA's five paintings by Raphael--the largest and most important group outside Europe--will be on view separately to complement the group of works on paper
Degas at the Opera (March 1 - July 5, 2020)
100 works in a range of media celebrate the 350th anniversary of the Opera's founding
A Superb Baroque: Art in Genoa, 1600-1750 (May 3 - August 16, 2020) International loan exhibition of 130 paintings, sculptures, decorative arts, drawings, prints
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.
The Kimono in Print: 300 Years of Art and Design (March 28 - June 28, 2020)
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
Romanticism in Switzerland (through February 14, 2021) A look at the spectacularly beautiful landscape art of Switzerland; "for Byron, the landscape of Switzerland made it 'the most Romantic region in the world'"
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