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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PARTICIPATE Day Trips, Study Tours, and future destinations are described on the Study Tours page
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COVID-19's IMPACT ON ART inSIGHT: I am eager to resume gatherings at the Chateau Bellevue, where we can gather and socialize, enjoy a substantial lunch, and explore the day's program in one another's company. The Chateau has set a minimum of 40 (with social distancing and all possible precautions involved in seating and table service); the luncheons will happen on Fridays when the number of registrants meets the Chateau's minimum. Meanwhile, I'm grateful for Zoom! and will continue Zooming on Thursdays for all who prefer Zoom for reasons of convenience, safety, or distance!
For information about the 2022 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
2022 Art inSight Program Series--THEME & SCHEDULE: ARTISTS (All Women) in Their BIRTHDAY MONTHS
Zoom meetings -- Thursdays [pre-Zoom and post-Zoom notes and recording]
Preregistration is expected--send email to get your name on the attendance list Deadline: Monday in the week of your chosen program Registration Options (please be sure to include your chosen date in email or on your check):
• Check—payable to Art inSight, mail to: PO Box 5730, Austin TX 78763-5730
•CREDIT CARD—via PayPal link (below)
TOPICS and DATES -- One Important Woman at a Time
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 21-22 Käthe Kollwitz
Aug 25-26 Laura Knight
Sept 22-23 Louise Nevelson
Oct 27-28 Lee Krasner
Nov 3-4 Sonia Delaunay
Dec 1-2 Helen Frankenthaler
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.
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 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 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.
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 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.
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.
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
BALTIMORE Baltimore Museum of Art • https://artbma.org/ BARCELONA Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya • www.mnac.cat/ BASEL Kunstmuseum Basel • www.kunstmuseumbasel.ch Fondation Beyeler • 150 Years of Mondrian (5 June - 9 October 2022) see The Hague 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/ BERLINAlte Galerie •
Donatello: The Renaissance (2 September 2022 - 8 January 2023)
CHARLESTONBrookgreen Gardens • https://www.brookgreen.org/ CHICAGO Art Institute of Chicago• http://www.artic.edu Cézanne (15 May - 5 September 2022) "The greatest Paul Cézanne exhibition for a generation . . . will span the full career of the artist . . .it will comprise 90 oil paintings, 40 works on paper and two sketchbooks . . . reframe Cézanne, a giant of art history, for our own time." (Art Newspaper)
FLORENCE Palazzo StrozziDonatello: The Renaissance (19 March - 31 July 2022)Sweeping survey of the artist's work Museu del Bargello • https://www.florence-museum.com/bargello-museum Uffizi • https://www.uffizi-gallery
GAINESVILLE Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art, University of Florida • harn.ufl.edu
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