Caspar David Friedrich, Woman at a Window, c. 1820
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EXPLORE Recommended temporary museum exhibitions around Texas are listed on this page
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About to be History, but won't be deleted for awhile . . .
COVID-19's IMPACT ON ART inSIGHT: I will be 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); I am watching for indications of interest in gathering at the Chateau on Fridays beginning with the June program (see below). 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 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
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 meetings Thursdays and Fridays
$20 per person
June through December:
ZOOM at 10am on the Thursday
and BEGINNING IN JUNE, Friday dates will be luncheon programs at Chateau Bellevue (except August) 10:30 gathering, 11:00 program, 12:15 seated luncheon; free parking $45 per person (payment as below), all 6 + August Zoom for $275
Note: If our registrations do not reach the Chateau Bellevue minimum of 40 people, we'll Zoom on that Friday
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
PAYMENT OPTIONS—please be sure to include your chosen date:
• Check—payable to Art inSight, mail to: PO Box 5730, Austin TX 78763-5730
•CREDIT CARD—PayPal link (below)
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
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--ZOOM BOTH DATES . . . Gustave Caillebotte
Emile Zola, The Masterpiece, 1866
* Sept 24/Sept 30 . 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
*indicates artist's actual birthday!
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)
FOR DETAILS, click on the link and/or visit the Museum's website for times, etc.
• July 22: Friday Night Lights RAINED OUT & RESCHEDULED FOR July • Aug 5th: Best Little Whorehouse in Texas • Aug 22: Giant
Beverages provided by Still Austin, Thirsty Planet Brewing, Austin Gourmet Popcorn. $15 pp/$10 for members (drinks & popcorn included in admission price). Starts at dusk, capacity limited and reservations recommended.
2021-22 "Modern Times" Lecture Series (Sunday afternoons, registration essential) • Tara Dudley . . . . New Orleans, architecture, and people of color
• Walter Buenger . . importance of the railroad
• Jim Haley . . . . . . Indian War
• Andrea Roberts . . Freedom Colonies • Rowena Dasch . . . Winslow Homer • Sarah BIrd . . . . . . Buffalo Soldiers
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!
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.
Cubism in Color: The Still Lifes of Juan Gris (March 18 - July 25, 2021) The first U.S. exhibition in over 35 years dedicated to the Spanish artist Juan Gris highlights his revolutionary contributions to the Cubist movement by focusing on his fascination with subjects drawn from everyday life.
Van Gogh and the Olive Groves (October 17, 2021 - February 6, 2022) Exhibition reuniting for the very first time Vincent van Gogh’s important olive grove series painted between June and December 1889 during his stay at the asylum of Saint-Rémy-de-Provence (organized by DMA and Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam)
ART INSIGHT + ART WISE TX DAYTRIP SEPTEMBER 15, 2021
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 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 NATIONAL COWGIRL MUSEUM & HALL OF FAME ♦ www.cowgirl.net
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
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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