Caspar David Friedrich, Woman at a Window, c. 1820
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Upcoming events, near and far, offer art history experiences in the good company of companions with similar interests.
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2019 MONTHLY LECTURE SERIES:"Great Art Museums, Continued"
Choice of two dates, two venues, two formats
[replacing WWCC's Garden Room, which will be closed for renovations for most of 2019]
*** REGISTRATION IS OPEN! ***
Preregistration is expected; deadline for registration is 10 days in advance of the program.
Email to hold a place, then mail check payable to Art inSight to: PO Box 5730 Austin TX 78763-5730
Please include your email address in order to receive a confirmation and other material and
specify the date you are attending; request special meal (GF, Veg, Vegan) by email.
TuesdayLuncheons @ Chateau Bellevue(capacity: 150) (Austin Woman's Club, seated luncheon, free parking in AWC lot; complimentary house tour)
10:30am - 1:00pm
$45 per person per program --"Series subscription" option: $400 for 9 programs
Friday Morning Coffees @ Neill-Cochran House Museum(capacity: 50) (coffee, tea, pastries, free parking behind Museum; complimentary Museum visit)
9:30-11:30am $30 per person per program --"Series subscription" option: $250 for 9 programs
SCHEDULE of TOPICS:
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Jan 29 @ CB
Feb 1 @ NCHM
National Museum, Cardiff
Feb 19 @ CB
Feb 22 @ NCHM
Mar 19 @ CB
Mar 15 @ NCHM
Neue Pinakothek, Munich
Apr 16 @ CB
Apr 12 @ NCHM
June 11 @ CB
June 14 @ NCHM
July 9 @ CB
July 12 @ NCHM
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Aug 27 @ CB
Aug 30 @ NCHM
Van Gogh Museum
Sept 17 @ CB
Sept 20 @ NCHM
Oct 15 @ CB
Oct 11 @ NCHM
Othmar Schimtowitz, Angels, Leopold Church "Am Steinhof," c.1900, Vienna
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)
extended through August 18 JOY AND DELIGHT: LU ANN BARROW AND THE FOLK SPIRIT
A special exhibition of works by an Austin treasure, known and loved for the wit and wisdom embedded in brightly colored pictures of happy moments inspired by the artist's travels and long life in Texas.
The handsome catalog of LuAnn's last big Austin show is on sale in the NCHM shop!
DAYTRIP TO HOUSTON: RIENZI & BAYOU BEND September 12, 2019 for details, see Art inSight STUDY TOURS PAGE
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.
HARRY RANSOM HUMANITIES RESEARCH CENTER at UT-AUSTIN • http://www.hrc.utexas.edu The Rise of Everyday Design: The Arts & Crafts Movement in Britain & America (February 9 - July 14, 2019)
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!
HISTORY LAB: Free, family structured activity, first Sundays, 1-4pm REGISTRATION REQUIRED
512-478-2335 | email@example.com
UMLAUF (SCULPTURE GARDEN & MUSEUM) ♦ www.umlaufsculpture.org James Surls: With Out, With In (March 5 - August 18, 2019) First-ever exhibition in Austin, with more than 30 sculptures by the renowned Texas artist, spanning nearly 40 years; iconic early carved wooden works, large-scale bronze and steel sculptures OPENING WITH INSIGHTS BY THE ARTIST March 5, 6:00-8:00pm
Hiroshige's complete series--this set once owned by architect Frank Lloyd Wright and gifted to the Museum by Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Marcus in 1984—will be on view at the DMA for the first time in more than 30 years.
Austin printmaker Daryl Howard will give a gallery talk, "Journey along the Tokaido," Wednesday, June 19, at 12:15.
Caravaggio (June 23 - September 22, 2019) See Martha and Mary Magdalene (c. 1598), on loan from the Detroit Institute of Arts, one of the few works by this key figure of Italian Baroque painting in the US
CURRENTLY CLOSED FOR RENOVATION, SCHEDULED TO REOPEN SEPTEMBER 14.
KIMBELL ART MUSEUM ♦ www.kimbellart.orgMonet: The Late Years (June 16 - September 15, 2019) 60 paintings from Monet's final years, 1913-26, including works from the Musé Marmottan Monet, Paris, the collection famed for its quantity of late paintings. Renoir: The Body, The Senses (October 27, 2019 - January 26, 2020) This daring exhibition of nearly 200 paintings is the first major exploration of Renoir’s unceasing interest in the human form, and it reconsiders Renoir as a constantly evolving artist whose style moved from Realism into luminous Impressionism, culminating in the modern classicism of his last decades. 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 Art of Texas: 250 Years (opens May 4 - August 25, 2019) A major and immense exhibition of artists ranging from 19th-century Theodore Gentilz to 20th-century Georgia O’Keeffe. The more than hundred art pieces will include a mural by John Biggers, a sculpture by Jesus Morales, and a painting by Julian Onderdonk, “Chili Queens at the Alamo,” that once graced the Oval Office during President George W. Bush’s time in the White House. Art will travel from museums and collectors from throughout the United States and in Texas, from El Paso to Houston and from Dallas to Corpus Christi.
Historic houses at the Witte:
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.
CHICAGO Art Institute of Chicago• http://www.artic.eduManet and Modern Beauty (May 26 - September 8, 2019)Paintings and letters from the last few years of Manet's life that focus attention on Manet's responsiveness to the moment--fashion, portraiture, modern social and gender relationships--even as he continued to peoducehighly finished and hoerically-scaled pictures for the Salon.
Treasures from the White City: The Chicago World's Fair of 1893 (through August 11, 2019)
Objects drawn from the Museum’s permanent collection, as well as the collection of Richard H. Driehaus and features original works and memorabilia designed for and exhibited at the fair. Pieces by Louis Comfort Tiffany created for his magnificent World’s Fair chapel, substantial silver selections designed by both Gorham Manufacturing Company and Tiffany & Company, and artifacts from the exposition such as tickets, maps and programs will be featured in the exhibition presented in celebration of the fair’s 125th anniversary. CINCINNATI Taft Museum of Art • http://www.taftmuseum.org/
L'Affichomania: The Passion for French Prints (through September 15, 2019)
Twisted: Patrick Dougherty Entwined at the Taft (ongoing, front lawn)
a cluster of Dougherty's signature willow-sapling forms, involving 6 tons of material and the help of 150 volunteers
DENVER Denver Art Museum • www.denverartmuseum.org/ Claude Monet: The Truth of Nature (October 20, 2019 - February 2, 2020)
The Denver Art Museum will be home to the most comprehensive U.S. exhibition of Monet paintings in more than two decades. The exhibition will feature more than 100 paintings spanning Monet’s entire career and will focus on the celebrated French impressionist artist’s enduring relationship with nature and his response to the varied and distinct places in which he worked.
Félix Fénéon (1861-1944) (October 16, 2019 - January 27, 2020)
The first exhibition paying tribute to Félix Fénéon (1861-1944), an important figure in the artistic world in the late 19th and early 20th century. Anarchist, art critic, editor, gallery director and collector, Fénéon espoused an open-minded vision of creation at a time when art was on the verge of the shift to modernity.The section presented at the Musée de l'Orangerie and the Museum of Modern Art in New York in spring 2019 will emphasise the anarchist ideology of Félix Fénéon and how he sought to help artists through his critics, exhibitions and acquisitions. A promoter of Neo-Impressionism, Fénéon passionately advocated the works of his Pointillist friends, Seurat and Signac in particular. He was also an active member of the La Revue blanche circle (French art and literary magazine) before pledging his support to the Fauvists and Futurists in 1906, and particularly in 1912 when he organised the first Futurist exhibition in Paris as artistic director of the Bernheim-Jeune gallery.
The Impressionist's Eye (April 16 - August 18, 2019)
Works across media from the PMA collection; see sample "slideshow" online: http://www.philamuseum.org/exhibitions/885.html Yoshitoshi: Spirit and Spectacle(April 16 - August 18, 2019) 70 works from the Museum’s extraordinary collection of Yoshitoshi prints, the largest repository of his work outside Japan
Rodin Museum • rodinmuseum.orgRethinking the Modern Monument (through February 2019?)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
The Expansion of Cubism, 1911-1920 (June 28 - October 6, 2019)
N. C. Wyeth: New Perspectives (October 4, 2019 - January 12, 2020)
The American Pre-Raphaelites: Radical Realists (April 14 - July 21, 2019) Special exhibition in celebration of the 200th anniversary of the birth of John Ruskin, the most influential art critic of the Victorian era; 90 works by American artists who were inspired by Ruskin's call for revolutionary change in the practice of art
Ida O'Keeffe: Escaping Georgia's Shadow (July 6 - October 6, 2019)
Ida Ten Eyck O’Keeffe (1889–1961) was a talented American modernist, whose paintings and prints of the 1920s and 1930s explore realism and abstraction in the service of a distinctive artistic style. Yet the fact that her older sister was the renowned Georgia O’Keeffe begins to explain why most people have not heard of her. Drawing on extensive new research, Ida O’Keeffe: Escaping Georgia’s Shadowassesses Ida’s work and life, including her training, technique, and travels—as well as the sisters’ sibling rivalry, prompted by Georgia’s interest in being the only painter in the family. A fully illustrated catalogue, the first dedicated to the artist, accompanies the exhibition.
The exhibition was organized by the Dallas Museum of Art, where it was on view Nov 18, 2018 - Feb 24, 2019.
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
Lawrence Alma-Tadema, Armchair, 1884 (V&A)
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