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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TOPICS and DATES -- One Important Woman at a Time
Jan 19-20 Michaelina Wautier, Rediscovered Baroque
Feb 16-17 Adélaïde Labille-Guiard, Enlightenment Portraiture
Mar 02-03* Betty Gold, Texas Sculptor in Steel *Luncheon gathering at Neill-Cochran House Museum
Apr 13-14* Angelika Kauffmann, Académicienne *Luncheon gathering at Neill-Cochran House Museum
May 04-05* Rosa Bonheur, Victorian Animalier *Luncheon gathering at Neill-Cochran House Museum
June 15-16 Marguerite Zorach, American Fauve
July 13-14 Joan Mitchell, Poetic Abstract Expressionist BASTILLE DAY--We will celebrate!
Aug 17-18 Elsie Driggs, Female Precisionist
Sept 07-08 Glenna Goodacre, American Sculptor
Oct 25-26* Jean Shin, Monumental Recycler NOTE: DATES ARE WED. + THURS. *Luncheon gathering at Neill-Cochran House Museum
Nov 02-03NEW DATES Shirin Neshat, Iranian-American COFFEE @ NCHM
Dec 07-08 Maya Lin, Monuments Woman
LOOKING AHEAD: 2024 Series — "The Painters of Modern Life, Courbet through Picasso"
Honoring the 150th anniversary of the first "Impressionist" exhibition, this series will focus on the social/urban subjects of the major artists who contributed to the depiction of life in the "new" Paris
$30 each COFFEE @ NCHM; $20 each ZOOM You are welcome to register for multiple dates at once; all 12 COFFEES $350, 12 ZOOMS $200
2 Baron Haussmann: Transforming Paris February 22 (Zoom) – 23 (Coffee @ NCHM)
3 Edouard Manet: Making Art Modern March 14 (Zoom) – 15 (Coffee @ NCHM)
4 J. M. Whistler: The World Comes to Paris April 11 (Zoom) – 12 (Coffee @ NCHM)
5 James J. J. Tissot: The Impact of War May 16 (Zoom) – 17 (Coffee @ NCHM)
6 Gustave Caillebotte: Gentlemen at Leisure June 13 (Zoom) – 14 (Coffee @ NCHM)
7 Claude Monet: Leisure and Fashion July 11 (Zoom) – 12 (Coffee @ NCHM)
8 Edgar Degas: The Working Class Witnessed August 22 (Zoom) – 23 (Coffee @ NCHM)
9 Mary Cassatt: Modern Ladies Sept 19 (Zoom) – 20 (Coffee @ NCHM)
10 Auguste Renoir: Commercial Viabillity October 17 (Zoom) – 18 (Coffee @ NCHM)
11 Georges Seurat: Modernity Refined Nov 14 (Zoom) – 15 (Coffee @ NCHM)
12 Modern Life: Review and Legacy December 5 (Zoom) – 6 (Coffee @ NCHM)
Othmar Schimtowitz, Angels, Leopold Church "Am Steinhof," c.1900, Vienna
2022 Women Artists in Their Birthday Months, honoring the 50th anniversary of Feminist Art History Studies, f. 1972 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.)
Texas Museum Exhibition Recommendations and Special Events
This is a selective list. Check museum offerings before you go--
you're bound to make some fun discoveries!
Richard Haas, mural at National Cowgirl Museum & Hall of Fame, Fort Worth
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.
Rembrandt to Van Gogh: Masterpieces from the Armand Hammer Collection (October 15, 2023 - January 21, 2024
Focus of A NEW YEAR'S DAYTRIP! See Study Tours page.
Vertigo of Color: Matisse, Derain and the Origins of Fauvism (February 25 – May 27, 2024) International loan exhibition featuring 65 works by Matisse and Derain to explore the earth-shaking events of 1905 when they became known as The Fauves--painters resembling wild beasts in their audacious handling of paint and color. Watch for a daytrip to Houston to see this exhibition!
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.
Attractive Special Exhibitions beyond Texas Not a comprehensive list, just items of interest ... NB: Italics below are a glitch, not meaningful ...
WOW: Chihuly at Biltmore 2024! SEE BELOW
MOST "IMPORTANT" EXHIBITION THIS FALL:
Holbein at the Tudor Court
Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace
1 November 2023 — 14 April 2024
BIG ANNIVERSARIES/EVENTS in ART HISTORY in 2023:
• Vermeer exhibition, Rijksmuseum
• Tintoretto 500 | https://www.savevenice.org/project/tintoretto-500-campaign • Joshua Reynolds 300 | see Plymouth and Saltram events below article: https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2023/apr/25/joshua-reynolds-portrait-of-omai- jointly-acquired-by-the-national-portrait-gallery-and-getty
• Van Gogh Museum turns 50 | https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NOmA2pJEync
• Centenary of the death of Sarah Bernhardt(immense Petit Palais exhibition)
Honoré Daumier, Art Lovers, 1863
AMSTERDAMRijksmuseum • https://www.rijksmuseum.nl/en Van Gogh Museum • https://vangoghmuseum.nl/enVan Gogh and the Avant-Garde: Along the Seine (October 13, 2023 - January 14, 2024) ASHEVILLE Biltmore • https://www.biltmore.com/ Chihuly at Biltmore (March 25, 2024 - January 5, 2025)A "debut installation" of pedestal works, Drawings, and large-scale installations of Chandeliers, Towers, Mille Fiori, and
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/ Mqking Her Mark: A History of Women Artists in Europe, 1400-1800 (through January 7, 2024) BARCELONA Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya • www.mnac.cat/ BASEL Kunstmuseum Basel • www.kunstmuseumbasel.ch Fondation Beyeler • BENTONVILLE Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art • crystalbridges.org including Frank Lloyd Wright's Bachman-Wilson House, 1957
BLOOMINGTON Eskenazi Museum of Art (Indiana University) • https://artmuseum.indiana.edu/ BONN Bundestkunsthalle • www.bundeskunsthalle.de BOSTON Museum of Fine Arts Boston •www.mfa.org/ Fashioned by Sargent (through 15 January 2024)The first exhibition to focus on Sargent’s sartorial eye, revealing how a close attention to dress helped bring his portraits to life. The exhibition's advertising features the fabulous portrait of Lady Agnew of Lochnaw (coll. National Galleries of Scotland). BREMEN Kunsthalle • www.kunsthalle-bremen.de BROOKLYN Brooklyn Museum of Art • brooklynmuseum.org
CHARLESTONBrookgreen Gardens • https://www.brookgreen.org/ CHICAGO Art Institute of Chicago• http://www.artic.edu Camille Claudel (October 7, 2023 - February 19, 2024) Exhibition devoted to the career of "Rodin's muse," a fascinating culptor finally getting attention as overlooked women artists receive recognition. Isabella Adjani and Gerard Depardieu starred in a 1988 movie that helped to draw attention to Claudel.Claudel, an artist with "a fearless vision," is known for the the sheer triumph of her skill and the depth of feeling she conveys and these make her worth timeless
FLORENCE Palazzo Strozzi 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
Africa & Byzantium (19 November 2023 - 3 March 2024) Big international show of 200 works in numerous media illustrating influence of Afrikan kingdoms in the cultural and economi life of Byzantium and the Mediterranean
Beatrix Potter: Drawn to Nature (February 23 - June 9, 2024)
175 objects exploring Potter's studies of the natural world that led to her endearing, enduring stories; family-friendly with special labels for children and reading areas surrounded by Potter's work
Belle da Costa Greene (Fall 2024) Exhibition devoted to the story of Morgan's "personal librarian," who built the library collection and eventually directed the Library; subject of the acclaimed book by Marie Benedict and Victoria Christopher Murray, The Personal Librarian, 2021
National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum • https://nationalcowboymuseum.org/ Small Works, Great Wonders (opens November 10, 2023) This invitational exhibition of small works with western themes includes woodblock prints by Leon Loughridge, a Denver-based printmaker who works in the techniques of the Japanese woodblock tradition. See examples of his beautiful imagery at https://www.dcartpress.com/
Exquisite collection of French XVIII art and furnishings assembled by Moise da Camondo in memory of his son, Nissim; the Camondo Family were neighbors of the Ephrussi Family close to Parc Monceau, the inspiration behind Edmund de Waal's Letters to Camondo
The Artist's Mother: Whistler and Philadelphia (June 10 - October 29, 2023) One of the most famous works in American art history will return to Philadelphia, where it was first exhibited, then kept in Britain for 142 years; to be shown among other artists' depictions of their mothers
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. PLYMOUTH The Box • https://www.theboxReframing Reynolds: A Celebration (through October 29, 2023) Exhibition celebrating the 300th anniversary of the birth of England's famous portrait painter, the first president of the Royal Academy (founded 1768)
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