Caspar David Friedrich, Woman at a Window, c. 1820
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LOOKING AHEAD TO 2019: "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]
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
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
National Museum, Cardiff
Neue Pinakothek, Munich
Van Gogh Museum
James Jacquest Joseph Tissot, Tourists in London, 1874
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.)
Anna Stanley, Girl with Winnowing Basket, 1895, pc Austin
Special Events of Note: Neill-Cochran House Museum(Austin landmark, Abner Cook 1855)
The War at Home: World War I Comes to Texas (March 21 - February, 2019) This exhibit takes us back in time 100 years to life as experienced by Texans during World War I. The war was disruptive to family life in many ways. Enlistments certainly separated families, but everyday life was also impacted in many ways, from pressure to purchase war bonds, to the impact of the Spanish Flu, to a certain level of militarization of society, and food rationing.
While the image of the "dough-boy" that has come down to us today is of a white American soldier, the war effort affected all families. Mexican-Americans, African-Americans, and German-Americans in many ways struggled to prove their Americanness while the country was at war, a struggle that was as acute in Texas as in the rest of the country.
Using the experiences of the Cochran family and other Austinites as a guide, we explore the impact of the Great War on the lives of the people who remained on the home front and the relationships they maintained with soldiers who served elsewhere and abroad https://thegreatwareffort.splashthat.com/
A Night for Our Nation: Tuesday, November 12, 2018 [Veterans' Day] Elegant cocktail and French-inspired dinner party to honor Dr Thomas M. Hatfield, inaugural recipient of the Award for Distinction in Patriotic Service, presented by The National Society of The Colonial Dames of American in Texas. Sponsorships and tickets will raise funds for the NSCDA's projects and contributions to Hatfield's designated project, The UT Briscoe Center's Military History Collection. Space limited.
To inquire about a sponsorship or to be placed on the invitation list, please contact: Ann Flemings at email@example.com
Through Her Eyes: The Impressionist Work of Anna Stanley (September 5 - December 21) A special exhibition of works by an American painter with Texas connections and international accomplishment; see details at left
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 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!
“An Enduring Legacy: The McDermott Collection of Impressionist & Modern Art” (through February 17, 2019) Exhibition dedicated to the single largest benefactors in the Museum’s history, the late Margaret and Eugene McDermott, visionary patrons of the arts, education, and healthcare in Dallas. This exhibition presents their final bequest of 32 artworks to benefit the DMA, including works by Monet, Renoir, Degas, Sisley, Signac, Picasso . . .
Cult of the Machine: Precisionism in American Art (September 16, 2018 - January 6, 2019)
Key paintings by American Precisionists such as Charles Sheeler, Georgia O’Keeffe, and Charles Demuth, and iconic works by the masters of straight photography such as Paul Strand, Berenice Abbott, and Edward Steichen characterize a fascinating focus of visual artists between the world wars
Ida O'Keeffe: Escaping Georgia's Shadow (November 18, 2018 - February 24, 2019) 50 works by Georgia O'Keeffe's older sister revealing a distinct artistic identity
Berthe Morisot, Woman Impressionist (February 24, 2019 - May 26, 2019) 60 paintings from collections all over the world focus on Morisot's treatment of the modern figure
MEADOWS MUSEUM @ SMU (Southern Methodist University) ♦ smu.edu/meadows/museum Murillo at the Meadows: A 400th Anniversary Celebration (until December 2, 2018) Bartolomé Esteban Murillo (1617–1682), was a luminary of Golden Age Seville. The Meadows Museum is in possession of five of this star painter’s works, more paintings by him than any other museum in the United States. This exhibition celebrates this painter by exhibiting the extraordinary holdings by Murillo at the Meadows together with paintings by his Sevillian contemporaries, thus resituating the artist within the artistic context with which he remains so intimately associated.
MENIL COLLECTION ♦ www.menil.org Francis Alÿs: The Fabiola Project (through October 28, 2018) in the Byzantine Fresco Chapel An intallation of collected objects formed by the artist in response to the impact of an image of the 4th-century Roman Saint Fabiola
The Condition of Being Here: Drawings by Jasper Johns (November 3, 2018 - January 27, 2019) An exhibition of 50 years of Johns' creative output, organized to inaugurate the Menil's new Drawing Institute galleries
Cowboy Legends and Life: From 1888 to 2016 (June 16 - September 29, 2018) The Cowboy is an icon for America. This exhibition explores the imagery of the cowboy and cowgirl in American Western art. It will present both the idealization and the working life of men and women of the West. Paintings, sculptures, drawings and rare books are from the collections of the Stark 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.
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.
BARCELONA Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya • www.mnac.cat/ BENTONVILLE Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art • crystalbridges.org Frank Lloyd Wright's Bachman-Wilson House (opened November 2015) Museum visitors will be able to walk through the house, originally built along the Millstone River in New Jersey in 1954, restored several times, and, facilitated by its New Jersey architect-owners, acquired by Crystal Bridges in 2014 and moved to Bentonville to preserve an important building and enhance the Crystal Bridges mission to "connect visitors with the power of art and the beauty of nature." BERLINMartin Gropius Bau • www.gropiusbau.deGurlitt: Status Report, Nazi Art Theft and its Consequences (Autumn 2018)Aside from being one of just four dealers permitted by the Nazis to sell degenerate art abroad for hard currency, Hildebrand Gurlitt acquired works that had been stolen from Jews, or sold by Jews desperate to leave the country. He ran his own dealership in Hamburg and shopped in occupied Paris during the war for Adolf Hitler’s planned Führermuseum in Linz, Austria, a project that never came to fruition. When Cornelius Gurlitt died in 2014, the unsuspecting sole beneficiary of his will was Bern’s Kunstmuseum . . . Gurlitt's will was contested . . . the German government continues to investigate the collection's provenance . . . but the German culture minister has proceeded with plans for an exhibition BERN Kunstmuseum • www.kunstmuseumbern.ch BILBAO • www.guggenheim-bilbao.esGuggenheim Museum Bilbao Chagall: The Breakthrough Years, 1911-1919 (through September 2, 2018) BONN Bundestkunsthalle • www.bundeskunsthalle.de BOSTON Museum of Fine Arts Boston •www.mfa.org/ Past is Present: Revival Jewelry (through August 19, 2018)70 objects—both ancient and revival—trace the revival movement from the 19th to the 21st centuries. The exhibition focuses on four types—archaeological, Classical, Egyptian, and Renaissance. Highlights include a 1924 brooch, on loan from Cartier, paired with an Egyptian winged scarab (740–660 BC) with a similar design; an 1850s embellished gold brooch by Castellani; a Renaissance revival neck ornament (1900–04) designed for Tiffany & Co.; a 1980s Bulgari necklace adorned with Macedonian coins; and a 2002 Akelo pendant that emulates an ancient Etruscan granulation technique.2 articles: http://www.mfa.org/exhibitions/past-is-present-revival-jewelry BREMEN Kunsthalle • www.kunsthalle-bremen.de BURLINGTON VT Shelburne Museum • shelburnemuseum.org CAMBRIDGE Fitzwilliam Museum • http://www.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk/
CHICAGO Art Institute of Chicago• http://www.artic.edu/Georg Jensen: Scandinavian Design for Living (June 22 - September 9, 2018)100 works from international collections, enhanced by exhibition with Danish furniture and serving pieces in varied materials John Singer Sargent and Chicago's Gilded Age (July 1 - September 30, 2018) 100 works examining the breadth of Sargent's accomplishment and his connection The Yoshida Family: Three Generations of Japanese Print Artists (July 7 - September 30, 2018)
Driehaus Museum • www.driehausmuseum.org The Art of Seating: 200 Years of American Design (through August 12, 2018) 37 exceptional examples of American chairs created between 1810 and 2010
Rembrandt: Painter as Printmaker (September 16, 2018 - January 6, 2019) 100 prints . . . (that's a lot for an exhibition of etchings), organized with the Bibliothèque nationale de France
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.
Thomas Cole: Eden to Empire (until October 7, 2018) This exhibition is a rare chance to see Cole’s epic works – mostly travelling from America – including his masterpiece the ‘Oxbow’, and his awe-inspiring portrayals of Eden showing the force of nature. Cole’s paintings are shown alongside the sublime masterpieces by Turner and Constable that inspired him. The exhibition was a huge event at the Met in New York in Spring, 2018
Ed Ruscha: Course of Empire (until October 7, 2018) Ed Ruscha's take on the cyclical nature of civilization
Mantegna and Bellini (October 1, 2018 - January 27, 2019)
Landseer's The Monarch of the Glen (November 29, 2018 - February 3, 2019)
Boilly: Scenes of Parisian Life (February 28 - May 19, 2019)
Sorolla: Spanish Master of Light (March 18, - July 7, 2019)
PARIS Musée du Louvre • https://www.louvre.fr/en Delacroix, 1798-1863 (March 26 - July 23, 2018) 200 paintings, drawings, prints; first full-career retrospective in Paris since the centenary exhibition of 1963
In Society: 17th- and 18th-Century Pastels at the Louvre (through September 10, 2018) An art form whose study is founded on the Louvre's famed pastel portraits collection
Japonisms 2018: Kohei Nawa, Throne (through January 13, 2019) 2018 marks the 160th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Japan and France, as well as the 150th anniversary of the beginning of the Meji period, when Japan opened up to the West. As part of the Japonisms 2018: souls in harmony cultural season, Throne will be displayed under the Pyramid of the Musée du Louvre. This monumental work by Japanese artist Kohei Nawa is entirely covered with gold leaf, and blends Japanese cultural tradition with cutting-edge technology.
Nawa drew his inspiration from the shapes and origins of floats used in Eastern religious festivals. He made the work using a combination of the latest 3D modelling systems and the gold leaf gilding technique, echoing ancient Egypt and the collections of the Musée du Louvre. With this work, Nawa predicts that rapid advances in computer science and artificial intelligence could, in the long term, replace power and authority as the principal instruments of political and economic influence.
Exhibition devoted to Delacroix's major public project in the Church of Saint-Sulpice, not far from Delacroix's home-studio (now the MNED)
Musée d'Orsay • www.musee-orsay.fr In Colour: Polychrome Sculpture in France 1850-1910 (June 12 - September 23, 2018)
Renoir Father and Son: Painting and Cinema (November 6, 2018 - January 27, 2019)
Sérusier's 'The Talisman,' a Prophecy of Color (January 29 - April 28, 2019)
Black Models: From Géricault to Matisse (March 25 - July 14, 2019)
Berthe Morisot (1841-1895) (June 18 - September 22, 2019)
Degas at the Opera (September 24, 2019 - January 19, 2020)
Joris-Karl Huysmans Art Critic: From Degas to Grünewald (December 3, 2019 - March 2, 2020)
Best known for his novel, Against the Grain (Au Rebours), Huysmans is presented in this exhibition as the heir to Baudelaire's decadence
Museé de l'Orangerie
The Water Lilies: The American Abstract Art and the Last Monet (through August 2018)
The exhibition focuses on this precise moment - when the great decorations of the master of Giverny were rediscovered and the New York School of Abstract Art was recognised - with a selection of some of Monet’s later works and around twenty major paintings by American artists such as Rothko, Clyfford Still, Barnett Newmann, Morris Louis, Philipp Guston, Joan Mitchell, etc.
Franz Marz / August Macke, 1909-1914 (March 6 - June 17, 2019)
This exhibition presents two major figures of German Expressionism and the Der Blaue Reiter [The Blue Rider] movement, Franz Marc (1880-1916) and August Macke (1887-1914). These artists forged a friendship in 1910 based on their shared interest in French art and more specifically in Cézanne, Van Gogh, Gauguin and Fauvism, who they discovered during their time in Paris. Both expressed the same spiritual fascination for landscapes and nature in their initial paintings, often painted ‘en plein air’. . . Drafted in 1914, both artists were killed in combat leaving unfinished yet emblematic works that represent the hedonist, colourful and seductive side of German Expressionism.
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.
Modern Times: American Art 1910-1950 (April 18 - September 3, 2018)
From jazz and the jitterbug to assembly lines and skylines: the early twentieth century was a time of great social, artistic, and technological change. Artists responded with a revolutionary language of shapes and colors. See how Georgia O’Keeffe, Marsden Hartley, Jacob Lawrence, and others challenged convention and forged bold new styles to fit the times.
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
Clarence H. White and His World: The Art and Craft of Photography, 1895-1925 This exhibition is the first in over forty years to survey the work of Clarence H. White (United States, 1871–1925), a founding member of the Photo-Secession, a gifted photographer known for his beautiful scenes of quiet domesticity and outdoor idylls, and a major teacher and mentor. It will survey White's career from its beginnings in 1895 in Newark, Ohio, to his death in Mexico in 1925. SAINT LOUISSaint Louis Art Museum • http://www.slam.org/
De Young/Legion of Honor, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco • http://deyoung.famsf.org Truth and Beauty: The Pre-Raphaelites and the Old Masters (through September 30, 2018)An exhibition of works of the 19th-century PRB alongside the works that inspired them--works by Fra Angelico, Pietro Perugino and Jan van Eyck--and attention to the 'rediscovery' of Botticelli.
Dorset House (through October 31, 2018) After three years of painstaking and meticulous work, the sublime and understated Greek-Revival structure known as Dorset House is reopened. Hand-picked by Shelburne Museum founder Electra Havemeyer Webb to house her renowned decoy collection, Dorset House has been restored with new wiring, insulation, climate control, lighting, security and fire detection systems, reinforced beams, repaired slate roof and marble steps, refurbished porches, handicapped access, and state-of-the-art display cases with LED lighting. It’s the ideal home for the Museum’s waterfowl decoy exhibition, which features superb works by master craftsmen from all over North America
Playing Cowboy (through October 21, 2018) Before movie legends like John Wayne galloped across the silver screen, real live cowboys and Indians entertained audiences in dramatic performances that traveled the world in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. William “Buffalo Bill” Cody (1846-1917) helped generate the growing public interest in the vanishing Wild West by acting out the exploits of his life as a scout and Indian fighter in this uniquely American form of entertainment. At the same time, painters and sculptors such as Frederic Remington (1861-1909), N.C. Wyeth (1882-1945), and Carl Rungius (1869-1959) ventured west in search of artistic inspiration, translating their experiences into romantic portrayals that continue to influence contemporary understandings of life on the open range.
Playing Cowboy investigates the formative ways in which turn-of-the-century performing and visual arts mythologized cowboys and villainized Indians. Popular forms of mass media and entertainment, including dime novels, live stage performances, traveling exhibitions, illustrations, paintings, and sculpture all perpetuated the myth of the cowboy and stereotyped Native Americans, based on racialized perceptions of the time.
Josef Albers in Mexico (through September 3, 2018)
An exhibition illuminating the relationship between the forms and design of pre-Columbian monuments and the art of Josef Albers (1888 - 1976). The presentation features a selection of rarely shown early paintings, iconic canvases from Albers’s Homage to the Square and Variant/Adobeseries, and works on paper. The exhibition also includes a rich selection of photographs and photocollages, many of which have never before been on view and were created by Albers in response to frequent visits to Mexican archaeological sites beginning in the 1930s.
WASHINGTON, DC Hillwood Museum [home of Marjorie Merriweather Post]
Water, Wind, and Waves: Marine Paintings from the Dutch Golden Age (July 1 - November 25, 2018)
45 paintings, drawings, prints, rare books, and ship models reveal the full range of marine art in the Dutch seventeenth century
Jackson Pollock's Mural (November 19, 2017 - October 28, 2018) A special installation of the 20-foot-long mural Pollock created for Peggy Guggenheim (on a slow return, after conservation, to its home at the University of Iowa Museum of Art), accompanied by other works by Pollock.
Women Artists in Paris, 1850-1900 (June 9 - September 3, 2018)
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
Edgar Degas, The Conversation, 1895
Lawrence Alma-Tadema, Armchair, 1884 (V&A)
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