The Kimbell Art Museum of Fort Worth, Texas, has acquired the painting Christ and the Woman of Samaria, dated to 1619–20, by the Italian artist Guercino, one of the foremost painters of his time. The purchase was announced today by the Museum’s director, Eric M. Lee. The painting dates from Guercino’s early, rarest, and most desirable period, when the artist achieved acclaim for the emotional power of his compositions.
Works by one of the world’s most widely recognized and celebrated photographers will go on view this spring at the Amon Carter Museum. Ansel Adams: Eloquent Light features 40 photographs by the artist and runs from May 29 through November 7, 2010. Admission to the Carter is free.
The Meadows Museum at Southern Methodist University announced today that it will offer free admission and other benefits from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, May 18, 2010 as part of the Association of Art Museum Directors’ (AAMD) celebration of International Museum Day. Participation by AAMD member museums is intended to focus attention on the important roles that art museums serve in their communities, further showcase their remarkable collections, and increase opportunities for audiences to engage with the many educational programs art museums offer.
The Bath House Cultural Center presents Todo Sobre mi Madre (All About my Mother), an exhibition of mixed media artwork by María Teresa García Pedroche, May 1 to June 5, 2010. An opening reception with Ms. García Pedroche will be held on Saturday, May 1, 2010 from 7 to 9 p.m. Both the exhibition and the reception are free and open to the public.
The Bath House Cultural Center presents Fresh Faces 2×2, an eclectic art exhibition featuring the artwork of more than fifty artists, May 1 to June 5, 2010. An opening reception with the artists will be held on Saturday, May 1, 2010 from 7 to 9 p.m. Both the exhibition and the reception are free and open to the public.
Moving a month earlier to May 7 – 9, the seventh-annual CityArts Festival presented by TXU Energy will feature a diverse mix of festivities for families and art aficionados alike to enjoy against the backdrop of historic Fair Park, a national landmark featuring the world’s largest collection of art deco exhibit buildings, art and sculpture. Highlights of the three-day weekend extravaganza will include a record-breaking line-up of almost 300 renowned juried artists at The 500, Inc. Artist MarketPlace, more than 50 entertainment acts including headliner Bugs Henderson, free Fair Park museum visits at select times, a Crafters Village, concessions offered by popular North Texas restaurants, plus huge culinary and children’s areas.
Four of the highlights of the Kimbell Art Museum’s recent exhibition From the Private Collections of Texas: European Art, Ancient to Modern remain at the Museum on extended loan, featured in the new installation of the Kimbell’s collection of European art now on display.
It would be difficult to imagine the course of American history without them: Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad; Rosa Parks and her brave refusal in 1955 to relinquish her seat on a Montgomery city bus; Fannie Lou Hamer and her courageous stand at a 1968 political convention. These stories of courage and commitment are among the many featured in Freedom’s Sisters, collaboration between Ford Motor Company Fund, the Cincinnati Museum Center, and the Smithsonian Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES). The interactive exhibit showcases twenty extraordinary African American women, inviting visitors to bear witness to some of the most important moments in our nation’s history. The exhibition will open to the public at The Women’s Museum: An Institute for the Future, Saturday, April 24, 2010.
Time is running out to see Andy Warhol: The Last Decade at the Modern Art Museum in Fort Worth. If iconic images from the 20th century are your cup of tea, then The Last Decade is sure to hit the spot. The exhibit, organized by the Milwaukee Art Museum [Laverne & Shirley], contains fifty works form the last decade of Andy Warhol’s [15 minutes of fame] life. We highly recommend visiting The Modern to see The Last Decade before it closes on Sunday, May 16, 2010 [Mother’s Day].
If ever there was a perfect match, it would be the setting of the Golden State with a showing of the greatest names in Pin-Up and Glamour Art, and now they’ve set a date to make beautiful music together at Heritage Auction Galleries Beverly Hills on May 7, 2010 for the company’s Signature® Illustration Art Auction, in-person at 9478 West Olympic Blvd, and online at HA.com.
Did you swim at the Bath House when it was known as the Municipal Bath House on the shore of White Rock Lake? Did your parents dance on the Bonnie Barge? Do you have photographs of those bygone days? If so, Enrique Fernández Cervantes, Bath House Visual Arts Coordinator and Curator of Exhibitions, would like your help with an upcoming art exhibition, We Used to Swim Here. The Bath House Cultural Center is looking to borrow historical photographs taken at White Rock Lake in the 30s, 40s, and 50s to display in the White Rock Lake Museum Gallery at the Bath House Cultural Center from July 10 to November 20, 2010. The deadline for submitting entries will be Saturday, May 29, 2010.
Mark Rosen, assistant professor of aesthetic studies at the University of Texas at Dallas, will present “An Elevated Subject: Duccio’s Raising of Lazarus in its Visual Tradition” as part of the Kimbell Art Museum’s “Art in Context” series, on Wednesday, May 5, at 12:30 p.m. in the Museum auditorium.
The Dallas Museum of Art announces a sizzling new lineup for the 27th annual series of free outdoor concerts – Chase Presents Jazz Under the Stars. The 2010 series hosts a diverse schedule of performances from Latin jazz fusion and percussionists to mainstream jazz. The extremely popular concerts attract as many as 7,000 listeners to the Dallas Arts District each Thursday night, and this is the fourteenth year Chase has sponsored the jazz series.
Make a lasting Impression on Mom this Mother’s Day at the Dallas Museum of Art. Explore the acclaimed exhibition The Lens of Impressionism and dive into the new show Coastlines: Images of Land and Sea. Listen to Laura Bush discuss her forthcoming memoir, Spoken from the Heart, on Friday, May 7. Participate in family art activities or catch a Family Film on creating artwork in the Center for Creative Connections throughout Mother’s Day Weekend. Treat mom to a Mother’s Day brunch on Sunday, May 9 and spoil her with a membership to the Museum and gifts from the Museum Store.
In celebration of its summer exhibition, Babar’s Museum of Art, the Tyler Museum of Art is publishing a free Babar program “passport” for young visitors to the exhibition and related events and activities. You may pick up your own copy of the twenty-page Passport at the TMA and other community organizations who are hosting Babar events beginning Saturday, May 1.