Amon Carter Museum of American Art

The Amon Carter Museum of American Art in Fort Worth, Texas first opened on January 21, 1961. The trustees of the Carter Museum of American Art desired for the museum to be a vibrant institution from the beginning.

By the Amon Carter Museum's 25th anniversary in 1986, the museum's collection had grown from the 400 works of art from Amon G. Carter's collection to almost 6,400 objects. Expanding beyond being just a repository for Carter's collection of Charles M. Russell and Frederic Remington artwork, the museum now encompasses a much broader array of American art. The museum provides a diverse selection of publications, programs, and exhibitions that connect guests to the American art masterworks. Amon Carter Museum of American Art

»Remington and Russell

Remington and Russell

Nowhere else can visitors view and compare so many masterworks by Charles M. Russell and Frederic Remington, the American West's two greatest artists, than at the Amon Carter Museum of American Art. This fact makes the Amon Carter Museum's excellent collection of masterpieces by Remington and Russell unique. These works of art offer an unrivaled exploration into the Old West with their mesmerizing aura of romance and interesting details.

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The Amon Carter Museum contains premier examples of nineteenth and twentieth century American painting. Masterworks by Thomas Eakins, Frederic Church, Winslow Homer, William Merritt Chase, and Martin Johnson Heade share gallery space with significant works by artists such as Georgia O'Keeffe, Charles Demuth, Stuart Davis, and Marsden Hartley. The museum also houses an expansive collection of paintings by Charles M. Russell and Frederic Remington, the American West's two greatest artists, along with several other riches. Among these riches are trompe-l'oeil still life paintings by artists such as John Frederick Peto and William Harnett, as well as nineteenth century landscapes created by painters from the Hudson River School, including Frederic Church and Thomas Cole.

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Excellent examples of American impressionism, such as works by Childe Hassam and William Merritt Chase, can be found among the Amon Carter's collection. Visitors can view masterworks of Marsden Hartley and Arthur Dove, luminaries of American modernism, as well. The painting galleries also showcase depictions of views of the American West by artists such as Albert Bierstadt and John Mix Stanley in the nineteenth century. Guests will also find twentieth century New Mexico paintings by Georgia O'Keeffe among the gallery paintings. Photo: Amon Carter Museum of American Art

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Amon G. Carter possessed a personal collection of more than 100 works of art by Charles M. Russell and Frederic Remington. These works were in materials ranging from bronze to wax and plaster. In the Amon Carter Museum's first decade of being open, it began acquiring a wider range of American sculpture. Today, in addition to a collection of more than 100 sculptures by Charles M. Russell and Frederic Remington, the Amon Carter Museum of American Art contains a collection of various other American sculpture, including notable works by luminaries such as Daniel Chester French, Elie Nadelman, Henry Kirke Brown, Augustus Saint-Gaudens, and Paul Manship. Sculpture representing later twentieth century artists include works created by Louise Nevelson, Robert Laurent, and Alexander Calder.

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Noted as one of the country's key research facilities for quite some time, the Amon Carter library has continued to collect illustrated books to enhance the historical and visual context of related artwork from the museum's collection throughout its history. The museum's rar illustrated book collections now consist of several of the best examples of the literature of Americana and American art that have been published during the past two centuries.

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More than 4,500 photographic prints by over 450 different photographers are housed at the Amon Carter Museum, which has made the museum one of the major American photography repositories in the country. The photograph collection spans the photographic art medium's history, dating back to the earliest daguerreotypes made in America to inkjet prints made today. The photographs on display often change as a result of the fragile nature of photographs.

Just months after the Amon Carter Museum opened in 1961, the photograph collection began with three portraits that were gifted by Dorothea Lange of Charles Russell. The portraits were given to museum as a complement to the collection of sculptures and paintings by Frederic Remington and Charles M. Russell that the museum's possessed at its founding. The collection has grown to demonstrate the central role of photography in documenting the history and culture of the nineteenth century in the United States, as well as photography's development as an important and influential form of art from the 1900's to present day.

The Amon Carter's photograph collection also contains numerous American West landscapes from the nineteenth century, including works by Carleton Watkins, Timothy O'Sullivan, and William Henry Jackson. Also represented well are Native American portraits, including Laura Gilpin's extensive photographic documentation of the Navajo Nation, over 1,400 photographs that were originally compiled for the Bureau of American Ethnology, and The North American Indian, a monumental twenty volume project by Edward S. Curtis. Collections of prints and negatives assembled by figures such as Fred and Jo Mazzulla, Mary Everhard, Helen Post, and E.A. Brininstool show the regional histories of economic development and settlement throughout the American West, acting as a helpful aide for scholars of American studies and photography. Photo: Amon Carter Museum of American Art

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»More Photographs, Works on Paper & Library

More Photographs, Works on Paper & Library

Along with gelatin platinum and silver prints by early masters such as Edward Steichen, Clarence White, and Gertrude Käsebier, the Amon Carter Museum possesses a complete set of Camera Work, Alfred Stieglitz's seminal publication. The collection reveals the story of the artistry of photography in the twentieth century through pieces by several of photography's exemplary figures, including Ansel Adams, Berenice Abbott, Edward Weston, Lewis Hine, Barbara Crane, Robert Frank, Walker Evans, and Margaret Bourke-White. These prints are supplemented by archives of works by Nell Dorr, Carlotta Corpron, Erwin E. Smith, Laura Gilpin, and Eliot Porter, which add significant insight into their processes of work by adding to the exhibition of these artists.

The Amon Carter Museum of American Art supports work by contemporary artists as well. Richard Avedon was commissioned in 1979 by the museum to create his acclaimed series In the American West, and the Amon Carter's photography collection now contains the full set of prints from the project. In 2013, the museum collaborated with Terry Evans, a photographer from Chicago, to document Fort Worth's Trinity River. More recently, the museum has greatly focused on obtaining and showcasing photography by contemporary artists, such as Katy Grannan, Sharon Core, Dawoud Bey, Mark Ruwedel, Todd Hido, Larry Sultan, and Alex Prager.

The collection of works on paper at the Amon Carter Museum includes more than 900 drawings and watercolors and around 7,000 prints. The drawings, watercolors, and prints cover a broad array of subjects, from early nineteenth century views of the American West by artist-explorers to abstracts by twentieth century American Modernists. Among the artists represented in the works on paper collection are James McNeill Whistler, Oscar Bluemner, William Trost Richards, and John Marin. The museum's collection also includes over 7,000 prints, including lithographs of the Mexican War, the spectacular Hudson River Portfolio by William Guy Wall, and full sets of prints by Stuart Davis and George Bellows.

The Amon Carter Museum's art collection is complemented by the museum's research library. The library provides a broad spectrum of materials on American art, history, and photography dating from the early nineteenth century to present day. The Carter library also offers support to researchers wanting to deepen their understanding of America's artistic heritage. Among the library collection's 150,000 different items are some of the best examples of western Americana and illustrated books from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The collection also contains an extensive amount of exhibition catalogues and monographs of American art and photography.

An extensive collection of periodicals and journals covering American art, photography, and history can be found among the museum's library holdings. The library also possesses a large collection of catalogues raisonnés and dissertations, and an extensive collection of biographical files on American photographers and artists. Visitors to the library can also find newspapers from the nineteenth century on more than 5,000 reels of microfilm. Specialized databases of auction-prices, photography, and art, as well as expansive collection of auction catalogues, can also be found in the Carter Museum's library. The Amon Carter Museum uses the Google Art Project to provide an additional outlet for guests to explore the museum's art collection and to learn more about the various works of art.

Educators have the opportunity to participate in one the Amon Carter Museum's professional development programs. The museum provides interactive workshops that cover its collections, as well as programs tailored for preservice educators and training sessions designed for individual districts. In the museum's workshops, educators can learn how to make cross-curricular connections using art.

The Future Teacher Program offers future teachers an opportunity to learn how to teach with art prior to entering the classroom. The program introduces future educators to the museum's resources and trains them on how to teach with objects.

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