Tuesday, February 2, 2016
In recent years, Director of Education Margarita Sandino and
I have tried to make literacy a part of as many of the Dixon’s exhibitions as
possible. This is a Dixon tradition that
goes way back to 2009 when we mounted
Bold, Cautious, True: Walt Whitman and
American Art of the Civil War Era.
In that show, we had a “reading room” with a table full of volumes of
Walt Whitman’s poetry and other writings of the Civil War years.
Those of you who attend my Munch and...
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Thursday, January 14, 2016
female Impressionist Berthe Morisot is celebrating her 175th
birthday today! In honor of this demisemiseptcentennial celebration (yes, I looked
that term up), I am happy to share with
you one of the jewels of the Dixon’s collection, Morisot’s Peasant Girl among Tulips .
Morisot grew up in a family that encouraged her interest in art. She saw exhibitions in Paris and received
painting lessons from the great landscapist Camille Corot. By 1864,...
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Tuesday, January 12, 2016
John Singer Sargent, the great recorder of belle époque society, was born on this
day in 1856. In honor of his 160th
birthday (and also the Dixon’s fortieth anniversary), I am happy to write a
post about my favorite painting in the Dixon’s collection, Sargent’s Ramón Subercaseaux in a Gondola from
In the Spring of 1880, young Chilean expatriates Amalia and
Ramón Subercaseaux were in Paris attending the city’s annual Salon, where they
were captivated by...
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Friday, January 8, 2016
In 2008, the Dixon received 384 pieces
of eighteenth and nineteenth century British porcelain and pottery, and Asian
and Continental ceramics from the collection of Mrs. Charlotte Stout Hooker. Mrs.
Hooker’s collection was a natural fit for the Dixon—the nascence of her English
porcelain came from her mother, Warda Stevens Stout, whose collection of
eighteenth century German porcelain came to the Dixon in 1985. Mrs. Hooker
continued to collect, adding a more popular dimension to her collection....
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Monday, January 4, 2016
At Family Studio this past Saturday we had fun making magnets!...Fridge magnets to be specific. It was so easy; you can do the same
thing at home to make fun, decorative pieces for your fridge. You'll need: Paper Scissors or precut shapes Markers, crayons, colored pencils Magnetic tape
Start by cutting your own shapes, or use precut ones in
the shapes you like. You...
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Thursday, December 31, 2015
As a student of Classical languages at Harvard University (1961-65), Evans
became interested in American folk music especially blues and African American
folk music.After graduating from Harvard, Evans enrolled in the Folklore and
Mythology graduate program at the University of California, Los Angeles,
receiving his M.A. degree in 1967 and Ph.D. in 1976.
In 1965, he began doing
fieldwork in southern states which would go on for the next 12 years. He
collected hundreds of hours of...
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