Where’s the Love? Some things to love at the Dixon this Valentine’s Day from Laura Gray McCann

Sometimes love is where you least expect it. And while this may sound strange, or even trite, given we are a mere 35 hours from Valentine’s Day (thanks for the countdown, HallmarkChannel.com), sometimes love is sweetest when it’s not boxed up with chocolates, tied up in a bouquet, or generally thrown in your face in the form of made for TV movies (sorry, Hallmark Channel.com).    At any given moment of any given day, there is something beautiful at the Dixon to fall in love with.... Read More
Posted by Chantal Drake at Friday, February 12, 2016 | 0 comments
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Thomas Cole, American Poet

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... Read More
Posted by Chantal Drake at Tuesday, February 2, 2016 | 0 comments
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Happy birthday, Berthe Morisot!

Pioneering 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 .   Berthe 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,... Read More
at Thursday, January 14, 2016 | 0 comments
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Happy birthday, Sargent!

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 1880.     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... Read More
Posted by Chantal Drake at Tuesday, January 12, 2016 | 0 comments
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The Hooker Collection is ready for its close up.

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.... Read More
Posted by Chantal Drake at Friday, January 8, 2016 | 0 comments
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January Family Studio Recap: Magnets

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... Read More
Posted by Chantal Drake at Monday, January 4, 2016 | 0 comments
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