Category: Fortieth Anniversary

Museum Week 2016: #architectureMW

The Dixon residence was designed by the prominent Houston architect John Staub who is best known for the development of the River Oaks suburb in Houston and home of Bayou Bend, which now houses the decorative arts collection of the Museum of Fine Arts Houston. The Dixon residence was designed in the Neo-Georgian manner and completed in 1942. The house opened to the public in 1976, and today is devoted to displaying the Dixon permanent collection. The image above outlines the past... Read More
Posted by Chantal Drake at Wednesday, March 30, 2016
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Arranging the Dixon

Twice a week there are four fresh flower arrangements that are placed in the Gallery foyer and residence. All of the flowers and foliage come from the greenhouses, nursery and grounds of the Dixon.  The visitor experience is enhanced greatly by the attention to a detail from the days of Mrs. Dixon’s habit of furnishing her home with not only great art and beautiful furniture, but with lovely flower arrangements.  Those who notice are drawn to find them in the residential part of the... Read More
Posted by Chantal Drake at Thursday, March 24, 2016
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Happy birthday Daniel Ridgway Knight!

Daniel Ridgway Knight was born to a strict Quaker family in Philadelphia on this day in 1839. He studied and exhibited at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, where he was a classmate of Mary Cassatt and Thomas Eakins. In 1861, he traveled to Paris, continuing his education in the studio of Charles Gleyre and at the École des Beaux-Arts. After serving the Union Army in the American Civil War, Knight returned to France, where he would spend the rest of his life.    During his... Read More
Posted by Chantal Drake at Tuesday, March 15, 2016
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Happy 175th birthday, Renoir!

Pierre-Auguste Renoir, a founding member of the group that would come to be known as the Impressionists, was born on this day in 1841.  And although some may associate the artist with “pretty” paintings of women, men, and even children enjoying leisurely pursuits, with his work, there is so much more than meets the eye.  Fortunately, the Dixon has several examples of Renoir’s work to help us understand this complex artist.    Growing up the son of a tailor in Limoges,... Read More
Posted by Chantal Drake at Thursday, February 25, 2016
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Flashback Friday: Eric Catmur and the Founding of the Dixon

Anniversaries present a good opportunity to thank the people who have made the Dixon the world-class museum and public garden it is today.  I think it’s safe to say that the Dixon would not be in existence without the guidance and support of our founding Board of Trustees Chairman, Eric A. Catmur.  Mr. Catmur and Mr. Dixon had known each other for many years, long before Mr. and Mrs. Dixon arrived in Memphis in the early 1940s.  Mr. Catmur’s father and Mr. Dixon were interned... Read More
Posted by Chantal Drake at Friday, December 18, 2015
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Flashback Friday: Museum Acquisitions

In honor of the recent acquisition of the sculpture 'Untitled' by Jun Kaneko (pictured to the left), here are some of the most notable museum purchases over the last 40 years at the Dixon. 1.       Renoir, The Picture Book , ca. 1897; Museum purchase, 1978.4  A significant purchase when the Dixon was a young museum, led by our first director, Michael Milkovich.  Today, The Picture Book , which most likely depicts Renoir’s son Jean, is a... Read More
Posted by Chantal Drake at Friday, December 11, 2015
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Flashback Friday: Rodin at the Dixon

The Dixon hosted two exhibitions featuring Auguste Rodin's works, first in 1988 and again in 2014. At the peak of his career, Auguste Rodin (French, 1840-1917) was regarded as the greatest sculptor since Michelangelo. Rodin's genius lay in his ability to capture the figure in a moment of motion, and to express emotions and provoke responses in the unyielding medium of bronze. By the time The Passion of Rodin exhibition closed in April 1988, over 65,000 visitors came to see the collection of... Read More
Posted by Chantal Drake at Friday, December 4, 2015
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Flashback Friday: Fun for Families at the Dixon

In honor of Art Family Day tomorrow, we are flashing back to some of the Dixon's past family events!  We love having children at the Dixon, and the Education Department works hard to make sure they have fun and learn while they are here. Join us at the Dixon for Art Family Day tomorrow, November 21st from 10am to 2pm.  There is a lot of fun planned, and it's free for the whole family! Read More
Posted by Chantal Drake at Friday, November 20, 2015
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