@NasherMuseum / no. 020    November 13, 2012
Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University
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MATISSE AND OLD LACE / This Thursday, November 15, 7 PM / Author and art historian Nancy Ramage, great-great niece of the Cone sisters, will give a talk, Matisse and Old Lace: The Cone Sisters of Baltimore." Ramage is a gifted storyteller whose anecdotes and memories were handed down by her mother, Ellen Hirschland, who grew up quite close to her great-aunt Etta. Together, Ramage and her mother researched and wrote the definitive book, The Cone Sisters of Baltimore: Collecting at Full Tilt (Northwestern University Press, 2008). Ramage is the Charles A. Dana Professor of the Humanities and Arts Emerita at Ithaca College. Reception with cash bar to follow.

FREE FAMILY DAY / Sunday, November 18, Noon to 4 PM / Celebrate Collecting Matisse and Modern Masters: Make original fabric designs, explore the museum through a gallery hunt and watch performances by local juggler Sean Higgins at 1 and 2:30 PM. Family Days are supported in part by the Trent A. Carmichael Fund for Community Education, Fox Family Foundation, Nordstrom, Mindy and Guy Solie, and SunTrust Foundation. In-kind support is provided by The Container Store©. Photos by J Caldwell


FREE TALK: DEBORAH WILLIS / FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 6 PM, Nasher Museum / Artist and historian Deborah Willis will give a talk and slide presentation on iconic photographer Gordon Parks entitled, "A Hungry Heart: Gordon Parks." In 1948, Parks became the first African American photographer on staff at Life magazine. Willis chairs the department of photography and imaging at the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University. Presented by Duke’s Center for Documentary Studies. See image credit below.


MEMBER APPRECIATION WEEK AND HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE / December 9-15, 2012 and Open House Tuesday, December 11, 6-8 PM / Museum members help make the Nasher Museum an important resource to Duke, Durham and regional communities, with groundbreaking exhibitions and free K-12 education programs. We are celebrating all you do with Member Appreciation Week, December 9-15, 2012.  Join us for a double discount in the Nasher Museum Store (20% off all purchases; Brummer Society receives 40% off), free posters, our Annual Open House on Tuesday, December 11 (6-8 PM), and a free dessert with purchase of a meal on Thursday, December 13, at the Nasher Museum Café. Current members can RSVP for the Annual Open House by emailing nashermembership@duke.edu. Not a member? Consider joiningPhoto by J Caldwell

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SHARE WITH US / Celebrate Collecting Matisse and Modern Masters includes photographs that depict the Cone sisters’ lives between 1903 and the 1940s. We would like you to share a glimpse of your family’s life during those years. Email photographs from between 1903 and 1949 to wendy.hower@duke.edu. A selection of photographs will be displayed online.

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THANK YOU / We are still glowing from our 2012 benefit gala, Salon d’Automne, celebrating the opening of Collecting Matisse and Modern Masters. We wish to extend a special thank-you to Nasher Museum Friends Board President Ann Craver and our Gala Committee: Marilyn Arthur, Lenore Behar, Jennings Brody, Ann Craver, Kathi Eason, Diane Evia-Lanevi, Paula Flood, Pepper Fluke, Christopher Gergen, Anna Ho, Ginger Jernigan, Stefanie Kahn, Laura Ladd, Elspeth Ohman, Doren Pinnell, Arthur Rogers, Lindsey Scherich, Mindy Solie, Mark Solomon, Ellen Steinberg, Angela Terry and Kelly Braddy Van Winkle. All proceeds from the gala help support the museum’s commitment to serving the Triangle area through dynamic exhibitions and free K-12 educational programs. View gala photo gallery. Photos by J Caldwell

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FROM OUR BLOG / Duke Today editor Geoffrey Mock reflects on visiting The Baltimore Museum of Art at age 9 and drawing a picture inspired by Matisse. Read more Photo by J Caldwell

IN THE STORE / Save online and when you visit the Nasher Museum Store. Nasher Museum Members enjoy a 10% discount in the store and cafe, and receive free, unlimited admission and special invitations and subscriptions to our full-color calendar and post card mailings. Become a member! Join online, call 919-684-3411 or visit the museum information desk. Photo by J Caldwell

Top banner image: Camille Pissarro, The Highway (La Côte du Valhermeil, Auvers-sur-Oise) (detail), 1880. Oil on canvas, 25 1/4 x 31 1/2 inches (64.2 x 80 cm). The Baltimore Museum of Art: The Cone Collection, formed by Dr. Claribel Cone and Miss Etta Cone of Baltimore, Maryland, BMA 1950.280
Image for LEARN, TOP: Henri Matisse, Resting Woman Wearing Tiara, 1936. Pen and black ink, Sheet: 12 3/8 x 19 5/8 inches (314 x 498 mm). The Baltimore Museum of Art: The Cone Collection, formed by Dr. Claribel Cone and Miss Etta Cone of Baltimore, Maryland, BMA 1950.12.130. © 2012 Succession H. Matisse / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. BELOW: Henri Matisse in his apartment at the Place Charles-Felix in Nice, 1934. Henri Matisse Archive. All works by Henri Matisse seen in archival photograph © 2011. Succession H. Matisse / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.
Image for INSPIRE: Gordon Parks, American Gothic. Portrait of government cleaning woman Ella Watson, August 1942. Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, [Reproduction number e.g., LC-USZ62-12345]
Image for SHARE: Studio portrait of an unknown woman, c. 1900. Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division, LOC #LC-USZ62-117935
Image for OFFER: Henri Matisse, Striped Robe, Fruit, and Anemones, 1940. Oil on canvas, 21 5/8 x 25 5/8 inches (54.9 x 65.1 cm). The Baltimore Museum of Art: The Cone Collection, formed by Dr. Claribel Cone and Miss Etta Cone of Baltimore, Maryland, BMA 1950.263. © 2012 Succession H. Matisse / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

Image for QUIZ: Henri Matisse, Two Girls Red and Green Background, 1947. Oil on canvas, 22 1/8 x 18 1/4 inches (56.2 x 46.4 cm). The Baltimore Museum of Art: The Cone Collection, formed by Dr. Claribel Cone and Miss Etta Cone of Baltimore, Maryland, BMA 1950.264. © 2012 Succession H. Matisse / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

Nasher Museum exhibitions and programs are generously supported by the Mary Duke Biddle Foundation, the late Mary D.B.T. Semans and James H. Semans, the late Frank E. Hanscom III, the Duke Endowment, the Nancy Hanks Endowment, the Courtney Shives Art Museum Fund, the James Hustead Semans Memorial Fund, the Janine and J. Tomilson Hill Family Fund, the Neely Family Fund, the E. T. Rollins, Jr. and Frances P. Rollins Fund for the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, the Marilyn M. Arthur Fund, the Sarah Schroth Fund, the George W. and Viola Mitchell Fearnside Endowment Fund, the Gibby and Michael B. Waitzkin Fund, the K. Brantley and Maxine E. Watson Endowment Fund, the Victor and Lenore Behar Endowment Fund, the Margaret Elizabeth Collett Fund, the Nasher Museum of Art General Endowment, the Friends of the Nasher Museum of Art, and the Office of the President and the Office of the Provost, Duke University.
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TH (11/15) / 5 PM Education Gallery Reception
TH (11/15) / 7 PM Matisse and Old Lace
SU (11/18) / Noon Free Family Day
SA (11/24) / Noon Live French Music
SU (11/25) 3 PM Sketching in the Galleries


Bring out-of-town guests or in-town friends and enjoy membership perks at the Nasher Museum this holiday season. Members always receive free admission, audio guides and discounts in the museum store, online store and museum cafe.

Tue, Wed, Fri, Sat - 10 AM to 5 PM
Thu - 10 AM to 9 PM
Sun - Noon to 5 PM
Mon - closed


Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 22, 2012
Christmas Day, Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2012
New Year's Day, Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013

One masterpiece exhibition not enough? Visit Two for $22 for tickets to Collecting Matisse at the Nasher Museum and Still-Life at the NCMA.

In 1905, Henri Matisse and his contemporaries Andre Derain and Maurice de Vlaminck, presented their avant-garde paintings at the Salon d'Automne. In response to their use of bold colors and brushstrokes, what name did art critic Louis Vauxcelles give to this loose collective of artists? (The answer is translated from French.) (click to answer)

-Wild Beasts
-Rabid Animals
-The Untamables

Last week's quiz:  We asked which fabric was produced by the Cone family’s largest textile mill, White Oak Cotton Mill, in Greensboro. Most readers correctly identified the fabric as denim.
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