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Ever get museum fatigue? Let me introduce you to a different, more engaging way of looking at art. In each episode, I'll take you through the slow art experience while looking at works in the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC. You'll also hear about the history, mystery or controversy that are part of each work's past.

A Long Look Slow Art at the National Gallery Karen Jackson

    • Visual Arts
    • 5.0 • 7 Ratings

Ever get museum fatigue? Let me introduce you to a different, more engaging way of looking at art. In each episode, I'll take you through the slow art experience while looking at works in the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC. You'll also hear about the history, mystery or controversy that are part of each work's past.

    The Thanksgiving Episode

    The Thanksgiving Episode

    I’ve been trying to practice gratitude this year to fight against the fear and toxicity that’s felt overwhelming at times. So, I decided to make a special, extended Thanksgiving episode to share this idea with you.

    I chose works from former episodes by Richard Norris Brooke, Bartolomé Esteban Murillo, and Aelbert Cuyp that reflect some aspect of family, generosity, or forgiveness that really resonates. I hope they help you to also step back and find balance in remembering the good things.

    SHOW NOTES (TRANSCRIPT)

    “A Long Look” theme is “Ascension” by Ron Gelinas youtu.be/jGEdNSNkZoo

    Episode artwork

    Photo by 30daysreplay Marketingberatung on Unsplash. Photo composition by Karen Jackson.

    A Pastoral Visit

    Theme is “Which That Is This” by Doctor Turtle.

    Gallery entry

    https://www.nga.gov/collection/art-object-page.166432.html#overview

    Richard Norris Brooke and William Corcoran information

    Corcoran Gallery of Art: American Paintings to 1945 (PDF)

    The Prodigal Son

    Theme is “Adagio in G minor” composed by Tomaso Albinoni/Remo Giazotto and performed by Noh Donghwan

    Gallery entry

    https://www.nga.gov/collection/art-object-page.34956.html

    Joseph Bonaparte info

    NY times https://www.nytimes.com/2008/10/26/nyregion/new-jersey/26bonapartenj.html

    River Landscape with Cows

    Episode theme is Sonata No. 15 in D Major Pastoral, Op. 28 – I. Allegro composed by Ludwig van Beethoven performed by Paul Pitman

    Arthur K. Wheelock Jr., “Aelbert Cuyp/River Landscape with Cows/1645/1650,” Dutch Paintings of the Seventeenth Century, NGA Online Editions. https://www.nga.gov/collection/art-object-page.69390.html#entry

    Wheelock video: https://www.nga.gov/collection/art-object-page.69390.html#relatedpages

    Paintings in the Dutch Golden Age (PDF)

    • 20 min
    End of Season 5

    End of Season 5

    We’ve reached the end of Season 5 and as this unbelievable year comes to a close, I’ll be taking some time off to figure out what’s next for the show.

    It’s been a huge pleasure bringing you all the great stories I found and sharing the incredible variety of works in the Gallery. And talking to the occasional guest like Bruce Campbell and Sandy Bellamy was great!

    I think what made this season special, though, was learning with you about the incredible Black artists of the Evans-Tibbs Collection. I was familiar with Henry Ossawa Tanner and Alma Thomas but finding out about the work and life of Margaret Burroughs and Edward Loper was amazing. We really only scratched the surface, so if you want to find out more about these and other Black artists, here are a few resources:

    Evans-Tibbs Collection exhibition

    Digitized Evans-Tibbs archive items

    Archive of American Art

    Finally, I want to thank everyone at the Gallery who have provided so much help and encouragement.

    I’ll continue to be on Instagram @alonglookslowart, so look for me there!

    SHOW NOTES (TRANSCRIPT)

    “A Long Look” theme is “Ascension” by Ron Gelinas (YouTube)

    • 1 min
    Quarry by Edward Loper

    Quarry by Edward Loper

    Did you know the US government once actually paid artists to work? During the Great Depression, the Works Progress Administration helped launch the career of Edward L. Loper, a prominent artist from Wilmington, Delaware.

    We’ll find out how his lifelong curiosity, study, and teaching built a successful career lasting more than 60 years.

    “Quarry” by Edward Loper, American, c. 1937, Corcoran Collection (The Evans-Tibbs Collection, Gift of Thurlow Evans Tibbs, Jr.)

    “Chair” is one of Loper’s beautiful illustrations for the Index of American Design. You can see more on the American Drawings page on the Gallery’s site. The Index is listed in the sidebar. You can get a version to zoom and pan around in here.

    SHOW NOTES  (TRANSCRIPT)



    “A Long Look” theme is “Ascension” by Ron Gelinas youtu.be/jGEdNSNkZoo

    Episode theme is “Night on the Docks – Sax” by Kevin MacLeod.  Licensed under a CC-BY Creative Commons Attribution License.

    Artwork Information

    https://www.nga.gov/collection/art-object-page.176358.html

    Gaudiano, N. (2009, Nov 19). Bidens’ New Home a Gallery for Delaware Art. Gannett News Service (PDF)

    Retrieved from https://search-proquest-com.dclibrary.idm.oclc.org/docview/450231157?accountid=46320

    Exhibition catalogs

    The Art of Edward L. Loper, Sr: On the Path of the Masters, University Museums of the University of Delaware, 2007

    Edw. L. Loper: From the Prism’s Edge, Delaware Art Museum, 1996.

    Interviews

    Oral history interview with Edward L. Loper, 1964 Mar. 26 

    Edward Loper : African American Painter (Video)

    Edward Loper: Prophet of Color (Video)

    • 11 min
    Still Life by Margaret Burroughs

    Still Life by Margaret Burroughs

    Margaret Taylor Burroughs was an author, painter, sculptor, printmaker, curator, museum director, activist, and teacher who left an amazing artistic and historic legacy in Chicago. In today’s episode we’ll find out how she helped launch the Chicago Renaissance in the ’40s and how she combined her social activism with art.

    “Still Life” by Margaret Burroughs, American, 1943

    Corcoran Collection (The Evans-Tibbs Collection, Gift of Thurlow Evans Tibbs, Jr.)

    SHOW NOTES (TRANSCRIPT)

    “A Long Look” theme is “Ascension” by Ron Gelinas youtu.be/jGEdNSNkZoo

    Episode theme is “Shades of Spring” by Kevin MacLeod

    Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4342-shades-of-spring

    License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

    Cain, Mary Ann, and Haki R. Madhubuti. South Side Venus : the Legacy of Margaret Burroughs  Evanston, Illinois: Northwestern University Press, 2019.

    Link to materials on Margaret Burroughs at the NGA Library

    The Southern University Fine Arts Department Presents Dr. Burroughs., n.d.

    You Are Cordially Invited to an Exhibition of New Paintings by Dr. Margaret Burroughs., 1992.

    Margaret Burroughs, Marion Perkins : A Retrospective. Washington, D.C. (1910 Vermont Ave., N.W., Washington 20001): Evans-Tibbs Collection, 1982.

    Samples of Burrough’s later works

    The Woman Who Helped Birth a Black Artistic Renaissance in Chicago (Vice article)

    Margaret Burroughs, co-founder of DuSable Museum, dies at 95

    Wikipedia entry

    DuSable Museum

    Linocut printmaking video

    Slow Art Day

    • 9 min
    The Good Shepherd by Henry Ossawa Tanner

    The Good Shepherd by Henry Ossawa Tanner

    Henry Ossawa Tanner became one of America’s most famous Black artists by depicting dream-like Bible scenes like this one. Click here to see it on the Gallery’s site. Clicking the image on their page will open a viewer that allows you to zoom in and pan around.

    In today’s episode we’ll find out how he went from working in a flour mill to a successful artistic career in Paris and what he has in common with another artist, Richard Norris Brooke. And we discover a mystery about one of his early works!

    “The Good Shepherd” by Henry Ossawa Tanner, American, c. 1918

    Corcoran Collection (The Evans-Tibbs Collection, Gift of Thurlow Evans Tibbs, Jr.)

    SHOW NOTES (TRANSCRIPT)

    “A Long Look” theme is “Ascension” by Ron Gelinas youtu.be/jGEdNSNkZoo

    Episode theme is “Virtutes Instrumenti” by Kevin MacLeod

    Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4590-virtutes-instrumenti

    License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

    Artwork information

    https://www.nga.gov/collection/art-object-page.195513.html

    https://www.khanacademy.org/humanities/art-1010/american-art-to-wwii/symbolism-america/a/tanner-angels-appearing-before-the-shepherds

    https://www.antiquesandthearts.com/henry-ossawa-tanner-and-his-influence-in-america/

    Tanner Bio

    https://www.nga.gov/collection/artist-info.1919.html

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_Ossawa_Tanner#cite_ref-eoaah_6-0

    https://americanart.si.edu/artist/henry-ossawa-tanner-4742

    Tanner painting technique

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hWxErF_nzd4

    Slow Art Day http://www.slowartday.com

    • 12 min
    Autumn Drama by Alma Thomas

    Autumn Drama by Alma Thomas

    Click here to view “Autumn Drama” on the Gallery’s site. Clicking the image on their page will open a viewer that allows you to zoom in and pan around.

    Talk about a second act! Alma Thomas was a longtime art teacher in Washington DC, who began her art career after 35 years of teaching. She took inspiration from nature, color theory, and the works of artists she met through her involvement in the DC arts scene. All of this developed into her unique, colorful style.

    We’ll find out how she found success at age when most people have long since retired and achieved national recognition most artists dream of. And what she had in common with Henri Matisse!

    The US National Arboretum was a big inspiration to Thomas and this gorgeous photo shows where she might have gotten her color palette for Autumn Drama!

    SHOW NOTES (TRANSCRIPT)

    “A Long Look” theme is “Ascension” by Ron Gelinas youtu.be/jGEdNSNkZoo

    Episode theme is “All About the Sun” by Quantum Jazz.

    Autumn Drama

    https://www.nga.gov/collection/art-object-page.195514.html

    Alma Thomas information

    https://www.nga.gov/features/african-american-artists.html

    https://americanart.si.edu/artist/alma-thomas-4778

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alma_Thomas

    Alma W. Thomas : A Retrospective of the Paintings, Fort Wayne Museum of Art, 1998

    (online book, best viewed in browser)

    Whitney Museum of American Art exhibition catalog

    The Art of Color: The Subjective Experience and Objective Rationale of Color, Johannes Itten

    Alma Thomas. Autobiographical writing by Alma Thomas on her Earth paintings, before 1978. Alma Thomas papers, circa 1894-2001. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

    National Arboretum in October photographed by DC Gardens, courtesy of the National Arboretum CC BY

    Slow Art Day http://www.slowartday.com

    • 9 min

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Great Podcast! Karen is AMAZING!!

This podcast is big with the seeing impaired...and for a reason. Karen does an AMAZING job of describing pieces in the gallery. :-)

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