February 9, 2017 – The Collection of Montgomery H. W. Ritchie
Dr. Richard Brettell, Margaret M. McDermott Distinguished Chair of Art and Aesthetic Studies and Edith O'Donnell Distinguished Chair, the University of Texas, Dallas.
Richard Brettell is among the foremost authorities in the world on Impressionism and French Painting of the period 1830-1930. With three degrees from Yale University, he has taught at The University of Texas, Northwestern University, The University of Chicago, Yale University, and Harvard University. Brettell also helped create FRAME (French/Regional/American Museum Exchange), a formal collaboration of museums in the United States and France that serves as a catalyst for cultural exchange. As a result of his work with FRAME, he received a commandeur certificate from the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (Order of Arts and Letters). The award is the most prestigious of its type in France.
February 16, 2017 – Japanese Woodblock Prints and French Impressionism
Alex Gregory, Curator of Art, Amarillo Museum of Art
Japanese wood-block prints became a source of inspiration for many European impressionist painters in France and elsewhere. Japanese prints transformed Impressionism with representations of simple, transitory, everyday subjects depicted in flattened space and with asymmetrical composition.
February 23, 2017 – The JA Ranch History
Dr. Alex Hunt, Professor of English, the Haley Endowed Professor of Western Studies, West Texas A&M University, Canyon, Texas.
Dr. Hunt earned his B.A. and M.A. in English from Colorado State University, and his PhD in English from the University of Oregon. He has worked at WTAMU since 2002. In addition to a number of articles and chapters, Dr. Hunt is co-editor of Postcolonial Green (U Virginia P, 2010), editor of The Geographical Imagination of Annie Proulx: Rethinking Regionalism (Lexington Books/Rowman & Littlefield, 2008), and has edited a new edition of Our Indian Summer in the Far West (United Oklahoma Press, 2016) . He also serves as current editor of the Panhandle Plains Historical Review, and is the Director of the newly founded Center for the Study of the American West (CSAW).
The Ritchie Lectures were made possible with support from Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities; the Sybil B. Harrington College of Fine Arts, and the West Texas A&M Foundation.
Ladd Lecture Series
Thursday, September 22, 2016
George Shackelford, Deputy Director, Kimbell Art Museum
George Shackelford, deputy director of the Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth, has written extensively about the art of Degas, Gauguin, van Gogh, and Monet. Becoming Monet will preview the exhibition he has organized for the Kimbell, Monet: The Early Years, which surveys the artist’s career from his first exhibition in 1858 to the flowering of Impressionism in 1872. The exhibition will feature loans from museums and private collections in Europe, Asia, and the United States, some reunited for the first time since they left Monet’s studio more than a century ago.
History of the Ladd Lecture
The Ladd Lecture is an ongoing series of lectures by distinguished experts from across the United States. The series, sponsored by the Frank Ladd Family, is dedicated to a greater understanding and enjoyment of the visual arts. Recent guests have been Andrew Scott DeJesse, a Modern Day Monuments Man; Jock Reynolds, the Henry J. Heinz II Director of the Yale University Art Gallery; Eric Lee, Director, Kimbell Museum of Art; Pratapaditya Pal, internationally renowned Nepalese, Indian and Tibetan art scholar; Richard Bretell, The Margaret McDermott Distinguished Chair, Art and Aesthetics, UT Dallas; John Walsh, former director, J Paul Getty Museum; Edmund P. "Ted" Pillsbury, former director, Kimbell Art Museum.
Side by Side: Larry Bell and Gabriel Dawe Artist Reception
August 19, 2016
Pastel Poet of the Texas Plains: Film Screening
September 29, 2016
Frank Reaugh, (pronounced Ray), one of the state’s earliest and most distinguished artists, is well known to historians, curators, and collectors of early Texas art but not necessarily to the public at large. Featuring his pastel landscapes and nature studies held in public and private collections, student interviews, curators and gallerists, and period photographs, ephemera and music, Pastel Poet of the Texas Plains finally brings deserved attention to this visionary’s fascinating life while acknowledging his many contributions to society.
Join PPHM, AMoA and director Marla Fields for a screening of the film on Thursday, September 29th at 6pm at the Amarillo Museum of Art located at 2200 S. Van Buren St. This screening will be followed by a roundtable discussion with Michael Grauer, PPHM Associate Director of Curatorial Affairs/Curator of Art and Western Heritage, Marla Fields, film producer/director and Alex Gregory, AMoA Curator of Art. After the discussion, Michael R. Grauer will sign his biography on Mr. Reaugh and there will be light refreshments. There are a limited number of reservations and guests must visit panhandleplains.org to ensure seating no later than September 22, 2016.
This event will be free for PPHM members, AMoA members, WTAMU faculty and staff, Amarillo College faculty and staff, and $10 for non-members.