JUST WHEN YOU THOUGHT YOU KNEW SOMEONE: The Amon Carter Museum blog jumps on this year’s biggest Facebook trend and posts 25 Random Things About the Carter. Among the most enlightening:
3. We display on average 500-600 works from the permanent collection at any one time – less than 1%.
17. We store certain photographs and negatives at subfreezing temperatures, so we wear giant, hooded, safety-orange parkas just to move them around (which we try to do as little as possible).
20. Two works in the Carter’s collection were installed in President Kennedy’s hotel room during his fateful 1963 trip to Dallas: Charles Russell’s Lost in a Snowstorm and Thomas Eakins’s Swimming. Russell’s Smoke of a .45 was installed in LBJ’s suite. Several paintings from the collection were loaned to decorate the White House in the 1960s and 1970s: The Silk Robe, Colter’s Race for Life, La Vérendryes Discovers the Rocky Mountains, A Mandan Village, and Radisson on the Lakes by Charles Russell, and The Cowboy by Frederic Remington.
50 YEARS OF FOLK: The Dallas Folk Music Society celebrates its 50th anniversary this weekend with one of its original members leading the charge. Guidelive.com caught up with one of the group’s founders, 85-year-old Lu Mitchell, who says that in an ever-changing world, one thing remains constant.
“Folk music is grass-roots America. It’s so wonderful,” she says, “because the world is so messed up. Everything’s plastic and technical, but folk music is still pure and genuine. It’s still what it always was, and we love it.”
The celebration will take place Saturday from 7-11 p.m. at Artist Showcase.
ERYKAH IN YOUR LIVING ROOM: Unfair Park has the details on a a cool fundraiser that Erykah Badu is planning. Artist Steven Lopez painted her portrait, and the two will auction off prints to raise money for an event that will pair nationally renouned visual artists with South Dallas students.