Baltimore—The Walters Art Museum is pleased to present programming related to the special exhibition New Eyes on America: The Genius of Richard Caton Woodville on view March 10–June 2, 2013.
Lectures, Films and Tours
Opening Day Talk: New Eyes on America: The Genius of Richard Caton Woodville
Sunday, March 10, 2–3 p.m.
Exhibition curator Joy Heyrman will introduce Baltimore-born artist Richard Caton Woodville in this special exhibition, the first of its kind since 1967. Learn about new discoveries revealed in the exhibition, the social, political and technological transformations Woodville considered, and the broad impact his paintings achieved through reproduction, for a new American audience hungry for visual imagery.
Forum: New Eyes on Woodville
Sunday, March 17, 12–4 p.m.
This session provides context for the exhibition New Eyes on America: The Genius of Richard Caton Woodville. Panelists and talks include: Joy Heyrman, exhibition curator, The Artist’s Biography; Seth Rockman, Brown University Assistant Professor of History, Woodville’s Baltimore; Jochen Wierich, Curator of Art, Cheekwood Museum,The Artistic Environment in Düsseldorf; James Kochan, Costume and Military Uniforms in Woodville’s Work; Elisabeth Garrett Widmer, author and museum consultant, Material Culture in Woodville’s Paintings.
Lunch and Learn: A Closer Look at Woodville
Thursday, April 4, 12–1 p.m.
Bring your light lunch and listen as Walters’ Paintings Conservator Eric Gordon shares his insight into Baltimore artist Richard Caton Woodville from a technical perspective. Eric spent many hours completing a technical research study on the Walters’ Woodville paintings in preparation for the special exhibition New Eyes on America: The Genius of Richard Caton Woodville.
Richard Caton Woodville: Baltimore’s Genius of the 19th Century
Thursday, April 4, 6 p.m.
(Pre-registration is required with the Maryland Historical Society (MdHS). Click here to register.)
Exhibition curator Joy Heyrman will present a lecture at the MdHS as part of their Francis Scott Key Lecture Series. She will discuss the artist’s Baltimore roots and international career as well as the dynamic historical and cultural context that he addressed in jewel-like realism in his paintings of everyday life. Thelecture will take place in the MdHS’ France Hall and will be followed by a cocktail reception.
Antiques Appraisal Day with J. Michael Flanigan
Saturday, April 20, 12–3:30 p.m.
(Pre-registration required for all appraisals. Pre-registration closes on April 16)
Price: Members $20/ Non-Members $30/ Senior Citizens & Students $5
Bring your small treasures to the Walters to get your antiques appraised by well-known Baltimore appraiser J. Michael Flanigan. This ticketed event includes admittance to the formal program, appraisal of two personal items and free admission to the special exhibition New Eyes on America: The Genius of Richard Caton Woodville. During the program, Flanigan will select objects to be highlighted and discussed; however, all registrants will receive an appraisal by Flanigan at the conclusion of the program. All appraisals are verbal approximations of value, for entertainment purposes, are solely the opinions of the appraiser and not those of the Walters or its staff. No stamps, coins or weapons.
KAL: 35 Years as an International Cartoonist
Sunday, May 5, 2–3 p.m.
The Walters welcomes back Kevin ‘KAL’ Kallaugher, long-time Baltimore Sun editorial cartoonist and current cartoonist for The Economist. Best known for his internationally syndicated political cartoons that have appeared in over 100 publications worldwide, KAL will reference political cartoons in the special exhibition New Eyes on America: The Genius of Richard Caton Woodville and talk about his 35 years as an international editorial cartoonist. Book-signing of KAL’s latest book follows. Books available for purchase in the Museum Store.
Thursday, May 23, 6–7 p.m.
In this On-Site Insights program, created in conjunction with the American Alliance of Museums conference in Baltimore, the Walters’ exhibition team will share stories about the development of the exhibition, New Eyes on America: The Genius of Richard Caton Woodville. The Walters develops special exhibitions through a team process, beginning with a curatorial vision and culminating in the crafted experience within the exhibition galleries. Program participants will hear about the steps of that process, including finding curriculum connections, integrating the findings of a comprehensive conservation technical research study and linking the 1840s to contemporary times.
Walk-in Gallery Tours
New Eyes on America: The Genius of Richard Caton Woodville
Sundays, April 7, April 21 and May 5, 1 p.m.
Price: Free with membership or special exhibition admission/ Meet at the Centre Street Lobby
This curator-led tour of New Eyes on America: The Genius of Richard Caton Woodville explores the paintings depicting life and politics in mid-19th century America by Baltimore-born artist Richard Caton Woodville.
Drop-In Art Activities
Every Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m.–3 p.m.
Price: Free, no registration required
MARCH: In the News
Extra! Extra! Make art all about it! Write, wear and build newsworthy objects and inventions from the 19th century. Take inspiration from the special exhibition, New Eyes on America: The Genius of Richard Caton Woodville, as we collaborate with a famous Baltimore poet and send your words across the globe.
APRIL: Paint Me a Story
In April, roll up your sleeves and put on your smocks as we explore paint together! We’ll take a close look at paintings from the special exhibition, New Eyes on America: The Genius of Richard Caton Woodville, and learn how to use paint in brand new ways to tell our own stories.
Mini Camp: Paint the Town!
Date: Tuesday, April 2, 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
No school today? Mini Camps at the Walters offers creative kids a unique and fun-filled way to spend the day. We will travel back in time to Baltimore during the 19th century as we explore our special exhibition, New Eyes on America: The Genius of Richard Caton Woodville. Work together to discover new inventions and create visual tricks! We’ll spend the day in the studios creating artwork, playing parlor games, and visiting the special exhibition to learn, observe and imagine.
FREE Victorian Family Festival
Saturday, April 13, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
Stroll through Baltimore’s cobblestone streets as we experience life in the 19th century. Share your stories using a printing press and send a secret message using Morse code, hop into our early childhood area to meet Peter Rabbit and enjoy captivating performances all day long. Strap on your suspenders as we create Victorian art together! Visit the special exhibition, New Eyes on America: The Genius of Richard Caton Woodville, for free.
Homeschool Workshop: New Eyes on America
Thursday, March 21, 1:15–3:30 p.m. or Thursday, April 18, 1:15–3:30 p.m.
Price: Members $5/ Non-Members $8
This special exhibition workshop will explore the historic paintings of 19th-century Baltimore artist Richard Caton Woodville. Woodville is known for his realistic depictions of everyday life. Students will examine his works of art and develop a better understanding of the 1840s and 1850s in American and European history. Explore the Walters through this workshop designed exclusively for homeschool students ages 5–12. Participants enjoy an introduction to the museum, a guided tour, studio activity and post-visit materials.
Please note: All programs are subject to change. Please consult the museum’s website at www.thewalters.org prior to the date of the program to confirm.
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