Today Inge, Virginia, Ginger, Barbara, Dianne and I attended the Bach cantata at the Blanton Museum of Art. The program consisted of the “Brandenburg Concerto No. 2, BWV 1047” and “Erhalt uns, Herr, bei deinem Wort, BWV 126” (Preserve us, Lord, with your word). It was excellent. These students should have no trouble finding positions after graduation.
The featured art today was “The Adoration of the Magi” by Francesco Fontebasso, 1740s, oil on canvas.
There were also some other interesting special exhibits. One was "American Scenery - Different Views in Hudson River School Painting" featuring 116 paintings from the Hudson River School, a loose collective of artists working in upstate New York from 1825-1875, whose works comprised America’s first native artistic style. Artists included in the Hudson River School are Thomas Cole, Jasper Francis Cropsey, Sanford Robinson Gifford, Asher B. Durand, Frederic Edwin Church, John Frederick Kensett and John William Casilear, among others. This was of special interest to Ginger because she grew up in that area and one house where she had lived is very close to Frederick Church's home, Olana.
Another exhibit was "Go West - Representations of the American Frontier" which explores the pioneering American West as both a physical terrain and an idea deeply rooted in the American psyche. One especially interesting piece was "Sunburst Quilt" made in 1818 with amazing detail.
We had lunch at the Blanton Café.