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  • On View: Renoir's Woman with an Umbrella
    At Art Cosmopolitans Corporate Membership 1 2 3 4 5 The Dixon Post News Events Event Calendar The Dixon Post Food Truck Fridays Sunday June 1 2014 On View Renoir s Woman with an Umbrella Now through August experience a rarely seen Impressionist masterpiece by celebrated French artist Pierre Auguste Renoir Joining selections from the Dixon s permanent collection Renoir s Woman with an Umbrella is a striking example of one of his favorite subjects the contemporary young woman in an outdoor setting 3 Things to Know Woman with an Umbrella from 1873 marks such an important moment in both Renoir s career and in the history of Impressionism It was created just one year before the Impressionists staged their first group exhibition One of the foremost Impressionist painters Renoir was notable for his portrayal of the human figure especially the female form The sitter is most likely Camille Monet wife of Claude Monet Between 1873 and 1875 Renoir depicted Camille Monet in a sequence of at least six portraits Currently on view in the Dixon residence through the end of August Renoir s masterpiece is on loan from a private collection See it before it s gone Image Pierre Auguste Renoir French 1841 1919 Woman with an Umbrella 1873 Oil on canvas On loan from the Diane B Wilsey Collection Posted by Carolyn Fly at 3 58 PM Featured Share 8 Ways the Dixon Has and Hasn t Changed Since the 80s Julie s Journey s Germany Comments No Comments yet Leave A Comment Name Please include your contact name E mail Please include your contact email address as a valid email address Comment Please include your comments Please answer the simple math question below to submit the form 2 2 Coming Up Thursday Feb 11 10 30 AM

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  • 8 Ways the Dixon Has and Hasn't Changed Since the 80s
    until 1995 After Buchanan s passing in 2011 The Dixon purchased Portrait of Eugenia Huici Arguedas de Errázurizfrom 1890 a full scale work by Jacques Émile Blanche in his memory The piece can be seen today in the Dixon s residence Hugo Dixon 4 The Dixon s permanent collection of French Impressionist masterpieces began with Hugo and Margaret Dixon s collection of twenty six paintings This initial Dixon bequest featured works by French Impressionists Post Impressionists an American Impressionist as well as 18th and 19th century British portraits and landscapes However at the start 1986 the Dixon s Impressionism collection included no examples by Paul Cézanne Claude Monet or Jean Louis Forain Today we own one Cézanne a major late work two canvases by Monet from 1870 and 1882 respectively and no fewer than sixty works by Jean Louis Forain 5 The footprint of the Dixon s museum building has not changed since 1986 That year we completed construction on the Plough Gallery Catmur Foyer Winegardner Auditorium the Mallory and Wurtzburger Galleries and Canale Kitchen Since 1986 however we have built a potting hub gardens offices the Canale Conservatory Hughes Pavilion its terrace and two new greenhouses 6 Throughout the 1980s a large elm tree stood sentinel over the East Lawn of the Dixon In the early twentieth century Dutch elm disease virtually wiped out America s once vast population of elms Thanks to the regular care it receives the Dixon Elm still towers over the East Lawn 7 In 1988 Robert Jones came to work at the Dixon In 2014 he celebrated his twenty sixth year here 8 Today the single largest contributor to the Dixon s annual operating budget is still Hugo Dixon He was the largest donor to the Dixon operating budget in 1989 through the foundation

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  • A Conversation on Cézanne’s The Conversation
    move north to Paris in 1862 Once there he struggled to find acceptance Cézanne was denied admission to the Ecole des Beaux Arts the most prestigious art school in France and his submissions to the annual Salon exhibition in Paris were repeatedly refused Most found his artistic experiments of the 1860s crudely executed and thematically dark or even violent A work the artist sent to an exhibition in Marseilles in 1867 had to be removed before it was torn off the wall by an outraged public But Cézanne also had important supporters as well including his childhood friend the critic and future novelist Emile Zola 2 At the outbreak of the Franco Prussian War in 1870 Cézanne and his lover and model Hortense Fiquet fled to L Estaque in the South of France not far from his family s home in Aix Cézanne kept her presence a secret however for fear of losing the regular stipend he received from his father By 1872 the year he started The Conversation Cézanne was again back in the North with Hortense and their infant son Paul taking up residence in a hotel across the River Seine from the village of Pontoise The painter Camille Pissarro lived in Pontoise with his large family and the fatherly figure asserted a powerful influence over Cézanne They worked side by side almost daily for much of 1872 3 In The Conversation an elongated male figure in stylish coat and trousers looms over a seated woman who twists in her chair to look up at him They are at once deliberately posed almost as if to be photographed yet informal in their gestures and movements a brown and white dog crouches at the woman s feet and looks on with interest The theme of a conversing couple alongside a river may speak to Cézanne s new life with Hortense in Pontoise or Auvers where they moved in 1873 But the brighter and more colorful palette the new refinement of his brushwork and the composition defined by strong diagonals are no doubt indebted to Pissarro s example 4 The Conversation was unquestionably part of Cézanne s early search for his own unique artistic vision a long gestation period when the themes and visual strategies that characterize his mature work still eluded him 5 The year after The Conversation was completed Cézanne took part in the first Impressionist exhibition in Paris submitting three canvases to that landmark event Two were decidedly from his early experimental phase but the third a view of the village of Auvers offered perhaps the first glimpse of his future The distortion of his figures eventually disappeared indeed figure painting while never vanishing entirely eventually became subordinate to his exploration of still life and especially landscape subjects Once Cézanne Hortense and Paul returned to Aix more or less permanently a decade later in 1883 the artist s palette shifted to the earthy reds of the southern rocks and fields the brilliant blues of its sky and

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  • It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year!
    the Memphis Garden Club MGC spends a week at the Dixon decorating and decking the halls of the Residence and Catmur Foyer Since the founding of the Dixon in 1976 a natural involvement has developed with the Memphis Garden Club MGC members serve the Dixon in a variety of volunteer capacities from board members to greenhouse potters The Club s Fine Arts Committee is even responsible for the Gallery s bi weekly and special events floral arrangements including Christmas decorations The decoration of each room is headed up by a room captain who oversees the look and holiday theme for that area which may correspond to an overall theme Last year s theme of Naturally Southern featured rustic yet refined decorations celebrating the Dixon s southern nature This year the Garden Club pays tribute to the Dixon s English roots and Edwardian Architecture with a Downton Abbey inspired theme Downton Abbey An Edwardian Christmas incorporates the Dixon s English style grounds indoors with boxwoods and other greenery as well as red and white poinsettias amaryllis and cyclamen Trees will be trimmed and decorations will adorn every room in the Residence from the top of the stairs to the front door Room captains and their committees spend part of their year planning the Dixon s holiday décor and to thank them the Dixon staff takes a night to celebrate their contributions throughout the year with a party in the residence All of the seasonal events that we look forward to at the Dixon including the Holiday Soirée and tree lighting music in the galleries and holiday workshops and performances are enhanced by the beautiful décor The Dixon is truly a magical place during the holidays thanks to the beautiful and festive decorations by the Garden Club Stay tuned as next week

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  • Recap: Fall Family Day
    The Dixon Post Food Truck Fridays Tuesday November 19 2013 Recap Fall Family Day On Saturday November 16 Family Day returned to the Dixon and was a huge success With more people than ever before all who came experienced a fun day full of special activities and surprises in the colorful fall setting of the gardens During Family Day friends and families enjoyed scavenger hunts face painting games and live music by The HappyThings Kids created unique fall art projects like quilt collages corn husk dolls and scarecrow paper bag hats Hattiloo Theatre entertained and audiences by performing excerpts from one of the most beloved children s books of all time Charlotte s Web Memphis artist Frank D Robinson wowed the crowd by creating works of art with objects found in their own pockets and purses Inside visitors explored Ashe to Amen African Americans and Biblical Imagery which examines the ever shifting intersections of aesthetics and belief Ashe to Amen includes 59 works of art and design that date from the late 19th century to 2012 by nearly 50 artists 24 whom are still active today This Family Day was certainly one to remember Each year the Dixon s education programs strive to reach diverse audiences and provide an environment that applauds personal interpretation and advances creative thought These programs and events promote interest in the arts and horticulture through specific programming for children adults and outreach groups Posted by Carolyn Fly at 1 54 PM Featured Share Church Bulletins Your Ticket to Ashe to Amen It s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year Comments No Comments yet Leave A Comment Name Please include your contact name E mail Please include your contact email address as a valid email address Comment Please include your comments Please answer the simple

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  • Church Bulletins: Your Ticket to Ashe to Amen
    Biblical stories and traditions in historic and contemporary is on view at the Dixon now through January 5 2014 Ashe to Amen African Americans and Biblical Imagery is organized by the Museum of Biblical Art in New York and investigates the ever shifting intersections of aesthetics and belief Themes that recur throughout Ashe to Amen include creation revelation faith liberation and identity The exhibition includes 59 works of art and design that date from the late 19th century to 2012 by nearly 50 artists 24 whom are still active today Artists represented in the exhibition include the well known Romare Bearden Sister Gertrude Morgan and Henry Ossawa Tanner as well as those who have become established during the past decades including Xenobia Bailey Willie Birch and Joyce J Scott Not only will your church bulletins serve as free admission to the exhibition but it will also act as a pass to any of the following Ashe to Amen related events Munch and Learn Can I have a Hallelujah With local artist Robin Salant Wednesday November 6 12 00 pm F REE Dixon Family Day Saturday November 16 10 00 am 2 00 pm Munch and Learn Depicting Religion Spirituality in the Work of African American Artists with Dr Earnestine Jenkins Art History Associate Professor University of Memphis Wednesday December 18 12 00 pm Art after Dark Ashe to Amen Musical performance by Hattiloo Theatre members and 7 00 pm tour by Dr Earnestine Jenkins Thursday December 19 6 00 9 00 pm Mighty Kings of Harmony Concert The Mighty Kings of Harmony have been singing almost fifty four years The gospel group was started in 1955 by the late Van Rhodes This quartet style based group brings originality as well as the traditional feel of gospel music The Mighty Kings

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  • Reunited and it Feels so Good: The Dixon's French Paintings Return
    permanent collection is Jean Louis Forain s gouache painting of Café Interior I love the contrasting colors of rusty orange in the background and the crisp blues and whites of the woman Jenny M Duggan Visitor Engagement Chagall is my favorite artist here at the Dixon Bouquet of Flowers pictured here as well as The Dreamer also in our permanent collection both rival for my affections I love Chagall s use of vivid deep blues and his imaginative insertion of the violin playing goat in the world of the lovers I would recommend too a song that I found a few years back called Painting by Chagall by music duo The Weepies Listening to it will only enhance your love for this great artist Karen Strachan Development Officer I pretty much love everything about this painting the perspective the color the light the movement the focus everything The first time I saw it I stopped short completely captivated and a little worried that if I moved I would capsize the gondola And still every time I see it I stop short wholly drawn into the scene and the moment and wholly unsure if I am the viewer or the viewed Other members of the staff saw this task as an outlet for artistic expression Hands on approach Can you guess who this is Here he is again Clue his name rhymes with Devin Harp Eye spy a favorite permanent collection piece The art of thinking More favorites from the staff Who doesn t love Monet Or this lovely piece by Henri de Toulouse Lautrec This Chagall painting is easily a contender for most popular Call it flower power maybe The re installation of our collection of French paintings has felt more like a process of rediscovery for the staff Barbara

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  • Picturing America: Exploring Over 200 Years of American Art
    America Signature Works from the Westmoreland Museum of American Art brings to Memphis over two hundred years of American art through portraiture still life landscape narrative painting and sculpture Over the past fifty years the Westmoreland Museum of American Art in Greensburg Pennsylvania has assembled a collection of works by significant American artists concentrating on the mid eighteenth through the mid twentieth centuries Picturing America begins in the colonial era with examples of formal portraiture by John Singleton Copley and Charles Wilson Peale and culminates in modernist still lifes by such notable American artists as Milton Avery and Doris Lee The exhibition includes luminous landscapes from the Hudson River School America s first true artistic fraternity that flourished in the second half of the nineteenth century Out of the Hudson River School came numerous movements in landscape painting aiming at capturing the American sublime from rocky seashores to the Rocky Mountains Picturing America also captures the avant garde Impressionist movement with artists like William Merritt Chase who became the first major American painter to create Impressionist canvases in the United States The exhibition features works by Chase and American Impressionist artist Mary Cassatt and documents the progression of American art towards modernism and abstraction This fascinating collection explores our country s art history as it progressed through varying stylistic phases to become the center of the international art world today Picturing America Signature Works from the Westmoreland Museum of American Art includes fifty six works from the Westmoreland Museum s celebrated collection and is on view at the Dixon now through October 6 Posted by Carolyn Fly at 1 08 PM Featured Share Reunited and it Feels so Good The Dixon s French Paintings Return Comments No Comments yet Leave A Comment Name Please include your contact name E mail

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