Before too much disappointment sets in, let me say upfront that there's no cash prize for this contest. However, I think this is kind of cool: Gibbes curator Sara Arnold has begun posting to the museum's blog pairings from the recently opened exhibition of American portraiture, Face Lift, on view through December 5, 2010. Gibbes blog readers are invited to submit a pithy comment that conveys a personal take on the juxtaposed images.
[Madame Pierre Gautreau, Antonio de la Gandara, 1897, and Mary Motte Alston, Edward Savage, 1792, Gibbes Museum of Art.]
[Ms. Johnson (Estelle),Barkley Hendricks, 1972, and Colonel Barnard Elliott, Jr., Jeremiah Theus, circa 1766, Gibbes Museum of Art.]
Each week for the duration of the show, new pairings will be posted. Authors of the strongest captions will receive a free admission pass to the Gibbes, and at the end of the project, all winning captions will be entered in a drawing for a facial from The Spa at Charleston Place. Click here for details.
On Saturday, September 11, the National Gallery of Art will offer a tour of American Modernism at noon. The show, on view through January 2, 2011, delves into the advent of modernism a hundred years ago with works by the first-generation American avant-garde encompassing Patrick Henry Bruce, Stuart Davis, Marsden Hartley, John Marin, Georgia O'Keeffe, Man Ray, Morton Schamberg, Charles Sheeler, Joseph Stella, John Storrs, Max Weber and more. Click here for the complete exhibition tour schedule.
Also that day, a 2:30 p.m. tour of the NGA's American Collection is available. Artists such as Stuart, Copley, Cole, Bingham, Homer, Eakins, Twachtman, and Bellows will be included in an exploration of works from the colonial period through the early 20th century. And, by the way, the free happening will take place again daily through October 31: Weekdays at 1:30 p.m.; Saturdays at 2:30 p.m. and Sundays at 3:30 p.m.
Loosely related past post: Saving Face.
I've received some questions about Blue Star museums, reported on here last May. During the summer more than 700 institutions offered free admission to active duty military personnel and their families. The project ended on Labor Day, September 6, 2010, but if I learn more about future plans I'll post an update. National Gallery admission is free to all year-round.