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Happy Birthday to Carleton Watkins, born on November 11, 1829, in Oneonta, New York. After first moving to California in 1851 to search for gold, Watkins quickly took to photography. He found early fame for his award-winning work, and his photographs of Yosemite Valley are widely credited as influencing Congress and President Lincoln to preserve it as what would eventually become a national park. Yet bad luck in business and natural disaster led Watkins to die destitute and all-but-forgotten in 1916. Peaks and Perils: The Life of Carleton Watkins comes from the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art’s ‘Pioneers of Photography’ series – the same series from which we drew the Julia Margaret Cameron video.

Thank you Tyler Green, today’s Guest Editor of the Day, for selecting our Video of the Day. Green is an historian, award-winning critic, and author of the highly acclaimed recently released biography, Carleton Watkins: Making the West American. Buy your copy today.

Museums

4:44

MUSEUMS: Laurie Simmons Doesn’t Tell the Truth

3:05

MUSEUMS: Rob Wynne Picks Things Up Along the Way

6:30

MUSEUMS: Bill Traylor Tells the Story

45:43

LONGFORM: Rafael Lozano–Hemmer’s Shutdown Heartbeats

3:20

MUSEUMS: Jane Dickson’s New Year’s Revelers

Galleries

3:33

GALLERIES: Anthony McCall’s Dance with Light

3:49

GALLERIES: George Condo Visits ‘Bacon’s Women’

7:30

MUSEUMS: Cai Guo-Qiang’s Fireworks Extravaganza

3:53

GALLERIES: Sadamasa Motonaga’s Thoughts on New York

3:47

GALLERIES: Alexander Calder Creates Energy in Edges

Studios

2:59

VAULT: Cindy Sherman Doesn’t Want to be Recognized (1986)

3:24

STUDIOS: Lynette Yiadom-Boakye’s Paintings Find Their Own Way

4:27

STUDIOS: Charline von Heyl Wants to be Seen

8:12

STUDIOS: Robert Smithson from New Jersey and Back Again

3:23

VAULT: Conserving Nam June Paik’s ‘Fin de Siècle II,’ 1989

Community

9:18

LONGFORM: Jack Whitten – An Artist’s Life

1:45

COMMUNITY: ‘The Night Watch’ Belongs to All of Us

2:45

VAULT: Gordon Parks Goes to Washington in 1942 (2001)

26:00

LONGFORM: The Ghost of Rachel Whiteread’s ‘House’ (1993)

11:11

COMMUNITY: Interview with Dawoud Bey

Market

1:58

MARKET: Colliding Contexts With Cameron Welch

4:15

MARKET: Visiting Designtex Artist Collaborators

6:30

MARKET: Collector Pedro Barbosa Prices the Immaterial

3:38

MARKET: The Cézanne that was Held Hostage

3:41

MARKET: Andy Warhol Was a Business, Man