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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

1:57

MUSEUMS: Elliott Hundley Resists His Authority

3:05

MUSEUMS: Leonor Antunes Sculptures Collaborate with Each Other

7:44

VAULT: Martin Puryear Explores Human Scale (1999)

3:37

MUSEUMS: Laure Prouvost on Creating Immersive Work

8:04

MUSEUMS: Tavares Strachan on Launching ENOCH into Space

Galleries

5:36

GALLERIES: Jason Martin Goes Through the Process

3:18

GALLERIES: Vincent Tiley – Abstract Expression of Queer Desire

3:11

GALLERIES: Njideka Akunyili Crosby Inhabits Multiple Spaces

1:00

GALLERIES: Rare Robert Rauschenberg Series in Salzburg

Sponsor
3:45

GALLERIES: Idris Khan Is Interested in Traces Left Behind

Studios

3:20

VAULT: Peter Campus Hates “Three Transitions” (1973)

2:12

STUDIOS: Arthur Jafa on Black Visual Expressivity

3:33

STUDIOS: Philippe Parreno Doesn’t Completely Give Up Control

3:43

STUDIOS: Lauren Halsey Keeps Adding Layers

4:12

VAULT: Kenny Scharf Doesn’t Need Permission (2012)

Community

11:52

LONGFORM: Sarah Green on Public Funding for the Arts

2:32

COMMUNITY: Risa Puno Explores the Privilege of Escape

20:49

LONGFORM: For Jannis Kounellis, Art Is Drawing Life

4:51

COMMUNITY: Nothing is Certain with Cathy Wilkes

7:53

VAULT: Keith Haring Chats in Milwaukee (1983)

Market

2:48

MARKET: Making Old New Again at Kunstmuseum Basel

2:39

MARKET: Is Georg Baselitz the Greatest Living Painter?

1:32

MARKET: Frieze New York Opens Up Diálogos

4:57

MARKET: Yves Klein Shows Us the Immaterial

3:04

MARKET: Jeremy Couillard Collaborates with Code