Exhibition Notice! Degree Zero: Drawing at Mid Century at the Museum of Modern Art

Museum Of Modern Art Degree Zero: Drawing at Mid Century November 1, 2020 – June 5, 2021 New York An international representation of over 80 artists’ drawings 1948-1961 from MoMA’s collection are on view. They cover the most abstract ZERO and CoBrA art groups to more representational works of Georgia O’Keefe. Included among them is…

“Trusted Eye” has arrived in Austin, Texas!

Trusted Eye has finally arrived! After months of phone calls, uncertainty, and waiting, they books arrived fully intact and ready to be signed at our upcoming book signing at Umlauf Sculpture Garden & Museum. Join us from 6:00-8:00pm on Monday, May 24th, for live music, lively conversation, food, and drinks to celebrate the launch of…

A Note and Connection From Director Claudia Fontaine Chidester

A shout out to Canan Yetmen for her upcoming third volume of the Anna Klein trilogy, All That Remains (Summer 2021). This enthralling climax to the series has all the trappings of a great summer read: complex WWII history, requited love, and the chance to live through the eyes of a passionate woman as she…

Bruni Falcon and the difficult path of an opera singer

Bruni Falcon was an American opera singer born in Boston to German parents as Brunhilda Pfeiffer. Unable to travel to Europe during WWII, Bruni began her professional career at the age of 22 in Mexico City and then toured the U.S. with the Charles Wagner Opera company in 1950. Aside from singing, she was praised…

Save the Date! Book Signing at Umlauf Sculpture Garden & Museum Coming this May

We can’t wait to celebrate the release of Trusted Eye: Post-World War II Adventures of a Fearless Art Advocate with you on Monday, May 24th, from 6:00-8:00pm at Umlauf Sculpture Garden & Museum in Austin, Texas! Join author Claudia Fontaine Chidester for a passage reading from “Trusted Eye” with a book signing to follow. Enjoy…

Marta Hoepffner in “Sheroes of Photography, Part 1” by Kicken Berlin Gallery

If only we could fly to Berlin – this is a show we wouldn’t miss! The exhibition Sheroes of Photography, Part 1 is on display virtually and physically at the Kicken Berlin Gallery from February 5 – April 23, 2021 showcasing women photographers. One of the photographers exhibited is Marta Hoepffner (1912–2000) who lived in Hofheim, Germany, and photographed Virginia Fontaine in…

Castles and Crimes: The Nazis weren’t the only one’s who looted

While Virginia Fontaine witnessed how the occupation forces helped find and repatriate art stolen by the Nazis during her time in post-World World II Germany, the Nazis weren’t the only ones to burglarize homes. Allied military occupying local homes in Germany during the war were reported by the Stars & Stripes military newspaper of stealing…

Women Spies Part 2: Rose Mary Kunz

Rose Mary Kunz appeared in Virginia Fontaine’s diaries on January 19, 1951, but not as a new friend, but as someone flying up to Frankfurt to the Rhein-Main Air Force base to visit Virginia in particular. Rose Mary worked in the Madrid embassy but came to Germany often, always visiting Virginia. We have no information…