#ThrowbackThursday Postcards From the Walters

Gary Vikan, former director of the Walters Art Museum, in the studio at WYPR radio.

Postcards from the Walters was a weekly radio segment on Baltimore’s WYPR radio. Each week, former Director Gary Vikan explored the cultural and historical treasures of the museum. The segment features stories about the lives and the collection that make the legends of the Walters Art Museum. Vikan later used material from the segment as the basis for his book, also titled Postcards from the Walters.

Here are some Postcards from the Walters audio segments.

Uncle Jimmy: Rediscovered Artist
April 12th, 2010
While rummaging through an art gallery in Paris more than 40 years ago, James O’Toole noticed a painting of grey clad troops marching past a column on a rainy day.

The Case of the Missing Case
November 30, 2009
I love to give after-hours tours of the Walters for small groups, but over the years I’ve tried to follow two rules.

Henry Walters’ Will
November 23, 2009
Henry Walters’ enormous gift of 1931.

It’s My Party and I’ll No-Show if I Want To
November 16, 2009
Henry Walters probably was pleased, but we’ll never know. He was, after all, almost pathologically shy.

Portrait of the Founder
November 9, 2009
It appears that he has not shaved for several days and he looks very tired.

Stolen Art at the Walters!
November 7, 2009
Ahead of Gary Vikan’s public discussion with Noah Charney at the Walters on November 7, WYPR invited him to preview the topics in an on-air chat with Noah (by phone) for their Maryland Morning segment. Noah Charney is the author of the novel The Art Thief and director of the Association for Research into Crimes against Art.

Betrayed by the “Blind Cracks”
November 2, 2009
Their answer was both quick and unequivocal: ‘No way is the Rubens Vase going to Australia!”Why?’ I asked. ‘Blind Cracks,’ they said.

What a Dump!
October 26, 2009
There are times in the life of any museum when things are just not what they should be.

There’s an Alligator in the Elevator!
October 19, 2009
Walters curators are known for their creative ways of presenting the past.

Dead Cat
October 12, 2009
There are lots of things about being a museum director that are unexpected, in some cases simply fun.

Brutal Stairs
October 5, 2009
The next time you enter the Walters Art Museum by way of its original bronze doors on North Charles Street, stop at the threshold and look around for a minute. My guess is that you’ll be struck by two quite contradictory feelings.

One-foot Jesus
September 28, 2009
That tip of the right foot of Jesus had come off before!

September 21, 2009
It’s rare for an art museum to become the stage for a political protest.

A Nearly Perfect Match
September 7, 2009
Baltimore is blessed with two historical art museums with complementary collections.

Patriarchal Kiss
August 31, 2009
In October 1997, Baltimore and the Walters were honored to receive a very special guest.

JP Morgan
August 25, 2009
Henry Walters and JP Morgan were two of the greatest financiers and art collectors of America’s “Gilded Age.”

Lost and Found
August 20, 2009
Both father and son–William T. and Henry Walters—loved academic paintings.

The First Walters
August 17, 2009
Before there was The Walters, there was The Walters Public Bath.

A Hunk o’ Burnin’ Love
August 10, 2009
What does Elvis Presley have to do with the Walters?