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The Amon Carter Museum Of American Art Presents “Self-Taught Genius: Treasures From The American Folk Art Museum”

First they invited you to Party On The Porch with great food, drink, conversation, music and even great weather.  Now the Amon Carter Museum of American Art in Fort Worth, Texas is inviting you to another stellar event–their latest exhibition, and it promises to be an outstanding event.

Their newest exhibition Self-Taught Genius: Treasures from the American Folk Art Museum will be open from October 10, 2015 through January 3, 2016.  This free exhibition showcases the works of self-taught artists whose bodies of work offer a look at the history of America through eyes that were sometimes overlooked.

Ralph Fasanella (1914–1997) Subway Riders, 1950 Oil on canvas Collection American Folk Art Museum, New York Gift of Ralph and Eva Fasanella Courtesy MTA Arts & Urban Design

Ralph Fasanella (1914–1997)
Subway Riders, 1950
Oil on canvas
Collection American Folk Art Museum, New York
Gift of Ralph and Eva Fasanella
Courtesy MTA Arts & Urban Design

The executive director of the American Folk Art Museum, Anne-Imelda Radice, Ph.D., states that this exhibition serves as a landmark.  It showcases the genesis of a field that has grown and become even more complex than ever before. Self-Taught Genius: Treasures from the American Folk Art Museum is providing new insight into the critical role of artists whose works were previously not given wide national recognition.

There are 100 works from a diverse group of artists whose works date from the mid 18th century through the early 21st century.  It represents over 50 years of collecting by the American Folk Art Museum.

This exhibition of self-taught artists is a first for the Amon Carter Museum of American Art.  Adding to the exhibition will be other works in the galleries showcasing self-taught artists from Texas–Texas Folk Art which comes from private collections.

The local presentation of this exhibition is sponsored by the Kleinheinz Family Foundation for the Arts and Education.  To find more about the Amon Carter Museum of American Art and the exhibition Self-Taught Genius: Treasures from the American Folk Art Museum,  go to:  http://www.cartermuseum.org/.

Remember “thisisyourbestyear“.  Visit the Amon Carter Museum of American Art for this wonderful free exhibition.

Big change ahead for early breast cancer treatment? – CBS News

Please take a look at the link below. It talks about early breast cancer treatment.

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/big-change-ahead-for-early-breast-cancer-treatment/

Getting Up After The Fall

There was a great article in the Star-Telegram written by Marty Sabota concerning falls in people of a certain age.  You can read the article at this link:  http://www.star-telegram.com/news/local/community/fort-worth/article36208161.html.

Fals 1In the article there are several tips to cut the risk of falls.  As we mature, we need to do more balancing exercising.  Recently talk show host Wendy Williams talked about a fall she took while wearing athletic footwear–not her trademark heels.  She even laughed at herself.  As Wendy stated, she did fall, but she was able to get up easily, and she was not sore the next morning–she exercises.  You have to keep moving.

Just try sitting on the floor and getting up without assistance, if you find that you can’t or it’s hard, then you need to get to work on getting in shape. Believe it or not yoga can assist in working on balance.  There are many forms of yoga to fit your age and your ability. Don’t think you will ever fall, maybe not, but will you be able to help someone up if they fall?

Remember “thisisyourbestyear“.  Most of us will fall, but how many of us will be able to get up?

Beyond Words–Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth Presents Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic

From September 20, 2015 to January 10, 2016 the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth (Texas) will be presenting the art work of Kehinde Wiley.  Mr. Wiley has been a professional artist for about 14 years, but he has been an artist for most of his 38 years. 

Photography by David Woo

Photography by David Woo

The art lovers of Fort Worth and Tarrant County came out for a one of a kind book signing. The lecture that proceeded the book signing was one of the most successful the museum has held.  There was standing room only in the main hall with just as many being seated in Café Modern. All were informed and entertained by Kehinde’s conversation with Eugenie Tsai of the Brooklyn Museum.

The exhibition–Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic showcases about 60 of Kehinde’s body of work.  The exhibition starts with a piece painted just before his graduation from Yale University and gives you some background into his life as an African-American male.

When you visit the exhibition, you will find yourself stepping up closely to examine the pieces, then stepping back to see them from a different angle.  There are huge paintings, smaller paintings, sculptures and one of my favorites–beautiful stained glass pieces. I suggest that you take the guided tour (at least the first time you go, you will go back again). The guided tour will give you insight into Kehinde’s vision, and how it has evolved.

To find out more about the world-famous Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth go to: http://themodern.org/.  You can also read more about Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic at  http://themodern.org/exhibition/upcoming/kehinde-wiley-a-new-republic/3071.

As I tell everyone, there may be bigger (modern art museums), but there are none better than the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth (Texas).

*Great girlfriends outing, date night or going it alone.

Remember ” thisisyourbestyear”.

Pitch Your Product At The Texas Conference For Women

On October 15 in Austin, Texas at the Texas Conference for Women Vista Print is giving some lucky women the chance to pitch their product to Tory Johnson. Tory appears every Thursday on Good Morning America and presents the newest hottest brands around–it could be your product.

You must be registered for this great conference to pitch your product.  There is still time! For more information on how to pitch your product at the Texas Conference for Women and to register for the conference go to:  http://txconferenceforwomen.org/.

Tory Johnson

To find out what Tory is looking for in your pitch, go to:  http://toryjohnson.com/pitch/.

Remember “thisisyourbestyear” why not spend a day with some amazing women at the Texas Conference for Women?  See you there!!

State Fair Of Texas And Food

Nothing else to say. I am getting ready.

thisisyourbestyear

I’m channeling Pharrell Williams and we are singing “because I’m happy”.  It is State Fair of Texas Time, and I am ready,  I’ve waited for this day, and I am starting to count down the days until I can be happy!!!

After I walk in and speak to Big Tex, I can walk right pass all of the fried foods in the fair to get to the one thing that is on my mind.  I will slather my food of choice with mustard, drink something carbonated and be HAPPY!!

My food of choice is not fried Coke, fried butter, fried Oreo or even funnel cake–it is the original State Fair of Texas cornydog–Fletcher’s.  Do not, I repeat, do not let them try to sell you a knockoff corny dog, they are there, but continue to walk until you find the original. You must eat a Fletcher’s corny dog with mustard.  It is…

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Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth–Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic

Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic

The city of Fort Worth is widely known as “Where the West Began”, but it can also be known as “Where Great Works of Art Are Seen”.  The world-famous Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth will be presenting Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic which will highlight the range and scope of the artist’s 14-year career .  The street life of Harlem will start the exhibition as Wiley focuses on African-American men.  In later works Wiley examines the European tradition of portraiture while taking paintings by such masters as Titian, Manet, and Van Dyck.  He replaces the historical subjects with more contemporary young African-American men dressed in urban fashion.  Wiley is known for his large decorative canvases which have become part of his signature style.  It seems fitting that the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth would feature A New Republic at this time when issues of class, race and gender are in the headlines today. Also featured in this exhibition are examples of the artists’ stained-glass paintings and bronze busts.

On January 21, 2015, Wiley received the United States State Department Medal of Arts.  An illustrated catalogue published by the Brooklyn Museum and DelMonico Books/Prestel accompanies the exhibition.

This exhibition is organized by the Brooklyn Museum and Eugenie Tsai, the John and Barbara Vogelstein Curator of Contemporary Art at the Brooklyn Museum and made possible by the Henry Luce Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. It will run September 20, 2015 – January 10, 2016.

Kehinde Wiley (American, b. 1977). Shantavia Beale II, 2012. Oil on canvas, 60 x 48 in. (152.4 x 121.9 cm). Collection of Ana and Lenny Gravier, courtesy Sean Kelly, New York. © Kehinde Wiley. (Photo: Jason Wyche)

Kehinde Wiley (American, b. 1977). Shantavia Beale II, 2012. Oil on canvas, 60 x 48 in. (152.4 x 121.9 cm). Collection of Ana and Lenny Gravier, courtesy Sean Kelly, New York. © Kehinde Wiley. (Photo: Jason Wyche)

To find out more about the wonderful Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth and this exhibitions and others, go to:  http://www.themodern.org.

If you are in the area, take the time to visit the Modern Art Museum in Fort Worth–Remember “thisisyourbestyear”.

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