The Amon Carter Museum’s Norman Lewis Exhibit

Guest post written by Dr. Britine Perkins, PhD.

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I was given the opportunity to preview the new Amon Carter Museum’s Norman Lewis exhibit before it opened to the public.  This was indeed a special opportunity as the ACM is only the 2nd museum nationwide to host this breathtaking exhibit. Because Lewis’s work is about movement, the pieces are grouped to showcase how his art evolved from figurative in the 1920’s and 30’s, to completely abstract expressionist by the 1940’s. He is one of a very few African-American artists to pursue this style of painting.

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When one thinks of abstract expressionist artists from the 1930’s to the 1960’s, immediately names like  Jackson Pollock , Picasso, de Kooning, Max Ernst, and one of my personal favorites, Frank Stella, among many others will come to mind. Unfortunately, what does not come to mind are African-American abstract expressionist artists, which was usually considered a rare departure for an African American artist (at one meeting in Italy that featured the likes of Polluck and de Kooning, Lewis was the only African American in the room, much like this preview where I was only one of two minorities in the room).  For Norman Lewis, who was born in 1909 in Harlem, expressing the energy of the Renaissance unfolding around him profoundly influenced his work. Early on in his career, he realized that he wanted to paint the Black experience, just not in the figurative way that was expected on African American artists of that time. By the 1940’s, he had rejected painting figurative works, and painting what he wanted to paint. Because he was African American he was not truly accepted by the white abstract expressionist artists, nor was he accepted by African American artists who felt the only way to express Black life was through figurative art.

Although considered a successful artist (his work was exhibited in over 130 exhibitions in his lifetime) he did not receive the true recognition as an abstract expressionist artist till after his death, something he has always predicted.  Regardless, he continued to paint the way he wanted:  American life is diverse and so should the art that depicts it, a struggle that Norman Lewis is definitely winning, even if posthumously.  Today many of his pieces are being sold for between $250,000 and $350,000, while during his lifetime, most sold for less than $20,000 as noted in a recent March 2016 CBS Sunday Morning clip (Reappraising the art of Normal Lewis) about his long overdue rightful recognition as an abstract expressionist artist.

After viewing just some of his extraordinary works, one leaves with an overwhelming admiration for a man who fought racism on both sides and yet continued to do what he wanted to do.  Although he was overlooked in his lifetime, I for one am very glad to see him finally get his due as not just an African-American artist, but one of this nation’s greatest abstract expressionist artists.

The Procession: The Art of Norman Lewis will be om diplay until August 21, 2016. To find out more about this wonderful exhibition and all of the other things click Amon Carter American Museum of Art.

Remember “thisisyourbestyear”, enjoy great works of art.

 

 

 

Hollywood of A Bygone Era Showcased At Fort Worth’s Amon Carter Museum

The works of one of the most compelling artists of the 20th Century is currently being shown at the Amon Carter Museum in Fort Worth, Texas.   “AMERICAN EPICS: THOMAS HART BENTON AND HOLLYWOOD” highlights over 100 of the Missouri artist’s works. Besides some 30 paintings on display there are also murals, drawings, lithographs along with several movie posters and book illustrations.
To find out more about this wonderful museum and all the exhibitions and activities going on go to:  http://www.cartermuseum.org/.
 
Remember “thisisyourbestyear”.
This post was written by Carol Y. Cooper

Get The Women 2016

As I always say “I love smart women”, and on Saturday, January 30, 2016 I was in a room filled with them. The Fort Worth Metropolitan Black Chamber of Commerce Women’s Business Division held it’s kickoff.

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Ms. Yolanda Harper is the chair of the Women’s Business Division, and she is determined to showcase outstanding women in Tarrant County.  If the kickoff is indication of the energy this young lady brings to the organization then she is set for an exciting tenure and the FWMBCC has a new star.

The networking started from the time each lady checked in with professional headshots taken, and then a delicious breakfast served. The laughter, good conversation and networking made for a fun filled time.

To keep the event going the speaker of the hour was passionate about women in business. Mrs. Tonya Veasey entertained, informed and inspired the audience. The audience saw themselves in her story.

For at least an hour after the program there was more networking and exchanging of ideas.  Rememberthisisyourbestyear”. Get out and network.

Movies At The Modern Art Museum Of Fort Worth

The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth will host their “Magnolia at the Modern” Film Series starting on November 13 and going through December 20.  Below are just a few of the films that will be shown.  To see a complete list, please go to www.themodern.org.  Tickets will go on sale beginning November 3, online at www.themodern.org, by calling 817.738.9215, or at the Modern’s admission desk. Café Modern offers dinner before or after the film on Friday and Saturday, and brunch on Sunday.
 
Magnolia at the Modern is an ongoing series featuring critically acclaimed films. Tickets are $9; $7 for Modern members; $6 for Reel People. The Sunday noon show time is half price. Advance sales begin two hours prior to each show.
 
PhoenixPhoenix
November 13-15
Friday 6 and 8 pm; Saturday 5 pm; Sunday noon, 2 pm, and 4 pm
 
“A haunting portrait of identity, loss, and the search for answers in post-WWII Berlin.”
Scott Foundas, Variety. After undergoing reconstructive surgery, a concentration camp survivor (Nina Hoss) tries to find out if her husband (Ronald Zehrfeld) betrayed her to the Nazis.
98 minutes; PG-13; English, German
  
ExperimenterExperimenter
November 20-22
Friday 6 and 8 pm; Saturday 5 pm; Sunday noon, 2 pm, and 4 pm
 
“A heady brew of theories about the essence of human nature, and a Peter Sarsgaard performance that catches Milgram in all his seductive, megalomaniacal brilliance.” Scott Foundas, Variety. In 1961, social psychologist Stanley Milgram (Peter Sarsgaard) conducts controversial experiments designed to measure conformity, conscience, and free will.  108 minutes; PG-13
TheebTheeb
November 27-29
Friday 6 and 8 pm; Saturday 5 pm; Sunday noon, 2 pm, and 4 pm
 
A young Bedouin boy uses his nascent survival skills to outwit potential enemies in Theeb, a classic adventure film of the best kind, and one that’s rarely seen these days.” Jay Weissberg, Variety. In the Ottoman province of Hijaz during World War I, a young Bedouin boy experiences a greatly hastened coming of age as he embarks on a perilous desert journey to guide a British officer to his secret destination. 100 minutes; Arabic with English subtitles

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:  www.themodern.org.

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

Dallas Black Dance Theatre Comes To Fort Worth

Looking for something wonderful to do on a Friday night?  Gather your friends and/or family together and get ready to experience the beauty and majesty of dance as performed by the world-famous Dallas Black Dance Theatre.  This performance is for one night only and will feature the Dallas Black Dance Theatre and the Dallas Black Dance Theatre II. The company is coming West to showcase their stellar performance of such works as “Mourners Bench”, “Doll House” and much more.  Tickets will go fast–don’t miss your opportunity to witness beauty in motion.  If this company performs near your city mark your calendars to make sure you see (enjoy) them.

Remember “thisisyourbestyear”.

Dallas Black Dane Thater Comes to Fort Worth

The Doctor Brings Her Prescription Home

Dentist, businesswoman, humorist, loving mom and grandmother, best-selling author and Fort Worth native, Dr. Moe Anderson will come home to Fort Worth to share her newest book as she begins her book signing tour.

Dr. Mo AndersonAs a woman of a certain age, Dr. Moe Anderson has written a book for “every” woman who wants to achieve more fulfilling relationships in all aspects of her life.  Her book  Success Is A Side Effect: Leadership, Relationships and Selective Amnesia is a conversation for women on how to find their happiness and boost their own self-worth.

Dr. Moe Anderson has put out her shingle and is awaiting patients.  You can meet the doctor for a personal consultation on Saturday, October 25 from 4 to 6 pm at Marie Antoinette Parfumerie and Spa located at 101 W. 2nd St. in Fort Worth, TX 76102.

Dr. Moe Anderson knows “thisis(her)yourbestyear”, and so should you.

Partying On The Trinity–Jubilee Theater Gala

The gala was moved from the banks of the Trinity River to the Tarrant County College Trinity River Campus, and they never missed a beat.  There was good food and drink catered by Mi Cocina.  There was good, danceable music performed by one of North Texas’ outstanding bands–The Inspiration Band.  There were plenty of patrons who were eager eat, dance, bid on the auction and remember the founder of The Jubilee Theater–Rudy Eastman. This annual fundraiser is held each year–be on the lookout for the party next year to raise money to continue the creative, entertaining legacy of the Jubilee Theater.

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Remember “thisisyourbestyear”.

For show times and other information about the Jubilee Theater go to their website at: http://www.jubileetheatre.org/

For booking information and to find out where The Inspiration Band is playing go to:  http://theinspirationband.com/

 

Fort Worth Food and Wine Festival

Watch out Aspen, Fort Worth is about to show you how to really do a food and wine festival.  Take a look and mark your calendars for wonderful events for date night and girls night out. You must have tickets to attend the events–get yours now.

Fort Worth Food and Wine Festival

Fort Worth Food and Wine

Remember “thisisyourbestyear”.