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.

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”.

(Free) Day In The Cultural District

Fort WorthNine of Fort Worth’s museums will have free admission on Saturday, September 27 from 10 AM to 5 PM.  Take a look at the link below to find out which museums are participating.  If you live in or around Fort Worth or if you are planning to visit on the 27th of September, just bring your walking shoes and enjoy the wonderful, world-class museums Fort Worth has to offer.

http://fwdayinthedistrict.org/

Remember “thisisyourbestyear”.  Enjoy your free day at the museums of Fort Worth, Texas.  Go with your friends, children, grandchildren or even by yourself.  Have fun!

My Day At Crystal Bridges Museum

I once had a minister who said “with all the noise, we can’t hear God talking to us”. As I walked through one of the most beautiful museums, Crystal Bridges–I listened.

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*Alice Walton, the visionary behind Crystal Bridges has one of her original paintings on display in the museum–I love it–build yourself a museum and put “your” work in it. It is however, a beautiful piece.

Good Friend, Free Fun, Good Food and Good Wine–Good Day

My good friend and I decided the rainy weather was not going to keep us from enjoying “Free Day” in the Cultural District in Ft.Worth.  We had 10 places to select from.

We started our day at the Amon Carter Museum of American Art, then continued on to the Kimbell Art Museum, and ended with the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth.  Even in the rain there were others enjoying the day.

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We ended our wonderful day at Max’s Wine Dive enjoying wonderful food, good wine, good service and most of all good conversation.

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Remember “thisisyourbestyear”.

Free Fun In Your City

Free Fun

Every city has some wonderful events that are free or cost very little.  As a woman of a certain age I am always watching my money. Even while watching my money I am on the lookout for something fun to do–something different.  This week in Fort Worth, Texas you can visit the venues in the cultural district for FREE.

Fort Worth has some of the best museums in the national.  Go by yourself, take someone with you, go by yourself, go by yourself….Get out of the house and enjoy yourself.  There are so many things that women of a certain age can do all alone or with someone.  Why not take that child and/or grandchild to the cultural district–you can have a teaching moment without really trying.

Fort Worth skyline with the Trinity River in the foreground.

Take a look at your city and see what’s going on and enjoy.

Remember “thisisyourbestyear”.

Mind and Body

As we go through life it is important that we stay active both mentally and physically.  In most cities there are things that cost very little or even some things that are free so cost should not be a huge concern when finding actives. The Amon Carter Museum of American Art in Ft.Worth, Texas is a world class museum known throughout the world. They always have their permanent collection free to the public.

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This summer they are having a special showing that is free.

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The special exhibition is ROMARE BEARDEN A Black Odyssey. It is truly amazing.

The museum offers free guided tours for this exhibit, headphones or you can download the app for the exhibition on your smartphone. You can’t take pictures of the special exhibitions, but you can take them of their permanent collection.

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When leaving you will be given a card informing you of the special exhibition at the Arlington Museum of Art. There is a small admission charge, but it is far less than the cost of a movie. 

The exhibit is WILLIAM H. JOHNSON AN AMERICAN MODERN–HARLEM RENAISSANCE.

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As women of a certain age we need to expand our minds and do something different.  There are so many things that are on my I’m gonna do” list that I have not done yet, but I can cross zip lining off.

Beaumont Ranch offers a variety of zip lines, and we did them all. There is a cost, but we used a Groupon.

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Take care of your mind and body. Remember “thisisyourbestyear”.