Fort Worth is blessed to have a formal Cultural District and a thriving arts scene. From indoor exhibits and priceless art to outside music festivals and unique public art, here are a few of the opportunities to appreciate Fort Worth’s artsier side.
Yarnbombing, anyone? The Foundry District’s hosted art exhibits and currently features mural art created by Katie Murray. On August 19, Brooklyn artist London Kaye will create a 20-foot installation to add to the public art in the area. The live yarn-bomb will occur from 6-10 p.m. and will be accompanied by music, food trucks, and other pop-up textile artists.
The Fort Worth Museum of Science and History helps our community celebrate The Great American Eclipse from 11 am to 1:30 pm Monday, August 21. This eclipse is notable because you’ll only be able to view the totality of the eclipse on the American continent – so the museum is really making history with this science! Events include opportunities to view the eclipse with the museum’s telescopes and a simulcast of the totality of the eclipse in the Omni Theater.
Stage West presents the regional premiere of The Royal Society of Antarctica on August 24. The quirky play by Mat Smart attempts to answer the question “What do you find at the bottom of the world?” The production runs through September 24.
At the Amon Carter Museum of American Art, you can catch The Polaroid Project: At the Intersection of Art and Technology through September 3. The exhibit’s a combination of the history of Edwin Land’s groundbreaking instant camera and the stunning variety of art that’s been created using the device. This is the exhibit’s only stop in the southwest –– there are only two opportunities to view The Polaroid Project the U.S.
Later in September, the Amon Carter’s third annual Party on the Porch offers more sound, more food and more Fort Worth! The multisensory event will include music headlined by local favorites Green River Ordinance, a light show by Inside Image Design, food trucks and a cash bar. You can even take home a souvenir from Pan Ector who will be screen-printing their Fort Worth-themed T-shirts onsite. Extended gallery and Museum Store hours (until 9 p.m.) allow guests to enjoy the artwork inside and have time to shop. Like everything at the Amon Carter Museum, the exhibit and events are free of charge. Party on the Porch runs from 6-10 p.m. Friday, September 23.
The Kimbell Art Museum brings Casanova: The Seduction of Europe to Fort Worth on August 27. Giacomo Casanova titillated his native Italy and most of Europe in the late 18th century. His name is synonymous with amour, but it turns out that Casanova was a real (post) Renaissance man, who traveled to Russia to visit Catherine the Great and who befriended Benjamin Franklin. The exhibit of period art, sculpture, costumes, and other works will be on display through the end of the year in the Louis I. Kahn Building.
PC: Giandomenico Tiepolo, The Charlatan, 1756, oil on canvas
The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth juxtaposes movies and cuisine with a full-on film festival aptly titled Film Feast over Labor Day weekend. Guest curators Louis Black (co-founder of SXSW Festival and the Austin Chronicle) and Caroline Frick, Ph. D., founder and executive director of Texas Archive of the Moving Image, have organized a combination of new movies, cult favorites and a tribute to silent screen legend Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle. The Modern’s Denise Shavandy heads up a team of culinary experts and the food offerings will match the movies –– from “Ratatouille” to “Like Water for Chocolate.” The presentations require tickets, either for single events or a festival pass. Now might be a great time to become a Modern member, as there are nice member discounts. Film Feast runs through September 3.
SiNaCa Studios celebrates their New Year (and fundraising kick-off) September 8 with Artists in Heat at the Botanic Research Institute of Texas. The free event features hot glass sculptor Grant Garmezy from Richmond, VA. Garmezy’s work focuses on the animal form. He will be demoing at SiNaCa Studios the following day.
Finally, Crockett Row at 7th West offers a Chalk Art Festival for people of all ages. In addition to professional artists, amateur artists will be able to compete for gift cards from Crockett Row merchants. The Chalk Art Festival begins at noon on September 30.