Big Pictures AMon Carter Museum

Looking for something free and inspirational to do this Spring Break in Fort Worth? Look no further than the Fort Worth Cultural District, where the Amon Carter Museum of American Art presents Big Pictures, a culmination of nearly 50 works inspired by photographers thinking "big". On view through April 21st, the exhibition explores the impact of scale and the history of how thinking large has developed over the past 100 years. Expanding the image (no matter how simple) allows us as viewers to slow down and notice the details, which is a nice life lesson in general. For example, one of the photos in the first room, Landscape by Kathy Sherman Suder (b. 1959) conveys a boxer; however, the image's scale allows us to look deeper and pay attention to the form of his muscles, the sweat, and the direction of movement rather than just the image as a whole. 

Divided into five sections, loosely chronological in order, Big Pictures conveys grandeur style in looking at how photographers use size to affect the audience in different ways, many times by breaking the boundaries and thus, prolonging the gaze. Many have believed that large photographic prints are a recent phenomenon in photography; but interestingly enough, this exhibition reveals otherwise. In fact, the drive to create ever larger images has intrigued and motivated photographers from the medium’s earliest years. Don't miss this incredible exhibition at the Amon Carter Museum of American Art!  

While you're visiting the museum, make sure to carve out some time to explore the other exhibits including another American photography collection, Marie Cosindas: Instant Color, on view through May 26. Also on view is a collection of lithographs including the famous "Hollywood Sign", Ed Ruscha: Made in California through July 21, 2013. Through April 28, check out Photographs from the Collection as well as Night: Prints and Drawings from the Collection. Inspired by the Night collection, the Amon Carter Museum is hosting a free community program on Thursday, March 28. During Art in the Dark, everyone is welcome to experience the museum at night with art making, tours, films, food and more!