Fort Worth is fondly referred to as the City of Cowboys and Culture for its rich western history and renowned arts programs.
If you’re looking to safely social distance while enjoying the permanent collections and new exhibits on display in the Cultural District, here’s a rundown of what’s new. For the safety of patrons, all museums are requiring masks, providing no-touch experiences, and may be limiting attendance, so call or check online before you go.
The iconic Carter received a facelift last fall. Throughout July, enjoy story time from the comfort of your home, as museum staff help you and your children create art with materials you have in your house. Two new exhibits commence in August.
Texas Made Modern: The Art of Everett Spruce runs August 18-November 1, and the preview of Spruce’s modernist takes on Texas and Texans looks absolutely stunning. Running concurrently, Acting Out: Cabinet Cards and the Making of Modern Photography takes a look at America’s main format for photographic portraiture through the last three decades of the nineteenth century. Think of it this way, it was the original selfie. Coming in December, Mythmakers: The Art of Winslow Homer and Frederic Remington, offers museum-goers a window into the art of two early 20th century’s most renowned American art pioneers.
Enjoy the Amon Carter Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. As the museum looks towards its sixth decade in Fort Worth, admission remains free and the experience is still priceless.
If you're itching to visit, Laura Wilson: Looking West remains as the featured exhibit through August. The museum's thoroughly researched and impeccably assembled collections include art from works by Georgia O’Keeffe to Dale Evans’ saddle and one of Annie Oakley’s guns. You can also take advantage of special summer rates and free parking. Look the part with mask in hand when you shop at the gift store for a 100% cotton bandana -- an approved protective face covering. The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Good news –– the current Kimbell exhibit Flesh and Blood: Italian Masterpieces from the Capodimonte Museum was extended through August 2. The collection features lush 16th century Italian Renaissance and 17th century Baroque works by Titian, Raphael, El Greco and others.
Coming November 2020, Queen Nefertari’s Egypt features an outstanding collection of information about the women who reigned alongside the pharaohs during the New Kingdom, roughly 1500 years BCE. Jewelry, papyrus, sarcophagi and other items make up the exhibit, which is on loan from Turin’s Museo Egizio. You can also continue to enjoy the Kimbell from Home program, a peek into the treasure trove that is the museum’s standing collection.
Visit the Kimbell Art Museum Tuesdays through Thursdays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m, Fridays from noon to 8 p.m, and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. The Kimbell Buffet and the Piano Café remain closed as of this writing.
The Modern introduced numerous online learning programs for both adults and youth during the shutdown. And every other Saturday at 7 p.m., Modern TV allows you to view free live-streamed videos by leading contemporary artists.
Those looking to visit in person, Mark Bradford: End Papers is on display through January 10, 2021. The exhibit shows that it’s possible to make art out of literally anything, including hair stylists’ end papers (those little pieces of paper your stylist folds over the ends of your hair to protect them during processing). Bradford is also a hairdresser and a philanthropist: In 2013, he cofounded Art + Practice, a non-profit Los Angeles-based organization providing art and resources for underprivileged youth. If you hurry in, you can still catch Ruckus Rodeo, a modern art exploration of all things rodeo, through August 16.
Explore the Modern Art Museum Tuesdays through Thursdays, and Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. The Café Modern remains closed as of this writing.