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Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth Presents FOCUS: Ben Jones

Untitled by Ben Jones, 2007

Untitled by Ben Jones, 2007

FOCUS: Ben Jones
Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth
April 11-June 6, 2010

The FOCUS exhibition series is organized by the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth and Curator Andrea Karnes for the Museum’s Director’s Council, a group that supports acquisitions at the Museum. Each FOCUS exhibition presents work by an emerging contemporary artist. FOCUS exhibitions are open to the public and are included in general Museum admission: $10 for adults; $4 for seniors (60+) and students with identification; free for children 12 and under; free for Modern members.

FOCUS: Ben Jones

The third Director’s Council FOCUS exhibition for the 2009-2010 season will feature the work of American-born artist Ben Jones. Jones’ work investigates new methods of pictorial storytelling in the digital age. An interdisciplinary artist working in video, sculpture, painting, light painting and drawing, his artworks and installations evoke environments and themes both familiar and bizarre.

For years, Jones has sharpened his skills by working as an animator and comic book illustrator. Consequentially, his work has a colorful and playful visual language. Jones’ artwork reflects the wide-ranging influences that inundate the artist (and viewer) in their daily experience within contemporary society. The artist levels the playing field for such disparate references as minimalism, video games, dogs and “The Simpsons,” by equally favoring all in his work, and in so doing, he slyly merges high art with popular culture in a present-day vocabulary.

Jones currently lives and works in Providence, Rhode Island; he is a member of the acclaimed East Coast artist collective Paper Rad. He has shown internationally on his own and with Paper Rad. Jones was recently in exhibitions at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MACRO) in Rome, Italy; Museum of Modern Art in New York; Deitch Projects in New York; and Andreas Melas Presents in Athens, Greece.

Special Programs

Tuesday Evenings Lecture Series

Featuring Ben Jones

April 6, 7 p.m.


Ben Jones will present a performance piece in conjunction with the FOCUS exhibition.

Dr. Doo performing Black Math

April 10, 8 p.m.

At Modern ’til Midnight

6 p.m.-midnight

Admission is $15; FREE for Modern members.

Advance tickets are available, call 817.738.9215

The Director’s Council

The Director’s Council was formed in 1985, and assists the Museum with acquisitions through the FOCUS series. This series features three solo exhibitions organized annually by Curator Andrea Karnes. Each exhibition opens with an exclusive cocktail reception for Council members, an opportunity to meet the featured artist and discuss his or her work. One work by each artist is chosen by the Museum to be part of the final selection for the Council’s Purchase Meeting, the climax of the FOCUS season. This format provides members with an in-depth understanding of the Modern’s acquisitions process and offers a spirited and popular series of events. The annual dues, $525, include all the benefits of a Family membership and invitations to exclusive Director’s Council events.

Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth

Museum Location

3200 Darnell Street
Fort Worth, Texas 76107

Museum Gallery Hours

Tue 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (Feb-Apr 10 a.m.-7 p.m.)
Wed-Sat 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Sun 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

General Admission Prices (includes special exhibition)

$4 for students with ID and seniors (60+)
$10 for adults (13+)
Free for children 12 and under
Free for Modern members
Free the first Sunday of every month and half price every Wednesday

Untitled by Ben Jones, 2007

Untitled by Ben Jones, 2007

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