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Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth Presents Modern 'til Midnight: Road Tested

Standard Station with Ten-Cent Western Being Torn in Half by Ed Ruscha, 1964

Standard Station with Ten-Cent Western Being Torn in Half by Ed Ruscha, 1964

Modern ’til Midnight: Road Tested
Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth
Saturday, April 16, 2011 from 6 p.m. till Midnight

Admission is free for members and $15 for non-members.

The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth is pleased to present the seventh Modern ’til Midnight on Saturday, April 16 from 6 p.m. to midnight. This annual event allows the community to enjoy everything the Modern has to offer during extended, late-night hours: live music, films, gallery activities, and unique fare from Café Modern. Admission is $15; free for Modern members.

The theme of this Modern ’til Midnight is based on the Museum’s current exhibition, Ed Ruscha: Road Tested, which closes Sunday, April 17. Also featured at Modern ’til Midnight is FOCUS: Teresita Fernández.

Live music from local and national artists

The following lineup of musicians will perform outside against the Modern’s reflecting pond:

This Will Destroy You-This Will Destroy You is an instrumental quartet from the great state of Texas who play a cascading brand of cinematic rock music. Often described as post-rock, the band has managed to transcend this genre and carve its own balance of electronics, strings, and an array of unconventional “rock” instrumentation over bombastic and receding harmony.

The Burning Hotels-The Burning Hotels have a sound that pulls together years of influence from the post-punk revival with the ’80s romantic movement. It’s a combination of styles that goes hand-in-hand and what the band calls “sex punk.”

The Cush-Burette and Gabrielle Douglas bring a sound all their own to The Cush-handcrafted psych-pop suites, sculpted with the help of vintage tape delays and an inspiration that can only come from enduring the frozen tundra environs of Vermont and the open skies of Texas.

Novaak-“Vocalist Jessi James and musical mastermind Blake Panter create a slick, shimmering sonic landscape-one much bigger than the two of them.” Andy Odom, Dallas Observer.

Datahowler-Datahowler is an electronic musician who bridges the gap between pulp fiction and rhythm to create nebulous textures of sound that immerse the listener.

Film Program

The films Easy Rider and Five Easy Pieces will be shown in the Museum auditorium at 7 and 9 pm, respectively. Easy Rider, directed by Dennis Hopper and starring Peter Fonda, Hopper, and Jack Nicholson, follows two counterculture bikers as they travel from Los Angeles to New Orleans in search of America. Five Easy Pieces follows a dropout from upper-class America as he picks up work on oil rigs and spends his life in a squalid succession of bars, motels, and other points of interest. Starring Jack Nicholson, Karen Black, and Billy Green Bush.

Café Modern and Lobby Bar

Cash bars will be available from 6 pm until last call at 11:45 p.m. Enjoy an assortment of appetizers and entrées in Café Modern from 6 to 9 p.m. The Modern Grill will have hamburgers, hotdogs, and picnic fare available for dining outside on the lawn throughout the evening. Beverages and food are not included in admission price.

Happenings in the Galleries:

Special exhibitions Ed Ruscha: Road Tested and FOCUS:Teresita Fernández will be on view in the galleries along with select works from the Modern’s permanent collection. Throughout the evening there will be special activities in the galleries, including conceptual projects, spotlight tours, and art explorations.

Ed Ruscha: Road Tested

Since Ruscha’s first road trip from Oklahoma City to Los Angeles in 1956, the artist has continued to engage the images he has encountered along the roads of the western United States. Consisting of approximately 75 works, spanning the artist’s entire career, Ed Ruscha: Road Tested tracks key images inspired by his admitted love of driving. “I like being in the car, and seeing things from that vantage point,” Ruscha has said. “Sometimes I give myself assignments to go out on the road and explore different ideas. My books are an example of that.” The exhibition, organized by Michael Auping, the Museum’s chief curator, includes many of the artist’s most famous books, Twentysix Gasoline Stations, Real Estate Opportunities, Some Los Angeles Apartments, Thirtyfour Parking Lots, and the innovative panoramic Every Building on the Sunset Strip.

This multimedia exhibition also showcases some of Ruscha’s most iconic paintings, such as the Standard Stations and the Hollywood Signs, as well as paintings inspired by street names and road signs. His exploration of the topography of greater Los Angeles is represented by paintings that depict aerial grids of the city, as well as various southern California horizons and sunsets.

Ed Ruscha: Road Tested explores the artist’s lifelong fascination with cars through paintings, photographs, drawings, and the rarely seen film Miracle, which tells the story of a mechanic who is magically transformed as he rebuilds the carburetor on a 1965 Mustang. In describing the exhibition, Auping explains, “Ed’s work has always been associated with the theme of travel, but amazingly an exhibition that brings together all the images that have been specifically inspired by the road has never been assembled. As Ed has said, ‘I’ve always been in group “road” shows.’ Now he has his own road show.”

FOCUS: Teresita Fernández

Sculptor Teresita Fernández creates work in response to nature. Reminiscent of clouds, rainstorms, waterfalls, and stars in the night sky, Fernández’s mercurial forms shimmer, float, and undulate before our eyes. The artist is interested in generating an intimate experience with each of her installations. As she has put it, “What I’m after is a lingering, ephemeral engagement. Slow, quiet, and with enough depth kinesthetically to be recalled by the viewer after the work is no longer in front of them.”

Fernández was born in 1968 in Miami, Florida, and lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. She received her BFA at the Florida International University, Miami, in 1990; and her MFA at Virginia Commonwealth, Richmond, in 1992. She has been featured in numerous solo exhibitions, both nationally and internationally, including the Blanton Museum of Art, Austin, Texas; Miami Art Museum, Miami, Florida; Artpace, San Antonio, Texas; and the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC. Fernández was one of seventeen artists worldwide whose work was chosen to be featured in the new Cowboys Stadium. Her luminous Starfield, 2009, made with mirrored glass cubes on anodized aluminum, is located in the West OC Elevator lobby of the Owner’s Club.

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