I don’t usually advise against seeing an art exhibit, but I strongly recommend not seeing Faces of Impressionism: Portraits from the Musée d’Orsay at the Kimbell Art Museum. I would very much like you to see one of van Gogh’s self portraits, or the ballet dancers by Degas, or the magnificent bust of Victor Hugo by Rodin, or the piano players by Renoir. Unfortunately for all art patrons, the Kimbell Art Museum has stuffed these worldly gems in a closet called the Renzo Piano Pavilion. And if that wasn’t enough, the museum is cramming in paying patrons as fast as they can. I would prefer to see an exhibit at a sardine factory. Oh wait, I did.
EDITION: Fort Worth
The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth announced the museum will be free on Sundays in 2015. Beginning in January, patrons will receive free admission to the galleries and special exhibits every Sunday through December 27, 2015.
The Amon Carter Museum of American Art announced their 2015-16 exhibition schedule. Major exhibits include Indigenous Beauty: Masterworks of American Indian Art from the Diker Collection and Self-Taught Genius: Treasures from the American Folk Art Museum. Other special exhibitions include inventions by Samuel F. B. Morse, works by Remington and Russel, Texas folk art and works by artist Thomas Cole.
Amon Carter Museum of American Art Director Andrew J. Walker announced today that the museum is renovating parts of the building beginning February 2, 2015. The museum will remain open during the process, though some galleries will be inaccessible. School tours will continue, but no public programs or member programs are planned within the facility. The museum is also closing at 5 p.m. on Thursdays throughout the project, which is expected to last four months. All galleries are scheduled to reopen in June 2015.
The Amon Carter Museum of American Art received a Museums for America grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) for $150,000.
Thursday, September 18, 2014, was North Texas Giving Day. More than 98,000 generous Texans donated $26,339,253 to North Texas non-profits, which includes some museums and galleries. The 18-hour event surpassed the 2013 tally by more than $1 million and 23,000 donors. Art museums did not do nearly as well as the George W. Bush Presidential Center, which raised $115,324. (See list in post)
The first Dallas Photo Walk, in conjunction with 500px Global Photo Walk, will be this Saturday, September 6, 2014 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Over two dozen photographers have signed-up via Facebook to attend the journey around Dallas Fair Park and West End. Photographers Mark D. and Mr. Holga will be walking and taking pictures with both local and out-of-town photographers. All photographers (pro, amateur, novice) and cameras (film, digital, instant) are welcome.
The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza will feature former exotic dancer Nancy Myers for their September Living History Program. Ms. Myers danced at Jack Ruby’s Carousel Club under the stage name Tammi True. Myers was one of Ruby’s girls during President Kennedy’s assassination on November 22, 1963. Myers will discuss the shock of seeing her boss, Jack Ruby, shoot Lee Harvey Oswald on national television. Myers will be at The Sixth Floor Museum on Saturday, September 6, 2014 at 2 p.m.
In a series of social media posts, the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum appears to be righting a wrong. Apparently, a mother breastfeeding her infant was told by a security guard to take her activity to the restroom. We’re not sure if the mother complained or if the museum realized their error. Either way, we’re please with the out come. After all, museums are full of naked people.
Edward Hopper’s Nighthawks received the most votes for Art Everywhere US, the largest outdoor art exhibit ever conceived, including works from the Dallas Museum of Art, Art Institute of Chicago, Los Angeles Country Museum of Art, National Gallery of Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art.
The Lone Star Film Society’s ArthouseFW joins the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth in celebrating the art of Japanese film director, animator, mangaka, illustrator, producer, and screenwriter Hayao Miyazaki.
The historic Denton Square is about to become even more fun with the opening of a new Painting with a Twist on Thursday, June 12. Painting with a Twist is the original “Paint and Sip” franchise, where attendees are encouraged to bring snacks and drinks and have fun while a local artist guides everyone to their own paint works of art.
J. Elke Ertle was just 17 years old when she joined thousands of other West Berlin residents to hear President John F. Kennedy address the crowd on June 26, 1963. Ertle, who immigrated to the United States a few years later, will discuss that historic day and the Cold War of the early 1960s during The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza’s June Living History program. Ertle will present at 11:30 a.m. on Friday, June 6, and again at 2 p.m., Saturday, June 7, on the Museum’s seventh floor.
The Amon Carter Museum of American Art announces today that it will honor military personnel this summer by participating in the Blue Star Museums program in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and museums across America.