Stop by the Fort Worth Museum of Modern Art – Texas Monthly
Plan a trip to see the Fort Worth Museum of Modern Art showcasing art from the 1940s to the present day. Located in the heart of the cultural district, the creative hub of the city, the modern galleries are surrounded by an elegant concrete, glass and steel building designed by renowned Japanese architect Tadao Ando. In addition to the light-filled gallery and landscaped grounds with outdoor sculptures, the museum includes a reflecting pond, theater, education center, gift shop and cafe, creating a thriving center for our community and beyond. .
Founded in 1892, the Modern is the oldest museum in Texas. however, our mission has changed over the years. Today, we strive to connect audiences of all ages and backgrounds with the most compelling art and ideas of our time. Showcasing the work of historically significant, mid-career and emerging artists, the Modern is known for its evolving collection, which is international in scope.
The museum’s collections include influential artists from Sol LeWitt, Jenny Holzer, Anselm Kiefer, Martin Puryear and Agnes Martin to Mark Bradford, Teresita Fernández, Njideka Akunyili Crosby and Kehinde Wiley. We have a long history of close relationships with the living artists we display and collect, many of whom regularly visit the museum to give talks and lead workshops.
The Modern is a center for lifelong learning and exchange. Our programs include tours, lectures by leading figures in the art world, youth and adult classes, art camps, workshops and a range of educator-led small group studio and gallery programs , guides and community artists of the Museum. We also screen critically acclaimed first-run films and partner with other local arts organizations to provide music, dance and drama.
From May 15 to September 25, the special exhibition Women Painting Women features 46 female artists who choose women as the subject in their works. This presentation includes 60 evocative portraits spanning the late 1960s to the present day. international in scope, Women Painting Women recognizes female perspectives that have been underrepresented in art history. Artists here use painting and women as subjects and range from pioneers like Alice Neel and Emma Amos to emerging artists like Jordan Casteel and Apolonia Sokol. Some, like Jenny Saville, work on large canvases, producing images that eclipse the space around them, while others, including Somaya Critchlow, paint on a modest scale that invites close observation. All place women – their bodies, their gestures and their individuality – at the forefront.
Artists devise new ways to activate and elaborate the representation of women. Filled with complexities, reality, abjection, beauty, complications, everyday life and joy, the portraits in this exhibition allow female artists to share the stage with their male counterparts to define the image of the woman and her evolution.
As you explore, take time to enjoy Café Modern, run by Wolfgang Puck-trained executive chef Jett Mora. The acclaimed restaurant offers guests warm hospitality, creative cuisine, and seasonal menus made with Texas ingredients. Menus feature comfort food with global influences and drinks highlighting local spirits. Café Modern offers seating both indoors and on the expansive outdoor patio.