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Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth
Wikipedia | Google | Google Images | Flickr“The Modern”, or officially known as the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, is a popular local attraction located in the cultural district of Dallas – Fort Worth, near other local galleries, the Kimbell Art Museum and the Amon Carter Museum of American Art. The Modern is an institution dedicated in educating and presenting its numerous collection to the people all over the country. The museum houses over 3,000 objects and masterpieces of post-World War II art in all media, such as paintings, sculptures, photographs, videos, and newsprints. Most of the artwork in the collection date back between 1945 and today.
The American Alliance of Museums also recognizes the excellence and prestige of the Modern, giving it its accreditation, the highest national recognition any American museum can achieve.
HistoryBefore it was named the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth in 1987, the museum has evolved from a number of different names throughout the decade. It was first known as the Fort Worth Public Library and Art Gallery back in 1892, The Carnegie Public Library Art Gallery in 1901, The Fort Worth Museum of Art in 1910, and so on. Today, the Modern is considered the oldest art museum in the state of Texas, and definitely one of the oldest museums in the entire country.
The BuildingThe 2-story building’s unique architectural design came from the brilliant mind of Japanese architect, Tadao Ando . The design was so eye-catching, the Modern was named one of the “World’s Most Beautiful Art Museums” by an international travel magazine. The building is surrounded by 40-foot transparent walls of glass, framed in metal and concrete. The whole institution features five flat-roofed pavilions, a reflective pond, and beautifully landscaped grounds with outdoor works of art.
The CollectionMost artworks inside the 275,000-sq0.0 meter gallery space of the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth are presented to the public in order to give knowledge about the world’s different histories and cultures. Major international movements presented through all kinds of media are represented in this gallery, including Abstract Expressionism, Neo-Expressionism; British, French; and American Pop Art, Minimalism and Post-Minimalism; Abstract Expressionism, Conceptualism; and German art from the 1970s and 1980s. The gallery also contains works of art from famous artists like Pablo Picasso, Jackson Pollock, Cindy Sherman, and Andy Warhol.
VisitingThe Modern is a great place to visit with the entire family and loved ones. The admission rates for entering the museum and attending scheduled tours, exhibitions, and gallery programs are the following: Adults are charged $ 10 USD , students (with identification) and seniors are charged $ 4.00 USD , and of course, children under 12 years old and museum members are free of charge. The Modern does not also charge any fees for admission during the first Sunday of every month. During Wednesdays, the fees are also half price. The museum is open from Tuesday to Sunday, 10AM – 5PM. During Fridays, the gallery is open up to 8PM.
Upon visiting the Modern, visitors can join tours around the gallery (which lasts approximately one hour). The tours are led by museum-trained docents which guarantee to provide guests with a unique viewing experience. The docent-led tours are free, they are offered during Tuesday through Sunday, every 2PM. Foreign language group tours are also available upon request. Aside from the museum tours, visitors can also attend lectures and presentations by local artists, historians, architects, and art critics. The museum also hosts a number of exhibits from local artists around the country.
For the aspiring artists and to those who just love to delve into art, studio-based programs are also available. Guests can enlist in art classes led by local Fort Worth talents. Contemporary art classes are offered to kids (ages 9 to 12), while art workshops are available for adults. Schedules and updates are posted regularly at the museum lobby and at their official website.
Dining and SouvenirsThe museum also houses its very own dining restaurant, the Café Modern. The marvelous café is a center for special events, posh parties, fine dining, where artfully crafted cuisines made from fresh natural ingredients are served. The establishment is managed by Bon Appetit Management Company, a leading catering services corporation. Souvenirs and gift items can also be bought inside the Modern Gift Shop. Aside from the usual gifts, visitors can even shop for limited edition artworks and paintings.
Getting ThereThe Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth is situated along 3200 Darnell Street, Fort Worth, Texas. It is approximately 3.2 kilometers west of downtown and about 4.8 kilometers north of Texas Christian University (TCU). Commuters can take the bus going to the museum by riding a “T Bus” going route 2W or 7 (University Drive route). From the Dallas/Forth Worth International Airport, the TRE Rail Train can take you to the Modern Art Museum.
Landmarks NearbyAside from the Modern, the Cultural District of Fort Worth also comprises of the Kimbell Art Museum, the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame, and the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History.
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Author: radiantan. Last updated: Jan 18, 2015