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Kimbell Art Museum

The Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth will be celebrate 50 years the first week of October with free admission to its special exhibition, architectural tours, film screenings and a family festival for public enjoyment.

Kimbell’s current special exhibit is Murillo: from heaven to earthwhich runs until January 29, will be open for free from October 4 to 8.

Kimbell members who attend can receive a different commemorative gift each day of the festivities while supplies last.

Eric M. Lee, director of the Kimbell Art Museum, said he was delighted to celebrate the 50th anniversary with the Fort Worth community.

“An icon from its earliest days, the Kimbell has come to represent a high standard of excellence that is reflected in our collections, exhibits, architecture and programs,” Lee said in a statement. “Our anniversary celebrations are designed with and for members of our diverse community, whose continued support over the past half-century has helped make the museum the renowned institution it is today.”

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Kimbell Art Museum director Eric Lee, in the museum’s piano pavilion, participated in Friday’s meeting. Joyce Marshall Star-Telegram Archives

Here is the program of festivities for the anniversary week:

October 4

When: Noon to 5 p.m.

The week begins with a free reception and the opening of Special exhibition “The Kimbell at 50”which will include archival documents and photographs documenting the founding of the museum.

Birthday cake will be served in Kahn’s West Lobby at noon.

October 5

When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Architectural tours begin at 11 a.m. in the Piano Pavilion. Guided tours are free and do not require a reservation to attend.

A free, open studio called Kimbell Details: Watercolor Paintings will be available for guests of all ages from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. in the Educational Studios, located in the Piano Pavilion.

Catch a free film screening in the Kahn Auditorium from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Films include:

  • Louis Kahn: silence and light
  • Architectures: Exeter Library by Louis Kahn
  • First year Kimbell
  • Kimbell Year Ten
  • Kimbell at 40

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Louis Kahn in the auditorium of the Kimbell Art Museum, 1972 Bob Wharton

October 6

When: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Architectural tours begin at 11 a.m. in the Piano Pavilion.

All ages are invited to participate in the Trick or Treasure: Book Making Open Studio from 1 to 3 p.m. in the Education Studios, located in the Piano Pavilion.

Free film screenings at the Kahn Auditorium from 1 to 4:45 p.m. will include:

  • Renzo Piano: the architect of light
  • Renzo Piano: work in progress
  • Renzo Piano: Piece by Piece
  • Architectures: The Georges Pompidou Center

October 7

When: 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Unwind weekdays with live music from the Allegro Guitar Society and half-price happy hour in the Louis I. Kahn Building.

Educators can sign up for a special free program for teachers celebrating 50 years of museum education with happy hour drink vouchers and studio time with a guest artist from 5-7 p.m. Register for this event is available on the Kimbell website calendar.

October 8

When: 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.

End the 50th anniversary celebrations with the Kimbell’s Family Festival, a free family event featuring activities, films, performers and light refreshments.

Representations of local musical group Cotinga and R&B and soul singer Abraham Alexander will take place on the Main Stage of the Great Kimbell Lawn starting at 4:30 p.m.

Registration is required for this free event and can be done using the Kimbell website calendar.

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Megan Cardona is a duty reporter at the Star-Telegram, covering politics, government programs, community resources and more to help residents navigate daily life in Tarrant County and North Texas. She graduated from the University of Texas at Arlington in 2020, where she worked at the campus newspaper, The Shorthorn, for two years.


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