IIt’s time to plan a day trip to discover the multitude of new and upcoming art exhibits at our favorite Fort Worth museums. Or, better yet, book yourself a suite at our favorite boutique hotel with a wry western-chic twist, Hotel Drover in the Stockyards. A day of art followed by dinner at the hotel’s 97 West Kitchen & Bar, which offers an adventurous take on American classics, seems like a perfect formula for a weekend getaway.
First on the itinerary is Fort Worth’s Museum of Modern Art’s “Focus: Jamal Cyrus,” which examines forgotten, ignored, or fragmented narratives of black American culture (until June 26). The Houston artist has created new sculptures, designs and assemblages for the show that reference the “sound territory” around the Trinity River Basin – a term he uses to describe the sound and musical landscape of a region. .
Opposite Modern’s magnificent Tadao Ando Building, the Kimbell Art Museum presents the world premiere of “The Language of Beauty in African Art,” curated by the Art Institute of Chicago (through July 31). This exhibition challenges traditional concepts of aesthetics with African masterpieces encompassing over 200 objects from public and private collections around the world. On display will be figures, masks, sculptures and prestigious objects created by the peoples of West, Central and Southern Africa who made and used them. This is Kimbell’s first major exhibition in 25 years to focus solely on works from Africa and includes three objects from the permanent collection: the Chokwe Chibinda Ilunga, the Head of Ife, Possibly a King, and the ancestor figure of the Hemba warrior.
Plan your last stop on the proverbial Art Hill in the Museum District now: “Art Making as Life Making: Kinji Akagawa at Tamarind” from the Amon Carter Museum of American Art (until October 30). This exhibit offers a behind-the-scenes look at the creative activity of a 1960s print shop. At the age of 25, Akagawa began a fellowship at the Los Angeles Tamarind Lithograph Shop to train as a printer. Thus began a period of collaboration with leading artists such as Herbert Bayer, Ruth Asawa and Jose Luis Cuevas. Over 40 works of art from Carter’s vast collection of prints created at the Tamarind studio will be on display.