Interstellar Adventures

September 19, 2006

Fort Worth (again!) and Modern Art

Filed under: Texas Life — by InterstellarLass @ 9:01 am

After last Saturday’s error in picking a restaurant that was closed and missing Nick’s aunt and uncle, we rescheduled and planned to meet them in Fort Worth at a restaurant that we knew was open. We’d get to see Elle’s soccer game and then drive over and have plenty of time to meet them. Except Elle’s soccer schedule was completely rearranged, and all of her game times except one moved drastically. There was no way we could watch her game and meet them on time. So, instead, we planned to visit the Fort Worth Modern before meeting for dinner.

On the way, we stopped at my grandparent’s house for breakfast and to sign the contract for the house. I met with the mortgage company last week, and it looks like we might be able to close by the end of the month. Gulp! My grandma made homemade biscuits, scrambled eggs and bacon. Her homemade biscuits are the best in the world. Mmmm. But I was good and I only had two.

Finally, we made it to The Modern. Their upstairs galleries were closed while they were installing a new exhibit, so entry was half price. The building is brand new, only four years old. And it is gorgeous. The galleries are huge. And they have three galleries that jut out over the pond in the back and let in natural light through massive floor to ceiling windows. These galleries each display only one piece. They have similar one-piece-only gallery areas throughout. I think it’s an excellent concept and allows different pieces to be featured and have special lighting set on them. My favorite pieces were:

Ladder for Booker T. Washington by Martin Puryear.

 

Jar of Olives Falling by Edward Ruscha

 

Number 5, 1952 by Jackson Pollock

After, we sat in the Cafe and enjoyed a nice glass of wine and some cheese, then took some pictures outside of the pond and the outside of the galleries. It was gorgeous. My only complaint was that the sculpture garden was closed because of the new exhibit being installed. You had to go through the closed galleries to get to the sculpture garden.

We had lots of time before we were to meet Nick’s aunt and uncle for dinner, so we decided to walk down to the Amon Carter Museum. We only looked at the free collection at the Amon Carter. It was mostly Western art, which we aren’t big fans of. Lots of cowboys and buffalo. However, we did very much enjoy an exhibit called Bound for Glory: America in Color. These were color photographs taken between 1939 and 1943, and they vividly document American life during the Depression. Evidently, the original intent was to document the affect of the Depression on the American people. But instead, it showed the vivaciousness of America, despite the hard times.

Can you tell I really like Fort Worth? Texas still lives there, and I could live in their Cultural District. They get the best shows at their museums. Fort Worth’s Cultural District is set up so nicely. The Modern, The Kimbell and the Amon Carter are all right next to each other. They are also in walking distance from the Will Rogers Memorial Center and Casa Manana where they put on plays. And, it’s all just down the road from the Fort Worth Botanic Gardens, the Fort Worth Zoo (about a thousand times better than the Dallas Zoo, IMO), Log Cabin Village, and the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History.

When you come visit, I’ll show you all the sites! Here’s the slideshow with more pictures from the MoMA, and the Carter.

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8 Comments »

  1. Oh what fun!! I definitely do not go to museums enough. I’m a loser…some art history student I am!!! I love the pic you took of the oak leaf on the stones…especially the black and white. Verrry nice!!!

    I’m really digging that ladder too. It just makes you ask questions…and that’s a good thing!

    The ladder was awesome. You walked in and you immediately felt it’s presence. I sat down on the floor right under the ladder, and I laid down on the floor to look at it. People probably thought I was a bit crazy, but it was a great perspective. And underneath it was a very dramatic view as well.

    ~IL

    Comment by carnealian — September 19, 2006 @ 9:43 am |Reply

  2. Sounds like you had a great time. I’ve got to get to DFW – I haven’t been there since JR was still on TV!

    Comment by Cara — September 19, 2006 @ 10:14 am |Reply

  3. I’ll definitely include you, Nick, and Fort Worth on my coast to coast Blog Reality tour, whenever that may be 🙂

    Interstellar Tours, at your service! There’s lots to see! Blog Reality tour…I like that!

    ~IL

    Comment by Bone — September 19, 2006 @ 10:14 am |Reply

  4. What fun! I’d love to see those photos of the depression. I love old pictures.

    Comment by Gypsy — September 19, 2006 @ 1:14 pm |Reply

  5. Those pictures are amazing.If I ever visit Texas, which I hope to do so one day I will definitley go to Ft Worth. It sounds and looks amazing.

    Comment by Jolynn — September 19, 2006 @ 1:58 pm |Reply

  6. Gee, what a day of culture! Thanks for showing us your faves. The only place I’ve visited in Texas is Del Rio. Went to Dairy Queen.

    Hey, if you don’t go to DQ, it’s not a vacation! Steak finger basket baby! Yeah!

    ~IL

    Comment by AbbyNormal — September 19, 2006 @ 4:02 pm |Reply

  7. I love Ft. Worth, too! I lived there for years (College and right after we married) then lived in Arlington for a number of years. We used to eat lunch outside the museums and play downtown in the middle of the night and generally just do things all over town, and we had no idea how good we had it until we moved away.

    And yes, DQ rocks!

    Comment by ben — September 20, 2006 @ 9:28 am |Reply

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