It was the Kimbell Art Museum’s exhibit the Age of Picasso & Matisse: Modern Masters from the Art Institute of Chicago that enticed me to make a road trip to Fort Worth this past weekend. For several years I heard from friends and acquaintances that Fort Worth was home to many renowned art museums and they urged me to go see for myself.
Since moving to Austin in 1999 I have traveled to 11 countries on 5 continents yet I hadn’t made the 2 1/2 hour jaunt to Fort Worth. It’s the nearness that always caused me to say I would go but then never made a plan because I could go any old weekend. The problem is that without the plan I just never got around to visiting Fort Worth.
2014 is my year to see more of my own backyard here in Texas. With well maintained highways and plenty of diversity in cities, small towns, and the beauty of nature to explore there is every reason for me to get better acquainted with the Lone Star State.
Road Trip #1 to Fort Worth took place from January 23rd – 26th and I was lucky to leave the day before Austin experienced one of its rare snowfalls complete with icy roads and plenty of car wrecks.
I decided to take the side roads and not Interstate 35 which is normally the fastest route. I didn’t feel like dealing with traffic and I prefer to see more countryside and less construction when I’m driving. I input my destination into Google maps and checked the box to avoid highways and printed off the list of directions. I also printed a couple of Google maps of the Cultural District neighborhood that I would be staying in.
I found my garage apartment on Airbnb.com and it was a bargain at $60 per night. The host provided a French press and a jar of fresh ground dark roast coffee along with all the fixings. She also provided breakfast cereals, fruit, muffins, and fresh pecans from her own pecan trees. A very warm welcome and advice on areas of interest and events around town were much appreciated.
Arriving early in the afternoon I moved into my new abode and my host handed me a pass to the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth so I made use of it immediately. Less than 2 miles away I was able to spend over 2 hours enjoying The Modern with works by Donald Judd, Andy Warhol, David Bates, Adolph Gottlieb, and Mark Rothko, among many others.
The highlight for me was the site specific installation Kind of Blue by Jenny Holzer, acquired on the museum’s 10th anniversary in December 2012. It consists of nine rows of track displaying a 12 hour loop of text in various languages illuminated in blue LED running from the wall to the window with the reflections floating out the window and onto the water outside. Mesmerizing.
I could have watched for hours! And it would take a full 12 hours to view the entire collection of text floating across the floor. The loop begins at 9:00 AM and runs through to midnight.
More information is available on the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth’s website TheModern.org
Read Part 2 – Road Trip to Fort Worth – Art & Music
Read Part 3 Road Trip to Fort Worth – Art & Jazz & Cattle