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The best art exhibits you should attend in Fort Worth this month

By David ArkinApril 6, 2024No Comments

Exhibits coming to Fort Worth this month

Photo courtesy of Fort Worth Botanic Garden

DINOSAURS AROUND THE WORLD: THE GREAT OUTDOORS & BUTTERFLIES IN THE GARDEN
Fort Worth Botanic Garden
1700 University Drive, Fort Worth, 817-332-4441, fwbg.org

Animatronic dinosaurs are stepping into the Fort Worth Botanic Garden. “Dinosaurs Around the World: The Great Outdoors” was created in collaboration with Dr. Gregory M. Erickson, a renowned dinosaur paleontologist. A multilayered narrative helps the animatronic dinosaurs bring the “Age of Reptiles” back to life. The beauty and brilliance of live, exotic butterflies will once again fly inside the garden’s Rainforest Conservatory. The exhibit includes butterflies from Central, North and South America, Africa and Asia. Local favorites will be showcased, along with the strikingly beautiful Blue Morpho.
Dinosaurs – Through May 30
Butterflies – Through April 14

Photo courtesy of Fort Worth Museum of Science and History

BLACK COWBOYS: AN AMERICAN STORY
Fort Worth Museum of Science and History
1600 Gendy St., Fort Worth, 817-255-9300, fwmuseum.org

Learn about the Black men, women and children, enslaved and free, who worked on Texas ranches, participated in cattle drives and helped shape the American West. The exhibit features artifacts, photographs, and documents depicting Black cowboys from pre-Civil War days through the turn of the 20th century. Turning back the clock will introduce you to legendary Black cowboys who left a deep impact on American history, paint a clearer picture of the Black West and show the diversity present in the American West. Through April 13

 

SURREALISM AND US: CARIBBEAN AND AFRICAN DIASPORIC ARTISTS SINCE 1940
Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth
3200 Darnell St., Fort Worth, 817-738-9215, themodern.org

“Surrealism and Us” is the first international show dedicated to Caribbean and African diasporic art presented at the Modern. Curator María Elena Ortiz organized the exhibit, which is inspired by the essay “1943: Surrealism and Us” by Suzanne Césaire. Over 50 works from the 1940s to the present day, ranging from paintings to sculptures, drawings, videos and installations, focus on the intersection of Caribbean aesthetics, Afrosurrealism and Afrofuturism. The works display how Caribbean and Black artists reinterpreted European avant-garde for their own purposes. March 10-July 28

 

Photo courtesy of Amon Carter Museum of American Art

TRESPASSERS: JAMES PROSEK AND THE TEXAS PRAIRIE
Amon Carter Museum of American Art
3501 Camp Bowie Blvd., Fort Worth, 817-738-1933, cartermuseum.org

Artist and naturalist James Prosek found inspiration in the disappearing native Texas prairies for this collection. Less than 1% of native Texas prairies are still in existence, so Prosek traveled to grassland habitats, including urban restoration projects and unplowed remnant prairies, to record the rich plant and wildlife present in these spaces. A new large-scale silhouette painting, watercolor portraits of plants, and trompe l’oeil clay and bronze sculptures of wildflowers highlight “Trespassers: James Prosek and the Texas Prairie.” Through May 12

 

T.REX: THE ULTIMATE PREDATOR
Perot Museum
2201 N. Field St., Dallas, 214-428-5555, perotmuseum.org

Experience the story of T-Rex, the most iconic dinosaur in the world, through life-sized models, fossil casts and interactive elements. “T.rex: The Ultimate Predator” looks at the hunter’s sensory abilities and social behaviors while tracking the dinosaur’s evolution from a superfamily that included more than two dozen species and spanned 100 million years. The exhibit also includes recent discoveries about the dinosaur and shows how paleontologists study fossils to understand the biology and behavior of T-Rex. Through Sept. 22