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

By David ArkinMay 2, 2024No Comments

Exhibits coming to Fort Worth this month

Photo courtesy of Amon Carter Museum of American Art

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

 

BIG BOLD TEXAS
Artspace111
111 Hampton St., Fort Worth, 817-692-3228, artspace111.com

Artist Jon Flaming focuses on the vast and bold themes of the West in his “Big Bold Texas” exhibit. His large-scale canvases feature art that honors the rich history of ranch hands, farmers and tool pushers, while bringing the heroic, gritty and confident spirit of the West to life. The style pulls from many artistic influences including Remington. Flaming captures the heart of the Lone Star State by fusing together iconic Western palates and symbols, including cowboys, cowgirls, bucking broncos and rodeo regalia.
Through June 1

 

Artist Leonardo Drew
Photo by Christopher Garcia and courtesy of Amon Carter Museum of American Art

NUMBER 235T
Amon Carter Museum of American Art
3501 Camp Bowie Blvd., Fort Worth, 817-738-1933, cartermuseum.org

Sculptor Leonardo Drew is known for large-scale, multidimensional installations using organic materials to create topographies both large in size and stunning in their intricacies. This site-specific commission at the Carter features sculptures that Drew refers to as “planets” surrounded by hundreds of smaller objects. “Number 235T” explores the interconnectedness between the pieces in the exhibit. Through June 9

 

DINOSAURS AROUND THE WORLD: THE GREAT OUTDOORS
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.  Through May 30

 

“Olafs and Chanclas,” 2021, oil on canvas, 72 x 72 inches, collection of Michael Sherman. © Kenny Rivero. Photo by Ed Mumford and courtesy of the artist and Charles Moffett, New York.
Photo courtesy of Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth

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

 

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