A "Modern" Birthday
Posted by Andrea D. on December 16, 2009 - 11:37am

Photo: David Woo

This past Monday, December 14, 2009, marked the seven-year anniversary that the Modern has spent in its now-familiar building, built by Tadao Ando in the heart of Fort Worth's Cultural District. But what many people don't realize is that the Modern itself is much older than its building implies. In fact, the Modern was originally founded in 1892, making it the oldest art museum in Texas.

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What began as a common goal shared by a group of local women, soon became reality in a small building that opened in downtown Fort Worth in 1901. By 1954, the Modern had relocated to Herbert Bayer's building in the Cultural District. Later, Texas architects O'Neil Ford and Association would make additions to this building, and the Modern would open its newly-expanded doors once again in 1974. Tadao Ando, of Osaka, Japan, began construction on what is the current building in Fall 1999, and the building was completed in August 2002.

Today, the Modern maintains one of the foremost collections of modern and contemporary art in the central United States, with more than 3,000 works in its permanent collection. It has recently hosted such exhibitions as No Room to Answer: Teresa Hubbard / Alexander Birchler and William Kentridge: Five Themes, and Susan Rothenberg: Moving in Place is currently on display.

Additionally, the Modern will be hosting Andy Warhol: The Last Decade beginning February 14, 2009.