Figures from the Collection offers various artists’ perspectives on people and their surroundings. The works’ subject matter ranges from autobiographical and inclusive of friends and acquaintances to historical or completely fictional. Taken entirely from the Modern’s permanent collection, the exhibition includes paintings, photographs, videos, prints, and drawings.
Nina Chanel Abney's paintings are visually frenetic, reflecting the fast-paced energy of life today. Her imagery refers to such diverse subjects as pop culture, world events, and art history in compositions with flattened, simplified forms. Abney's works commonly incorporate snippets of text, disembodied figures and silhouettes, and geometric abstract shapes. Themes that relate to American society, including celebrity culture, race, sexuality, and police brutality, are broached in her paintings.
In 2007, the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth hosted Ron Mueck, featuring the artist's figures that are extraordinarily realistic, except in scale - they are always depicted much smaller or larger than life. The exhibition broke attendance records for the Museum as Mueck's stunning works became a must-see for visitors from across the region. Now a decade later, Ron Mueck returns to the Modern from February 16 to May 6, 2018, for a special project showcasing six major sculptures created between 2008 and 2018, including two sculptures making their North American debut.
Texas New Music Ensemble performs its first concert in Ft. Worth! TNME flutist, Meg Griffith, will be performing a set of intense and alluring works for flute, piccolo, and electronics by Texas composers from Ft. Worth, Dallas, Austin, and Houston including a World Premiere of Miss.Sogyny by Ft. Worth's Neil Anderson-Himmelspach, the Ft. Worth premiere of Big Kahuna by Ft. Worth's Till Meyn, and an acclaimed solo work composed by TNME's Artistic Director, Chad Robinson.