Modern 'til Midnight: Beats and Baroque

  • October 24, 2015 6:00 PM


Date:  Saturday, October 24, 2015
Time:  6 pm-midnight
Admission:  $25; $20 in advance; free for Modern members
Tickets will be sold at the door. Advance tickets will be available online beginning September 7 CLICK HERE (service charge applies), by calling 817.738.9215, or by visiting the Modern's admission desk.

The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth presents Modern 'til Midnight: Beats and Baroque on Saturday, October 24, from 6 pm to midnight, in conjunction with the exhibition Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic.

An eclectic array of live music will be featured outside against the Modern's reflecting pond during the Modern's extended, late-night hours. In addition, guests have the opportunity to enjoy unique spotlight tours in the galleries, a DJ and dancing in the Grand Lobby, prize drawings from the Modern Shop, and exceptional cuisine from Café Modern. Don't miss a special appearance by the Fort Worth Opera. UPDATE 10/22/2015 -The performances will be moved into the Grand Lobby.

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Live music begins at 6:45 pm and continues until midnight.

Kirk Thurmond
"Kirk Thurmond is the real deal... a true artist with a unique, memorable, and commercial sound that's all his own. He's a star in the making with hit music just waiting to be released." Robin Creasman, Troubadour TX
Kaela Sinclair
"There's no doubt about it - one of the most striking new talents I've heard thus far this year is Denton singer-songwriter Kaela Sinclair." Preston Jones,
Sam Lao
"The hip-hop queen in waiting." Preston Jones,
"Take notice with eyes wide and ears adjacent. These guys are set for incredible musical achievement." Austin Gordon,
Ronnie Heart
"Ronnie Heart is the bomb....A diminutive presence with a black mini-pompadour and eyeglasses - and dressed sharp as hell - Heart discoed to his particular brand of throwback-'80s R&B/funk/rock while picking out squealing solos on his guitar and singing." Hearsay, Fort Worth Weekly


Café Modern and Lobby Bar
Cash bars will be available from 6 pm until last call at 11:30 pm. Enjoy a global assortment of Modern appetizers and Café Modern food service in the restaurant from 5 to 9 pm. The Modern Grill will offer hamburgers, hot dogs, and picnic fare available for dining outside on the lawn from 6 to 11 pm. Beverages and food are not included in the admission price. Bars are cash only.

Café Modern picnic basket dinners for two are available to preorder for $40.
Baskets include assorted cheeses and fruits, crusty rolls and crackers, salads, dessert, and bottled water. A choice of wines is available with the basket, starting at $28 per bottle. Reserve your picnic basket online by clicking HERE, by calling 817.738.9215, or by visiting the Modern's admission desk.


Happenings in the Galleries
The special exhibition Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic will be on view, along with selected works from the Modern's permanent collection. Special tours will be available throughout the evening. Modern 'til Midnight admission includes access to the galleries.
Adding a special element to the evening’s programming, Fort Worth Opera Festival star baritone Justin Hopkins will make special appearances throughout the event in a few unconventional spaces. 

8 pm - Looking, Lusting, Beheading:  The Importance of Feeling Uncomfortable
9 pm - Minimalism: Five Simple Steps
10 pm - Hair: Protagonist, Ornament, Power

Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic is an overview highlighting the range of the artist's prolific 14-year career and comprising approximately 60 works. The exhibition begins with early examples of paintings inspired by Wiley's observations of street life in Harlem; these images of African American men mark the onset of his focused exploration of the male figure. In subsequent work, Wiley further examines the European tradition of portraiture, taking specific paintings by renowned masters such as Titian, Van Dyck, and Manet and replacing the historical subjects with contemporary, young black men sporting fashionable urban gear. These likenesses are set against ornate, decorative backgrounds on large canvases - part of Wiley's signature style - in order to raise issues of class in addition to race and gender. A New Republic also includes a selection from the artist's ongoing World Stage project, examples of his bronze busts, and a chapel-like structure that showcases his new stained-glass "paintings."

In case of inclement weather, the performances will be moved indoors. Please do not bring personal chairs, coolers, food, or beverages.