Dr. Mark Thistlethwaite 

Dr. Mark Thistlethwaite is no stranger to Tuesday Evenings at the Modern. He first participated in March 1993, and since those early days of the Modern’s long-running program, Thistlethwaite has lectured no fewer than seven times on a variety of art topics that always inform and entertain. In addition, he has been a faithful liaison between the Modern and Texas Christian University, conducting classes on site and frequently bringing students to the galleries to engage directly with the art.

For this special presentation, “(Still Not Necessarily) The Last Lecture,” Thistlethwaite, who retired in September 2020 after teaching art history at TCU for 43 years, shares his thoughts on four works of art—one each from the Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Kimbell Art Museum, Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, and Sid Richardson Museum—that he finds to be full of wonder and resonance. Any guesses on which four works?

Dr. Mark Thistlethwaite, now Professor Emeritus, held the Kay and Velma Kimbell Chair of Art History at Texas Christian University for twenty-five years. He has received TCU's Chancellor's Award for Distinguished Teaching and the Honors program’s “Professor of the Year” award, and he has published and lectured widely, particularly on topics related to history painting and images of George Washington. Dr. Thistlethwaite chaired the City of Fort Worth’s Art Commission for several years, served on the Board of Trustees of the African American Museum in Dallas, and currently serves on the Board of Trustees of the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, the Ambassador Council of the Amon Carter Museum of American Art, and the Advisory Board of the Journal of the Austrian Association for American Studies.


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