Dr. Mark Thistlethwaite

  • April 21, 2020 7:00 PM


Dr. Mark Thistlethwaite is no stranger to Tuesday Evenings at the Modern. His first participation in Tuesday Evenings was 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, Thistlethwaite 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, “(Not necessarily) The Last Lecture,” Thistlethwaite, who is retiring 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 holds the Kay and Velma Kimbell Chair of Art History at Texas Christian University. 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 Austrian Journal of American Studies.

Image: Mark Thistlethwaite’s TCU faculty ID, 1977

Tuesday Evenings at the Modern, a popular series of lectures and presentations by artists, architects, historians, and critics, is free and open to the public. Lectures begin at 7 pm in the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth's auditorium. Seating begins at 6:30 pm and is limited to 250; a live broadcast of the presentations is shown in Café Modern for any additional guests. A limited number of tickets (limit two per person) will be available for purchase ($5) from 10 am until 4 pm the day of the lecture online. Free admission tickets (limit two per person) are available at the Modern's information desk beginning at 5 pm on the day of the lecture. The museum galleries remain open until 7 pm on Tuesdays during the series (general admission applies).


Café Modern serves cocktails and appetizers until 6:45 pm on Tuesday nights during the lecture series.