Jonathan Marshall

  • September 25, 2018 7:00 PM

Making things is a process by which to explore a universe out of reach, from within the limitations of our finite form. Jonathan Marshall

Austin-based artist Jonathan Marshall investigates historical perspectives and how they relate to a sense of place, conveying his commitment to making and sharing ideas as a means of declaring one’s presence on this planet at this time, what he sees as the thread that has connected the ancient language of art since its inception.

Marshall’s Tuesday Evenings presentation, titled “WAS HERE,” is framed by a few probing questions concerning the relationship of the individual to a larger whole, resilience and limitations, and the necessity of systems within the bigger scheme of things. The press release for his recent solo exhibition by the same title, at GRIMM gallery in New York, explains that “hand-making images that organize and convey information is the manner by which Jonathan Marshall reflects on this big picture.” As is crucial to his own practice, Marshall incorporates other artists, survivors, adventurers, and great craftspeople into his presentation while ruminating on making in relationship to broader concerns of the life and use of objects in the world.

Image: Jonathan Marshall, Everything (Abridged), 2015. Acrylic, ink, and wood on panel, 92 x 95 inches



This popular series of lectures and presentations by artists, architects, historians, and critics is free and open to the public each Tuesday from September 4 through November 13, excluding September 18 and November 6. Visit for more information on each talk.

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.

(*The American Institute of Architecture lecture on October 23 will have an alternative schedule. A reception will be held in the Grand Lobby at 5:30 pm, the lecture begins at 6 pm, and award announcements are at 6:45 pm.)

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 at 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 7 pm on Tuesday nights during the lecture series.   

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