Modern ’til Midnight: WHERE THE PARTY STARTS

  • October 28, 2016 6:00 PM

Modern ’til Midnight: WHERE THE PARTY STARTS
October 28; 6 pm-midnight

Free for Modern members; $25 general admission; $20 in advance - Tickets will be sold at the door. Advance tickets are available online, by calling 817.738.9215, or by visiting the Modern’s admission desk. Admission is $25; $20 in advance; free for Modern members. In case of inclement weather, the performances will be moved indoors.

The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth is proud to announce the eleventh annual Modern ’til Midnight on Friday, October 28, from 6 pm to midnight. 
Save the date for Modern ’til Midnight: WHERE THE PARTY STARTS. 

This event will include live performances by local and regional bands on the lawn. During late-night hours, guests will have the opportunity to explore the exhibition KAWS: WHERE THE END STARTS, join spotlight tours, enjoy DJ and dancing in the Grand Lobby, and dine on exceptional cuisine from Café Modern and the Modern Grill. The Modern Shop will offer unique giveaways and the opportunity to preorder the KAWS exhibition catalogue.

--White Lung 
After the critically acclaimed release Deep Fantasy (2014), White Lung return with their fourth album Paradise. Vocalist Mish Barber-Way, guitarist Kenneth William, and drummer Anne-Marie Vassiliou bring all the energy, unique guitar work, and lyrical prowess that Rolling Stone, Pitchfork, and NME have praised them for in the past few years.

--The Dividends 
“Cannabinoids member and hit-crafter S1 and songstress Sarah Jaffe have officially become the Dividends. S1 has worked with a host of huge names and is longtime go-to collaborator for Erykah Badu. Jaffe has a beautifully textured rasp fit for any enveloping sounds S1 can design. The two first collaborated on Eminem’s The Marshall Mathers LP 2 track “Bad Guy,” but now they’re set to release their own collection of songs in the form of the Far From Away Vol. 1 EP.” ¬– Stereogum

--Night Drive
Inspired by sci-fi cinematic landscapes, Night Drive creates modern synth-pop that explores the darker currents of abstract emotion. Infectious melodies wrapped in thoughtful lyrics with pulsing dance beats unveil a stylish, energetic sound that has been featured in film, TV, and radio around the world.

--The Hendersons 
“Throwing back to the Summer of Love, The Hendersons match their good-natured humor with some seriously tough chops, producing a particular brand of music that retains all of the best elements of the '60s without sounding slavish to the era's finest purveyors of the sound.” – Fort Worth Weekly

--Bad Mountain 
Bad Mountain comprises an eclectic foundation, imbuing roadhouse stomps and dusty-tinged vocals that hark back to a lost-yet-not-forgotten era in American history. Anderson and company are as fresh as they are vintage, and the cross-section is something to behold.

Cash bars are 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 will have picnic basket dinners for two available to preorder for $45. 

Baskets will include assorted cheeses and fruits, crusty rolls and crackers, salads, cookies, and bottled water. A choice of wines is available with the basket, starting at $30 per bottle. Order online,, or call 817.738.9215 by October 19 to reserve your basket.

The special exhibition KAWS: WHERE THE END STARTS will be on view, along with selected works from the Modern's permanent collection. Throughout the evening there will be spotlight tours and art explorations. Modern ’til Midnight admission includes access to the galleries.

KAWS: WHERE THE END STARTS is a major survey exhibition of the work of Brooklyn-based artist KAWS (American, born 1974) on view in Fort Worth, Texas, October 20, 2016, through January 22, 2017, and traveling to the Yuz Museum in Shanghai, China, March through August 2017. Organized by Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth curator Andrea Karnes in close collaboration with the artist, this presentation will feature key paintings, sculptures, drawings, toys, and street art interventions to examine KAWS’s prolific career in depth, revealing critical aspects of his formal, conceptual, and collaborative developments over the last twenty years.

Spanning the worlds of graffiti, pop art, and consumer culture, KAWS’s bodies of work are highly charged, each conveying his underlying wit, irreverence, and affection for our times, as well as his agility as an artist. He has primarily looked to and appropriated from pop-culture animations (including The Smurfs, The Simpsons, SpongeBob, Hanna-Barbera shows, and Peanuts) to form his artistic vocabulary for his paintings, drawings, and sculptures. Now well known for his larger-than-life sculptures and hard-edge paintings that emphasize line and color, KAWS’s cast of hybrid cartoon/human characters, with similarities to popular cartoon figures and logos like Mickey Mouse and the Michelin Man, are perhaps the strongest examples of his exploration of humanity. These figures have amicable names—CHUM, COMPANION, ACCOMPLICE—and express and provoke an array of human emotions, from sad, overwhelmed, pathetic, and weary, to shy. They reflect feelings and situations we can empathize with in presentations that are balanced with humor, heartening in their cartoon aesthetic.

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