Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Part One.

Thanks to a suggestion by SoundBeacher, not CosH, but SoundBeacher, I went to the Modern Art Museum in Fort Worth. I’d say it is in the top three of things we did that we LOVED.

It was HOT, very very hot, 100 in actual degrees, and over 100 with heat index, which probably accounted for the reason so many people were in an air conditioned museum!


A similar silver tree sat at the entrance to Crystal Bridges. I’ll need to research who did them and if all were done by same person and what the symbolism is.




The art was extraordinary, some understandable, some perplexing, some absurd.


Blurred on purpose by artist. A Ferrari, says the description – to my eyes, it looks like about a 64 Corvette body shape.

Here’s a bit of the absurd. After looking at it for a while, a museum guide asked me if I was wondering what it was. I said yes. He said it’s Birth. I said Okay, and moved on. Way too deep for me.

The iconic Edward Ruscha Standard Oil painting was on loan by the owner – the ONLY painting in the museum which prohibited photograph. I found a photo of it online though.




Martin Puryear. Ladder for Booker T Washington, 1996. 
Claes Oldenburg. Tube and Contents. Prop from performance of Massage, 1966. 

This digital exhibit was cool – it was a continually scrolling message, her own words, in a loop on the floor.


​I loved this too, description below.


The upstairs is 99% devoted to the EXTRAORDINARY temporary exhibits by Doug Aitken (who I think I referred to as David in any previous mentions I made of him here. I blame the heat!)  and I’ll do a separate post on that in a bit.


6 thoughts on “Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Part One.

  1. Birth, that’s funny!

    Welcome home. Love this post. Isn’t the architect the same as the one who designed the Clark? Tadao Ando?

    1. Yes, same architect. I told my brother in law, an architect, that it was shocking to me how no major venue, except Crystal Bridges, had an exhibit or information on the architect!

    1. THANKS!!!! I assumed they were done by the same artist – too much of a similarity not to be. Loved reading about the artist and the works. Marvelous links. Thanks again.

  2. Why, if the painting can be found online, would the museum prohibit photography of the Standard gasoline Ruscha?

    Thanks for the tour. I felt like I was right there with you, just not with the heat.

    1. I asked that same question. I was told that because the painting on On Loan versus being part of the museum collection, the owner can dictate the rules. Inside the Kimbell Museum across the street, NO PHOTOGRAPHY whatsoever was allowed. Seems wrong to me.

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