Constructive Spirit: Abstract Art in South and North America, 1920s–50s

June 26, 2010September 5, 2010

Featuring approximately eighty seldom-seen paintings, sculptures, prints, photographs, drawings, and films, this exhibition juxtaposes the work from artists of the Americas, providing a fresh and innovative look at this dynamic and cosmopolitan period of modernism.

Constructive Spirit features several works by artists represented in the Amon Carter Museum’s permanent collection, such as Alexander Calder, Stuart Davis, and Louise Nevelson. Other artists in the exhibition include Joaquín Torres-García, Jesús Rafael Soto, and Arshile Gorky. The exhibition is a first-time chance for Carter patrons to understand the conceptual and aesthetic parallels that linked artists across the Americas.

This exhibition was organized by the Newark Museum with major support by the Henry Luce Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, Johnson & Johnson, and the Consulate General of Brazil in New York.

The local presentation of this exhibition is supported in part by the Arts Council of Fort Worth and Tarrant County and The Eugene McDermott Foundation. Promotional support is provided by Star-Telegram, WFAA, and American Airlines.

Related Films

View the following short, avant-garde films from this exhibition in the auditorium downstairs from 1 to 3 p.m. on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays through September 5 (with the exceptions of July 4, July 10, and August 8). Groups may schedule a private screening of the films by calling 817.989.5030 or e-mailing education@cartermuseum.org.

Mary Ellen Bute (US, 1906–1983)
Rhythm in Light, 1934
Black-and-white film
5 minutes

Mary Ellen Bute (US, 1906–1983)
Parabola, 1937
Black-and-white film
9 minutes

Dwinell Grant (US, 1912–1991)
Composition No. 1: Themis, 1940
Color film
4 minutes

Dwinell Grant (US, 1912–1991)
Composition No. 2: Contrathemis, 1940
Color film
4 ½ minutes

All courtesy Unseen Cinema: Early American Avant-Garde Film 1894–1941, a collaborative preservation project sponsored by Anthology Film Archives, New York, and Deutsches Filmmuseum, Frankfurt am Main, and underwritten by Cineric, Inc., New York.