Animal inaugurates an exciting new cycle of video installations at the Amon Carter. In 2010, Landmarks, the public art program at the University of Texas at Austin, commissioned multimedia artist David Ellis (b. 1971) to create a video during a six-week residency there. Ellis and his collaborators, cinematographer Chris Keohane and composer Roberto Lango, created a film of the artist painting creatures, landscapes, and abstractions to an accompanying soundtrack. Animal takes you on an exhilarating journey through Ellis’s spontaneous, creative process.
Born in North... Read more
For some people, large shade trees and rolling hills provide a sense of safe enclosure. Others find comfort in expansive views of open skies, such as the vistas of Texas. To them, it is calming to be able to acknowledge the land for as far as the eye can see. Our relationship to natural surroundings changes as we explore new horizons. We can learn to trade the muted tones of mountains seen through mists for the awe-inducing majesty of a wide expanse of colorful sunset or a cornucopia of stars in the uninterrupted night skies.
In art, a horizontal line separating two fields of color... Read more
This exhibition presents the work of some of Texas’s most significant contributors to mid-twentieth century modernism—Jack Boynton, Ben L. Culwell, Seymour Fogel, Michael Frary, George Grammer, Robert O. Preusser, and Donald Weismann. Although geographically isolated from the progressive cultural environments of New York City and Los Angeles, these artists pioneered their own abstract styles that reflect their independent ambitions within the Lone Star State.
In the early 1940s, when abstract expressionists in New York City were revolutionizing the art world by painting... Read more
American Photographs, 1845 to Now brings together more than 70 photographs drawn from the Amon Carter’s permanent collection. Spanning the history of the medium, the works reflect the diversity of photographic practices in the United States that grew along with the country’s industrial development beginning in the mid-nineteenth century. Covering 170 years of photography’s history, from unique daguerreotype portraits to large-scale contemporary works, the exhibition provides a glance at photography’s central role in recording the people, places, and events that have come to define... Read more
The Amon Carter has commissioned a large-scale, site-specific installation of more than eighty miles of multicolored thread by internationally celebrated Mexican-born, Dallas-based artist Gabriel Dawe.
Words cannot do justice to the transformative power of Dawe’s sculptural marvels, which he weaves from thousands of thin strands. They look like frozen light and Technicolor vaporous mist, drawing attention to the majestic architecture and natural light of the museum’s Atrium, designed by renowned architect Philip Johnson. The Amon Carter will be the home of Plexus no. 34... Read more
An avid printmaker, Sam Francis (1923–1994) combined loose strokes and splatters to create vibrant lithographs that pop with color and pulse with energy.
An injury during a World War II test flight resulted in Francis’s hospitalization for several years. It was during his recovery that he began making art. Later he would become a world traveler, visiting France, Indonesia, Japan, and Thailand, among other locales. His artistic models ranged from Abstract Expressionism to Surrealism, while literature, science, Eastern philosophy and religion, and the psychoanalytic theories of Carl... Read more