Current Exhibitions

October 17, 2015January 18, 2016

Over the last five years, the Amon Carter has focused on acquiring photographs that examine our nation’s enduring ideal as a land of opportunity. This exhibition, drawn from these new holdings, reveals how artists have mutually embraced and questioned that belief. In addition to highlighting the museum’s increased interest in contemporary photographers like Katy Grannan and Laura Letinsky, Focal Points includes significant new works by iconic figures like Alfred Stieglitz.


October 16, 2015September 19, 2016

Texas Folk Art features the spirited work of some of the state’s most original painters and sculptors, including H. O. Kelly, Reverend Johnnie Swearingen, Velox Ward, and Clara McDonald Williamson, among others. Developing their own styles, these artists were unfettered by the conventions of academic training and traditional guidelines of art making. Lively storytelling was their primary focus, and they used any pictorial means necessary to create animated narratives about working, playing, and worshipping in Texas.

October 10, 2015January 3, 2016
Self-Taught Genius: Treasures from the American Folk Art Museum explores the “self-taught” artist as an elastic and enduring phenomenon with powerful and profound implications that have changed over time. More than 100 works of art are on view in this groundbreaking exhibition that highlights the roles of folk and self-taught artists as figures who are central to the shared history of America and whose contributions to the national conversation are paramount.
October 10, 2015January 3, 2016
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September 5, 2015February 21, 2016

Dallas collector Trevor Rees-Jones first became interested in art and the American West when visiting the Amon Carter Museum of American Art as a young boy.

Years later that experience led Rees-Jones to gather one of the finest private collections of art of the American West, spanning the eighteenth century through the 1920s, including paintings, watercolors, sculpture, and photographs. The selection of the Rees-Jones Collection on view marks its debut showing in a museum.

September 5, 2015February 14, 2016
Laura Wilson takes us into a West defined by diverse communities outside the suburban middle-class. This exhibition of seventy-two photographs introduces us to worlds that are hard-bitten and fiercely independent. Framed equally by beauty and violence, the images reflect the artist’s challenge to today’s homogenized America.

May 19, 2015May 30, 2016

A visionary storyteller, Esther Pearl Watson (b. 1973) blends memories and imagination to capture her Texas upbringing. A mural-size painting (about 13 feet tall and 10 feet wide), Pasture Cows Crossing Indian Creek, was created specifically for the Amon Carter’s atrium. It is part of the museum’s program of rotating contemporary artworks in the atrium space and an exciting addition to an ongoing exploration of Texas artists and their contributions to modern American art.