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.
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.