Fear No Art

Behind the Scenes: Installing Hidden in Plain Site

Currently on view in the museum atrium is Hidden in Plain Site, a monumental art work that includes four canvases. Artist Sedrick Huckaby wanted to celebrate the artistic merit of his grandmother’s quilts and explore the idea of quilts containing hidden messages. The process used by the artist to create this and other works was directly inspired by the collages of Romare Bearden, some of which are featured in the special exhibition Romare Bearden: A Black Odyssey now on view through August 11, 2013.

Installing "Hidden in Plain Site" by Sedrick HuckabyInstalling "Hidden in Plain Site" by Sedrick HuckabyArtist Sedrick Huckaby

Hanging a large-scale piece takes many hours of planning and collaboration. The project began four months before the works even came into the museum. Jim Belknap, Installation Manager, visited Huckaby’s studio to look at the paintings and get an idea of what it would take to hang 300 pounds of wood, canvas, and paint on the walls of the museum. Not only was the safety of the art at stake, but the integrity of the delicate shell stone walls in the museums’ atrium were an important issue during the installation.

A framework system was constructed on which the paintings were hung. (The design and build process took two months.) Framework and paintings would then hang on a pulley-and-cable system that was attached to a bronze channel already installed in the wall. The original channel proved to be too deep and new metal channel inserts had to be created to hold the bolts for the pulley/cable system.

Installation started on a Monday at 8 a.m. and was completed by 6 p.m. The work had to be completed before the museum reopened on Tuesday morning. This project required four professional art handlers, two registrars, two contractors, three lifts, and a step ladder from the Teaching Resource Center. The artist was on hand during the last hours of the installation and he didn’t seem at all worried about his creation. The result is a wonderful marriage of art, careful planning, and precision engineering.

Hidden in Plain Site will be on view until October 31, 2013. Don’t miss it!

Spring Today Summer Tomorrow

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Lots of friends are making their way to the Amon Carter this week for our spring break Family Fun Week! Come look at art, talk about art, even make some art to take home.

Admission is free and strollers are welcome.

Welcome NAEA

Welcome bags for NAEA

The National Art Education Association's annual conference starts Thursday in Fort Worth and we're thrilled to have our colleagues come to Cowtown to collaborate on art education topics.
We invite all of our NAEA friends to come on over to the Amon Carter and stop into the bookstore for a welcome bag (just show them your conference badge) and our best wishes for a great conference!

Happy Holidays!

All of the staff at the Amon Carter Museum of American Art
would like to wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

The ACM Staff wishes you a Merry Christmas!

Long Live Rock n' Roll

November 30th marks some milestones in music history:

Dick Clark was born on this date in 1929 in Mount Vernon, New York.
Michael Jackson's "Thriller" was released 30 years ago today. (How is that possible?)
Pink Floyd debuted "The Wall" 33 years ago. Everyone go home, cue up "The Wizard of Oz" and enjoy!

William H. Johnson, Street Musicians, ca. 1942-1943, modified screen print.

William Henry Johnson (1901-1970)
Street Musicians, ca. 1942-1943
Modified screen print
Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Fort Worth, Texas

Teacher's Night Out

Tell your teacher friends to head over to the Cultural District tonight from 4:00 until 7:00 for the Evening for Educators in the Cultural District, our annual open house celebrating teachers throughout the metroplex. All of the museums in the Fort Worth Cultural District will be open and free to teachers so come on down, learn about museum programs that will enrich your teaching experience, and see some great art. (There's food and take-aways too!)

Museum staff share ideas with teachers

Museum staff are available to inform you about educator programs and share ideas.

Time to look at American art!

Take a look at museum collections and find out how you can share them with your students.

Teachers meet up and make a night of it.

Meet your friends and make it a night out to remember in the Fort Worth Cultural District!

Synchronicity with Style


Surprising sighting of stripes on the staff today. Visitors may wear whatever they like.

Happy 4th!

Laura Gilpin (1891-1979), [American Flags] [Boeing, Wichita, Kansas], 1942-1943, gelatin silver print, Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Fort Worth, Texas, Bequest of the artist, P1979.121.49.

Laura Gilpin (1891-1979)
[American Flags] [Boeing, Wichita, Kansas], 1942-1943
Gelatin silver print
© 1979 Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Fort Worth, Texas
Bequest of the artist,

We're Getting Ready!

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We're getting ready for Story1ime!.jpg

Be sure to join us for Hello Yellow Storytime next Wednesday.
We're working hard to get the awesome art projects ready for visitors to take home.

Don't forget to wear yellow!

Making (or Viewing) Art is a Good Thing

Recent posts from the folks at Good have offered some great ideas for contributing your talents to your neighbors and the world. This post, which urges folks to create or appreciate art, really hit close to home. Readers who don't consider themselves artistic (like me) can find lots of options and ideas to get involved with art by just scrolling through the poll offered at the bottom. How considerate of them for putting the suggestion to visit a museum or gallery at the top of the list! I'm heading up to galleries to look at this lovely work right now.

Alexander Stirling Calder (1870–1945)  An American Stoic, 1912,  Bronze

Alexander Stirling Calder (1870–1945)
An American Stoic, 1912