Amon Carter Museum of American Art Announces Renovation of Museum Galleries, Enhanced Building Accessibility, and Improvements to Climate-Controlled Storage

Release date: 
July 18, 2018

Fort Worth, TX, July 18, 2018—Today the Amon Carter Museum of American Art announced a building enhancement project that will begin in October 2018. The public-facing renovations will take place in the museum’s upstairs galleries and areas of the 1961 building, to be completed in summer 2019. Construction also includes the expansion and upgrade of the museum’s climate-controlled storage for the renowned photography collection. In addition to the updates to the interior, the museum will also undergo improvements to the main entrance, adding increased accessibility to the building and plaza. Through this enhancement project, the Amon Carter Museum is changing the way people experience American art, changing perspectives through our dynamic collections and exhibitions, and changing to be more accessible and open for all.

Since the museum’s founding, the Amon Carter has embraced change to improve visitor experience and to ensure the preservation of its acclaimed collection. The museum holds a unique place in the community and across the country, sharing American creativity and its power to delight, educate, and inspire. The result of the renovation will be an enhancement of the galleries for the collection and traveling exhibitions, the preservation of the collection, and an opportunity to welcome new audiences to experience one of the country’s great holdings of American art.

Currently underway is the construction of a new climate-controlled storage vault for the safe storage of the museum’s photography collection. As one of the major repositories of American photography in the country, the Amon Carter collection houses over 45,000 photographic prints from one of the earliest daguerreotypes to work produced today. This preservation project, which is scheduled for completion this fall, will nearly double the size of the museum’s photography vault, allowing for decades of continued growth to the collection.

This October, renovations to the museum’s second-floor galleries will begin following the museum’s popular Party on the Porch musical celebration on Saturday, September 29. When completed next summer, this project will provide a much improved setting for the beautiful art in the collection and for the outstanding temporary exhibitions presented by the museum. The completed renovation will feature a new layout that provides a more enriching experience for visitors, amplifying the vision and legacy of our founder, Amon G. Carter. During the renovation, visitors can enjoy a rare opportunity to see many beloved highlights of the collection on display throughout the museum’s original main galleries in Philip Johnson’s 1961 building.

Following the completion of the renovations of the second-floor, work will begin to continue the new visitor experience and layout in the museum’s 1961 building. Enhancements to make the museum more accessible through improved access points on the plaza will begin in spring 2019. All of these projects will improve the visitor’s experience while maintaining the integrity of Johnson’s design and campus.

Opportunities to forge connections with our existing and new audiences will be explored during the coming months. During this exciting, transformative time at the museum, Amon Carter staff will be bringing museum experiences into Fort Worth communities allowing visitors to discover new ways to connect with the collection.

Additional information on community partnerships and experiences, as well as updates on the renovation, will be available on the museum’s website, cartermuseum.org, throughout the process.

About the Amon Carter Museum of American Art
Designed by renowned architect Philip Johnson (1906–2005), the Amon Carter opened in 1961 and houses a preeminent collection of American art including painting, photographs, sculpture and works on paper. The paintings collection spans early 19th-century expeditionary art to mid-20th-century Modernism and includes masterworks by artists such as Frederic Church, Stuart Davis, Arthur Dove, Thomas Eakins, Winslow Homer, Georgia O’Keeffe and John Singer Sargent. The museum is one of the nation’s major repositories of American photography from the 19th century to the present and holds the archives of luminaries such as Laura Gilpin, Eliot Porter and Karl Struss. It is also home to nearly 400 works by Frederic Remington and Charles M. Russell, the two greatest artists of the American West. Admission is free. Open: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday 10 a.m.–5 p.m.; Thursday 10 a.m.–8 p.m.; Sunday 12–5 p.m. Closed Mondays and major holidays. @theamoncarter