Black and white photo of two light-skinned men with dark hair sitting on what looks like a porch; the man on the left is wearing a light-colored, short-sleeved polo and has his arms resting on his knees with his left hand resting on his right wrist; the man on the right is wearing a black turtleneck, he has a beard and mustache and is sitting in a similar position; they both look off to their left

Gentling Symposium

Event Details

Event Date

  • Saturday, November 13, 10:30 a.m.–4 p.m.

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Event Description

Join us for a free day of lectures and conversations celebrating the research surrounding the first comprehensive exhibition of two Fort Worth-based artists: Scott and Stuart Gentling. Hear from the scholars who have helped shape the exhibition.

Register to attend one or all three lectures scheduled throughout the day. Boxed lunches are available for $15 with registration; free for Carter members. Additionally, we will offer a special tour of the exhibition in between the afternoon talks for lecture ticketholders only. Below is the schedule for the day:

10:30–11:30 a.m.

Gentlings and DFW
Gentling Fellow Scott Grant Barker will speak on the late 20th-century art scene in the Dallas/Fort Worth area and the Gentlings’ place within it —the patronage, peers, and projects that made the Gentlings artistic royalty in the city. Following Barker, Gentling curator Jonathan Frembling will also dive into the biography and the traits that made the brothers the remarkable personalities that they were. Q&A to follow.

Noon–1 p.m.

Lunch break
Lunch will be provided for an additional fee of $15 for those interested in eating on campus. Boxed lunches will be provided by Central Market. Cut off date for purchasing a boxed lunch is Sunday, November 7.

1–2 p.m.

Gentlings and Art History
How did realist painters operate and fit into the mid-century art world? How did their style shape their options, and who were the Gentlings’ artistic peers in American art? Gentling Fellow Dr. Erika Doss will answer and expand on these questions about where the brothers fit into American art history. Following Doss, curator Spencer Wigmore will share a case study of the brothers’ Of Birds and Texas project that showcases their creative process. Q&A to follow.

2–2:45 p.m.

Guided tour of Imagined Realism: Scott and Stuart Gentling

3–4 p.m.

Gentlings and the Aztec Empire
Gentling Fellow Dr. Barbara Mundy and Gentling curatorial assistant Janelle Montgomery will explore the brothers’ multi-decade journey to reimagine the pre-conquest Aztec Empire in drawing, painting, and to-scale models of Aztec cities and temples. Q&A to follow.

4 p.m.

Post-symposium reception and book signing.

American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation will be provided during this event.

Questions? Email or call 817.989.5013.

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