Border Cantos Richard Misrach | Guillermo Galindo

October 15, 2016December 31, 2016


“If sheer beauty and painterly boldness is not sufficient for an outing to Fort Worth, I advise combining your immersion into the youthful Monet [at the Kimbell Art Museum] with a tour of the blazing and courageous exhibition at the Amon Carter Museum of American Art called Border Cantos…. No matter your party of choice, this exhibition forces a reaction—not by preaching at us, but simply by showing us what there is at the border and by evoking the lives and the deaths of those who attempt to cross it. For every sailboat or sunny day in Monet's landscape world, there is an arid landscape or a forgotten backyard of haunting beauty at the Amon Carter.” —Dallas Morning News

This multidimensional collaboration between heralded photographer Richard Misrach and innovative artist-musician Guillermo Galindo examines the border between the United States and Mexico through a revelatory, humanistic lens. Border Cantos brings together Misrach’s often large-scale photographs with musical instruments that Galindo has created out of artifacts like clothing, shotgun shells, drag tires, and toys found along the border fence. These items, together with the sound and video installations of Galindo playing his instruments, evoke the raw authority of the wall while conjuring the quiet unease that suffuses the U.S. side of the border.

Border Cantos: Richard Misrach | Guillermo Galindo was organized by the artists in conjunction with participating museums.


Look for a space in the galleries that allows you to spend time thinking and writing about the lost stories tied to some of the found objects that are represented in this exhibition. You are welcome to leave your response behind for others to read or take it with you.

Large print labels in English and Spanish are available for use in the exhibition.

Stop by the auditorium on the first floor every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday during open hours to view videos of artist Guillermo Galindo playing the instruments he created in this exhibition. This fifteen-minute-video loop includes four different performances. They can be viewed here.

Free tours of this exhibition in English take place Thursday through Sunday at 3 p.m., with additional tours on Saturday and Sunday at 1 p.m. Tours begin at the exhibition entrance on the second floor. No reservations are required.

Bilingual tours of this exhibition are available upon advance request. Schedule a tour by emailing or calling 817.989.5038.

Visit the museum’s Library on the first floor to learn more about the photographer Richard Misrach and artist-musician Guillermo Galindo. The Library offers public hours on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. and Thursdays from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m.