On one hand, it would have really turned Gallery Night into a blowout if the Amon Carter Museum had re-opened its doors last week. On the other, it’s fitting that the museum has this week all to itself as the public has a chance to see the renovations that have kept it closed most of this year. The museum last had an extended closure in 2000-01, when it unveiled the handsome Philip Johnson-designed building. The improvements include new galleries, hardwood floors, and better access for the disabled.
Among the new exhibits are a retrospective of the Gentling brothers’ paintings and photographs by Gordon Parks. Along with these venerable masters comes an emphasis on newer works, such as Camille Utterback’s interactive multimedia installations, James Surls’ steel-and-pine sculpture “Seven and Seven Flower,” and an elaborate tissue paper mural by Justin Favela. Drop by the museum on its re-opening day, and you’ll also enjoy the Party on the Porch, a daylong event that includes food trucks, art activities, and live music by Band of Heathens, Abraham Alexander, and DJ Ronnie Heart. If we take this as an extension of Gallery Night, it has the advantage of being all in one spot.
The Amon Carter Museum’s grand re-opening is 10am-10pm Sat at 3501 Camp Bowie Blvd, FW. Admission is free. Call 817-738-1933.