When asked to name the cultural capitals of the nation, most Americans will list New York, Chicago, and the other coastal cities. Even in a state as proud as Texas, people can have some serious art envy. But with a set of museums growing in prestige and influence, the citizens of the Lone Star State don’t have to hang their heads. Texans need look no further than the Fort Worth Cultural District for a reason to be proud, where three museums in particular stand out.
Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth
3200 Darnell St
The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth features works from some of the biggest names in 20th and 21st century art, with a collection including Picasso, Pollock, and Warhol. All the major movements of art after World War II can be seen, from Abstract Expressionism to Pop Art to Minimalism. Many visitors are as drawn to the Modern to see the building as much as they are to see the art exhibited inside – and for good reason. The handiwork of Japanese architect Tadao Ando, The Modern has been praised for its elegant design.
Amon Carter Museum of American Art
3501 Camp Bowie Blvd
Housing the work of some of the key American artists of the 19th and 20th centuries, the Amon Carter is a great place for any lover of art or history to spend an afternoon. Its collection includes works from Georgia O’Keefe, Alexander Calder, and Thomas Cole, among others. Recent exhibitions have covered photography, Texas folk art, and the work of self-taught artists.
Kimbell Art Museum
3333 Camp Bowie Blvd
Like the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, The Kimbell, which first opened its doors in 1972, is as much an architectural landmark as it is an artistic one. Designed by Louis Kahn, the museum proudly describes itself as “one of the outstanding architectural achievements of the modern era.” And 2013 saw the addition of a new building, designed by another influential architect – Renzo Piano. For visitors less interested in architecture, the Kimbell is still worth a trip. With a collection featuring art from all corners of the globe – as well as many different time periods – there’s something for everyone.