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Women artists rule 2018 lineup at Fort Worth's Amon Carter Museum

Women artists rule 2018 lineup at Fort Worth's Amon Carter Museum

Yasmine 12, Beirut, Lebanon by Rania Matar-do not resize
Yasmine 12, Beirut, Lebanon, by photographer Rania Matar. Photo courtesy of Amon Carter

Photography, sculpture, and video are on deck at the Amon Carter Museum of American Art in Fort Worth, which has released its schedule of exhibitions for 2018.

Highlights include an exhibit of sculpture from five Texas-based female artists; exhibits by two female photographers; and a video installation that tackles the topic of recycling.

The Amon Carter Museum of American Art was founded in 1961 by Amon G. Carter as a way to display his collection of art by Frederic Remington and Charles M. Russell. Today, the museum houses more than 200,000 American art objects.

Mark your calendars for these seven major exhibits:

A New American Sculpture, 1914-1945: Lachaise, Laurent, Nadelman, and Zorach (February 17-May 13)
The first exhibition to investigate the relationships between modernism, classicism, and popular imagery in pieces created interwar, “A New American Sculpture” features 55 sculptures and 20 drawings assembled from public and private collections and created by Gaston Lachaise, Robert Laurent, Elie Nadelman, and William Zorach. The pieces reflect archaism, European avant-garde art, vernacular traditions, and American popular culture created by each artist during the turbulent interbellum.

Multitude, Solitude: The Photographs of Dave Heath (June 16-September 16)
Dave Heath’s moving photographs of loss and hope presented in “Multitude, Solitude” reaffirm his status as a key figure in 20th century photography. Almost entirely self-taught, the empathetic photographer’s black-and-white pictures of the 1950s and 1960s are highlighted, from a crowd gathered in Central Park to solitary figures lost in thought.

Commanding Space: Women Sculptors of Texas (Through November 18)
The work of five female Texas-based artists, Celia Eberle, Kana Harada, Sharon Kopriva, Sherry Owens, and Linda Ridgway, fills the Amon Carter’s gallery. Sculptures presented, ranging from evocations of history and metaphor to explorations of memory, myth, and ritual, allude to nature and human figures.

In Her Image: Photographs by Rania Matar (Through June 17)
This exhibition brings together four bodies of work, by the Lebanese-American photographer Rania Matar, that trace the development of female identity through portraiture. Photographing girls and women in both the United States and the Middle East, the artist shows how the forces that shape female identity transcend cultural and geographic boundaries.

Ellen Carey: Dings, Pulls, and Shadows (January 20-July 22)
“Ellen Carey: Dings, Pulls, and Shadows” features seven works by experimental photographer Ellen Carey that explore the artist’s interest in color, light, and images created by the action of light on a light-sensitive surface.

Jan Staller: Cycle & Saved (February 24-August 19)
Two short videos by New York photographer-videographer Jan Staller ask us to reflect on what we choose to keep and what we throw away. Cycle revels in the abstracting of paper traveling at high speed down a conveyor belt on its first step to being recycled. Saved is a celebration of hundreds of small tools and toys accumulated over the years by Staller. 

Hedda Sterne: Printed Variations (July 28-January 27, 2019)
This selection of lithographs features two thematic series by Hedda Sterne, completed at the Tamarind Lithography Workshop in 1967: Metamorphoses is a study of the vegetal folds of a head of lettuce, and Vertical-Horizontals is a study of the atmospheric recession of the horizon. Both series expose Sterne’s attention to detail and form, and exploration of a single theme over the course of many experimental compositions.

Amon Carter Museum of American Art is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 am-5 pm; Thursdays, 10 am-8 pm; and Sunday, 12-5 pm. Admission is free.