Art in the City
3 new outdoor sculptures from the Modern Art Museum grace an entrance to downtown Fort Worth
One of the corridors into downtown Fort Worth has gotten a little more artful. Three outdoor sculptures from the Modern Art Museum's permanent collection went on view along West 7th Street beginning Monday, August 8, and will remain there indefinitely.
According to a release, the Modern has partnered with the First on 7th building to present the works in a "walkable, park-like setting situated at a crossroads in urban downtown."
The sculptures — George Segal's Chance Meeting, Alex Katz's Park Avenue Departure, and Bautista Moroles' Texas Shield — can be found specifically at First on 7th Plaza, 500 West 7th St. Visitors can look for them in a tree-lined triangle adjacent to the 20-story First on 7th building and the Cantey Hanger Plaza.
“We were delighted when the First on 7th team suggested installing sculpture from our collection on this site," says the Modern director Marla Price in the release. "Our sculptures joining the artwork currently on view create a wonderful entrance to Fort Worth's downtown area.”
The corridor is also home to Jonathan Borofsky’s iconic Man with Briefcase (2002), across 7th Street in Burnett Park, as well as an Isamu Noguchi sculpture on the plaza, which was commissioned in 1960 "to help shape an environment that connected the art to the architecture," the release notes.
Here's a closer look at the three new sculptures from the Modern, with descriptions provided by the museum:
Chance Meeting by George Segal, 1989
(Bronze, aluminum post, and metal sign, 125 x 74 x 58 inches; acquired by the Modern in 1989.)
"George Segal (American, 1924-2000) created works that focus on contemporary daily life. Chance Meeting, 1989, depicts a street corner with three life-size figures with a dark green patina, each dressed in modern clothes. Apparently having unexpectedly run into each other at the intersection of two city streets, the figures’ postures and attentive expressions indicate that they are engaged in a serious conversation."
Park Avenue Departure by Alex Katz, 2019
(Porcelain enamel on shaped steel with steel core, 96 × 31 × 1 1/2 inches; acquired by the Modern in 2021.)
"The work of Alex Katz (American, born 1927) is known for simplified line, shape, and color, with recognizable and personally meaningful content. Park Avenue Departure, 2019, was first exhibited in Midtown Manhattan along the median strip of Park Avenue. The eight-foot cutout depicts the artist’s wife, Ada —whose image has regularly appeared in his work throughout his career — from behind as she is walking. While distinctly flat, smooth, and reminiscent of an advertisement, the sculpture evokes the tenderness and intimacy between the artist and his muse."
Texas Shield by Jesús Bautista Moroles,1986
(Granite, 97 3/4 x 45 x 44 1/2 inches; acquired by the Modern in 1991.)
"Jesús Bautista Moroles (American, 1950-2015), a native Texan, harnessed the power of granite in sculptures such as Texas Shield, 1986. The work’s two vertical slabs are woven together at a 90-degree angle down a central spine, part of the artist’s 'granite weaving' series. Interested in the variety of texture, color, and forms within Texas pink granite, Moroles juxtaposed alternating smooth, polished stripes against raw-edged, undulating ones to reveal the beauty of the material in both its manipulated and natural states."
Photography of the sculptures is allowed, but patrons should refrain from sitting or climbing on the artwork to achieve those perfect Instagram selfies, the museum advises. Parking is available on adjacent streets and in the building’s parking garage on 6th Street, and the plaza is close to the Trinity Metro’s Route 2, The DASH Route, and a Fort Worth Bike Share station.