After its blow-out 60th birthday party, the Amon Carter Museum of American Art is still feeling festive. The Fort Worth museum is launching a new monthly series, Second Thursdays at the Carter, that stirs together one part cocktails, one part conversation, and one part creativity to connect adults with art.
Leave the littles with a sitter; this is a date night for drinking and drawing.
Held from 5-8 pm the second Thursday of each month (the name makes it blessedly easy to remember the date, see?), the series will feature a different topic and activity each time. There'll be artist talks, performances, special tours, art making, films, and music, a release says. Each event will be designed to connect guests with artworks in the museum's collection or current exhibitions on view.
“The Carter has been offering a variety of events for adults of all ages over the years,” says Madeleine Fitzgerald, the Carter's manager of adult programs, in the release. “Second Thursdays at the Carter brings the community together one night a month with activities that everyone can enjoy. We are excited to be able to welcome guests to our galleries and connect them with the artworks in a number of ways.”
The evenings are free and open to the public, but registration is required at cartermuseum.org/2ndThursdays. Carter members receive some perks; they'll be the cool kids with that free extra drink.
The inaugural event will take place Thursday, October 14. On tap will be live music by Jamal Mohamed Ensemble, drinks, and an art-making activity followed by a chance to hear from Anila Agha, the artist behind "Anila Quayyum Agha: A Beautiful Despair" on view now at the Carter.
Here's the complete schedule of dates and topics for upcoming Second Thursdays at the Carter events. If you're a fan of alliteration — like we are at CultureMap — you'll appreciate these clever names. (Descriptions provided by the Carter.)
October 14, 2021: Shadow & Shine
Hear from artist Anila Agha about how she captures light in her exhibition "Anila Quayyum Agha: A Beautiful Despair."
November 11, 2021: Drink & Draw
Grab a drink and put pencil to paper with this night themed around drawing and the Carter's collection.
December 9, 2021: Local & Legendary
Learn all about legendary Fort Worth artists Scott and Stuart Gentling and see if you can imitate their watercolor style.
January 13, 2022: Culture & Creation
Explore Sandy Rodriguez’s art she created during isolation while embracing nature in Joshua Tree National Park during the turbulent year of 2020.
February 10, 2022: Sips & Stories
Focus on the interesting characters connected to the Carter’s collection during this evening of storytelling.
March 10, 2022: Collect & Capture
Discover tricks to starting your own art collection and explore the incredible photos in the exhibition "Beauty and Life: The Finis Welch Collection."
April 14, 2022: Inspiration & Identity
Gain insight into the Stephanie Syjuco: Double Vision installation and learn from local experts about Indigenous representation in art.
May 12, 2022: Toasts & Tunes
Enjoy an evening enhanced with art making and cocktails creatively crafted by local bars inspired by the museum's collection.
June 9, 2022: Paws & Pictures
Bring your best friend (pooch or person) for an evening of PAWsome activities on the Carter Plaza with your pup in mind.
July 14, 2022: Paintings & Prosecco
Sip on a Venetian-inspired cocktail and learn about Americans in Italy in the exhibition "Sargent, Whistler, and Venetian Glass: American Artists and the Magic of Murano."
August 11, 2022: Representation & Reality
Experience the beautiful photographs featured in the exhibition "Black Everyday" and learn about the history of Black representation in American art.
September 8, 2022: Games & Gab
Indulge your competitive side and explore the collection with games in the galleries.