Plan a trip to experience the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth showcasing art from the 1940s to the present. Situated in the heart of the Cultural District, the creative center of the city, the Modern galleries are surrounded by an elegant concrete, glass, and steel building designed by the renowned Japanese architect Tadao Ando. In addition to the soaring, light-filled gallery space and landscaped grounds with outdoor sculptures, the museum features a reflecting pond, theater, education center, gift shop, and café, creating a thriving hub for our community and beyond.
Founded in 1892, the Modern is the oldest museum in Texas; however, our mission has changed over the years. Today, we strive to connect audiences of all ages and backgrounds with the most compelling art and ideas of our time. Showcasing the work of historically significant, mid-career, and emerging artists, the Modern is known for its evolving collection, which is international in scope.
The Museum’s holdings include influential artists from Sol LeWitt, Jenny Holzer, Anselm Kiefer, Martin Puryear, and Agnes Martin to Mark Bradford, Teresita Fernández, Njideka Akunyili Crosby, and Kehinde Wiley. We have a long history of close relationships with the living artists we show and collect, many of whom visit the museum regularly to give talks and lead workshops.
The Modern is a center of lifelong learning and exchange. Our programs include tours, lectures by leading figures in the art world, youth and adult classes, art camps, workshops, and a range of small-group studio and gallery programs led by the Museum’s educators, docents, and community artists. We also present critically acclaimed first-run films and partner with other local arts organizations to offer music, dance, and theater.
On view May 15 through September 25, the special exhibition Women Painting Women features 46 female artists who choose women as subject matter in their works. This presentation includes 60 evocative portraits that span the late 1960s to the present. International in scope, Women Painting Women recognizes female perspectives that have been underrepresented in the history of art. The artists here use painting and women as subject matter and range from early trailblazers like Alice Neel and Emma Amos to emerging artists such as Jordan Casteel and Apolonia Sokol. Some, such as Jenny Saville, work on large canvases, producing images that dwarf the space around them, while others, including Somaya Critchlow, paint on a modest scale that invites close viewing. All place women—their bodies, gestures, and individuality—at the forefront.
The artists conceive new ways to activate and elaborate on the portrayal of women. Replete with complexities, realness, abjection, beauty, complications, everydayness, and joy, the portraits in this exhibition make way for female artists to share the stage with their male counterparts in defining the image of woman and how it has evolved.
While your exploring, take time to enjoy Café Modern, led by Wolfgang Puck trained Executive Chef Jett Mora. The acclaimed restaurant provides warm hospitality, creative cuisine, and seasonal menus rooted in Texas ingredients to guests. The menus feature comfort food with global influences and a beverages showcasing local spirits. Café Modern offers seating indoors and on the expansive outdoor patio.