Amon Carter Museum of American Art
The Amon Carter Museum of American Art is a museum in Fort Worth, Texas.
The museum, founded by Texan newspaper magnate Amon G. Carter, is housed in a modernist building, designed by American architect Philip Johnson, close to the Kimbell Art Museum and the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, with which it forms an outstanding ensemble of cultural institutions in the city’s Cultural District.
Philip Johnson’s building
Completed in 1961, the building of the museum by Johnson is a relatively simple international-style construction, clad in shell stone and marked on its eastern side by a loggia inspired by the Italian Renaissance architecture. In accordance with the client, Johnson located the museum on a slightly elevated lot so to have panoramic views on downtown Fort Worth from the entrance portico.
The original building has been expanded three times, and currently contains about 28,400 square feet (2,600 square meters) of exhibition area.
Philip Johnson and John Burgee, Amon Carter Museum of American Art, plans of the first and second floors; from Liliana O. Beltrán, The Tales of Three Museums, Proceedings of the EuroSun 2004.
The 240,000-piece collection of the Amon Carter Museum is dedicated to American art from the early 19th century to the present, and comprises paintings, sculptures, and works on paper by artists such as Thomas Cole, Frederic Remington, John Singer Sargent, Winslow Homer, Alexander Calder, and Georgia O’Keeffe, among many others.
The museum has also one of the world’s largest collections of American photography, with masterpieces by Ansel Adams, Eliot Porter, Alfred Stieglitz, and Andy Warhol.
The program of activities and events of the Amon Carter Museum includes temporary exhibitions, guided tours, and learning activities for children and adults.
Fully accessible to physically-impaired people, the museum also accommodates a library, a shop, and a cafe.
Daniel Chester French, Benediction, 1922. Photo: Kendrick.
Photos: cover image by Sarah Beth Dwyer; 1 by Bhart; 2 by Shelley Bernstein; 3 by Kendrick Arnett
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