FORT WORTH—The Kimbell Art Museum will host a free family festival and celebration on Saturday, Oct. 8, from 1 to 7:30 p.m., in honor of its 50th anniversary. This community event will include family activities, movies, shows, food from local vendors and free admission to the special exhibit Murillo: From Heaven to Earth. Fort Worth-based singer-songwriter Abraham Alexander, whose “soulful, blues-style vocals take listeners on a personal journey, evoking emotion in the deepest sense” (NPR Music), will take the stage at 5:30 p.m. .
“I am thrilled to celebrate this huge milestone with our Fort Worth community,” said Eric M. Lee, director of the Kimbell Art Museum. “An icon from its earliest days, the Kimbell has come to represent a high standard of excellence that is reflected in our collections, exhibits, architecture and programs. Our anniversary celebrations are designed with and for members of our diverse community – whose continued support over the past half-century has helped make the museum the renowned institution it is today.
From 1 to 4 p.m., the festival will kick off with treats to mark the anniversary, as well as a series of performances on the Great Lawn by local performers including taiko drummers, flamenco dancers and more . In the Piano Pavilion, audiences will enjoy interactive classical Indian dances performed by Austin-based choreographer Anuradha Naimpally and animated storytelling with author and storyteller Toni Simmons. Visitors can pose for portraits by professional photographers in the Noguchi Courtyard for free and participate in ongoing gallery and studio activities.
From 4-7:30 p.m., light bites will be available for purchase from local street vendors, including Magdalena’s and Heim Barbeque, and there will be a cash bar courtesy of the Kimbell Café. At 4 p.m., local band Cotinga will take to the main stage, followed by international soul sensation Abraham Alexander.
The galleries of the Museum will remain open until 5 p.m. The full program schedule will be available at kimbellart.org/50.
Tickets are free but required for all attendees, including Kimbell members, adults, children and infants. Free ticket reservations will be available through Eventbrite beginning August 15, 2022, at kimbellart.org/50.
The festival concludes a week of daily anniversary events (October 4-7), with each day focusing on important aspects of the museum’s history and programs.
Anniversary week schedule (October 4–9)
Admission and audio tours for the special exhibition Murillo: from heaven to earth will be free all week. Tickets will only be available in person at the museum box office.
Anniversary launch reception and opening of The Kimbell at 50 special exhibition
Tuesday, October 4, from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Architectural tours, Louis I. Kahn film screenings and open workshops
Wednesday, October 5, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Architecture tours, Renzo Piano film screenings and open studios
Thursday, October 6, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Music and happy hour in the Louis I. Kahn Building, plus a special teacher program in the Education Studios
Friday, October 7, 4-7 p.m.
Kimbell members will receive a unique commemorative gift each day for their participation (while supplies last). Visit kimbellart.org/50 for a full list of events.
About Abraham Alexander
Born in Greece to parents of Nigerian descent, Abraham Alexander moved to Texas with his family at the age of 11, determined to escape the racial tensions they faced in Athens. As his lyrics speak of pain, trauma and life-altering loss, Alexander instills joyous passion and irrepressible spirit, ultimately giving way to songs that radiate undeniable hope.
While making his debut EP, Alexander traveled from Fort Worth to London and worked with producers/songwriters like Cameron Warren (The Dap Kings, Dan Caplen), shaping his songs with elements of soul, hip -hop and blues. He is currently working on his follow-up album.
EXHIBITIONS TO SEE
Opening on October 4, 2022
Louis I. Kahn Building
Discover the history of the Kimbell Art Museum in this special exhibit. Archival documents and photographs document memorable events in the history of the Foundation and the museum, including the design and construction of the Louis I. Kahn Building and the Renzo Piano Pavilion. An interactive digital presentation will allow viewers to revisit exceptional acquisitions, remarkable exhibitions and enriching community experiences – reflecting the pillars of excellence that have endured for 50 years at the Kimbell Art Museum.
Admission to The Kimbell at 50 is free.
September 18, 2022–January 29, 2023
Renzo Piano Pavilion
Murillo: from heaven to earth celebrates the genre paintings of one of the most renowned painters of the Spanish Golden Age: Bartolomé Esteban Murillo (1617-1682). While Murillo is primarily known for his religious subjects, some of his most iconic works depict secular themes. For the first time in Spanish art, ordinary people – beggars, street urchins and flowergirls – convey the cultural stories and written tales of Murillo’s time. Comprised of over 50 works, the exhibition explores themes of youth and age, comedy, romance and seduction, faith and charity, landscape, portraiture and realism. modern.
The exhibition is organized by the Kimbell Art Museum. It is supported in part by an indemnity from the Federal Council for the Arts and Humanities.
Admission to Murillo: from heaven to earth is free from October 4 to 9, 2022.
Closing on October 9, 2022
Louis I. Kahn Building
Witness women in dramatic acts of courageous defiance and female empowerment, as portrayed by renowned Italian Baroque painter Artemisia Gentileschi and celebrated American contemporary artist Kehinde Wiley. Made 400 years apart, the two startlingly different paintings of the same subject, Judith decapitating Holofernes, invite discussion of gender, race, violence, oppression and power – issues that have remained relevant from the 17th century. century to today.
The exhibition is organized by the Museo e Real Bosco di Capodimonte, the North Carolina Museum of Art, the Kimbell Art Museum and The Museum Box.
Admission to KILL is free.
The Kimbell is supported in part by Arts Fort Worth, the Texas Commission on the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Promotional support is provided by American Airlines, NBC5 and PaperCity.
ABOUT KIMBELL MUSEUM OF ART
The Kimbell Art Museum, owned and operated by the Kimbell Art Foundation, is internationally recognized for its collections and architecture. The Kimbell’s collections span from antiquity to the 20th century and include European masterpieces by artists such as Fra Angelico, Michelangelo, Caravaggio, Bernini, Velázquez, Vigée Le Brun, Monet, Cézanne, Picasso and Matisse; important collections of Egyptian and classical antiquities; and the art of ancient Asia, Africa and the Americas.
The museum’s 1972 building, designed by American architect Louis I. Kahn, is widely regarded as one of the outstanding architectural achievements of the modern era. A second building, designed by Italian architect Renzo Piano, opened in 2013 and now offers space for special exhibitions, dedicated classrooms and a 289-seat auditorium with excellent acoustics for music. For more information, visit kimbellart.org.