January 21, 2021, marked the 60th anniversary of the Amon Carter Museum of American Art. Over the past 60 years, the Carter has cultivated a vast collection of artworks that represent the excellence and diversity of American Art. From acquiring historical works of art to commissioning living artists, the Carter has remained steadfast in its commitment to not only tell the history of American art, but to actively nurture its future.
The Carter was founded in 1961 by siblings Ruth Carter Stevenson and Amon G. Carter Jr. as a fulfillment of their father, Amon G. Carter Sr.’s vision to allow everyone the ability to experience the diverse and unique stories of American art. The Museum’s collection began with Carter Sr.’s personal collection of artworks by Frederic Remington and Charles M. Russell. Since then, the Museum’s collection has expanded to include artwork by famous artists such as Georgia O’Keeffe, Richard Avedon, Thomas Eakins, Dorthea Lange, and Stuart Davis. The Carter is not only home to the artwork, but also one of the most comprehensive American art research libraries and archives in the country.
To celebrate 60 years, the Carter is hosting a fun, free Birthday Bash at the Museum on September 25 from 4 to 10 p.m. This must-be-at event will feature activities for all ages. Guests will have the opportunity to become the artist by making their very own party favors with Carter Community Artists, go on a guided tour of the Museum and learn background information on artworks and exhibitions, and enjoy live music on the lawn with DJ Ronnie and Austin native Shakey Graves. The Carter’s 60th Birthday Bash will end with a spectacular fireworks show on its lawn, overlooking the Fort Worth skyline.
“The Carter is thrilled to celebrate our 60th anniversary with a free, fun event with our community, who have played such a vital role on the past six decades of the Carter,” said Andrew J. Walker, the museum’s Executive Director. “With an evening of art, activities, and live music from the talented Shakey Graves, we know it will be a night to remember ending with the biggest birthday candles we could find—a fireworks show overlooking downtown Fort Worth from our lawn.”
September 25 will not only be a celebration of the past six decades of the Carter, but it will also be the opening day of two brand new exhibitions at the Museum. Keeping with its commitment to tell the history of American Art, the Carter will open the first exhibition to highlight the artwork of two local, Fort Worth artists, Scott and Stuart Gentling in Imagined Realism: Scott and Stuart Gentling. As for nurturing the future of American art, the Carter has commissioned Pakistani-American artist Anila Quayyum Agha to create site-specific sculptural installations next to related drawings from her multicultural experience in the exhibition Anila Quayyum Agha: A Beautiful Despair.
The Carter’s 60th Birthday Bash will also feature local vendors on-site offering a variety of items to be purchased. Visit www.cartermusuem.org/BirthdayBash to check out the full list of food trucks. Beer and wine will be available for purchase during the event.
Free tickets are available now at www.cartermuseum.org/BirthdayBash. All ages are required to have a free ticket to enter the event, including toddlers and infants.
If you are unable to make it to the Birthday Bash, you can stop by the museum during the remainder of 2021 and get a “60 Years of Art” Art Discovery Guide. It shares the history of the Museum and can be used as a resource for a self-guided tour. The Carter is open Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sunday noon-5 p.m.; Closed Mondays and select holidays. Admission is free.
The Carter’s 60th Birthday Bash is sponsored by Meador Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram. It is generously supported by Luther King Capital Management, The Projects Group, William E. Scott Foundation, and the Board of Trustees and the Ambassador Council of the Carter.
The Amon Carter Museum of American Art
Grab a bite from local food trucks during the Carter’s 60th Birthday Bash.
Guided tours at the Carter are fun for the whole family.
Experience live music, artmaking and fireworks at the Carter’s 60th Birthday Bash.