Concerts in the Garden is Back!

Concerts in the Garden is Back!

Don’t Miss Music Under the Stars!

Concerts in the Garden is back this summer at the Fort Worth Botanic Garden from June 16 through July 4. The lineup this summer brings local favorites like Asleep at the Wheel and Jackopierce, along with Windborne’s The Music of Queen, The Music of the Rolling Stones, and Star Wars and Beyond! Tickets are going fast. So pack your picnic, grab your friends and family, and we’ll see you in the garden!

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2022-2023 Cliburn Concerts Season

2022-2023 Cliburn Concerts Season

A WINNING SEASON

This season is all about the gold. Our new 2022 Cliburn Gold Medalist. Our celebrated 2013 Gold Medalist. The announcement of our 2022 Amateur winner. And our 2015 Junior winner fresh off a gold-medal win at the Leeds Competition. All of that, plus four more anticipated Cliburn Concerts debuts and the return of one of our favorites. This is the Cliburn on its 60th Anniversary. You won’t want to miss a moment.

Concert subscriptions are now on sale, with packages to fit all price points and interests. Concert information is available at cliburn.org/concerts or by calling 817.212.4280. Single Tickets on sale May 12. See the full concert season below for all details. 

SUBSCRIPTIONS ARE ON SALE NOW!

Create your own subscription package! 

Patrons may select anywhere from four to seven of the performances at the Kimbell Art Museum and the Amateur Competition Final Round at Bass Performance Hall to create their own season. Subscription prices range from $120–$350 for four concerts; $145–$400 for five concerts; $170–$450 for six concerts; and $195–$500 for seven concerts.

Cliburn at the Modern subscriptions are available separately and are $70 for the two-concert series. Cliburn Sessions subscriptions are available for $125 for the three-concert series.

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2022 Cliburn Gold Medalist
Wednesday, September 28 & Thursday, September 29, 2022 – 7:30 p.m.
Cliburn at the Kimbell 
Kimbell Art Museum Piano Pavilion

“The most prestigious classical music contest in the world” – Chicago Tribune

From almost 400 applications from 51 countries, only 30 were selected to compete in the 2022 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. On June 18, the esteemed jury will decide who is the most deserving among that extraordinary pool to be named our new gold medalist. That artist will take their place as one of only 18 to achieve the title—one of the most sought-after in the classical music world. They’ll embark on a worldwide tour as the new Cliburn standard bearer. Join us to celebrate their triumphant return to Fort Worth and their Cliburn Concerts debut in two special nights at the Kimbell Art Museum Piano Pavilion, in this long-honored tradition.

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2022 Cliburn Amateur Finals
Tuesday, October 18, 2022 – 7:30 p.m.
Bass Performance Hall

“A celebration of music, and the people who have to make music no matter what.” – Boston Globe

This eighth edition of the Cliburn International Amateur Piano Competition will bring together 46 of the most devoted, highly talented non-professional pianists, age 35 and older, in the world. Representing 19 countries, these artists—who are accountants, engineers, doctors, business executives by day—will share their love for music with each other, and with all of us, over the course of a week. Include the Amateur Final Round in your Cliburn Concerts subscription this year and witness the stunning conclusion, as six finalists truly live out their dreams by performing on the Bass Hall stage with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Damon Gupton. Then stay as we learn who will take first prize in this meaningful monument to the beauty of musicmaking in everyday life.

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Jessie Montgomery, composer & violinist

Moderated by Buddy Bray

Thursday, November 3, 2022 – 7:30 p.m

Cliburn at the Modern
Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth

“Music is my connection to the world. It guides me to understand my place in relation to others and challenges me to make clear the things I do not understand. I imagine that music is a meeting place at which all people can converse about their unique differences and common stories.” – Jessie Montgomery

She’s a decorated composer and violinist whose works are frequently performed around the world by leading musicians and ensembles. Jessie Montgomery was born and raised in Manhattan’s Lower East Side in the 1980s, during a time when the neighborhood was at a major turning point: artists gravitated to this hotbed of artistic experimentation and community development. Her parents—a musician and a theater storyteller—took her to rallies, performances, and parties where neighbors, activists, and artists gathered to celebrate and support the movements of the time. From this sprung Jessie’s unique voice; her music interweaves classical music with elements of vernacular music, improvisation, poetry, and social consciousness. She is an acute interpreter of 21st-century American sound and experience, and she joins us at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth for one night only in a showcase of her music and musicianship, moderated by Buddy Bray.

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Vadym Kholodenko, piano

2013 Cliburn Gold Medalist

Thursday, November 10, 2022 – 7:30 p.m.

Cliburn at the Kimbell

Kimbell Art Museum Piano Pavilion

Friday, November 11, 2022 – 8:00 p.m.

Cliburn Sessions
The Post at River East

“Kholodenko exudes a sense of excitement that comes straight out of his personality. Pianist and composer sounded as one, the performance closer to an experience of absolute improvisation than one will ever find in the classical repertoire. He played with such precipitous muscularity and high spirits… [with a] delicate and wistful side to his artistry that was utterly charming.” – New York Classical Review

His Cliburn appearance in 2013 is never to be forgotten; the dynamic and technically phenomenal performances earned Vadym Kholodenko the gold medal and the adoration of fans and critics around the world. He’s since concertized in the major halls and with prestigious orchestras across North America, Europe, and Asia, including being named the first artist-in-partnership of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, where Bass Hall audiences were treated to hearing every Prokofiev concerto in his capable hands. His recordings are also lauded: he’s won a Diapason d’Or de l’année (France’s GRAMMYÒ equivalent) and “Editor’s Choice” from London’s Gramophone magazine. The Kyiv native now returns to Fort Worth—his first Cliburn Concerts appearance in nine years—for two unique concert experiences. See him perform Schubert and Prokofiev in a traditional recital at the Kimbell, or in the casual and intimate confines of The Post. We recommend getting your tickets early.

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J’nai Bridges, mezzo-soprano

2022 GRAMMY®  Award winner

Thursday, February 9, 2023 – 7:30 p.m.

Cliburn at the Kimbell

Kimbell Art Museum Piano Pavilion

Friday, February 10, 2023 – 8:00 p.m.

Cliburn Sessions

“Her instrument and talent were striking…. her low notes were great, elemental things, seeming to roll through the auditorium, her high range all sharply milled gunmetal.” – Washington Post

A flashy Cliburn Concerts debut, without a doubt: J’Nai Bridges comes to Fort Worth fresh off a 2022 Grammy win for her recording of Philip Glass’ Akhnaten with the Metropolitan Opera. She’s known for her “plush-voiced mezzo-soprano” (The New York Times) and has been heralded as “a rising star” (Los Angeles Times); she’s graced the world’s top stages in repertoire ranging from traditional favorites to world premieres to spirituals and standards. The American mezzo-soprano sold out her Carnegie Hall solo recital debut. She’s performed at the BBC Proms, Elbphilharmonie, and Tanglewood Festival; with the San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Dutch National Operas; and with the National, BBC, New York Philharmonic, and Chicago Symphony Orchestras, the last with Yo-Yo Ma. And now a handful of lucky Fort Worth patrons will get to hear her excellence in two intimate concerts, one at the Kimbell, one at The Post.

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Timo Andres, composer & piano

Moderated by Buddy Bray

Thursday, February 23, 2023 – 7:30 p.m.

Cliburn at the Modern
Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth

“…an unhurried grandeur that has rarely been felt in American music since John Adams came on the scene… more mighty than shy, [Andres] sounds like himself.” – The New Yorker

Timo Andres is an American composer and pianist who was born in California, grew up in rural Connecticut, and now makes his home in Brooklyn. On one night in February, moderated by Buddy Bray, we’ll explore his dual, homegrown talent. As a composer, he’s written works commissioned by such major cultural institutions as the Boston Symphony, Carnegie Hall, and Los Angeles Philharmonic; he was also a Pulitzer Prize finalist in 2016. As a pianist, he’s played with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, as well as the North Carolina, New World, and Albany Symphonies, and at Lincoln Center, Wigmore Hall, Phillips Collection, and (le) Poisson Rouge. And when his Carnegie Hall solo recital debut was canceled in April 2020, the artist reconstructed his program as a series of YouTube videos, which were the subject of a feature in The New York Times.

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Benjamin Grosvenor, piano

Thursday, March 23, 2023 – 7:30 p.m. 

Cliburn at the Kimbell

Kimbell Art Museum Piano Pavilion

“Astounding technical gifts, the freshness of his imagination, his intense concentration, the absence of any kind of show, and the unmistakable sense of poetic immersion directed solely at the realization of music” – Süddeutsche Zeitung

Benjamin Grosvenor has been heralded as one of the most important pianists to emerge from the United Kingdom in several decades. He’s racked up an impressive display of awards in Europe, from Gramophone, Classic Brit Critics’, UK Critic’s Circle, BBC Young Musician Competition, and Diapason d’Or Jeune. He has been featured on two BBC documentaries and CNN’s Human to Hero series. He is currently completing a season as artist-in-residence at Wigmore Hall, after residencies at both Radio France and the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. He’s played with the Chicago, Baltimore, and Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestras, and at the Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall, and Barbican Centre. He was the youngest-ever British musician to sign to the Decca Classics label. He cofounded a local music festival in 2020 to connect people during the pandemic. And in July 2022, he’ll celebrate his 30th birthday. Join us for this stunning Cliburn Concerts debut.

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Alim Beisembayev, piano

2015 Cliburn Junior winner & 2021 Leeds gold medalist

Thursday, April 13, 2023 – 7:30 p.m.

Cliburn at the Kimbell

Kimbell Art Museum Piano Pavilion

“A worthy winner, with a polish and maturity to his playing that marked him among…the finalists … dashing, extrovert.” – The Guardian

Alim Beisembayev first caught international—and Fort Worth—attention when he took first prize at the inaugural Cliburn International Junior Piano Competition and Festival in 2015, the first Kazakhstan-born pianist to win a Cliburn competition. And our hometown could not have been prouder as we cheered this cherished member of the Cliburn Family on to a gold-medal victory at the Leeds International Piano Competition in 2021, where he also won the audience prize. Since then, this now 24-year-old London-based artist has debuted with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, BBC Symphony Orchestra, SWR Symphonieorchester Stuttgart, and has released his debut album on Warner Classics. He’s played the Wigmore Hall, Southbank Centre, Oxford Piano Festival, and Chopin Institute in Warsaw, in addition to a tour of Europe, in association with the Steinway Prizewinner Concerts Network, and Korea, with the World Culture Network. Now help us welcome him back for this one-night-only Cliburn Concerts debut at the Kimbell.

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Joshua Roman, cello

Wednesday, April 26, 2023 – 8:00 p.m.

Cliburn Sessions

Tulips Fort Worth

 

Thursday, April 27, 2023 – 7:30 p.m.

Cliburn at the Kimbell

Kimbell Art Museum Piano Pavilion

“Roman’s extraordinary performance combines the expressive control of Casals with the creative individuality and virtuoso flair of Hendrix himself.” – The Guardian

Now a solid Cliburn Concerts favorite, Joshua Roman is a cellist, composer, and curator whose performances embrace musical styles from Bach to Radiohead. Before setting off on his unique path as a soloist, he was the Seattle Symphony’s principal cellist—a job he began at just 22 years of age and left only two years later. He has since become renowned for his genre-bending repertoire and wide-ranging collaborations. Joshua was named a TED Senior Fellow in 2015; his Main Stage TED Talks/Performances garnered millions of views. His endeavors outside the concert hall have taken him to Uganda with his violin-playing siblings, where they played chamber music in schools, HIV/AIDS centers, and displacement camps. He’ll perform two distinctive concerts in April: one traditional recital at the Kimbell, as well as a more casual experience at the Cliburn’s newest club venue, Tulips.

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Clint Black & Steve Miller Headline the Fort Worth Art Fair

Clint Black & Steve Miller Headline the Fort Worth Art Fair

SUNDANCE SQUARE’S INAUGURAL “FORT WORTH ART FAIR” 

Fair to run in downtown Fort Worth’s Sundance Square Plaza from Thursday Through Sunday April 7-10, 11am-11pm Daily

MUSIC & ART GALLERY LINEUP 

Headline Musical Performances by:

• Clint Black
• Ledisi
• Abraham Alexander
• 
Steve Miller

• With Special Guest: Catherine Russell
(Performing with Shelly Berg, Dean Parks, Nathan East and Gregg Field)

Plus More Than 20 Local/Regional Musical Artists!

Sundance Square today announced program details for its Fort Worth Art Fair (FWAF), including headline music performances by Grammy Award winning country music artist Clint Black, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Steve Miller with special guest jazz vocalist Catherine Russell (performing with acclaimed pianist Shelly Berg, guitarist Dean Parks, bassist Nathan East, and drummer Gregg Field), Fort Worth’s Abraham Alexander, and Grammy Award winning R&B and jazz singer Ledisi. A first-of-its-kind cultural and experiential event, the FWAF is a premier event committed to spotlighting local artists and musicians.

Established by Sasha and Ed Bass, the inaugural Fort Worth Art Fair is a welcoming venue for family and friends to honor their North Texas community and shared culture through art, music and food.

“Sundance Square is the heart of Fort Worth – a place where all are welcome. The plaza was built to showcase all things local and worthy of nationwide acclaim.  Fort Worth is a supportive community for local artists, and a destination for art collectors,” said Sasha Bass, CEO of Sundance Square Management. “Supporting local art and music brings vitality to every community. It is integral that we support local and regional talent.  Sundance Square is very proud to host an event in their honor.”

Participating art galleries will include Artspace111 & Love Texas Art, Art Tooth, Bale Creek Allen Gallery, Daisha Board Gallery, Dang Good Candy, Flatbed Press, and Pencil on Paper Gallery. A number of galleries will showcase the work of unrepresented artists, in an effort to attract greater visibility. 

General admission to the Art Fair is free to the public. For those who desire an expanded experience, a daily FWAF VIP All Access Pass is available to purchase. The All Access Pass experience includes local culinary tastings, private bars and lounges, and guaranteed plaza access during musical performances. Additionally, for those interested in priority access to the musical performances, a FWAF Music Lover Bracelet provides guaranteed in-plaza stage views. Passes can be purchased online or at fortworthartfair.com.

The four-day festival’s extended musical line-up will be devoted each day to a music category, ranging from country to singer/songwriter to blues/jazz to international, with at least six daily performances. 

Performances will include:

  • Ginny Mac, Steve Story, Kristyn Harris, Kelly Willis, Calder Allen, and headliner Clint Black on Thursday, April 7; 

  • Robin Hackett, Dustin Welch, Jonathan Tyler, Jordan Whitmore, Bill Carter, Abraham Alexander, and headliner Ledisi on Friday, April 8; 

  • Gregory Newman Jazz Group, Tatiana LadyMay Mayfield, John Doe Trio, Noel Iverson Orchestra, Bukka Allen, and headlining act Steve Miller with guest Catherine Russell (with Shelly Berg, Dean Parks, Nathan East, & Gregg Field), on Saturday, April 9;

  • Kirill Raskolenko and Alex Hand, Squeezebox Bandits, Tony Palos Trio, UNT Latin Jazz Lab Band, Rosie Flores and the Talismen, Brasuka, and Lara Latin with DanceMaker’s studio guest dancers, on Sunday, April 10. 

Additional details and a full performance schedule can be found here. 

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Mayfest is Returning!

Mayfest is Returning!

MAYFEST RETURNING TO TRINITY PARK FOR ITS 50TH ANNIVERSARY MAY 5 – 8, 2022

 

Fort Worth’s favorite family festival, Mayfest, is coming home to Trinity Park just in time to celebrate its 50th Anniversary. After a two-year hiatus due to the COVID19 pandemic, Mayfest is bringing back all the cherished aspects of the festival – exciting attractions, delectable food and beverage, an expanded carnival, hours of live music and entertainment and fun for the whole family. Now more than ever, we look forward to celebrating Mayfest by bringing people together along the banks of the Trinity River.

50TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION
The 50th Anniversary Celebration will begin with a Grand Opening event at the festival gate on Thursday, May 5th. Fort Worth leaders and voices of Mayfest past will recognize the efforts of individuals and organizations that have grown the festival into what it is today. The celebration culminates with a festive parade.

THE FUNDAMENTALS
With six unique areas of excitement and fun, Mayfest entertains patrons of all ages and interests! The thrilling carnival rides, games and inflatables appeal to those seeking fun and adventure. The Oasis is the perfect location to enjoy your favorite beverage in the Craft Beer Garden and Wine Vineyard, or lounge in the VIP Patio presented by Central Market and listen to your favorite band on the Oasis Stage.

One of the most anticipated components of Mayfest? The delectable festival food! We have the staples including funnel cakes, turkey legs, roasted corn and pizza. We also offer distinct flavors such as gyros, fried pies, and steak-on-a-stick. For those with a sweet tooth, savor ice cream, deepfried desserts, and shaved ice. No matter your preference, we have something to appease everyone’s appetite!

THE FRESH
Patrons won’t want to miss the re-energized Children’s Area located in the heart of the festival! The FREE Children’s Area will feature new, interactive activities including new crafts, a chalk house, a giant coloring tarp, and more! Children of all ages can help create a vibrant, colorful web at The Maypole, and dig for hidden treasure at the Giant Sand Pit.

Everyone’s favorite water-skiing squirrel, Twiggy, is back at Mayfest 2022! Children and adults revel in Twiggy’s amazing water-skiing skills as he entertainments and brings laughter to all onlookers.

Mayfest’s incredible line-up across the three live music stages is sure to appeal to fans of all genres! Headliners at this year’s festival include The Squeeze Box Bandits, Brad Thompson, Legacy 4, Poo Live Crew, Me & My Monkey and more!

THE FACTS
Mayfest is annually produced by Trinity Collaborative, Inc. The official hashtags for 2022 are #MayfestFW2022 and #MayfestFW50Years. Festival dates and hours for Mayfest 2022 are:

• Thursday, May 5: 3:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.
• Friday, May 6: 3:30 p.m. – 10 p.m.
• Saturday, May 7: 9 a.m. – 10 p.m.
• Sunday, May 8: 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.

For more information, visit / follow Mayfest online at:

www.Mayfest.org
www.facebook.com/Mayfestfw
www.twitter.com/mayfestfw
www.Instagram.com/mayfestfw

ABOUT MAYFEST
Mayfest is an annual four-day family festival held in Fort Worth on 33 acres in Trinity Park by the Trinity River. Attracting 200,000 patrons every year, Mayfest boasts of seven live music and performing arts stages, special attraction shows, rides, activities and a delectable offering of food and beverage. From the Children’s Area to the Midway to the Craft Beer Garden, Mayfest will entertain patrons of all ages and interests!

Mayfest is a true depiction of the dynamic Fort Worth community. People of all ages, backgrounds and interests delight in the festival’s incomparable atmosphere and evolving endeavors that engage every visitor. Mayfest celebrates this collaborative effort to bring enjoyment and amusement to the city’s exceptional park and river.

ABOUT TRINITY COLLABORATIVE, INC.
Trinity Collaborative, Inc. is a 501(c)3 nonprofit that produces programs and events that promote Fort Worth experiences, advance community partnerships and connect citizens to the Trinity River, Fort Worth parks and each other. Over its 50-year history, Trinity Collaborative, Inc. has given more than $7,500,000 back to the community of Fort Worth.

Festival Inquiries
Emily Allison, Associate Director
Emily@trinitycollab.org
817-235-7169

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Main Street Arts Festival 2022

Main Street Arts Festival 2022

Photo Credit: Geno Loro

MAIN ST. FORT WORTH ARTS FESTIVAL, PRESENTED BY PNC BANK, RETURNING TO DOWNTOWN FORT WORTH FOR 35th YEAR APRIL 7-10, 2022

The nation’s 3rd finest arts festival is back with a new presenting sponsor, 212 world-class artists, live music, food, and family fun 

The MAIN ST. Fort Worth Arts Festival (MAIN ST.), presented by PNC Bank, is returning to Downtown Fort Worth for its 35th year April 7-10, 2022, after taking a two-year COVID hiatus. Ranked as the No.3 fine arts event in the U.S., the always-free-to-attend MAIN ST. will feature jury-selected local, regional, and national visual artists, live music on four stages, authentic local cuisine, a revamped family-friendly “Makers Zone,” craft beer pavilions, wine tastings, and more across 18 square blocks throughout downtown. PNC Bank, which has 14 bank branches throughout Fort Worth, has also signed on as MAIN ST.’s new presenting sponsor.

This year, MAIN ST.’s unique outdoor gallery will feature over 200 juried artists selected from more than 1,000 applications to exhibit their work. An estimated $4 million worth of art is expected to be sold across 15 artistic media categories, including sculpture, painting, photography, wood, glass, jewelry, metalwork, printmaking, mixed media, and more. Among the artists appearing include back-to-back Best of Show-winner Richard Wilson from Greenville, North Carolina; metalsmith Dan McCabe from Prescott, Arizona; printmaker Marina Terauds from North Branch, Michigan; and over 20 local “emerging artists” who are exhibiting at MAIN ST. for the first time. For more information, visit MAIN ST.’s “Fine Art Showcase.”

With four different stages and entertainers ranging from country music headliners and jazz keyboardists to R&B groups and swing bands, MAIN ST. 2022’s musical lineup is packed to the brim. Headliners include South African Grammy-nominated jazz guitarist Jonathan Butler, soulful Southern singer/songwriter Tanner Usrey, Texas singer/songwriting powerhouse Josh Weathers, jazz vocalist Tatiana “LadyMay” Mayfield, Latin rock band Del Castillo, Fort Worth’s own Grady Spencer & The Work, and multiple performances from multimedia troupe Squonk Opera. Also, back by popular demand is the “Hear Fort Worth Stage,” where Fort Worth’s most popular singer-songwriters and aspiring musicians – such as Van Darien, Matthew McNeal, Panther City Riots, Armond Vance, and Olemano – will perform live concerts during all four days of the festival. For the latest updates on MAIN ST. music, visit “Music on MAIN.”

MAIN ST. will offer plenty of hands-on activities for families at the revamped “TCC Makers Zone.” Located at the north end of Main Street across from the Tarrant County Courthouse, children of all ages will have the opportunity to embrace their creative side with a focus on invention, innovation, technology, creativity, and curiosity. Families can expect invention stations, LEGO building, sand art, caricatures, face painting and state-of-the-art technology displays from the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, Bell Helicopter, and Lockheed Martin. Visit the “TCC Makers Zone” for more information. 

The culinary arts are also a can’t-miss staple at MAIN ST., with both local chefs and longtime festival vendors cooking up daily at five different festival food courts. Whether its authentic Texas barbeque, spicy fried chicken, Louisiana crawfish, German bratwurst, handmade crepes, zesty steak fajitas or original corn dogs, festival-goers have choices to satisfy almost any taste bud. In addition, the ever-popular Imagery Wine Experience hosted by City Center is back for 2022 offering wines-by-the-glass and daily wine tastings, while multiple Craft Brew Pavilions will be set up serving award-winning craft beers throughout the weekend. Visit “Culinary Arts” for the latest updates.

Also new for 2022 is the elimination of coupons. Credit cards, Apple Pay, and Google Pay will be accepted at all food, beverage and merchandise locations. As in previous years, both cash and credit cards can be used for artwork purchases.

MAIN ST.’s “Friends of the Festival” program has also been enhanced for 2022. Designed to elevate the MAIN ST. experience while connecting business associates, family and friends, the program’s centerpiece is unlimited access to the exclusive and expanded VIP hospitality tent located at the south end of Main Street overlooking the UT Arlington Main Stage. Access includes prime viewing of the headlining entertainment, cocktails, and cuisine curated by the chef at The Capital Grille. Other perks include artist receptions, happy hours, discounts on merchandise, food, and beverages, and more. Learn more at “Friends of the Festival.” 

MAIN ST. couldn’t take place without the tremendous support and dedication of its 1,000+ volunteers, who assist with festival operations, hospitality, merchandise sales, and more. Volunteers receive perks including free t-shirts, food and beverages, merchandise discounts, and more. To volunteer, simply register on the MAIN ST. “Volunteer” webpage.  

“The opportunity for PNC Bank to serve as presenting sponsor of the MAIN ST. Fort Worth Arts Festival is one we couldn’t pass up,” said Dale Klose, PNC Southwest and Mountain territory executive. “PNC has a significant legacy of investing in the communities we serve through support of the arts, as we understand the economic, social, and civic impact a thriving arts and culture community brings to a city. There’s no better place to further engage our Main Street Bank approach than a thriving Fort Worth, alongside an event with a fitting Main Street name and mission, and an organization like Downtown Fort Worth, Inc.” 

The original hope that MAIN ST. would someday become a multi-faceted festival that would transform Downtown Fort Worth into an outdoor gallery and concert stage has not only come to life, but has exceeded what anyone thought was possible,” said Nina Petty, chairman of the Festivals and Events Committee for Downtown Fort Worth Initiatives, Inc. “At the same time, MAIN ST. would not be possible if it were not for sponsors like PNC Bank who put community first. We are thankful for their support and are thrilled to bring world-class art, music, food and fun to the streets of Downtown for the 35th year.”

MAIN ST. is produced annually by Downtown Fort Worth Initiatives, Inc., and is free and open to the public. The official hashtag for 2022 is #MainSt2022. Festival dates and hours for 2022 are:

  • Thursday, April 7: 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. 
  • Friday, April 8: 10 a.m. – 11 p.m. 
  • Saturday, April 9: 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. 
  • Sunday, April 10: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. 

For more information, visit/follow MAIN ST. online at: 

ABOUT MAIN ST. FORT WORTH ARTS FESTIVAL

The MAIN ST. Fort Worth Arts Festival, presented by PNC Bank, is celebrating its 35th year in 2022 on April 7-10.  Ranked as the #3 fine arts event in the U.S., the always-free-to-attend MAIN ST. will feature 212 jury-selected visual artists, live music on four stages, authentic local cuisine, a revamped family-friendly “Makers Zone,” craft beer pavilions, wine tastings, and more across 18 square blocks throughout downtown. In addition to presenting sponsor PNC Bank, official sponsors include Michelob Ultra, Tarrant County College, and The University of Texas at Arlington. Media sponsors are 92.1 HANK FM (KTFW-FM), and 95.9 The Ranch (KFWR-FM). Supporting sponsors are Alcon Foundation, Baylor Scott & White Health, Chloe Wine Collection, City Center Fort Worth, Frost, Music Performance Trust Fund, Pinnacle Bank, Trinity Metro, and Visit Fort Worth. Hotel sponsors are Aloft Fort Worth Downtown, The Ashton Hotel, and Courtyard Fort Worth Downtown/Blackstone. For more information, visit www.mainstreetartsfest.org. 

 

ABOUT DOWNTOWN FORT WORTH INITIATIVES, INC.

Downtown Fort Worth Initiatives, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) organization formed in 1988 to complement the work of Downtown Fort Worth, Inc. by providing a funding pathway for charitable, educational, and public-purpose activities, such as community festivals, affordable residential development, park improvements, and management. Downtown Fort Worth Initiatives, Inc. produces the annual MAIN ST. Fort Worth Arts Festival and the GM Financial Parade of Lights, which have an economic impact of more than $28 million annually and attract hundreds of thousands of visitors to Downtown Fort Worth each year. For more information, visit www.DFWI.org.

ABOUT PNC BANK

PNC Bank, National Association, is a member of The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. (NYSE: PNC). PNC is one of the largest diversified financial services institutions in the United States, organized around its customers and communities for strong relationships and local delivery of retail and business banking including a full range of lending products; specialized services for corporations and government entities, including corporate banking, real estate finance and asset-based lending; wealth management and asset management. For information about PNC, visit www.pnc.com.

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The Language of Beauty in African Art

The Language of Beauty in African Art

Kimbell Art Museum presents The Language of Beauty in African Art,

April 3–July 31, 2022

Exhibition explores art spanning the African continent through the perspectives and languages of the local communities.

The Kimbell Art Museum presents the world premiere of The Language of Beauty in African Art. This remarkable exhibition of African masterpieces challenges traditional concepts of aesthetics by presenting the works of art through the perspectives and languages of the people in West, Central and Southern Africa who made and used them. With more than 200 objects from public and private collections around the world — including captivating masks, powerful figures, impressive sculptures and exquisitely crafted prestige objects — the exhibition will be on view from April 3 through July 31, 2022.  

Organized by the Art Institute of Chicago, The Language of Beauty in African Art is the Kimbell’s first major exhibition in 25 years to focus solely on works from Africa and includes three objects from the museum’s permanent collection: the Chokwe Chibinda Ilunga, the Hemba Warrior Ancestor Figure and the Ife Head, possibly a King.  

“At the Kimbell Art Museum, we are committed to showcasing great works of art from around the globe, so we are pleased to work with the Art Institute and curator Constantine Petridis to present this magnificent exhibition of African art,” said Eric M. Lee, director of the Kimbell Art Museum. “What sets this exhibition apart — and why we felt it was vital to bring it to Kimbell audiences — is its focus on the ideas of the artists and communities that created the objects rather than on outside perspectives.” 

The Kimbell is the only venue apart from the Art Institute of Chicago where visitors can experience this diverse grouping of objects, many of which have never been on view to the public. Following its presentation at the Kimbell, the exhibition will travel to the Art Institute of Chicago in fall 2022.

The Language of Beauty in African Art underscores how the makers’ ideas about beauty and ugliness typically extend beyond the physical appearance of objects to reveal both the meanings and the functions of these works. By learning the words that artists themselves used to describe and praise their creations — their language of beauty — visitors to the exhibition can understand these works in a new way.

“By shedding light on the highly sophisticated — yet still often overlooked — aesthetic vocabularies from different cultures across sub-Saharan Africa, we look forward to reflecting the preferences of the makers and of the cultures where the works were created,” said Constantine Petridis, Ph.D., chair and curator of the arts of Africa at the Art Institute of Chicago. “The Language of Beauty in African Art will also explore how the appearance of a work of art is an integrated combination of appearance and being, of form and meaning.” 

Organized in eight sections, the exhibition focuses on masks, figures and sculptures created by cultures located primarily in West, Central and Southern Africa, most dating to the late 19th and early 20th centuries. In this vast area south of the Sahara Desert, there seem to be shared conventions that transcend the particularities of a given culture or period.

The exhibition begins with an examination of the interaction between art and language, featuring several examples of the widely admired art of the Chokwe people. A male figure of the culture hero Chibinda Ilunga, long lauded for its refinement and relative naturalism, perfectly embodies the Chokwe term utotombo, which describes a sculpture executed with skill and care. This idealized rendering of male power also expresses the concept of cibema, the Chokwe word for an object that combines formal beauty with moral integrity. 

The next section of the exhibition looks at how, beginning in the early 1900s, Western appreciations of African art focused on the visual appearance of objects divorced from their original contexts instead of seeking and sharing knowledge about how originating cultures understood, viewed and experienced them.

In fact, understanding this original linguistic context can shift our estimations of objects. In many African cultures, the connection between beauty and morality is expressed by a single term that combines “beautiful” with “good.” For instance, the Lega term busoga applies to what is visually pleasing as well as to praiseworthy character and virtuous behavior. Across sub-Saharan Africa, beauty and morality are linked in many ways: jewelry and other accessories are worn by men and women not only to enhance their visual beauty, but to highlight the wearer’s exceptional personality and deeds. Notions of moral and formal beauty can be embodied in venerated images of powerful men — like the Kimbell’s sculpture of a dignified male representing a Hemba warrior ancestor — or in representations of caring women, typically shown as mother-and-child figures.

A main section of the exhibition highlights the meanings and functions of the beauty of African art. African artists, patrons and critics conceive and appraise their local arts according to their own communities’ collective standards of excellence. Assessing their artist’s achievements, cultures across the sub-Saharan region apply aesthetic criteria regarding clarity or visibility achieved through stylization, abstraction and reduction; youthfulness or the representation of the body in the prime of life; moderation (or the avoidance of exaggeration); and balance and symmetry. 

The Language of Beauty in African Art also examines how an outsider might infer local taste based on an object’s physical appearance and cultural context. For example, unusual size, complex formal features, expensive materials and complicated techniques typically point to qualities prized by makers and patrons alike. The fact that some personal objects, such as fancy stools and headrests or figurative axes and adzes, were never actually used confirms that they primarily served aesthetic functions.

Additional themes addressed in The Language of Beauty include the religious functions of beauty demonstrated through sculptural representations of the human form meant to entice the spirits, which contrast with instances of intentional ugliness, often created to trigger reactions ranging from terror to humor. The final section of the exhibition features objects that convey ideas and feelings of force, vigor, fascination and terror by combining beauty and ugliness in a way that makes them at once irresistibly compelling and profoundly repelling. This aesthetic inspires what the Kongo people refer to as ngitukulu, an experience of astonishment or awe.

“I am thrilled to have the opportunity to present this extraordinary exhibition at the Kimbell,” said Jennifer Casler Price, curator of Asian, African and Ancient American art. “It not only recognizes the richness and variety of African art, it demonstrates that despite the wide cultural diversity of a vast continent, there is also unity that speaks to a shared humanity and explains why art matters. That beauty has meaning and is related to the purpose and function of the art. This is art for life’s sake.”

DATES

April 3–July 31, 2022
Subject to change

 

EXHIBITION CREDITS

This exhibition is organized by the Art Institute of Chicago.

 

SUPPORT

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.

 

VISITOR INFORMATION

Admission to The Language of Beauty in African Art is $18 for adults, $16 for seniors, K–12 educators, students and military personnel, $14 for ages 6–11, free for children under 6 and $3 for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients. Admission is half-price all day on Tuesdays and after 5 p.m. on Fridays. Admission to the museum’s permanent collection is always free. 

The Kimbell Art Museum is open Tuesdays through Thursdays and Saturdays, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.; Fridays, noon–8 p.m.; Sundays, noon–5 p.m.; closed Mondays, New Year’s Day, July 4, Thanksgiving and Christmas. For general information, call 817-332-8451.

 

ABOUT THE KIMBELL ART MUSEUM

The Kimbell Art Museum, owned and operated by the Kimbell Art Foundation, is internationally renowned for both its collections and its architecture. The Kimbell’s collections range in period 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 Asia, Africa and the Ancient Americas. The museum’s 1972 building, designed by the 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 provides space for special  exhibitions, dedicated classrooms and a 289-seat auditorium with excellent acoustics for music. For more information, visit kimbellart.org.

 

IMAGES

Female Face Mask (detail), Chokwe, Angola, 19th–early 20th century, wood, pigment, metal, and fiber. Private collection. Courtesy of Schweizer Premodern, New York; Female Face Mask (Kambanda) (detail), Eastern Pende, Democratic Republic of the Congo, 20th century, wood, pigment, fiber, and metal. Museum Rietberg, Zurich, gift of Barbara and Eberhard Fischer, HH 21a; Face Mask (Agbogho Mmuo) (detail), Igbo, Nigeria, 20th century, wood and pigment. Detroit Institute of Arts, Bequest of Robert H. Tannahill, 70.99

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