Outdoor Sculptures from The Modern Now in Downtown Fort Worth

Outdoor Sculptures from The Modern Now in Downtown Fort Worth

Outdoor Sculptures from the Modern’s Permanent Collection On View in Downtown Fort Worth

WHO:

The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth and First on 7th LP are partnering to present three outdoor sculptures from the Modern’s permanent collection for public viewing downtown beginning the week of August 8 and remaining indefinitely. These works were chosen for their unique fit in the walkable, park-like setting situated at a crossroads in urban downtown.

The Modern’s Director Marla Price comments, “We were delighted when the First on 7th team suggested installing sculpture from our collection on this site. Our sculptures joining the artwork currently on view create a wonderful entrance to Fort Worth’s downtown area.”

 

WHERE:          

First on 7th Plaza, 500 West 7th Street, Fort Worth at the entrance to downtown. The sculptures are sited on the tree-lined triangle adjacent to the 20-story First on 7th building and the Cantey Hanger Plaza.

 

First on 7th

Designed by world-renowned architects Skidmore, Owings and Merrill in 1961, the building was originally the headquarters of the First National Bank of Fort Worth. The architecture exemplifies mid-century office design and modernist style. The Isamu Noguchi sculpture on the plaza was commissioned in 1960 to help shape an environment that connected the art to the architecture.

 

The addition of the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth outdoor sculptures helps form an art corridor into downtown, joining the Noguchi work and Jonathan Borofsky’s iconic Man with Briefcase, 2002, across 7th Street in Burnett Park.

 

Parking is available on adjacent streets and in the building’s parking garage with entrance on 6th Street. The plaza is convenient to Trinity Metro’s Route 2 and The DASH Route. A Fort Worth Bike Share station is located just across Burnett Street to the west.

 

WHAT:

 

Alex Katz
Park Avenue Departure, 2019

• Porcelain enamel on shaped steel with steel core


• 96 × 31 × 1 1/2 inches


• Collection of the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Gift of the Artist


• Acquired in 2021


The work of Alex Katz (American, born 1927) is known for simplified line, shape, and color, with recognizable and personally meaningful content. Park Avenue Departure, 2019, was first exhibited in Midtown Manhattan along the median strip of Park Avenue. The eight-foot cutout depicts the artist’s wife Ada – whose image has regularly appeared in his work throughout his career – from behind as she is walking. While distinctly flat, smooth, and reminiscent of an advertisement, the sculpture evokes the tenderness and intimacy between the artist and his muse. 

 

Jesús Bautista Moroles
Texas Shield, 1986

• Granite


• 97 3/4 x 45 x 44 1/2 inches


• Collection of the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Marvin C. Overton III


• Acquired in 1991


Jesús Bautista Moroles (American, 1950-2015), a native Texan, harnessed the power of granite in sculptures such as Texas Shield, 1986. The work’s two vertical slabs are woven together at a 90-degree angle down a central spine, part of the artist’s “granite weaving” series. Interested in the variety of texture, color, and forms within Texas pink granite, Moroles juxtaposed alternating smooth, polished stripes against raw-edged, undulating ones to reveal the beauty of the material in both its manipulated and natural states. 

 

George Segal
Chance Meeting, 1989

• Bronze, aluminum post, and metal sign

• 125 x 74 x 58 inches


• Collection of the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Museum purchase, Sid W. Richardson Foundation Endowment Fund


• Acquired in 1989


George Segal (American, 1924-2000) created works that focus on contemporary daily life. Chance Meeting, 1989, depicts a street corner with three life-size figures with a dark green patina, each dressed in modern clothes. Apparently having unexpectedly run into each other at the intersection of two city streets, the figures’ postures and attentive expressions indicate that they are engaged in a serious conversation.

 

 

WHEN:               

The sculptures, installed the week of August 8, are on view for an indefinite period.

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Performing Arts Fort Worth, the non-profit owner and operator of Bass Performance Hall, announced today the 2022-2023 lineup for the BNSF Popular Entertainment Series. The lineup features a return of audience favorites, a celebration of peace, a variety of musical showcases and a tribute worthy of an icon.

The 2022-2023 series kicks off with the previously announced return of Lyle Lovett and His Large Band at Bass Hall for one night only August 23. October hosts a trio of music and dance, with A Tribute to Peace – North Texas Welcomes Kyiv City Ballet – Presented in Partnership with Texas Ballet Theater and Performing Arts Fort Worth, at Bass Hall October 3, followed by guitarist Monte Montgomery making his return to McDavid Studio on October 15, and a night of soul when the Aretha Franklin tribute R.E.S.P.E.C.T. takes the Bass Hall stage October 19. The holidays bring in festive favorites and old friends with An Evening with Slaid Cleaves on November 18 at McDavid Studio, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical at Bass Hall November 21-22, followed by Holidays with the One O’Clock Lab Band on December 2 at McDavid Studio. Then in the spring, Our Planet Live In Concert takes the Bass Hall stage March 21. The series closes with the One O’Clock Lab Band Spring Showcase May 5 at McDavid Studio. Tickets to Lyle Lovett and His Large Band went on sale May 20; Remaining inventory is limited. Individual tickets to these newly announced shows will go on sale Friday, August 5.

“We are so excited for this jam-packed Popular Entertainment Series,” said Performing Arts Fort Worth President and CEO Dione Kennedy. “This 2022-2023 Series hosts longtime friends of the Hall and welcomes new acts sure to inspire and entertain audiences. We can’t think of a better way to celebrate 25 years of Bass Performance Hall than with this incredible lineup.”

Tickets may be purchased online at www.basshall.com and by phone at 817-212-4280. The Performing Arts Fort Worth (PAFW) box office hours are Monday-Friday 9:00am – 5:00pm and Saturday 10:00am – 4:00pm. For group sales discounts please visit www.basshall.com/groups. Additional show information is available at www.basshall.com.

To view the latest health and safety protocols in place at Bass Hall, please visit www.basshall.com/healthandsafety. Performing Arts Fort Worth will continue to update and adjust Bass Hall’s health and safety protocols as COVID-19 guidelines evolve.

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Article written by John Henry and originally published here by Fort Worth, Inc.

As it concerns life-changing events, taking over Fred’s Texas Café as CEO or even moving from the sacred ground of the original location are down Quincy Wallace’s list of those kinds of big things.

Pondering a future with a multiple sclerosis diagnosis, no feeling on his left side, and an inability to walk were not only life changing but a gut puncher.

It all started like a “hangover that wouldn’t go away,” he recalls.

Image Credit: Crystal Wise

Twelve years after that diagnosis, Quincy is leading a full life — let’s call it his best life — fully mobile and functioning, and, yes, the CEO of Fred’s Texas Café, which he is leading into a new era of a glorious Fred’s history in Fort Worth.

How he scaled to the mountaintop of the Fred’s institution is a story all its own. Fred’s, which has earned prestige for its unconventionality, is among the few places it could have happened. Everybody has a tale about Fred’s.

This one happens to be true.

Since the unfortunate advent of the five-day workweek, people have gotten out of bed in the morning, washed their face, brushed their teeth, and headed out for a job with some kind of ambition. For some, it was to earn money to pay the bills, put a roof over a family’s head, or eat. For others, it was to rule the world. Or try to.

Quincy’s hopes and dreams when he took a job at Fred’s, not quite 25 years ago, was far simpler but not uncommon for a guy who was then in his 20s with a wolfish appetite for a good time.

“I needed beer money,” he says. “I owned a head shop and was broke and needed beer money. And Terry needed a dishwasher on Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday nights.”

Meet Quincy Wallace, age 47, a Fort Worth and Fred’s native.

From the head up, you could mistake him for Teddy Roosevelt, with the pronounced mustache out of the lawless Wild West, with a cowboy hat seemingly permanently affixed to his head. A distinguished chortle will turn a mood ring at-ease blue in mere seconds.

And he is a fantastic feller — that’s the way Will Rogers would have said it — who would give the shirt off his back for you. An Oklahoman remembers recently those dark days in 2013 when an F5 tornado again found room to operate in Moore, Oklahoma, killing 24 during a destructive, unwelcome visit. Up from Texas drove Quincy and his wife Melynda with tanks of gas for welders to cut up twisted and defeated steel.

Quincy is the new face of Fred’s, taking over the role from Terry Chandler, the famed outlaw chef who is still cooking — and fishing and surfing — but in another part of the world after having decided to retire from Fred’s and the continental U.S. generally.

“He has come a long way from cramming toothpicks in the cigarette machine to relocating the whole restaurant,” Chandler says of the precocious Quincy he knew as a toddler. They both grew up, Quincy eventually joining Chandler, 10 years or so his senior, cooking on chuckwagons and “just being wild asses.”

If you know Fred’s, you know Fred’s, which made 10 o’clock closing time at one point on Friday and Saturday nights because “we liked to go drinking, too. How the hell do you get to a bar if you close at midnight?” (They’re back open on Friday and Saturday until midnight, by the way.)

The criticism of Fred’s in recent years was that it had lost some of its identity. Though Fred’s North and the original Fred’s were the same, they weren’t. Quincy owned the north location and Chandler the original. They were partners, but the two stores were solely independent of one another. The store on Bluebonnet Circle marked a third opening.

They tried to create an umbrella with a kind of corporate-type makeover that caused more issues than it solved.

Quincy is now The Guy, currently up to his elbows in alligators opening the new Fred’s Texas Café, which is set to unfurl the welcome mat to guests later this month. This newest and perhaps most anticipated incarnation of the property at 7101 Camp Bowie West Blvd., best known to West Siders as the site of Steak and Ale, the noted casual dining chain of restaurateur Norman Brinker.

He has hired Fabian Alvarado as head chef, carrying on what Chandler built in the kitchen and ensuring consistency of the brand. This new Fred’s Texas Café won’t be the last, either. Quincy says he has expansion plans.

He and his contractors last month were in the midst of “taking the Steak and Ale out of” the building. The only thing remaining will be the fireplaces.

“They’re everywhere,” he says.

He declined an expert in the field and designed the layout of the new store all himself. It cost him a lot of sleep. “I wouldn’t do that again,” he says.

One room will be a shrine of sorts to the original Fred’s, Texas, on Currie Street. The announcement that Fred’s on Currie was closing was comparable to a spokesman on the moon announcing that the moon was going away.

It was hard for Quincy, too. He grew up at the original Fred’s.

Carter Wallace, his father, owned a cabinetry shop next door and was a regular at Fred’s, as well as its predecessor, Ken’s.

“I predate the Chandler family at the Currie Street shop,” he says. “My mom would let me out of the house on Saturdays with my dad, who would take me to Ken’s. Fred’s original cook, Gracie, she worked at Ken’s, too. She would make me pancakes with a smiley face drawn with syrup. I’ve been in that building my whole life.”

Quincy really did merely plan to make some beer money when he went to work at Fred’s as a dishwasher, but circumstances being as finicky as they are, it turned out far differently. Like the new building on Camp Bowie, Quincy’s need of beer money turned into his dream job.

“My path is wild because … I hate to say this isn’t my dream job because it is. I just never knew it was my dream job,” says Quincy, whose first job when he left Arlington Heights at age 17 was at a construction site where he operated a broom. “It just turned out to be.”

He had always been friends with Chandler, so there was an inherent trust the two had. When a bartender quit or was fired — he doesn’t remember — Quincy, by then in real estate, picked up those shifts. Before long, he was working the bar every night.

Then Chandler wanted Saturdays off. Quincy became the manager on Saturday nights. Eventually he added the title of general manager after Chandler’s parents, JD and Gari, who bought the restaurant in 1978, retired in 2004.

“In real estate, it’s feast or famine,” he says, recalling picking up a shift behind the bar. “It was probably a famine week, and I needed some cash. So, I’m a bartender now. Eventually, I was real estate in the daytime and a bartender at night. That’s cool. I’m putting back some money.”

Quincy gave up alcohol with his MS diagnosis. Changed everything, he says, including his diet. He’s healthier now than he was 12 years ago, he says. He also participates in the annual MS 150 bicycle ride, which raises money to combat the disease as well as awareness.

However, there’s no mistaking the moral of this story: It’s amazing what happens when you need a little beer money.

Article written by John Henry and originally published here by Fort Worth, Inc.

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From November 18 through January 8, Lightscape will illuminate evenings at the Garden with more than one million holiday lights, tunnels, fire, sculptures, bluebonnets, and artistic installations throughout a spectacular one-mile winding walking trail 

Following sold-out runs in the world’s largest cities including London, Chicago, Los Angeles, and New York, the internationally acclaimed Lightscape is coming to Fort Worth for the 2022 holiday season. Taking place within the 120-acre Fort Worth Botanic Garden and set along a beautifully illuminated walking trail custom-designed for Fort Worth, Lightscape will feature spectacular artistic installations that come to life after dark with color, imagination, and sound. 

Starting November 18 and running through January 8 on select nights, Lightscape ticketholders will walk a one-mile-long path with suspended strands and tunnels of light, a fire garden, undulating wave of bluebonnets, singing trees, treetop sculptures, and artistic installations, while toasting marshmallows over a fire and drinking hot chocolate and other seasonal drinks at stations along the trail. 

Tickets are required for admittance, with entry times available every 15 minutes from 5:45 p.m. to 9 p.m. nightly. The average tour time from start to finish is 1.5 hours, although there is no time limit. Tickets go on sale today at https://fwbg.org/lightscape at the following price levels:  

  • Adults: $28* 
  • Children (ages 3-12): $18* 
  • Infants (0-2 years old): free 
  • Groups of 20 or more: 10% off  

*FWBG members receive $5 off of each ticket 

“We are beyond ecstatic to announce that Lightscape is making its debut in Fort Worth during the 2022 holiday season, and that North Texans will have the opportunity to experience this internationally renowned holiday light show at the Fort Worth Botanic Garden for the first time ever,” said Patrick Newman, CEO & president of the Fort Worth Botanic Garden. “Following sold-out shows in cities across the world, we look forward to transforming the Garden into an enchanting after-dark spectacular like no other.” 

Lightscape will be produced by the Fort Worth Botanic Garden in association with Sony Music, creatively produced by Culture Creative, and promoted in partnership with WAD Entertainment. 

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Tubing is back at Panther Island Pavilion

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Rockin’ the River kicks off next Thursday, July 14, and we have a great season lined up; we’re bringing in some fresh acts as well as favorites from previous years. The event has moved back to Thursday evenings to get your weekend started off right! 

July 14 – The Texas Gentlemen with Bubba Bellin and Ginny Mac 

July 21 – John Baumann with David Beck’s Tejano Weekend and Lorena Leigh 

July 28 – Triston Marez with Austin English and Squeezebox Bandits

Aug 4 – Kyle Park with Seth James and BenCJones

Aug 11 – Dirty River Boys with Peterson Bros and TBA

The gates open at 5:00pm and patrons can bring a blanket and chairs or enjoy front row seats from the comfort of a tube. At 5:15 the opening act will kickoff the live music on the Coors Light Waterfront Stage followed by the headliner at 6:45pm. Once the water is cleared, at 8:25pm the final band will end the night by lighting up the Cinch Stage. In addition to live music on two stages; food and beverage options will be available for purchase, as well as tube and watersport rentals. 

For more information visit rockintheriverfw.com. 

Rockin’ the River is presented by Andrews Distributing Company and Coors Light. It is generously sponsored by North Texas Marine, RTIC, 95.9 The Ranch, Trinity Metro and CINCH.

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Buzzing Cirque du Soleil Spectacular  Coming to Fort Worth!

Buzzing Cirque du Soleil Spectacular
Coming to Fort Worth!

,,OVO – a buzzing Cirque du Soleil spectacular – is coming to Fort Worth Texas!

Dickies Arena in Fort Worth, TX │ Sept 22 – 25, 2022
Tickets available NOW!

Ovo Cirque du Soleil

In March 2020, thousands of fans eagerly awaited the arrival of Cirque du Soleil to Fort Worth, Texas. Unfortunately, OVO’s run was unexpectedly canceled due to the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. Now, Cirque du Soleil is thrilled to announce its return to Fort Worth with its high-energy and high-acrobatic production OVO! An exciting Cirque du Soleil experience, OVO is a colorful intrusion into a new day in the life of insects; a non-stop riot of energy and movement. Through show-stopping acrobatics highlighting the unique personalities and abilities of selected insect species, OVO explores the beauty of biodiversity in all its contrasts and vibrancy.

OVO will perform a total of five shows in Fort Worth at Dickies Arena from September 22 to 25 :  

Thursday, Sept. 22 at 7:30PM
Friday, Sept. 23 at 7:30PM
Saturday, Sept. 24 at 3:30PM and at 7:30PM
Sunday, Sept. 25 at 1PM

TICKET INFORMATION

Starting today, the tickets for OVO are available online exclusively to Club Cirque members. For free and easy subscription, visit cirqueclub.com. The general on-sale starts on June 20 at cirquedusoleil.com/ovo.

ABOUT OVO

From mighty crickets bouncing off trampolines to a hypnotic spider contorting inside her web, OVO exudes extraordinary showmanship to tickle the imagination. Funny and chaotic, yet adorable and wonderful, OVO charms our inner child with its sweet exuberance. Comprised of 100 people from 25 different countries, including 52 artists, OVO (“egg” in Portuguese) brings to the stage high-level acrobatic acts redefining the limits of the human body. Since its opening in Montreal in 2009, OVO has thrilled more than 7 million people in 155 cities in 26 different countries.

 CIRQUE DU SOLEIL 

Cirque du Soleil has redefined how the world views the circus; from small town talent to a household name. Based in Montreal (Qc), the Canadian organization went on to become a global leader in live entertainment with the creation of world-class immersive and iconic experiences, across 6 continents. Cirque du Soleil connects with audiences by being genuine, human and inclusive. Privileged to work with artists from 90 countries to bring their creativity to life on stages around the world, the company aims to make a positive impact on people, communities and the planet with its most important tools: creativity and art. Over the years, more than 215 million people have been inspired, in over 70 different countries. For more information, visit cirquedusoleil.com.

 

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Tubing is back at Panther Island Pavilion Rockin’ the River returns to Thursday nights! Rockin’ the River kicks off next Thursday, July 14, and we have a great season lined up; we’re bringing in some fresh acts as well as favorites from previous years. The event has...