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Long Profile of The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Texas



The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth in Fort Worth, Texas was established in 1892.

The Museum's collection includes approximately 3,000 artworks, dating from 1945 to the present, and includes media such as painting, sculptures, videos, photographs and works on paper.


The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth is the oldest art museum in Texas. It began in 1892 as the Fort Worth Public Library and Art Gallery, with its name and mission changing several times over the past decades.

In 1904, the Museum's first purchase was George Inness' Approaching Storm, 1875.

In 2002, a new building for the Museum, designed by renowned architect Tadao Ando, opened, which includes "53,000 square feet of gallery space, a 5,600-square-foot education center, and a state-of-the-art auditorium."


The Museum's mission according to their website: "The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth is dedicated to collecting, presenting, and interpreting international developments in post–World War II art in all media and creating a welcoming environment for its public appreciation."

"The Modern promotes understanding and interest in art and artists through curatorial research and publications, and a variety of educational programs, including lectures, guided tours, classes, and workshops."


The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth is located "at 3200 Darnell Street in Fort Worth’s Cultural District, approximately 2 miles west of Downtown Fort Worth and 3 miles north of Texas Christian University."

It is accessible by public transport such as the T Bus (Route 2W or 7), and the TRE Rail from DFW Airport.

Museum's Conservation Department:

Art conservation is the practice of preserving an artwork. This entails detailed research and scientific analysis to explore the best way to conserve an artwork for future generations.

Famed Artworks in Collection:

The Museum has acquired artworks by some of the big names of the 20th century, such as Vija Celmins, Lynda Benglis, Philip Guston, Roy Lichtenstein, Agnes Martin, Jackson Pollock, Martin Puryear, Gerhard Richter and Andy Warhol.

According to their website: The collection includes "All major, international movements are represented, including Abstract Expressionism; British, German, French, and American Pop; Color Field Painting; Minimalism; Conceptualism; Post-Minimalism; New Image Painting, and Neo-Expressionism. Pop and Minimalism are particularly strong, as is German art of the 1970s and 1980s."

Noteworthy Facts:

The Museum sponsors Art Camps for children, and hosts performances, lectures and film screenings. In addition, the Museum maintains a high web presence via its blog and online podcasts.

Employment Information:

The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth posts job opportunities on its website. Openings in the various departments such as administrative, curatorial, educational, and public relations may become available, so be sure to check the listings regularly.

How to Apply for a Job:

To apply for a job, you may wish to send your résumé, with a cover letter to the Museum. If a position is not available, there are often volunteer positions and internships open for application.

Museum's Contact Info:

Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, 3200 Darnell Street, Fort Worth, Texas 76107. Tel: 817-738-9215.

The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth's website

Museum Hours :

  • Mondays closed
  • Tuesdays 10:00 am to 5:00 pm (Sept–Nov, Feb–Apr 10 am–7 pm)
  • Wednesdays 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • Thursdays 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • Fridays 10:00 am to 8:00 pm
  • Saturdays 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • Sundays 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • Closed Holidays
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