A couple of weekends ago, a friend and I decided to visit the Amon Carter museum in Fort Worth and make a day of it. There are currently five exhibits, during the month of March, available for viewing. Below are the exhibits that stood out to me the most.
The first exhibit is the Ed Ruscha exhibit. This consisted of a small collection of lithographs produced in the 60s. What’s amazing to me is that these lithographs are so sharp, that they seem to be computer generated, though, they were obviously not, and it’s just amazing that these were produced by hand.
The second exhibit we saw was the Big Pictures exhibit, and was the main reason I wanted to check out the current exhibits (me being a novice photographer and all). I thought this collection to be very well put together with images ranging from landscapes, portraits, and panoramas of cities. Most notably, a panorama of San Francisco taken in the 90s. It was very cool to be able to see such detail in that panorama, from pets in windows to people on rooftops. One of the pictures in this exhibit—which I thought to be one of the most interesting—was Laura McPhee’s Understory Flareups, Fourth of July Creek, Valley Road Wild Fire, Custer County, Idaho, 2005. The size and detail of this picture is amazing. I love the light breaking through the smoke and the trees creating a very dramatic effect. Another very awesome and beautiful Image is Abelardo Morell’s Times Square in a Hotel Room, 1997. The image was created using a camera obscura technique. Abelardo found a hotel room across from Times Square, blocked out all of the light entering the room, created a small microscopic hole to let the light from Times Square in, and then used a long exposure to capture the image. The light that is produced from the scene outside is then reproduced and reflected off of the surface inside the hotel room in an upside down perspective, all while retaining its detail. Wow.
The last exhibit we viewed, worth noting, was the Night exhibit. A collection of images produced by various print making and etching techniques. Some of the images seem to be ripped from the pages of a modern graphic novel, with very sharp contrast between light and shadow creating what appears to be an action sequence. The images were produced from the nineteenth century up to the post World War II era. The two images that really stood out to me, just happen to be on Amon Carter’s website: Edward Hopper’s Night Shadows, 1921 and Martin Lewis’ Glow of the City, 1929. The latter being my favorite of the two. The print shows a young woman in 1920’s fashion being lured out by the big city and the ominous glow of a skyscraper in what appears to be a foggy New York night. There’s such a desolate feeling in Martin Lewis’ Glow of the City that seems comforting. The detail and depth in this image is amazing.
So, all in all, if you plan to make a trip out to the Amon Carter Museum, plan to go early; because there are a lot of cool exhibits currently on display, and you’ll want to be sure and have plenty of time to view them all.