To commemorate the 1892 charter of the Fort Worth Public Library and Art Gallery, the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth and Fort Worth Public Library have partnered to exhibit key historical archives from the past 125 years.
The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth is the oldest art museum in Texas and one of the oldest museums in the western United States. The Modern was chartered in 1892 as the Fort Worth Public Library and Art Gallery, but the name and mission have evolved over the years. The 25 women who founded the Public Library and Art Gallery sought to bring a different sort of culture to the historically cattle-focused city. The Library and Art Association became two entities in 1910.
The Modern and the Library are presenting an exhibition of the museum’s archives, including historical photographs, publications, correspondence, ledgers, and other museum ephemera, such as historical tickets and membership paraphernalia.
The Fort Worth Public Library and Art Gallery was officially chartered by the State of Texas on April 25, 1892.
The commemorative exhibition is on view from April 17 until July 6, 2017.
The Fort Worth Public Library, Central Branch is open Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday from 10 am to 6 pm, Tuesday and Thursday from noon to 8 pm, and Sundayfrom 1 to 5 pm.
Fort Worth Library, Central Branch – West Wing, 500 W. Third St. Fort Worth, TX 76102-7305
The Central Library is located in downtown Fort Worth at the intersection of Third and Lamar, two blocks west and two blocks south of the Tarrant County Courthouse. Bus Routes: 1, 4, 10, and 46.
Free parking is available at two nearby garages: Third Street Garage at Third and Taylor, and City Place North Garage, at the corner of Belknap and Taylor. Validate your ticket at the Circulation Desk.
There are two-hour and 10-hour parking meters around the library, with free parking after 6 pm on weekdays and all day Saturday and Sunday. There are also a number of pay parking lots in the area.
HISTORY OF THE MODERN ART MUSEUM OF FORT WORTH
April 2, 1892
Fort Worth Public Library and Art Gallery Association established
April 25, 1892
State of Texas grants founding charter to the Fort Worth Public Library and Art Gallery
New building for the Carnegie Public Library and Art Gallery opens to the public
First purchase made for the permanent collection, of the painting Approaching Storm, 1875, by George Inness
First comprehensive exhibition opens, of 45 paintings by contemporary American artists (the first exhibition assembled by the American Federation of the Arts, Washington, D.C.)
Fort Worth Art Association formed
Fort Worth Museum of Art chosen as new name
Permanent collection catalogue published
Carnegie Public Library at 9th & Throckmorton demolished
June 28, 1939
New Fort Worth Public Library and expanded Fort Worth Museum of Art open at same site downtown
Junior Art Association created
First art appreciation courses for children offered
Citizens of Fort Worth approve a $500,000 bond issue for construction of Fort Worth’s first museum building; site at Montgomery & Lancaster selected
Fort Worth City Council approves sale of $800,000 in bonds for construction of the art museum and a children’s museum (now the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History)
Fort Worth Art Association Board of Directors hires the first professional director of the newly named Fort Worth Art Center
Architect Herbert Bayer selected to design the new facility
October 7, 1954
Grand opening held for the Fort Worth Art Center
Gift of $900,000 from the William Edrington Scott Foundation; plans drawn up for the Scott Theatre, an extension of the Art Center
Scott Theatre opens
Name changes to The Fort Worth Art Museum-Center
Fort Worth Art Association wins City Council approval for a $1.4 million expansion of the Fort Worth Art Center complex, funded by the Sid W. Richardson Foundation
Building reopens as The Fort Worth Art Museum, with an extensive new addition designed by Texas architects O’Neil, Ford & Associates
Name changes to the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth
New site for the Modern purchased in the Cultural District with a grant from The Burnett Foundation
Construction begins on the site of the Modern’s new home
December 14, 2002
Grand opening of the new Modern
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