THE MUSE

Dallas and Fort Worth are both renowned for their worldclass art museums,

which attract countless visitors annually to view both their permanent collections and their major exhibitions.

But a sometimes-overlooked aspect of those institutions is their devotion to the performing arts as well, and music especially.

For this performing arts issue, Patron explores the wealth of the audible that goes hand-in-hand with the visual at several of DFW’s finest.

Fort Worth’s venerable Amon Carter Museum of American Art is thriving anew with its recently completed yearlong renovation.

Happily, the mid-September timing of its grand reopening coincided with the museum’s most visible music performance event, its annual Party on the Porch.

Madeleine Fitzgerald, manager of public programs, explains, “We think of it as inviting all our neighbors to our front yard.

 It’s a great way to incorporate the music outside with the fun artmaking activities inside; it’s a September kickoff to the year.”

Another of the museum’s musical opportunities is its evening Cocktails at the Carter series, which in 2020 will be taking place the last Thursday in April and the first two Thursdays in May.

Typically featuring local jazz or Americana groups, the party is on the Carter’s front patio.

The newest of Amon Carter’s musical moments is Art Mashup, happening on the fourth Sunday of the month,

September through November, immersively museum-wide. Involving dance, music, film, and more, Art Mashup is themed around an exhibition or collection.

 Fitzgerald adds, “These are all fun ways that we can tie our 2D and 3D artworks to more experiential artforms, like music.”

Back in the Dallas Arts District, the Nasher Sculpture Center boasts its critically acclaimed contemporary music series, Soundings: New Music at the Nasher.

The four-event series is currently enjoying its tenth season, and three of those events are upcoming: Carolin Widmann:

Works for Solo Violin (December 4, 2019); composer, saxophonist, Qigong practitioner, and musician-in-residence Travis Laplante

(February 20, 21 22, 2020); and The Other Mozart with actress Sylvia Milo (May 1, 2020).

The curatorial brilliance of Soundings’ artistic director Seth Knopp is key to the series’ success, and his adventurous, ambitious programming is a consistent delight.

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