The Forgotten Sculpture — Update to Previous Post

29 03 2010

Back in Part 3 of my series on the Fort Worth museum district, I had a photo of a eerily beautiful sculpture of a horse. I said that I couldn’t locate any information about the sculpture, either near its physical location or on the website of the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth.

Yesterday I made a special trip back to the museum to find this poor horse’s name. Again I searched all around the sculpture. There was one tiny sign on a wall about 30 feet away, but when I approached it I found it said “STAFF ONLY.” So I went in the building to get the name of the work and the artist, as well as the material it was made of. The information desk was busy with groups buying tickets for the Warhol exhibit, but I spotted a nicely dressed, middle-aged woman standing to the side. I asked if she was a docent and she told me that she works at the museum. I explained what I was looking for and she seemed familiar with the sculpture. So familiar that she knew the name of the sculptor off the top of her head: Deborah Butterfield. But she had to go behind the information desk to get a catalog of the museum’s collection to find the name of the piece. It wasn’t there — neither was Deborah Butterfield. So she asked the woman sitting in front of a computer to help us. She didn’t find the answer on the Modern’s website, but instead via Google (I don’t know where).

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Hina by Deborah Butterfield.
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After thanking the museum staff for their help (and shaking my head in disbelief), I went on about my other appointments for the day. After I got home a few hours later, it took only a few minutes to find many links to Deborah Butterfield and her marvelous horses. This one is, however, tells the fascinating story of Ms. Butterfield and her horses: http://artworksmagazine.com/2008/05/deborah-butterfield/

Her works are owned and have been exhibited worldwide. I wonder if she knows that Hina has been left to graze anonymously in an isolated corner of this museum.

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Glimpse of Fort Worth Museum District – Part 3

21 03 2010

Dear Read,

I’m sorry I left you standing in the middle of the street back in January.  It seems life got in the way of our tour.  Let’s pick up where we were.

This is actually the part of our tour where I have the least knowledge.  Just east of the Kimbell is the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth.  I must confess that most of the works at the Modern don’t tug my heartstrings.  To me, that’s what “art” is — emotion.  Whether it’s a pile of sticks or an elaborate mosaic mural, whether or not it is art is completely up to the viewer.

But the building . . . is spectacular.  From the Modern’s website:

“The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth’s building was designed by the Japanese architect Tadao Ando. The Modern is located in Fort Worth’s celebrated Cultural District, directly opposite the Kimbell Art Museum, designed by Louis I. Kahn, and near the Amon Carter Museum, designed by Philip Johnson. Ando’s design, which embodies the pure, unadorned elements of a modern work of art, is comprised of five long, flat-roofed pavilions situated on a 1.5 acre pond.”

http://www.themodern.org/index.html

So we’re walking across the street, approaching this gorgeous building from the southwest and are confronted by a huge metal sculpture twisting its way to the sky

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This is a 67′ tall steel sculpture by Richard Serra.  You can stand inside it and look up to the sky.  It almost feels like being in the vortex of a tornado, but very serene.

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Here’s more detailed information about the piece:  http://themodern.org/f_html/serra2.html#top

I have searched and can’t find information on an unobtrusive sculpture that stands tucked in a corner on the west side of the building.  If I were to name it, I would call it something like Desert Stallion.  I will find the name and artist and include it here, but in the meantime, enjoy.

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Finally, going to the main entrance of the building, here’s a peek inside as well.

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You can catch a view of a sculpture that amazes me. Titled Drape this work looks like a piece of fabric with the ability to move in the breeze, but it is in fact a bronze sculpture by Joseph Havel.

http://www.themodern.org/f_html/havel.html

I’m going to leave you here and dash off to the Amon Carter Museum, where I want to catch this exhibit before it closes

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But just a quick look at downtown from our vantage point before we go in. The Museum of Natural History is to our right, with the Kimbell and the Modern in front of us.

Fort Worth from the Steps of the Amon Carter

More Travels With Julie soon.