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Discover The New Carter

Opening September 14

Artists reinvent
do too.

You may think you know the Carter—but if you haven’t visited us lately, you’re in for a surprise.

After a dynamic renovation, we’re transforming the way people experience American art with reimagined galleries, expanded exhibition spaces, and new events. You’re invited to celebrate our reopening!

Party on the Porch

September 14, 2019

Join us for daylong festivities celebrating the Carter’s reopening. Come during the day to explore the new galleries and get creative with art-making activities.

Play All Day10am–6PM

We’re kicking off our reopening celebration with daylong festivities throughout the museum. Check out our new galleries and enjoy art-making, tours, and gallery activities that are fun for all ages.

Party All Night6pm–10PM

The celebration continues with our annual outdoor concert, Party on the Porch. Soak in the sounds of Abraham Alexander and The Band of Heathens, explore the museum, create your own work of art, sip on a drink, and enjoy Fort Worth favorites from local food trucks.

Members see it first!

September 3–13

Carter members support all that we do. To say thanks, we’re inviting our members to be the first to see the new museum before we open to the public.

Members-Only Preview Days

September 3–10, various times

Live Installation of Puente Nuevo by Justin Favela

See the artist in action as Favela installs a large-scale immersive experience with artwork made of the same materials used to construct piñatas.

Tuesday–Friday, noon
Saturday–Sunday, 2PM

Daily Tours

Get members-only insights into what’s new in our galleries with daily tours featuring different collections and curatorial staff.

Thursday, September 5, 6–8PM

Carter Society Happy Hour with Justin Favela

Join our new young professionals group and have the exclusive chance to get to know Justin and hear about what inspires him as you sip on a cocktail and watch him install Puente Nuevo.

Saturday, September 7, Various times

Family Program Member Preview

Members and their families are invited to be the first to get a taste of the new and exciting family programs crafted just for you by our Carter team. Register for Itty-Bitty Art, Toddler Studio, and Family Workshop in advance.

Thursday, September 12, 6–8PM

Reopening Cocktail Reception

Sip a cocktail and experience the new Carter! Executive Director Andrew J. Walker welcomes you for an evening of members-only celebration. Sustainer, Patron, and Circle members. Sponsored by The Northern Trust Company.

Saturday, September 14, 6–10PM

Members VIP access to Party on the Porch

Enjoy special members’ access to our public reopening festival, culminating in our annual evening concert on the lawn featuring The Band of Heathens and Abraham Alexander.


The Carter has something for everyone, from historical and contemporary to western and modernist. To celebrate our reopening, we have an exciting exhibition line-up, including a whole new look for our collection.

September 14–December 29, 2019

Gordon Parks: The New Tide, Early Work 1940–1950

From his fashion photographs to his thoughtful depictions of American life, Gordon Parks used the camera as his tool for proclaiming the value of an American community built on freedom and equality.

Gordon Parks (1912–2006), Washington, D.C. Government charwoman
September 14–December 8, 2019

Set in Motion: Camille Utterback and Art That Moves

Interactive digital installation meets art history. Utterback’s “living painting” comes to life when you walk, dance, or move in the space. Her playful and exploratory installation is presented alongside other work by women in our collection.

Camille Utterback (b. 1970), installation view of Untitled 5, 2004, interactive installation
September 14, 2019–June 30, 2020

Puente Nuevo by Justin Favela

Drawing on his Mexican and Guatemalan heritage, Justin Favela reinterprets artwork from the past using massive amounts of cut tissue paper—the same material used to construct piñatas. The Carter commissioned an exclusive installation from Favela inspired by works in the museum’s collection.

Justin Favela inside his studio
September 14–December 1, 2019

Seeing in Detail: Scott and Stuart Gentling’s Birds of Texas

When you view Scott and Stuart Gentling’s paintings, you’ll want to get close. The first of two consecutive exhibitions dedicated to these Fort Worth artists features twenty-three extraordinarily detailed watercolors from their acclaimed portfolio Of Birds and Texas.

cott Gentling (1942–2011), Stuart Gentling (1942–2006), Black-crowned Night Heron
Opening September 14

James Surls, Seven and Seven Flower (1998)

Come marvel at James Surls’ otherworldly sculpture, a complex portrait of family, land, and self. The acclaimed Texas artist transformed pine and steel into writhing blossoms suspended in space to evoke a dynamic relationship between the earthly and the spiritual.

James Surls (b. 1943), Seven and Seven Flower
Opening September 14

The Carter Collection, Reimagined

Refresh your perspective on American art. You’ll see old favorites in a new way in our renovated galleries.

Thomas Eakins (1844–1916), Swimming,

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