Jessica Costa

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Honors Thesis


The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth is the oldest art museum in Texas. As such, it has a rich history that deserves to be explored. Photographs, newspapers, articles, videos, and books were analyzed to piece together the full story. Chartered in 1892 and opened in 1901 as the Carnegie Public Library Art Gallery, the museum changed names five times before it became The Modern in 1987, and currently focuses on art from World War II to the present. The growth of the museum was influenced by its physical location within the cultural district and the two other art museums nearby (the Kimbell Art Museum and the Amon Carter Museum of American Art); the museum created a new identity for itself to stand out. Continuing this development, the museum moved to a new building designed by Tadao Ando in 2002. This institution is old and is well established as a part of Fort Worth’s cultural district.

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