By Meda Kessler


Somaya Critchlow, Untitled (Pink Hair); oil on linen, 2019 Image courtesy of the artist and Maximillian William, London

Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth

3200 Darnell St., 817-738-9215,

Women Painting Women It’s “ladies’ choice,” as the figurative work of 46 female artists is in the spotlight along with their subject matter: women of all shapes, shades and sizes. There are nudes, abstracts, portraits, self-portraits and paintings so rich in detail that you’ll want to get as close as security allows. The timeline ranges from the late 1960s to the present, but the subject matter is timeless. Curator Andrea Karnes says she wanted to show how female artists use portraiture to tell stories about beauty, pain, pleasure and everyday life in ways different from those of their male counterparts, and she hopes the show brings a different energy into the museum. “There will be things people hate and things people love. I’m OK with that. There should be a conversation. While the portraits should connect with all kinds of women, I really want the exhibition to resonate with young women, including those who are artists and girls who see the show and think, ‘I can do this, too.’” Through Sept. 25

Amon Carter Museum of American Art

3501 Camp Bowie Blvd., 817-738-1933,

Black Every Day The images are of Black people doing everyday things: kids hanging out, a man getting a haircut at the barbershop, people at a church service, a woman holding a baby. The Carter has opened its vault to showcase more than 50 images by iconic artists — Richard Avedon, Gordon Parks, Garry Winogrand — and more than 100 images by unidentified photographers. All look at the depth and breadth of Black culture with themes of labor, community, family and excellence. June 11-Sept. 11

Gordon Parks, Red Jackson with His Mother and Brother, Harlem, New York, 1948, gelatin silver print. Photo courtesy of the Amon Carter Museum of American Art

Autumn Wind, mixed media, 2022 Image courtesy of Artspace111


111 Hampton St., 817-692-3228,

Marking Time Robert McAn, who heads up donor relations, membership and special events at the Kimbell Art Museum, debuts new oil paintings and monotypes at this spring show in the downtown gallery. McAn continues to explore the blending of painting and photography, prompted partly by the early days of lockdown during the pandemic when he spent time at home hanging family quilts and monotypes from his high school years. These influenced his current work, as they have a modern patchwork feel. Through June 25

Arts Fort Worth

1300 Gendy St., 817-738-1938,

Till Death Do Us Part Local photographer Becky Wilkes documents the relationship between a couple, married for 67 years, who reconnected due to COVID. The 89-year-old subjects also happen to be her parents, whose ailments led them into the same care facility. When lockdown became a reality, Wilkes and her siblings moved the couple to her Azle home. Their final days stretched into a year as they found new strength and devotion in being together. Says Wilkes: “Seldom are we privileged to witness the final journey of love between our parents in intimate detail. Although I had been in regular and significant contact with my parents throughout their lives, nothing could have prepared me for the transformation that I was to witness, not only in their health and mental state, but also their relationship with each other and my relationship with them.” June 3-July 30

Can you imagine having the mind of a duck?, 2021


Photo courtesy of Fort Worth Botanic Garden

Fort Worth Botanic Garden

3220 Botanic Garden Blvd.,

Concerts in the Garden Tickets are on sale now for the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra’s summer series. CITG kicks off June 16 with Asleep at the Wheel. Other performers range from local artists Jackopierce and Sarah Jaffe to popular shows such as The Music of The Rolling Stones and, of course, the July 3 and 4 finales. Fireworks are part of each concert, with the biggest bang on the last two days of CITG. Prepurchased parking also is available, and Central Market offers a special picnic menu for pickup at the Botanic Garden. June 16-July 4

Kimbell Art Museum

3333 Camp Bowie Blvd., 817-332-8451,

Jazz on the Green Take friends and blankets to hang out on the Kimbell lawn and enjoy an evening concert (seating is limited). There are free activity kits for kids; light snacks and refreshments are available for purchase, and there’s a cash bar. No coolers or pets. Free, but registration is required. 5:30-7:30 p.m. June 3

Photo courtesy of Kimbell Art Museum

Casa Mañana

3101 W. Lancaster Ave., 817-332-2272,

A Tribute to Stephen Sondheim The revered Broadway composer-lyricist died last year at the age of 91, but his genius lives on thanks to his vast catalog, from West Side Story, the musical, to Dick Tracy, the film. Casa’s apprentice program alumni celebrate Sondheim in the intimacy of the Reid Cabaret Theatre with songs from Into the Woods, Merrily We Roll Along and more. June 16-18

Disney’s Newsies Newsboys, led by young Jack Kelly, go on strike and fight for their rights when rich publishers try to cut into the teenagers’ earnings. The musical is based on a true story and a 1992 movie. June 4-12